after 9/6 here
after 9/11 here after 9/17 here
ah, late Summer in Potter
Creek and just a hint of old-painted-wood smoke in the air
"Surge of robberies in the Bay Area and
Erin McCormick of the Chronicle.
"A drug-crazed man runs
up behind a woman in San Francisco's Marina district and pulls
her to the street as he tries to wrestle her purse away.
A group of young men surrounds a commuter on a Muni bus at Fifth
and Market streets; they point a gun at him and demand his iPod.
A hooded man yells at customers
in a pizzeria in Oakland's Oakmont neighborhood to put their wallets
on their tables, as his partner waves a revolver.
More than 40 robberies occur
every day in the Bay Area - and they are happening far more often
than just a few years ago.
While recent high-profile
restaurant robberies have citizens calling for police to crack
down on commercial holdups, the total number of robberies in the
nine-county region was up nearly 40 percent in 2007 compared with
2004, according to the FBI's most recent figures."
our Jarad emails
For anyone interested in
knowing more about crime stats in Berkeley, the following link
from the SF Chronicle provides numbers from an FBI database. It
shows a spike in crime starting in 2006 (current year numbers
not available yet).
"How Many Millionaires
in Your ZIP?" Find out here.
'Job picture is bleak for U.S. workers" is a report by David Louie of Channel 7
"As we observe Labor Day, economists at UC Berkeley say workers
are having a difficult time riding out high fuel and food prices.
A look at why the economic turbulence is not going away soon."
A version of the Berkeley police blotter is the Berkeley Voice.
"Leaked letter predicts crime rise" reports BBC NEWS.
"The Tories have obtained
a leaked letter from Home Secretary Jacqui Smith which anticipates
rising crime levels as a result of the economic downturn.
The draft letter to Downing
Street says rising crime figures and increased hostility to migrants
It also forecasts more smuggling of fuel, alcohol and tobacco."
The Left continues to eat-its-own
high at KPFA after volunteer arrested," a report by Leslie
Fulbright of the Chronicle.
"Unrest is brewing at
Berkeley-based KPFA radio after a dispute between management and
a volunteer ended in the staffer, who is pregnant, being forcibly
removed by police.
Nadra Foster, an unpaid producer
at KPFA, was injured by Berkeley police officers after refusing
to leave the station on Aug. 20. Police say that at least six
officers used force on Foster in order to arrest and remove her."
Kubik emails from Barcelona
We are having a great time
being tourists, eating well, walking a lot. Life is good.
Jarad and Eva email
This beautiful cat has been a
non-aggressive playmate for our cats for several months now.
It looks skinnier than in the Spring of this year. We are wondering
if anyone has info on a possible owner for the cat.
It comes by to visit multiple times a day at 2335 10th Street
and has even invited itself indoors when we are home with the
back door open.
If it is an abandoned stray (very friendly, but cautious), we'll
need to try and find a home for it before the weather turns.
The cat is very tall, sleek, elegant looking that reminds
us of an Egyptian statue. If you have any info, please let us
Jarad & Eva
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Izzy, a six month old Bulldog
is in town. Argh, . . . she's really cute.
And Max, a Collie mix, is
in Potter Creek for good.
Natalie's Eighth Birthday
was celebrated Saturday.
Don Y is vacationing in St
Reporters for Bay Area dailies
have received threats after their Oak Grove stories.
"New kids get by" writes Rusty Simmons, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Best, Riley fill stat
sheet as upstart Bears take season opener. If it were up to sophomore
tailback Jahvid Best, he'd still be Cal's punt-coverage specialist.
Since coaches won't allow
their feature back to take that kind of injury risk, Best found
a variety of other ways to contribute to Saturday night's 38-31
win over Michigan State in front of 62,956 fans in Strawberry
'Experts wary of Pickens' clean-energy plan" reports the AP.
"T. Boone Pickens, the
Texas oilman turned clean-energy crusader, knows how to grab the
He did it last week at the
Democratic National Convention, where he pushed his proposal to
spread high-tech windmills across the Great Plains and fuel many
of America's trucks and cars with natural gas. He plans a repeat
performance this week at the Republican National Convention, corralling
any party officials and journalists willing to listen."
cough, hack ,spit, time to
"Hendrix's burnt guitar at auction" reports BBC NEWS.
"The first guitar torched
on stage by Jimi Hendrix is to go on sale at an auction of rock
memorabilia in London.
It is thought the instrument could sell for as much as £500,000."
One of our construction trailers was burglarized over the labor
day weekend in spite of being in a locked fenced yard with our
alarm system working and the police responding. Computers were
Dave Kruse, LEED AP
L J Kruse Co
"Shooting at Sacramento Street Barbershop
Leaves Man Wounded"
reports Kristin McFarland in the Planet.
"One person was injured
today (Tuesday) in a shooting at Johnson's House of Style at 2914
"Head of Hells Angels in S.F. is shot to
death" reports Jaxon
Van Derbeken in the Chronicle.
