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friends and family reunion road trip: day eight: long-distance friends meet up in san francisco

Yesterday, after we dropped the pups at daycare, Allan and I took the BART into the city, but got off at separate stops. Allan was meeting a blog-friend (someone we have met before, and went to a game with the last time we were here, in 2010), and then had an appointment at Kayo Books, a mecca for collectors of pulp paperbacks. Allan always hunts down used book stores when we travel, but this was a special find, something he's wanted to do for years. (As usual, I had no idea of this until we pla...
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Why we ought to be missing Jerry Brown (sort of)

SACRAMENTO – Gubernatorial press conferences typically are public-relations blitzes where governors tell you the wonderful way they are handling every problem and reporters ask lame questions designed to prove to their editors they are on top of things. They’re rarely very interesting, but with former Gov. Jerry Brown the events always were a hoot. “I’ve often used the phrase, from Thomas Hobbes, ‘Bellum omnes contra omnes.’ Or rather, ‘Bellum omni contra omnes. War of all against all.’ It will ...
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friends and family reunion road trip: day six: san francisco

Ah, San Francisco, how I love you. I love the energy of this city, its unique beauty, its mosaic of people and cultures and vibes. Just being here today was so fun and energizing. We had a late start and a frustrating morning (more on that later), but eventually had the dogs in daycare and ourselves on a BART train. It's an easy trip in, around 25 minutes. We bought Clipper cards, good for all transit in the region, which, if you can do it, is super convenient. We walked a bit downtown, heading ...
Tags: Travel, San Francisco, Personal, Canada, Berkeley, Golden Gate Bridge, Castro, Chinatown, Richmond, Travels, Bay, Bart, Alcatraz, Embarcadero, North Beach, Crissy Field

This California family has visited every In-N-Out in the country

To most customers of In-N-Out Burger, one drive-thru looks pretty much like all the others. But not to Sam Vonderheide. “When you go to 20 a day and 20 the next day, you start to notice things,” he said. Vonderheide is a teacher in Arroyo Grande, a Central California city near Pismo Beach. He and his children, 13-year-old Emery and 11-year-old Berkeley, just wrapped up a mission to visit every In-N-Out in the country. The Irvine-based chain currently has 366 locations in seven states: California...
Tags: Restaurants Food and Drink, Things to do, Fast Food, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE

They’re programmed to work hard and play hard

Industrial robotics are big and heavy — and in some cases, legitimately dangerous. They’re also extremely difficult to train — particularly if you plan to implement them for tasks outside of their purpose-built intentions. There’s huge opportunity for the right AI/software company to come along and help make the bulky systems intended for things like auto manufacturing easier to program and more versatile. Honestly, there’s probably enough room to support multiple companies in the category as ro...
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Berkeley to Offer Vegan Meals at Public Events, Buildings

The city of Berkeley will start serving vegan food at public events, jails, senior centers and other city buildings.
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Berkeley Orders Vegan Meals at Public Events, Buildings

The city of Berkeley will start serving vegan food at public events, jails, senior centers and other city buildings.
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‘Mad God’ Trailer: VFX Legend Phil Tippett Has Made a Stop-Motion Sci-Fi Horror Movie

Phil Tippett, a visual effects pioneer who worked on Star Wars: A New Hope, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Starship Troopers, and more, has a stop-motion sci-fi horror movie on the way, and it looks amazing. Titled Mad God, Tippett first had the idea for the film while working on Robocop 2. But when Jurassic Park came along, Tippett put work on Mad God on hold – and never really got back to it. Until the pandemic came along, that is. Tippett used the quarantine to complete...
Tags: Movies, News, Trailers, Berkeley, Indiana Jones, Spielberg, Steven Spielberg, Phil, Buster Keaton, Hieronymous Bosch, Tippett, Phil Tippett, Temple of Doom Starship Troopers, Tippett Studio

friends and family reunion road trip: day six: ashland to berkeley

This morning, after packing up the gear and the dogs, we went to my mother's place for a short visit before leaving town. She loves seeing Cookie and Kai, and it's great to see her every day that we're in the area.After more goodbyes, we headed to the Ashland Dog Park again. This time Cookie and Kai were yipping and whining with excitement as we pulled into the parking lot. Not quite the hysteria that accompanies trips to the beach, but still... two very happy and excited dogs.After some play an...
Tags: Travel, Oregon, Personal, Airbnb, Berkeley, Travels, Vrbo, Bay Area, Elmwood, Kai, Laura K, Ashland Dog Park

Robotic AI firm Covariant raises another $80 million

In May of last year, Covariant announced that it had raised a $40 million Series B. It was a healthy sum of money for the young company, bringing its total funding up to $67 million. Just a little over a year later, the Berkeley-based AI startup is adding another $80 million to its coffers, riding on a wave that dramatically accelerated interest in robotics and AI during the pandemic. “Companies across multiple industries had already been looking to realize significant gains with AI robotics and...
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Glyphic Biotechnologies raises $6M to accelerate protein sequencing by orders of magnitude

The whole human proteome may be free to browse thanks to DeepMind, but at the bleeding edge of biotech new proteins are made and tested every day, a complex and time-consuming process. Glyphic Biotechnologies accelerates the critical but slow sequencing step, potentially cutting drug development times down by a huge amount, and the startup just raised a $6 million seed to bring its clever solution to market. Proteins are at the heart of many new treatments and products; the ubiquitous and infini...
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"This was the beginning of the reopening, and we had a line of takeout orders. Her husband stood at the doorway and was like, ‘She's hungry! She needs her food right now!’"

