December 22, 2007
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November 15, 2007
But, now BofA and Soros have sunk large amounts of cash into CFC so....???? What's the dealio?
November 14, 2007
Turns out that there is a simple preference to fix this problem. I have no idea why Apple doesn't make this the default setting.
Thank you Tony Spencer!
November 12, 2007
November 11, 2007
While the Landmarks Preservation Board can sometimes go overboard (Alan Ginsburg once puked on that wall, so it's a historic landmark!), we are definitely blessed to have a strong preservation group to keep our wonderful architecture.
The first building granted landmark status in Berkeley (as well as our only designated National Landmark) is the Maybeck designed First Church of Christ, Scientist
One of my favorite buildings is the Julia Morgan Theater, formerly St. John's Presbyterian Church. This is still a functioning theater, and is one of many structures that may have been lost to history without the Landmark Preservation Board (in fact, the fight to save this beautiful building led to the formation of the Berkeley Architecture Heritage Association.
November 09, 2007
November 08, 2007
Okay, stop laughing, everybody knows that only chicks buy Miatas, right?
But they don't. According to JD Power, 58% of 2008 Miatas are purchased by men. There are hardly any less chicky chick cars. I bet the Studly Tahoe is bought far more often by soccer moms than by studly men.
And Allison, I know the gay jokes are coming. I expect to see them in comments!
November 07, 2007
November 02, 2007
October 31, 2007
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October 08, 2007
Happy Columbus Day. Hope you enjoy celebrating the transmission of gonnorhea to poor defenseless Native Americans.
To everyone in Canada: Happy Thanksgiving. Hope you enjoy the slaughter of millions of Turkeys/Tofurkeys to supply your feast.
To everyone in the People's Republic of Berkeley: Happy Indigenous Peoples Day. Hope you enjoy celebrating the slaughter/scalpings of displaced people trying to settle the West for a better life.
Me? I'm still at work :(
October 04, 2007
October 03, 2007
September 05, 2007
August 28, 2007
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August 14, 2007
The guy was an amoral, winning is everything guy, and his legacy will reflect that. America isn't the Green Bay Packers, winning is not everything.
As long as Bush is in the White House and not behind bars, our long national nightmare lives.
August 02, 2007
There's a reason it's called the Comical.
Today, there was a big banner headline continuing their look into the homeless in the parks issue.
GOLDEN GATE PARK SWEEP - CAN CITY MAKE IT STICK?
Right underneath, was this picture:
Wow! They found all those needles in the sweep of Golden Gate Park! I was astounded....
...until I read the caption, in much smaller type:
"Syringes collected at the needle exchange near Haight Street - other used needles have found their way to neighborhood yards and Golden Gate Park."
So, these were syringes collected at the needle exchange -- right where they should be! I can imagine CW Nevius now...."I'm writing this story about used needles in the park...where can I find a picture of used needles? At the needle exchange!"
Shame on you, Chronicle.
July 25, 2007
Today was a ladder and some hay, presumably from the same load. I guess sometimes you need to store hay high up?
July 06, 2007
2. Waste Management, Inc. locks out their workers, jeapardizing trash collection throughout the East Bay. Except Berkeley, because the city does trash collection itself. So Oakland will stew in their own stench, but Berkeley will wave to the friendly trashman! Hopefully!
July 03, 2007
July 02, 2007
James Ochoa was accused of committing a carjacking in Orange County, California. The victims identified Mr. Ochoa as the man who carjacked them. The prosecutor had an easy case. Unfortunately, the DNA evidence came back pointing towards a different man, not in the DNA database as the attacker. So, the prosecutors did not disclose the evidence to Mr. Ochoa, and took the case to trial. The judge gave Mr. Ochoa a choice: Face trial, and up to 25 years to life maximum sentence or plead guilty to a crime he did not commit, and agree to two years in jail. Mr. Ochoa pled guilty. Ten months into his two year sentence, a man in Los Angeles County was arrested on an unrelated crime. When his DNA was tested, it showed a positive match to the DNA collected in the Ochoa case. Confronted with the evidence, this man quickly confessed to the crime.