"The president of the
San Francisco chapter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club was
shot and killed Tuesday night after he lost a fight for his life
with a rival on a Mission District street, police said Wednesday.
Mark 'Papa' Guardado, 45,
was shot at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday near 24th Street and Treat Avenue,
about a mile from the group's clubhouse where he lived. He died
at San Francisco General Hospital.
Witnesses told investigators
that Guardado and the gunman struggled before the shooting.
'They had a wrestling match
first,' said Lt. Mike Stasko of the San Francisco police homicide
detail. Then 'the guy shot him, and he got on his motorcycle and
"Oakland police say takeover robbery suspects
are in custody"
reports Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Three people arrested
moments after they allegedly robbed an East Oakland nail salon
have been implicated in three takeover robberies at restaurants
and a bar in the city and are being investigated in other holdups,
police said today.
Leon Luster, 22, Rashaan
Lamonthe, 30, and Shante Bostic, 20, all of Oakland, were arrested
shortly after they robbed K and T Nails and Spa at 10814 Bancroft
Ave. about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, police said.
Investigators said Luster
and Lamonthe, both of whom are on parole, and Bostic are suspected
of holding up the Kerry House bar on Piedmont Avenue on Aug. 4,
the Nomad Cafe on Shattuck Avenue in North Oakland on Aug. 22
and the Full Moon Seafood House on MacArthur Boulevard in the
city's Dimond district Aug. 24, during which an employee was pistol-whipped.
Alameda County prosecutors
are expected to file charges against the three on Thursday."
"Local Police Work to Curb Students'Alcohol
Use" report Skyler
Reid and Daily Cal staff.
"Sometimes it's in the way they smile. Other times, it's
the distance between their eyes, the shape of their ears, or their
inability to remember the zip code of a Texas town whose streets
they've never walked.
As plainclothes police officers
examined suspicious IDs in a hallway at Kip's Restaurant &
Bar in Southside Berkeley Saturday night, Alcohol Beverage Control
Investigator Lori Ajax turned around, shrugged and smirked.
'I ran out,' he said, prompting
another officer to retrieve more citations for fraudulent IDs."
"UC helps veterans march to a new beat" writes Matt Krupnick in the Times.
"In this peace-loving
city that tried to oust the Marines, the troops have arrived at
Nearly 80 known veterans
are among the 6,300 new undergraduates at UC Berkeley this semester.
The number doesn't seem particularly high until one considers
that the campus as a whole had 151 known veterans among its 35,000
or so students last year."
I believe Angela and Officer
DeLaluna have spoken to you about Nortenos in Berkeley, so I won't
go into that. Code enforcement is on the job as it pertains
to the apartment buildings that have been tagged and will be issuing
Notices of Violation. Neighborhood Services has been working
with the property owner on Channing and 10th, 1019 Channing, to
make the property a bit less attractive for people congregating.
We will also give him a call to try and convince him to have BPD
walk him through a "Crime Prevention Through Environmental
Design" survey to implement some environmental features to
discourage people from loitering on the corner. On a more
positive note, the Youth At Hope project will be up and running
soon, diverting taggers toward more productive activities, ie.
public art/murals. Also, Berkeley Project Day is coming
up where the UC Campus mobilizes hundreds of volunteers for different
community projects around Berkeley. If you and the neighbors
have any particular projects that you think might liven up the
area, you can have some Cal volunteers at your disposal.
Let me know if you have a project or two in mind.
Councilmember Darryl Moore
"Rich cry poor: US housing
crisis goes upmarket" reports the Sydney Morning Herald.
"The US housing crisis
arrived on July 14 at Stonebrook Court, the 26,000-square-foot
Tudor-style home of California venture capitalist Kelly Porter.
On that day, four months after putting the house on the market,
he cut the price by $US7 million ($8.4 million).
It's still for sale.
The mansion sits on 7.5 acres
in Los Altos Hills, a Silicon Valley town where Yahoo! Inc. co-founder
and Chief Executive Officer Jerry Yang also lives. It boasts a
wine cellar, Venetian- inspired ballroom, Italian statuary and
swimming pool. At the reduced price of $US38 million, the property
is a bargain, the owner says.
`It's worth every bit of $US45 million, and I reduced it reluctantly,'
said Porter, 45, a partner at Woodside Capital Partners LLC in
Palo Alto, in an interview. 'We touched up every square inch.'
The pain of the worst housing
slump in a quarter century is reaching the highest end of the
market as owners of luxury homes from California to Florida, New
York and Connecticut slash list prices by millions. In the broader
market, home sales plunged to a 10-year low in the second quarter
and median house prices fell 7.6%, according to the National Association
"How Many Millionaires
in Your ZIP?" Find out here.
"Plexxikon starts early clinical trial
of pain drug" reports
the East Bay Business Times.
"Plexxikon Inc. started
early clinical testing of a drug that could be useful in treating
both pain and kidney cysts.