"People who were already nice prior to the pandemic are super nice, and people who were a little bit difficult to deal with pre-pandemic are now completely just unbearable to even serve." Said the owner of Vanessa’s Bistro in Berkeley, quoted in "SF Bay Area restaurants are still struggling. Returning customers don't see that" (SF Gate). And there's this, from the founder of Misfits Bakehouse in Palo Alto: "I’ve been seeing a huge rise in people just forgetting to be human. People have been stay...
Tags: Law, Etiquette, Restaurants, Palo Alto, Berkeley, Said, SF Bay Area, Ann Althouse, Post-coronavirus Culture, Vanessa 's Bistro

Notes from the Bar None Ranch: The new Sheriff in Nitrogenville, Pivot Bio, raises another $430M

News arrives from Berkeley and Pivot Bio that the company has raised $430 million in its Series D venture round, led by DCVC and Temasek, bringing the total equity raised to more than $600 million. Last we saw, the company was valued at $1.6 billion — now, even more. The nitrogen rationale You might ask, as we do, why is the absence of nitrogen worth more than nitrogen? After all, Pivot Bio replaces nitrogen with nothing — or, to be more exact, microbes that obtain free nitrogen from the air...
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California to feed 6.2 million students in largest free school lunch program in US

By JOCELYN GECKER | The Associated Press When classrooms in California reopen for the fall term, all 6.2 million public school students will have the option to eat school meals for free, regardless of their family’s income. The undertaking, made possible by an unexpected budget surplus, will be the largest free student lunch program in the country. School officials, lawmakers, anti-hunger organizations and parents are applauding it as a pioneering way to prevent the stigma of accepting free lunc...
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State’s housing policies put homes out of reach

One reason California has a housing crisis is that the state’s politicians have enacted idiotic, egotistical climate laws that make it very difficult and costly to build homes unless they’re squeezed into an already developed area. The laws are idiotic because California produces about 1% of global greenhouse gases, and even shutting down the state entirely would have no effect on the global climate. They’re egotistical because at the mention of this fact, politicians jut out their chins and dec...
Tags: California, Opinion, Uncategorized, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Ronald Reagan, Jerry Brown, Berkeley, San Bernardino County, California Air Resources Board, Darrell Steinberg, CEQA, Susan Shelley, SCAG, Sacramento Area Council of Governments

Tesla Launches Subscription Service for Advanced Driver Assistance Software

BERKELEY, California (Reuters) -Tesla Inc said on Saturday that it has introduced an option for some customers to subscribe to its advanced driver...
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California lawmakers eye legislation based on lessons learned from Surfside condo collapse

In this 2015 file photo, a worker measures near the remaining wood from an apartment building balcony that collapsed in Berkeley. The balcony broke loose from the building during a 21st birthday party early June 16, 2015, killing six people and seriously injuring seven others. Building inspectors said the fifth-floor balcony that snapped off an apartment building was supported by wooden beams badly rotted by exposure to moisture. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File) A gaggle of Irish students partied in...
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Extra Crunch roundup: Think like a VC, CockroachDB EC-1, handle your stock options

Ants and camels are famously resilient, but when it was time to select a name for a startup that offers open-source, cloud-based distributed database architecture, you can imagine why “Cockroach Labs” was the final candidate. Database technology is fundamental infrastructure, which partially explains why it’s so resistant to innovation: Oracle Database was released in 1979, and MySQL didn’t reach the market until 1995. Since hitting the market six years ago, CockroachDB has become “a next-genera...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, TC, Entrepreneurship, India, Tech, Mysql, ISO, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Zomato, EC, Berkeley, Alex, Khosla

30 years of stunning photos show why NASA fought so hard to save its Hubble Space Telescope from a mysterious glitch

Galaxy Messier 94, imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope, is rapidly forming new stars in the bright ring surrounding it. NASA NASA has finally fixed the Hubble Space Telescope after a mysterious glitch took it offline more than a month ago. Hubble is the world's most powerful space telescope. During its three decades in orbit, it has helped astronomers calculate the age and expansion of the universe, study far-away planets, and probe the secrets of dark matter. In that time, the iconi...
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CockroachDB, the database that just won’t die