It was only at that time that Ochoa was freed from jail. The white, affluent men accused in the Duke lacrosse case served no time in jail and saw their prosecutor fall from grace. James Ochoa spent nearly a year in jail for a crime he did not commit, and his prosecutor was not reprimanded.
June 07, 2007
San Francisco Great Gorilla Run (Sun/10)
Let the Fur Fly
Trade in your spandex for an ape suit this weekend for the San Francisco Great Gorilla Run, the first time the 5-year-old, London-based event will be held in the United States. Join the hordes of gorilla-garbed do-gooders on this 7-kilometer (4.3-mile) charity run through Golden Gate Park on Sunday morning. Individuals and teams, who are raising money in preparation for the event, choose a theme to incorporate into their ape attire -- you can expect to see hula dancers, firemen, Elvises, punks and even gorillas in the mist (er, fog). Participants can also walk, jog or get on all fours and drag their arms in true gorilla style. The event is hosted by the Gorilla Organization, a charity that works to protect forests in Central Africa from unregulated logging, poachers, illegal agriculture and other threats to the natural habitat of gorillas. Challenge yourself while beating your chest to get the word out on this King Kong-size problem. (And you get to keep the fur suit!) Video -- Lisa Zaffarese, SF Gate
The guy is a psychopath!
June 05, 2007
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May 31, 2007
The guy who owns the Shell that was famous for selling gas over $4/gallon (often times well over 50c higher than the guy across the street) to protest Shell Corporate "celebrated" his last day before giving the station to Shell by selling all the gas he had for $2.99/gallon, a veritable bargain these days.
"Earlier, customers like Avon Curtis said it was well worth it for her to wait for 90 minutes to save $4 to fill up her Ford Focus."
$4 divided by an hour and a half works out to an hourly rate of $2.67/hr, well under minimum wage. That idiot doesn't value her time much at all! Also, figure out how much gas she wasted idling, waiting for the pumps. Some people came over from the East Bay...did they pay a $4 toll to wait an hour and a half (or more!) to save $4 at the pump? The station at University and 6th in Berkeley, right off 80, is $3.31...not that much more!
And, if you ever drive a freeway or a major thoroughfare in the East Bay these days, you're reminded of his pork by big, ugly billboards. Not to mention the electronic billboards that he negotiated for his supporters at the Coliseum.
Seriously, he's facing some big charges, related to his hijacking of other people's computers and domains (clients he signed up for his fake internet promotion business)to send out the spam. Identity theft, mail fraud, email fraud.
No word which brand of herbal viagra he takes.
May 25, 2007
May 24, 2007
With Bush, I think we can modify it to a man who obstructs an investigation and complains that it takes a long time. When you do not allow people in your organization to testify publically and when requested emails are "missing" you can't complain that it takes a long time.
Thanks to www.tpmmuckraker.com for the video.
May 23, 2007
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May 17, 2007
The authors, Ret. Gen. Krulak and Ret. Gen. Hoar rose through the ranks of the military, they know what they're talking about.
I wish those in charge got it.
May 16, 2007
2) When I order coffee for here or para aqui, it means I want it in a mug or a glass. Paper cups are good for to go, or para llevar. And then, only in a pinch if I don't have a travel mug. I like you People's Cafe, but you hit my pet peeve. I'll still come back though.
3) The front table at People's is a good spot to watch the flash from the red light camera at Shattuck and University go off every 3rd or fourth cycle. Nab those red light runners!
Very unfortunate choice of words!
Well, it never would have worked out, if he would have wanted me to move to Palo Alto. I'm just not a Peninsula type of guy. Is Larry Page still single?
May 15, 2007
May 14, 2007
Of course, it took so long to publish, that it's already dated. But, the sentiment is the same even if I did pick the top a few days early (I picked it at 13284, and the intra-day high today was 13383, just a smidgen higher). I got arrogant and made a concrete prediction that didn't last until publication. I should be more fuzzy.
Anyways, check it out!
May 11, 2007
The "Cal 2000" coffee mug that my sister bought me, and that I was holding when I first met the Best Girl in the World, came crashing to the floor today and smashed into little pieces. Let's all have a moment of silence for good ol' Muggy.
It's not the job of the arts to self-censor. It's the job of viewers to think for themselves.