The company, based beside
the Aquatic Park lagoon in West Berkeley, plans to develop the
drug, PLX5568, for both pain and for polycystic kidney disease,
a genetic disorder in which cysts grow in and ruin the kidneys.
About 600,000 people in the United States and some 12 million
worldwide suffer from the kidney disorder."
"Budget Brown Bag: Packing a week's worth of
lunches for $20" writes
Stacy Finz in the Chronicle.
"School is back in session,
and parents are once again contemplating the age old-old question:
What to pack for lunch? With food prices soaring and the economy
on the skids, it's not easy coming up with meals that are inexpensive,
yet nutritious and delicious. Because kids consume 35 to 50 percent
of their daily calories at school, says Juliet Sims of Prevention
Institute, a nonprofit Oakland group dedicated to preserving community
health, it's important to make good choices."
"Berkeley Rep Offers Gormet Tastings Before
Select Performances in 2008-09 Season" reports broadwayworld.com.
"Berkeley is the birthplace
of California cuisine, and now Berkeley Repertory Theatre tempts
theatregoers to arrive early for its shows with a series of gourmet
tastings. On select Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings, audience
members can whet their palates for the play with free samples
from local culinary artisans who bring the same handcrafted care
to their products that Berkeley Rep brings to everything seen
on its stage."
"Why brain's ability to process information
diminishes with age"
is a report in dailyindia.com.
"Scientists have found
how brain's ability to process information diminishes with age
and have also shown that this break down is responsible for the
decreased ability to form memories linked with normal aging.
The finding will enable the researchers to explore strategies
for enhancing brain function in the healthy aging population,
through mental training exercises and pharmaceutical treatments.
Conducted by University of
California, San Francisco and University of California, Berkeley
scientists, the research is based on the team's seminal 2005 discovery
that the brain's capacity to ignore irrelevant information diminishes
Interesting if true. I've
given a lot of thought to the upcoming elections, particularly
the presidential one. Specially Sarah Palin's candidacy. What
did I do with those socks and shorts?
"Palin being greeted with sexism, many say" by John F. Harris and Beth Frerking in the
Twin City Times.
"Sarah Palin found some
unlikely allies Wednesday as leading academics and even former
top aides to Hillary Rodham Clinton endorsed the Republican charge
that John McCain's running mate has been subject to a sexist double
standard by the news media and Democrats."
"While political conventioneers work themselves
into a frenzy over who will occupy the White House for the next
four years, a new photo exhibit at the University of California,
Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism is taking a different
tack by looking at the presidencies of the past" reports media newswire.
'The American President'
shows off more than two dozen 16-by-20-inch images taken by Associated
Press photographers of the men in the Oval Office, primarily since
World War II. The exhibit at North Gate Hall on campus is open
to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Inauguration
Day ( Jan. 20, 2009 ).
The exhibit photos capture images of the United States' commanders
in chief from the Civil War to today's 'War on Terror' while they
travel the campaign trail, in their attempts to shape international
relations, as they navigate tumultuous governmental crises and
personal scandals, and occasionally in repose."
Saltwater fishing report
from our Times.
fishing is very good when tides are strong, like this coming weekend.
The Berkeley Flats have been productive. Rock cod trips get limits
when boats can reach the islands. Local trips produce well. (510)
237-3474, (510) 654-6040, (510) 223-5388
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Coach is back, as are the
kids and other staff at the French school.
The childcare playground
at Fantasy is coming along. Quite a facility.
Ricardo is looking for a
book of aphorisms in Spanish.
Jarad emails info about west-Berkeley
1. the guy they suspect is
behind the [gang] graffiti is in
jail on other unrelated charges.
2. the Norteno group was ID'd as young men that
were up and coming in the gang and were responsible for increasing
acts of violence, specifically muggings / strong arm robberies,
seriously watch yourselves out there when you see these people
always call BPD to report suspicious activity or trespassing,
it isn't your property.
3. one of the Nortenos here in W. Berkeley was responsible for
shooting earlier this summer up on Russell in S. Berkeley.
4. we've got one of these Nortenos residing on 10th Street, so
be aware of that.
5. there is some sort of diversion program that is getting started
this week or next that focuses on the kids doing the tagging.
have any hope that it will make a difference, but at least there
some effort to look for solutions at the root of the problem.
"Tigard [Oregon] police say 'fake' security
guards held in California"
is a report in the Portland Tribune.
"Two men conned local
businesses into giving up money meant for night deposit box
The uniforms, handcuffs and fake sign used by suspects in the
Aug. 15 Washington Square Wells Fargo bank scam were found during
an arrest in Alameda County, Calif. Two men held in California
might be linked to the Tigard case.
Two men are being held in
a California jail who Tigard police say could be the fake bank
security guards who fooled a couple of business people into giving
up their night deposits.
The men, whose names were
not released by Tigard police, face unrelated burglary charges
in Alameda County, Calif. One is 19 and the other is 20. They
were considered transients, not UC Berkeley students.
