Monthly Archives: October 2009
Kate McEachern is a blonde, cheerful woman whose main goal is to make people happy.
By feeding them cupcakes.
Two months ago, McEachern, a former editor for Dwell, a high-end architecture and lifestyle magazine, turned her attention to baking. She rented space in a commercial kitchen in Richmond, sought out high quality ingredients, and put together a delicious menu of sweets.
Since then she has loaded up an old taco truck (redone and slapped with an endearing logo designed … Continue reading »
Sci-Experiments.com has exquisite detail on the repair — and the failure of the previous repair — to the Bay Bridge. Brings back memories of taking structural engineering 33 years ago.
The hallways, courtyards, and football field at Berkeley High were covered in a sea of red and gold Friday as thousands of students dressed up to celebrate Rally Day.
Teenagers painted their faces and chests red and gold, topped their heads with colored pom poms, and donned a lot of gold lame to declare their affection for Berkeley High.
After a day of shortened classes, the students gathered on the football field where they watched representatives from each year — … Continue reading »
Bay Bridge still closed. But you didn’t need us to tell you that, did you? [Bay Bridge Info]
Creepy cyborg insects emerge from UCB. How did we miss this the other week? [BBC News]
Who’s afraid of Michael Pollan? Sign the petition [Environmental Action]
The undefeated BHS Yellowjackets should crush Hercules today at 5:30. Last three games have combined score of 160-0. Ouch. Go Jackets! [MaxPreps]
Photo in west Berkeley by Lee Otis from Flickr
About a month ago on our previous site, we wrote about a mysterious work of street art on the corner of Ashby and Telegraph. A reader figured out it was by artist Jesse Hazelip. Now Hazelip writes in to explain:
The project is about American historical lessons that we have ignored as a society. We pushed the buffalo to the brink of extinction, and with WWII we saw a glimpse of what our end might … Continue reading »
It’s Rally Day today at Berkeley High School. My freshman son has enjoyed his first Spirit Week at BHS, as he has enjoyed most of his BHS experience so far. But Spirit Week seems to have a different meaning for some students.
Here’s the gist of a thoughtful email BHS parents and guardians received from Mark van Krieken of the BHS PTSA:
Rally Day has traditionally been a day for students to demonstrate their spirit for their … Continue reading »
When ants attack! UCB researchers find the chemicals that turn friendly ants aggressive [Science Daily]
The Internet as the “mothership of creativity”. Or have we blurred the distinction between mall and university? [Berkeley Blog]
Dance off that Halloween candy at Ashkenaz on Sunday [Soul Sanctuary Dance]
Ho hum. Another $7 million for research at LBL. No, it’s really a great thing that we have an administration that believes in science. I just need some snark in these short items [LBL Newscenter]
Photo of South Hall by Refractionless from Flickr
Ever since we moved to the Elmwood, we’ve received regular, informative emails from Roderick Roe, our Beat 8 police officer. Roe leavened the usual litany of break-ins and car thefts with helpful advice and a distinct, personal voice.
I’ve just received his latest email, which is a goodbye:
Believe me, after twenty-one years as a police officer, I’ve seen too much and need a break from law enforcement. So, as of Nov. 12thclose-of-business, I will become a private … Continue reading »
The relationship of big-money sports to the university will be the focus of next week’s Academic Senate meeting at UC Berkeley. The Chronicle published a front-page analysis of the debate the other day, and the university has just released Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour’s 22-page question-and-answer document.
Some facts from Barbour’s FAQ that I wasn’t aware of:
The three most highly compensated coaches (football’s Jeff Tedford, men’s basketball’s Mike Montgomery and women’s basketball’s Joanne Boyle) all … Continue reading »
How Amoeba Records got its name and what it says about them [Fritinancy]
Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman coming to Berkeley [Democracy Now]
Social networking: friend or foe? Someone went to the UC Berkeley conference so you don’t have to [Social Media Today]
LBL opens to apprentice electricians [LBL Newscenter]
[Photo of Halloween pumpkins on Russell Street: brothergrimm on Flickr]
That’s always been my thought, but I’m being persuaded otherwise by David Fielder, a friend who is one of the most visible opponents of the planned Berkeley Marina ferry service. Certainly when you begin to look at the Water Emergency Transportation Authority’s plan, it’s hard to make the numbers add up. The cost of the plan is $57 … Continue reading »
The earliest the Bay Bridge will reopen is tomorrow, Thursday, and it could be several days after that, according to Caltrans spokesman Bart Ney who spoke to Kron4.
Read the full report here.
The Fond Farewell speakers series at Grace North Church has a timely presentation tonight. The Oakland Museum’s Lisa Lemus will be helping participants build their own Dia de los Muertos altars. Carol Redmount, professor of archaeology at UC Berkeley, will also speak about death in ancient Egypt.
If you’re interested in building your own altar, you should bring a photo of the person you are honoring and flowers, candles and other items to offer.
The Dia de los Muertos … Continue reading »