May 10, 2007
Especially Mr. Outwater who as had an amputated arm from a chainsaw and a hunk of metal two inches into his brain. Time for him to sit at a desk job!
The joke when I was growing up was that, whenever my dad was doing work around the house, it was my job to sit there with the cordless phone with "9" and "1" already pressed, and my hand hovering over the "1".
But, when we bought a chainsaw for pruning the trees, it did come at the end of a ten foot pole (literally!).
I hope the union soon gets a satisfactory deal. It's gone on long enough, with too many workers suffering low wages and graduates having a special day ruined.
May 09, 2007
May 07, 2007
I hope that there are enough records left in emails and the like to show the evils that Bush committed in the name of re-election, just like Nixon did. It is my fear that, like Reagan, Bush learned the lesson from Nixon that any records you have can be used against you. Just as we may never know the full story of the "October Surprise" or the Iran-Contra dealings, we may never know the full story behind Iraq, the prosecutor purge, and any number of scandals out of the White House. And, Chris Hitchens better hope it stays that way or he'll end up with serious egg on his face.
May 05, 2007
May 04, 2007
May 03, 2007
Your wonderful ANG newspapers bring the story about how the worst effects of the extra traffic are the news helicopters hovering all day long. Bonus for noticing that city officials are measuring to see if the helicopters violate the "nose ordinance." I guess they smell bad?
Anyways, here's what the toll plaza looked like about the time I would have gone through had I driven Monday (7:50AM)
If all it takes to knock down traffic is a falling freeway ramp, where can I find myself a tanker truck? I can think of some freeways to take out!!!
April 26, 2007
The ridiculous Clinton investigations performed by Ken Starr et. al. were a sneaky trick to provide justification for allowing the independent prosecutor law to lapse. This is why there hasn't been a Ken Starr to investigate the Bush Administration, or in the Abramoff case.
They did this so that when they regained the White House, they could pull anything they wanted without fear of jail.
It worked until they lost Congress!
April 20, 2007
April 19, 2007
In 1998, the Brady Bill (which mandates the background check) was revised. Previously, any purchaser at a gun shop had to wait five days to purchase a gun as a thorough background check was performed. However, the 5 day waiting period expired in 1998 and was replaced by the current instant check system called NICS. This instant check failed to pick up Cho Seung-Hui's involuntary stay at a mental hospital, which should have disqualified him from buying a gun.
The "Gun Show Loophole" is also an inconsistency in current law, but it is not the problem that allowed Cho Seung-Hui to purchase two guns.
April 14, 2007
The performance by the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo (the predecessor of one of my favorite bands!)
Buddy Hackett, Shari Lewis (sans Lambchop) and Bill Bixby (not green that day) trying to figure it out
Or, the fact that Chuck Barris seemed drunk the whole time?
April 13, 2007
I think I'll be going to a nice dinner that night!
Some restaurants I can vouch for:
AsiaSF--your tranny show headquarters!
Liason Bistro--nice-ish French food in Berkeley
Destino--went here for Dine About Town, good Peruvian
Speisekammer--German food in Alameda. Yummy, and huge beers on tap!
Go, get a nice dinner, and cure AIDS! What more could one want?
April 11, 2007
The flat-tax proponents have scored a linguistic coup, as they have equated tax simplification with the flat tax. A flat tax isn't inherently simpler (well, very much slightly simpler than the Wyden/Emanuel plan which would take a 10 year old with a basic calculator). But, it is a windfall for the rich.
If the proponents truly cared about the tax simplification, they wouldn't tie it to a flat tax, which is unpopular and unpassable. This makes the flat tax advocates a net negative for tax simplification. If people didn't conflate the idea of simplification (would be good, and popular) with a flat tax (bad, and unpopular) they would be more likely to support it. If the flat tax advocates truly cared about simplification, they'd back the Wyden/Emanuel plan. But, most of them have as a primary goal a tax windfall for the upper income folk.
The other big problem with the plan as proposed by Rabushka (I'm not sure about the Wyden/Ehmanuel plan) is that it exempts capital gains and dividends. The result of this would be corporations creating a special class of stock for executives who would be paid minimum wage and reap millions tax free through special dividends.
There are ways to simplify the tax code, but a flat tax is not necessary.