They were arrested about
a week ago by University of California at Berkeley campus police
in connection with a string of dormitory burglaries. During the
investigation, campus police detectives discovered several odd
items, such as fake security guard uniforms, security badges,
ID cards, a pair of handcuffs and a blue sign instructing people
that the night deposit box was broken and to give their deposits
to the guards.
Tigard police discovered
the arrests when California law enforcement officials sent a message
about the case to Corvallis police, said Jim Wolf, Tigard Police
Department spokesman. The message was forwarded to Tigard, which
jumped on the case and obtained evidence photos and mug shots
from Alameda County law enforcement."
"US drug use shows little change in 2007" writes the AP's Kevin Freking.
"Cocaine and methamphetamine
use among young adults declined significantly last year as supplies
dried up, leading to higher prices and reduced purity, the government
reports. Overall use of illicit drugs showed little change."
"Construction Can Begin at UC Berkeley
Stadium" reports Will
Kane, Daily Cal Staff Writer.
"A California Appellate court in San Francisco said
today that it will not issue an injunction banning construction
at the site of proposed development near UC Berkeley's Memorial
The decision by the three-judge panel allows the campus to begin
the construction they have been seeking to begin since December
2006. Plaintiffs say they will ask for an emergency injunction
from the California Supreme Court tomorrow."
"Zoning Board, Westside Artists Want Scaled-Down
writes Riya Bhattacharjee
in our Planet.
"The Berkeley Zoning
Adjustments Board recently asked San Raphael-based Wareham Developers
to scale back the size of its 100,000-square-foot project at 740
Heinz St. The applicant proposes demolishing the landmarked Copra
Warehouse and building a state-of-the-art biotechnology research
center in its place.
Wareham, which leases the
Heinz Street building from Garr Land Resources and Management
Company, is scheduled to return to the zoning board with an official
application at a later date.
Board Chair Rick Judd told
Chris Barlow, a partner at Wareham, that although the board was
not against the project, the proposed height of approximately
89 feet defied the neighborhood's zoning ordinance.
Barlow contended that the
city should allow Wareham to proceed with the project on the grounds
that it would provide a major economic boost to the city and create
300 well-paying jobs."
Quote of the Week
by Sarah Palin
"I guess that a small-town
mayor is sort of like a 'community organiser', except that you
have actual responsibilities."
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Michael Golden has put his
west-Berkeley loft-home on the market.
900 GRAYSON should open four nights a week for dinner,
"Grand opening of five fields at Gilman
Street" is a report
in our Times by Kristin Bender
"Let the games begin.
Five years ago, a handful
of East Bay cities and the East Bay Regional Park District came
together with a pledge to build five new sports fields at the
foot of Gilman Street in Berkeley.
On Saturday, the leaders
of those cities and other politicians will cut the ribbon at the
new $7 million sports complex that will host 17,000 soccer, rugby,
lacrosse, baseball and softball players each year."
And Ms Bender writes
"Ground broken on nation's first transit hub for disabled.
When politicians, disability activists and disabled people came
together Thursday to mark the start of construction of the Ed
Roberts Campus, one thing was clear: They picked the right man
to name the one-stop service and transportation center after.
The center will open in 18
months at BART's Ashby station in Berkeley and is expected to
serve roughly 30,000 people annually in the Bay Area.
Roberts, who had polio and
spent much of his time in an iron lung, was a force who launched
the independent living movement in Berkeley. He was a man who
refused to take no for an answer and sued when denied admission
to UC Berkeley, ultimately paving the way for disabled student
services at Cal."
"S.F. gathering celebrates Saroyan's centennial" is a report by Carl Nolte, Chronicle
"The admirers of William
Saroyan, a writer who was bigger than life, are throwing a birthday
party in San Francisco tonight [Thursday] to celebrate the centennial
of his birth.
Saroyan was born and died
in Fresno, the place closest to his heart. He also lived in Paris,
New York and Malibu, but did some of his best work in San Francisco.
He wrote short stories and
plays, dashing them off effortlessly as if he were blowing bubbles.
Saroyan also learned to draw and to paint.
His paintings were a lesser
known part of his creative drive. Tonight's sold-out party will
showcase 125 Saroyan paintings and drawings never seen in public
Though his roots were in
Fresno, his talents boiled up like a cauldron in San Francisco,
especially in the grim years of the Depression."
Oona O'Neill and William
a Mary Morris photo
More Mary Morris photos 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
women's law firm breaks down stereotypes" writes Noreen
S. Ahmed-Ullah of the Chicago Tribune.
"In what may be the nation's only law firm composed solely
of Muslim women, the attorneys represent the ethnic and religious
diversity within the Islamic faith: Some cover their hair, some
don't. Some are Sunni; others are Shiite; and at least one is
The six women hope that by
founding Amal Law Group, they are helping to dispel common stereotypes
about Muslim women."
Janine emails the complete
program notes for her Saturday Bach recital--part I
We have three pieces on the program with this title. The
musical form "Fantasia" is probalby one of the most
varied in the literature, as it is a bit of a catch-all.