There is an art to engineering, and sometimes engineering can transform art. For Spencer Kimball and Peter Mattis, those two worlds collided when they created the widely successful open-source graphics program, GIMP, as college students at Berkeley. That project was so successful that when the two joined Google in 2002, Sergey Brin and Larry Page personally stopped by to tell the new hires how much they liked it and explained how they used the program to create the first Google logo. Co...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Startups, Enterprise, New York City, Tech, Mysql, Snapchat, Larry Page, SaaS, Sergey Brin, Berkeley, Databases, Data Management, Data Analysis, Kimball

California Lawmakers To Vote On Guaranteed Income Grants

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — T he California Legislature is scheduled to vote Thursday on a bill that would help pay for guaranteed income programs across the state. It would be the first state-funded program of its kind in the country, a major step for supporters whose goal is to take guaranteed income nationally. “The next stop is the federal government,” said former Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs. Tubbs is an advisor to Gov. Gavin Newsom and ran a high-profile guaranteed income program wh...
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Science snapshots from Berkeley Lab

Science snapshots from Berkeley Lab: Energy-saving windows, microbial fingerprints, lithium-ion batteries & fuel cells
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Dear Sophie: Tell me more about the EB-1A extraordinary ability green card

Sophie Alcorn Contributor Share on Twitter Sophie Alcorn is the founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley and 2019 Global Law Experts Awards’ “Law Firm of the Year in California for Entrepreneur Immigration Services.” She connects people with the businesses and opportunities that expand their lives. More posts by this contributor Dear Sophie: What’s the process for getting International Entrepreneur Paro...
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LA County calls for study of high-rise inspections following Surfside collapse

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to Tuesday, July 13, to adopt a motion mandating engineering inspections for older high-rise buildings in the Marina del Rey area, perhaps the first such inspection requirement adopted in the nation since the June 24 collapse of the Champlain Towers South building in Surfside, Fla. In addition, the motion requires county staff to study the feasibility of engineering reviews for all high rises in the rest of unincorporated L.A. County....
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L.A. County calls for study of high-rise inspections following Surfside collapse

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to Tuesday, July 13, to adopt a motion mandating engineering inspections for older high-rise buildings in the Marina del Rey area, perhaps the first such inspection requirement adopted in the nation since the June 24 collapse of the Champlain Towers South building in Surfside, Fla. In addition, the motion requires county staff to study the feasibility of engineering reviews for all high rises in the rest of unincorporated L.A. County....
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Unlike Florida, California leaves the safety of aging high-rises largely in owners’ hands

Despite the tendency of the earth to convulse beneath them, California has sprouted some 20,000 buildings that are 14 stories tall or higher, according to international data. Skyline photo along Spectrum Center Drive in Irvine in 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) They’re office buildings and residential towers. They’re in Long Beach and Los Angeles, Irvine and Oakland, San Jose and San Francisco, Glendale and Riverside. Some of the oldest have towered majestically ...
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Stumble-proof robot adapts to challenging terrain in real time

Robots have a hard time improvising, and encountering an unusual surface or obstacle usually means an abrupt stop or hard fall. But researchers at Facebook AI have created a new model for robotic locomotion that adapts in real time to any terrain it encounters, changing its gait on the fly to keep trucking when it hits sand, rocks, stairs, and other sudden changes. Although robotic movement can be versatile and exact, and robots can “learn” to climb steps, cross broken terrain and so on, these b...
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Musk's Boring Company Bids to Build Transit Tunnel in Florida

BERKELEY, California (Reuters) - Elon Musk's tunneling enterprise, Boring Company, has submitted a bid to build an underground transit system...
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‘The Kissing Booth 3’ Trailer: The Netflix Rom-Com is Back With Even More Kissing

Once again, the time has come to answer the age-old teenage rom-com question: friendship or love? The Kissing Booth 3 is back with a flashy new trailer as Joey King’s Elle is forced to choose a heart to break. Will it be that of her best friend Lee Flynn (Joel Courtney) or her boyfriend — Lee’s brother — Noah (Jacob Elordi)? Your guess is as good as mine. Check out The Kissing Both 3 trailer below. The Kissing Booth 3 Trailer What’s supposed to be a relaxing and memorable summer blowout...
Tags: Comedy, Movies, Romance, Noah, Teen, Netflix, Harvard, Trailers, Berkeley, Elle, Joey King, Lee, Troy Bolton, Elle Just, The Kissing Booth, Lee Flynn Joel Courtney

Anti-Defamation League’s 22nd annual Supreme Court Review

On Thursday, July 8, from 12 to 1:30 p.m. EDT, ADL, in partnership with the National Constitution Center, will host a virtual discussion on the most important cases of the 2020-21 Supreme Court term, including voting rights, LGBTQ rights, church-state separation, and immigration, and the changing dynamics of the Supreme Court and its implications for the future. Moderated by Dahlia Lithwick of Slate, the panel will feature Erwin Chemerinsky of Berkeley Law, Frederick Lawrence of Georgetown Law,...
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