April 10, 2007
This year, the whole bridge is closed for Labor Day. Caltrans really is going to put the labor in Labor Day!
I just hope it opens by Tuesday morning for the commute! I wonder if people on Treasure Island are going to be isolated the whole weekend?
April 09, 2007
Restrict yourself to dating girls who live within the City and County of San Francisco. Dating women out of your jurisdiction only leads to problems.
Of course this wouldn't eliminate his biggest woman problem but isn't that why he went to rehab???
Best of luck, Mayor Newsom!
March 27, 2007
In other news, Berkeley Farms (again, the dairy) is headquarted in lovely Hayward, CA. Not Berkeley, as Berkeley Farms the Blog is. Maybe their tagline should be "Farms in Hayward?" but who would drink milk from Hayward?
February 23, 2007
What is news to a lot of people is how much you can accomplish just by asking. The credit card companies need your business -- you are worth it to them, especially if you're a good customer. If you meet or exceed your minimum payment each month on time, they see you as a good credit risk, not very likely to default on your debt, especially if your credit score is good. If you need something, just ask.
Just this past month, I had a slightly larger than normal bill, due to some traveling and toys I bought myself. It definitely wasn't a problem, but it was just a bit more than I had in checking. However, my paycheck was coming in the day after the due date of the bill. I call up and get a friendly customer service rep. I ask if it's possible to move the due date back one day. The reply is negative, it's impossible. I briefly try reason, after all, I'm a good customer, yada yada yada. I ask for the supervisor, and the CSR says sure, but it won't do any good. The operator picks up the phone and agrees, it's impossible to change the due date once the bill is issued, but she can make it so that a payment a day late shows up as on time. A second of pondering confirms to me that, indeed, it is the same thing. I can pay my bill a day after due date. I confirm with her -- no late fee? No interest? Duly satisfied, I take down her name and note the time of the call.
I set up the online-payment to pay a day after the due date. When I got this months bill, indeed I find that it comes with no fees and no charges. They actually did right by me. Chase is good, if you know how to ask for what you want.
A list of other things to ask for from your credit card:
- Cancel late charges. No brainer. If you miss a payment (only on occasion, no more than once per year) for whatever reason, call them up and promise not to do it again. A charge of at least $20 and sometimes up to $39 can get wiped off in an instant.
- Drop the annual fee. Sometimes they might, sometimes not, depending on the card and your credit situation.
- A break on the interest rate. They might temporarily give you their introductory rates, or permanently drop your rate. This is useful if you carry a balance, but you need to have a history of on-time payments to get this one. Interest is what you pay the credit card company to take the risk of you defaulting. If you are a high risk, you'll pay more.
- Credit limit. If you're looking to make a big purchase, and you have a mileage or rewards card, ask for the credit limit to be bumped up. Then, pay it off at the end of the month. For instance, if you are paying cash for a car, or as the down payment, put it on your card. Ask for an increase in your limit, or even send some money into the credit card company ahead of time, creating a negative balance. For instance, if you have a $5,000 limit and are trying to buy a $10,000 car, send a check of $5,000 to your credit card. So, when you buy a car, you can put $10,000 on the card and get that many miles. Just make sure you pay it off at the end of the month -- you will be paying hundreds of dollars a year in interest if you don't.
Really, whatever you need from your credit card company, it never hurts to ask. The worst that will happen is that they will turn you down. Of course, it is necessary to be a good customer -- always pay your bill on time!
February 12, 2007
Allison and I were talking about Eddie Murphy the other night. He was the funniest, dirtiest motherfucker when he was like 23 years old. Then he got older, had kids of his own, stopped snorting coke, and made shit like Haunted Mansion.
I guess it just goes to show that people are way funnier when they're stoned.
February 11, 2007
I guess when you're planning your last supper, you need that combo pack of 18 pounds of chicken for all your friends. Why bother turning water into wine when you can get magnums for $5 each? Maybe someone should have clued him into Two Buck Chuck!
February 09, 2007
Huh huh, I said "Master." I'm in the mood for a break from the nine-to-five thing. Also, with an MS in biostat, I could probably do a lot of independent stuff and eschew the full time thing. That would be pretty nice!