Our idea of a Fantasia being a freely improvisatory work is only
one manifestation, though it is the one most of us likely expect.
In the case of
the Telemann Fantasias, these pieces could easily be called Sonatas
or Sonatinas. It is perhaps the fact that they contain dances
as the final movements, that prompted Telemann to call them Fantasias,
as these are a bit like hybrids of the Sonata and Suite
forms. Each movement is a minature. The Fantasia VII
in Eb is a four movemnt piece, with the first two movements in
ABA form, a connecting Largo and a Presto, which is a rustic dance.
The dance movements
in these Fantasias are all dervied from folk music, especially
that of Poland. Telemann was in the service of Count Erdman
von Promnitz from 1705-08, at which time, during travels with
the count, he heard much Polish, Moravian and Hanakian folk music,
of which he became quite enamored. It is very likely these
Fantasias date from that time or soon thereafter.
BWV 904 (ca. 1725) exhibits yet another form of Fantasia.
This is a freely contrapuntal work, though it is built within
a fixed framework. It is in Rondo form, with the main A section
recurring four times in the tonic, dominant, subdominant,
and again tonic. The "couplets" as they
might be called are spun out from fragments of the main subject,
becoming more complex each time. The final "couplet"
is built primarily of arpeggiated chords, which do not appear
in the A section, but instead are used as a counter subject to
the first fragment from the first "couplet". Ultimately
it breaks down into progressively more energetic motion reaching
a dramatic climax before the final statement of A. The fantastic
qualities would be in the nature of the free material, the lack
of concern for number of voice parts (3-6), and to some extent
the more vertical writing at the expense of voice leading.
The Fugue (four
voices) which follows the Fantasia is most certainly a double
fugue, if not a triple. The first third of the work is devoted
to the primary fugue subject, which is fully developed, cadencing
in the tonic, at which time subject #2 appears. This is a slow
chromatic line which does not follow the usual exposition form,
as the second statement of the subject enters before the first
is finished (in stretto). These two voices then continue
immediately into what could be considered the third subject, or
counter subject, also introduced in stretto. This energetic
and leapy third subject conforms even less to the proscribed forms
required of it to be pigeonholed as a definite subject, as the
exposition unfolds. However, a strong case can be made,
considering how thoroughly it is developed throughout the rest
of the of the piece, and that it persists to the very end.
Roughly two thirds of the way through the Fugue, the original
subject returns in the bass and all three subjects are heard together
simultaneously, in different pairings, in stretto etc.
leading to a dramatic climax.
My own Fantasia
follows the freer idea of this form. Originally written for Elizabeth
in 1998, it was conceived for violin and fortepiano. True
to Baroque performance practices, we are using the instrument
in hand, hence the harpsichord. As is often true of the
transitional music in the late 18th century, music written for
fortepiano seems to transfers well to the harpsichord, and this
is no exception. The piece begins with an expressive and lyrical
melody which recurs, even in the Fugue. This alternates
with more animated sections, which also contain the seeds for
the Fugue subject and much of the episodic material found in that
movement. The Fugue is relatively straightforward, in three voices,
though there are the episodes which hearken back to the Fantasia.
The pair contains Eastern European, jazz, and Baroque influences.
The six Sonatas
for Harpsichord and solo Violin BWV 1014-1019 were written
toward the end of Bach's stay at Cöthen (1717-23), these
Sonatas represent a departure from the norm where harpsichord
is in a subservient role to a solo instrument, acting as continuo
accompaniment only. In the case of these Sonatas, the keyboard
part is fully written out (with only occasional bits of continuo)
and is treated as an equal to the violin.
It is intriguing
to see how Bach uses the two instruments together. Often
they have the same melodic material, behaving as true equals,
but just as often he separates them into distinct roles as accompanist
and soloist, (sometimes trading roles during a single movement)
and creates further divisions between the two hands at the harpsichord
as well. It is quite wonderful to experience the interplay between
the two quite dissimilar instruments and the mastery with which
Bach brings them together.
These works are
also quite interesting in how Bach treats the key relations within
and between the movements. In none of the six Sonatas are all
the movements in the same key, and often he will begin in one
key and end in another, giving the listener a sense of anticipation
or uncertainty. In the Sonatas we are playing tonight, all
four have the third movement in a key other than the tonic.
In 1, 2, and 3, they are in the relative Major or minor keys.
In 2 and 3 their final cadences are in the dominants
of those keys. In the 5th Sonata, this third movement is in the
dominant of the home key, but it is in minor rather than Major.
This movement cadences on the 6th degree of its scale, in Ab Major,
which is the relative Major to the home key. The fifth Sonata
also cadences in the dominant in the first movement. For
those interested in such things, the 6th Sonata is the most interesting,
with three of the five movemnts in a key other than the tonic.
