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.
Lance Knobel (Berkeleyside co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine in Britain, and World Link, the magazine of the World Economic Forum. In 1999-2000 he was director of the Programme of the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos. He is also the founder and curator of Berkeleyside's Uncharted Festival of Ideas.
The Berkeley Wire: 10.30.09
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 […]
Street art mystery solved
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 […]
The double meaning of Spirit Day at BHS
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 […]
The Berkeley Wire: 10.29.09
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. […]
Goodbye on Beat 8
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 […]
Does big-money sports make sense at Cal?
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 […]
When the bridge is out, what about the ferry?
With no Bay Bridge, wouldn’t it be nice to have a ferry from Berkeley into the city? 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 […]
Prepare for the Dia de los Muertos
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, […]
Hoisted from the comments: issues the city council could take on
Regular commenter Thomas Lord has some thoughts on the city council agenda, if it wants to turn from “ineffectual statements about world affairs”: There are a heck of a lot of unoccupied, neglected properties around my neighborhood in West Berkeley. Some are empty, foreclosed places. One is an 8(?) unit condo that was never even […]
On the agenda for the City Council
Tonight’s city council meeting has both substantive and symbolic items on the agenda. The council meeting is webcast from 7pm. There will be a first reading of an ordinance requiring employers with 10 or more employees to offer a pre-tax payroll deduction for commuter benefits. As part of the economic stimulus legislation passed in February, […]
America’s Most Wanted in Berkeley
America’s Most Wanted, the Fox show that brings the glare of mass television to the task of tracking down fugitives from justice, will be filming on Allston Way between 9th and 10th Streets today (hat tip: John). The program is in Berkeley to “recreate” to film an introduction about the gang murder that took place […]