Another idea which
seem to recur in these Sonatas is a sense of inevitability which
he achieves through a relentless and inescapable bass line
or accompanying figure. Perhaps Bach's stay in Cöthen,
which was a Calvinist court (believing in pre-destiny), influenced
his music. In the case of his darker works, there is an often
fatalistic cast to some of his most passionate and heart rending
music. often underscored by the key shifts mentioned above.
is of course evident everywhere, and many of the movements are
in the form of fugues.
The Sonata #5 in f minor has two of these fugues as the fast movements
#2 and #4. The second movement is a straightforward three
voice fugue in binary form (each half is repeated). All
three voices are of equal importance. The final fugue, also
in three voices, is highly chromatic and is almost a double fugue,
as it has a very well developed counter subject. The fact
that this counter subject never finds its way into the bass part,
but instead enters again in the violin at the expected third time
in its exposition (an octave higher than at the start) nixes it
from this form. Considering how Bach creates various illusions
with these two instruments, one can only wonder how he himself
perceived this. In modern times we tend to pigeonhole things,
perhaps to a fault It is most certainly a very daring and
startling work, with it's chromaticism and dissonance, particularly
as he builds to a climax at the end.
Windpower Selected as a GoingGreen Top 100 Winner" reports
"For the second year
in a row, Nordic Windpower, Ltd., the leading company manufacturing
and selling innovative, two-bladed utility-scale turbines based
proven Swedish technology, today announced that it has been chosen
by AlwaysOn as one of the GoingGreen Top 100 Winners. The top
100 award signifies major developments in the creation of new
business opportunities in green technology industries. Nordic
Windpower was selected by the AlwaysOn editorial team and other
industry experts around the globe, based on a set of five criteria:
innovation, market potential, commercialization, stakeholder value,
and media buzz.
'The GoingGreen Top 100 winners
have excelled in key strategic areas in the global clean energy
technology markets,' said Tony Perkins, founder and CEO of AlwaysOn.
'We congratulate them for their success in introducing new tools,
services, and systems that are driving the next phase of greentech
innovation and transforming the biggest industries on earth.'
'Nordic Windpower is very
pleased to win this award for the second year in a row. We appreciate
the recognition of our innovative and clean technology, and that
of wind energy and other green solutions in fostering environmental
sustainability and combating global climate change. Nordic Windpower
turbines offer a cost-competitive, low-maintenance, and highly
reliable option for large and small developers and community wind
"Pioneer in real-time visibility enabled
yard management systems recognized as leading innovator in supply
and demand chain solutions"
is a report about a Berkeley business at pr-inside.
"PINC Solutions, the leader in cost-effective yard management
solutions based on real-time asset visibility technology, has
been named by Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine among
its 2008 top-100 providers of next-wave supply chain services
"California prospect Rosen shows interest
in NMSU women's basketball team"
writes Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News.
"Recent success for
the New Mexico State women's basketball team has attracted more
Aggies head coach Darin Spence signed three freshmen from California
for the upcoming season - forwards Cindy Ekweozer and Tabytha
Wampler along with guard Kaitln Soto.
Another California product,
Berkeley High School senior Camila Rosen made her first official
visit to the Las Cruces campus early this week.
'I think it's a great facility
and the support around the campus and the community is great,'
said Rosen, a 6-foot guard/forward. 'The coaching staff really
cares about the players.'
Rosen said the University
of San Francisco has already offered her. She said she has also
received interest from Pepperdine, California-State Northridge
and Santa Clara."
"Stopping the School to Jail Pipeline in
California" is a
report by Barry A. Krisberg, President, National
Council on Crime and Delinquency.
"Recent media accounts
have reported on the rising rates of school suspensions in California.
Clearly, the problem is statewide, but is worse in neighborhoods
already stressed by high rates of violence and poverty. We seem
to be staring directly down the "school to jail pipeline"-meaning
that youth that have behavior issues walk a fine line between
school and the corrections system. Before we fall back on the
hackneyed and disproven solution of more police (especially officers
untrained to handle teens) or more punitive responses, we owe
it to our youth to think carefully."
"Cal gets go-ahead for sports training
Carolyn Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"A state appeals court
refused Thursday to block UC Berkeley's plans to build a sports
training center next to Memorial Stadium, denying a request from
oak tree advocates and a neighborhood group for a new order stopping
The court's action came after
an Alameda County judge last week lifted her order preventing
the university from beginning construction in a grove of trees
occupied by protesters opposed to the campus' plans for the $124
'As far as we're concerned,
we're clear to begin construction,' said campus spokesman Dan
Mogulof, who added that he did not know when the university will
act. 'The state Court of Appeal ruled quickly and decisively on
this, and for us that's extremely significant.'"
And Ms Jones reports "Workers
begin cutting down trees at UC stadium.
UC Berkeley today began clearing
the Memorial Stadium oak grove where tree-sitting protesters have
been camped for nearly two years in an attempt to block construction
of a sports training facility there.
Arborists wielding saws began
thinning a portion of the grove as several dozen protesters shouted
from the median on nearby Piedmont Avenue. The action came a day
after a state appeals court refused two groups' request to stop
'It's surreal to see the
grove finally be cut down, after so much energy and effort and
spirit was put into protecting it,' said Daria Garina, a UC Berkeley
junior and supporter of the tree-sitters. 'It's tragic and awful.
On one of the local TV station's
coverage, a young woman student said "This is the saddest
thing I've ever seen."
Whoa, not much life experience
Building a new sports facility
right on the Hayward Fault speaks of the same denial that values
houses at millions of dollars that are built here right on the
Ah, Alice in Wonderland.
This week, our Geralyn had
a chicken tofu sandwich on ciabatta bread with cheese at TofuYou
on 9th and Ashby. She took it to-go and remarked "Very Good!"
Our Janine emails the complete
notes to her Bach concert--Part II
The first movement
of this Sonata has a very staid harpsichord part underlying the
freely expressive violin. This is an example of the inevitability
mentioned earlier, though the feeling of relentlessness is more
a result of the nearly ever-present theme of the right hand harpsichord
voices than in the walking bass line. The style is
reminiscent of a Chorale prelude, and the violin seems to enter
on a cantus firmus note, but this is not to be. Instead,
when it starts again, it offers commentary on a seemingly tragic
state of affairs, in a beautiful aria. It is not until halfway
through the movement that the violin finally picks up the material
we have been hearing so much of in the harpsichord, and it is
at a moment of harmonic tension just prior to the conclusion of
a major section. The violin's only other iteration of this melody
is in a moment of real surprise as the harmony takes an unexpected
and exquisite turn. Interestingly, the harpsichord never plays
the violin's melodies.
The third movement
of this Sonata is quite unusual. It does not have a melody
at all, but instead relies upon its harmonic progressions to compel
the listener through its apparent tale of woe. There is again
a sense of inevitability engendered by the relentless 32nd notes
in the harpsichord and pulsating double stops in the violin.
Tensions build and release as the harmonies change. This
is perhaps the closest to "new age" music one can find
in the Baroque repertoire.
Sonata #3 in E
major: The first movement of this Sonata is again one of
contrast between the more rigid harpsichord and freely improvisatory
violin. The sense of inevitability and solidity is in this
case provided by the firm foundation of the bass part which sounds
in octaves at every half bar. The piece begins over a prolonged
E pedal point and moves on from there. The writing for the harpsichord
right hand is particularly thick, and though not very idiomatic
to the instrument, makes for a grand and full support for the
highly ornamented violin part.
The second movement
exhibits contrast of a very different nature. It goes from the
seriously dignified first movement to the decidedly undignified
second, with its impish childlike tunes, which taunt and tease
the listener. This is a brilliant piece of three voice counterpoint,
and one is left thinking Bach could work magic with just about
The Adagio ma
non tanto again uses a repetitive accompanying figure to set
off the free treble voices. In this case the harpsichord and violin
share the duties as accompanist, though this falls away when the
two engage in duet. It is the bass line which anchors the entire
The final Allegro
is a masterful piece of illusion, as the violin and harpsichord
act as both orchestra and soloists in this Concerto-like movement.
The "tutti" sections are energetic and scintillating,
and the "ripieno" sections are nonchalant and fluid.
Bach's "tutti" interruptions during the "solos"
are both humorous and dramatic. In this case much is left
to the performers' imaginations as to how to "pull off"
the Concerto most effectively, which adds to the fun.
Sonata #1 in b
minor: The Adagio which opens this Sonata is another
tragic and dramatic work. It begins with a harpsichord solo,
and indeed this instrument seems to be the most important, but
the roles subtly shift as what was originally primary motivic
material becomes accompaniment. The violin takes the upper
hand roughly halfway through with powerful double stops in 6ths,
using the motives from the beginning. The balance of power
remains in the violin's favor thereafter, though the harpsichord
does get the final word.
The second movement is a sprightly three voice fugue, with all
parts being equal. Bach utilizes "violin" figuration
in many of the episodic sections which is equally successful on
either instrument. This, and the general high energy level, at
which both instruments are well suited, make for little contrast
It is as though
Bach is bringing the two instruments into as close concord as
possible in this Sonata. In the Andante he treats the two
treble parts the same, with the voices interweaving and
complementing each other. The walking bass line in this
case lends a sense of serenity to the movement, and it is also
most curious how Bach will reiterate the same bar verbatim, two
and three times over in succession, but because of the interest
in the treble parts it slides by unnoticed. Perhaps this is part
of the secret to its reposeful nature?
The final Allegro
arrives as a bit of a shock, as it is almost savage in nature.
The rapid figuration, insistent repeated notes and quick turn-like
figures in all three parts drive it from beginning to end.
Again, the various motives are equally suited to either instrument.
This Sonata as a whole is perhaps the one where the instruments
are most like one another.
Like the foregoing,
the Dolce of Sonata #2 in A Major, treats the three voices
as equals. Bach even opens the movement with the exact same
material presented one after another in all three voices as though
the voices are in conversation as peers.This sense of equality
continues into the next movement, which begins as a Fugue, but
quickly morphs into a Concerto. There are several features
which are unique to this movement. As in the third movement
of Sonata #5, there are long episodes where there is no melody,
but all three voices sound like accompaniment. In toto, they create
delightful harmonic texture. This occurs in the "ripieno"
sections when the "soloists" hold sway. The main fugue
subject appears at the moments one would expect the tutti in a
real Concerto, and as players we are following this lead.
There are a few dynamics written into the music, as forte and
piano during a section with echo-like effects. This section is
again built of little more than accompaniment. After this, the
piece enters a long cadenza for both "soloists" over
the dominant (E) pedal point. The harpsichord plays the
fugue subject in sequence while the violin arpeggiates (ad lib.).
The pattern breaks into runs alternating between the two instruments,
building to a half cadence climax before the da Capo.
un poco is in f# minor, the key associated with absolute despair.
The left hand is nearly relentless, marked "staccato sempre",
and is dry and seemingly indifferent to the plight of the treble
voices, which are in strict canon throughout the movement.
One can only speculate as to the symbolism behind this, but possibilities
abound, such as one of preordained (and thereby inescapable) destiny,
a bad set of circumstances being reflected upon, the contemplation
of the march of time and death itself, or maybe even reflecting
on the death of Bach's first wife in 1720, (or none of the above!)
Regardless of how one interprets this sad and pleading canon over
the stark bass line, the result is haunting, especially since
the piece leaves one hanging in the dominant key.
Bach was surely
an optimist, however, as he lets us off the hook so to speak,
with a boisterous Fugato to conclude the Sonata. It is marked
Presto, the only movement in the set with such a quick
The Chronicle of Higher
"The University of California
at Berkeley plans to renovate Cloyne Court, a 1904 student co-op
designed by John Galen Howard, the university's longtime architect.
The renovation will make the building better able to withstand
earthquakes and more accessible to visitors with disabilities."
"Researchers showcase automated bus that
uses magnets to steer through city streets" writes Sarah Yang, Media Relations, UC
"The thought of a bus
moving along city streets while its driver has both hands off
the wheel is alarming. But a special bus introduced today (Friday,
Sept. 5), steered not by a driver, but by a magnetic guidance
system developed by engineers at the University of California,
Berkeley, performed with remarkable precision.
The 60-foot research bus
was demonstrated along a one-mile stretch of E. 14th Street in
San Leandro that was embedded with a series of magnets. Special
sensors and processors on board the bus detected the magnets in
the pavement and controlled the steering based upon the information
it received. The driver maintained control of braking and acceleration,
but the steering was completely automated, allowing the bus to
pull into stops to within a lateral accuracy of 1 centimeter,
or about the width of an adult pinky finger."
"California's Laws" is Ken Silverstein of EnergyBiz
Insiders opinion of our energy laws.
energy and environmental laws are a noble but risky effort. While
they are serving to create a new economy, the rules may also be
hamstringing some utilities and businesses.
Green energy experiments
are not new to California, but this undertaking is more aggressive.
The state, which now gets 11 percent of its power from renewable
energy, has always taken a progressive posture toward expanding
its sustainable base. The problems, though, are that wind and
solar resources are limited while the cost of compliance may be
too high for some."
"Jobless rate jumps to 5-year high of 6.1
percent" is a report
by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer.
"The nation's unemployment
rate zoomed to a five-year high of 6.1 percent in August as employers
slashed 84,000 jobs, dramatic proof of the mounting damage a deeply
troubled economy is inflicting on workers and businesses alike.
The Labor Department's report,
released Friday, showed the increasing toll the housing, credit
and financial crises are taking on the economy."
"Home loan troubles break records again" writes Alan Zibel of the AP.
"The source of trouble
in the mortgage market has shifted from subprime loans made to
borrowers with bad credit to homeowners who had solid credit but
took out exotic loans with ballooning monthly payments.
The Mortgage Bankers Association
said Friday that more than 4 million American homeowners with
a mortgage-a record 9 percent-were either behind on their payments
or in foreclosure at the end of June."
Call me a muddle-headed optimist
but doesn't that leave 91% of mortgages paid on time?
"U.S. Rescue Seen at Hand for 2 Mortgage
the New York Times.
"Senior officials from
the Bush administration and the Federal Reserve on Friday called
in top executives of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the mortgage
finance giants, and told them that the government was preparing
to place the two companies under federal control, officials and
company executives briefed on the discussions said.
The plan, which would place
the companies into a conservatorship, was outlined in separate
meetings with the chief executives at the office of the companies'
new regulator. The executives were told that, under the plan,
they and their boards would be replaced and shareholders would
be virtually wiped out, but that the companies would be able to
continue functioning with the government generally standing behind
their debt, people briefed on the discussions said."
"Universal flu vaccine tests start" reports BBC NEWS.
"A universal flu vaccine which could mean an end to the annual
jab is being tested on UK volunteers."
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