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North America » United States » California » Berkeley October 7th 2023

Could this be my final Pac 12 football game? Could the famous Bill Walton phrase, "Conference of Champions" cease to exist? Will the epic battles against USC and UCLA come to an end? Saturday, I am in Berkeley for our Pac 12 game against the Oregon State Beavers, one of the last two schools left in the old Pac 12. I don't think it will be the same when we play North Carolina State, or Wake Forest in the future. I fondly remember attending several Big Games. And the Greatest Play in the history of college football (the 5 lateral, trombone player TD run). And I loved watching the UCLA Bruins basketball teams with Coach Wooden, and his many star players, like Walton, Jabbar, Marques, Lucius, Goodrich, and Wilkes. Yes, the big University money grab is ... read more
Bancroft Library
Me and Webb, Golden Bears
Sather Tower, aka The Campanile

North America » United States » California » Berkeley August 1st 2023

Everyone knows Dr. Oppenheimer taught Physics at UC Berkeley. Several scenes in the movie were part of my own experience at Berkeley. Photo 1: Edwards Field is a track only facility on the west side of the campus. I remember attending track meets, playing soccer on that field and running the steps during a PE class. Several world records were set there. Photo 2: This archway over Strawberry Creek separated the Faculty Club from the science area of campus. I walked through this archway almost every day that classes were held. Photo 3: LeConte* Hall, home to the physics department, also housed many of Berkeley's other famous profs, such as Nobel winners Saul Perlmutter, George Smoot III, Charles Townes, Luis Alvarez, Donald Glaser, Reinhard Genzel, Owen Chamberlain, Ernest Lawrence. You probably recognize some of the names. ... read more
Strawberry Creek arch
UCB Physics Building
Oppenheimer's Office

North America » United States » California » Berkeley October 16th 2022

The Arrhenius equation, states that for every 10-degree Celsius increase, the reaction rate doubles. What makes coffee special is its volatiles or the chemicals that produce its distinct aroma. Likewise, the reaction rate halves for every 10-degree Celsius decrease, so keeping coffee cooler will preserve the smell. There’s a right way and a wrong way to store java in the freezer. The best practice would be to keep beans in an airtight container like a Tupperware or Mason jar to keep moisture out. Brianne Linne, a researcher, also recommends batching out the beans and checking each portion individually to ensure it’s completely thawed before use. Pre-ground coffee, Linne says, is extremely dry. Dry things want to absorb moisture, so improperly storing ground coffee in the url=https://www.inverse.com/scien... read more
Ground coffee
Love my Peet's Coffee
A fun coffee joke

North America » United States » California » Berkeley September 26th 2022

Actually, from the time I first set foot on the UC Berkeley campus as a sophomore in high school, I fell in love with the UC Berkeley campus. It became both my dream and a goal through my high school years to matriculate to Berkeley. The day I received the letter in the mail, during my senior year of high school was one of the happiest days of my young life. Most people here in the Valley consider me to be a Berkeley liberal. I just consider myself a liberal, though I think I became that way in high school, thanks to friends like Mario Olmos and Bob Osganian. But here are some unique only in Berkeley quirkiness: THE NOBEL IS THE WORLD’S most prestigious award for academic, cultural, and scientific advances. A Nobel Laureate will, ... read more
Only Nobel laureates park here!
The Free Speech Movement here at Berkeley

North America » United States » California » Berkeley September 24th 2022

Has it really been about five years since I trudged up to Memorial Stadium in Berkeley for a Cal football game? Have I given up the notion that my Golden Bears will play in the Rose Bowl on January 1st one of these years, while I am still alive? We have not been to the Rose Bowl since January 1, 1959. We played the heavily favored Iowa Hawkeyes of the Big 10 and lost 38 to 12. But we were the 16th ranked team in the country. Joe Kapp was the star QB for the Bears. He later became the Head Coach. Believe it or not, I was in Pasadena on that fateful day in 1959. Our family was visiting relatives who lived within earshot of the Rose Bowl. I could hear the PA announcer and ... read more
Today's game
Me and Oski bear

North America » United States » California » Berkeley August 22nd 2022

From the SF Chronicle: Bay Area broadcaster Joe Starkey, famous for his call of “The Play” in 1982, will retire as Cal’s football radio play-by-play announcer after the 2022 season. Starkey’s “the band is out on the field” call 40 years ago is widely considered one of the most recognizable calls in sports history. However, his legacy extends far beyond a single moment or play. I remember (Nov. 20, 1982) that call so vividly, even though I was in the car with my then baby (not quite 2 years old) son. We were running and errand, and we stayed in the car to listen to the end of the game. Earlier in the afternoon, I was watching TV and hoping we would beat the Standfurd Indians. As time was running out, a Cal player (Paul Najarian) ... read more
The Play, greatest in the history of college football!!!!
The greatest public University in the world!!

North America » United States » California » Berkeley August 22nd 2022

My favorite college town: Although Berkeley may be considered more bougie than bohemian these days, the counterculture vibe that made it so famous in the 60s is still recognizable in its local haunts, and food and art scene. Dine at world-famous Chez Panisse — considered by many to be the birthplace of the California cuisine food movement — where the focus is on locally sourced, sustainable ingredients. For art and cinema aficionados, the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive are on a mission to “inspire the imagination (and) ignite critical dialogue” with diverse exhibitions and hard-to-find independent films. For a taste of the old days, head to the University of California’s epicenter of protests and performances, Sproul Hall, or head to Telegraph Avenue for bookstores and street vendor wares. I went to UC Berkeley ... read more
Big C, the Campanile or Sather Tower

North America » United States » California » Berkeley July 17th 2022

From Finance Buzz: Although Berkeley may be considered more bougie than bohemian these days, the counterculture vibe that made it so famous in the 60s is still recognizable in its local haunts, and food and art scene. Dine at world-famous Chez Panisse — considered by many to be the birthplace of the California cuisine food movement — where the focus is on locally sourced, sustainable ingredients. For art and cinema aficionados, the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive is on a mission to “inspire the imagination (and) ignite critical dialogue” with diverse exhibitions and hard-to-find independent films. For a taste of the old days, head to the University of California’s epicenter of protests and performances, Sproul Hall, or head to Telegraph Avenue for bookstores and street vendor wares. I love Berkeley, as I attended ... read more
Never, I repeat, NEVER!!!!
Colin Morikawa, Cal grad, two time grand slam winner

North America » United States » California » Berkeley January 10th 2022

In recent years, I have tried to attend a Cal football and basketball game each season. But as the years pass me by, the trips to Berkeley are less frequent, but still cherished. I love the campus, UC, Berkeley, and memories of my undergrad and grad school days at the best public institution in the world. For those of you not born yet, I started as a 17-year-old freshman in 1964!!! Tuition was $121.50 a semester, and the dorm and 20 meals a week totaled $440. Plus, I had some scholarship funds. From 2009: As most of you know by now, my years at the University of California as an undergrad and graduate student are among my favorites for many reasons. And not the least of which was attending athletic events, mostly football, basketball, and rugby. ... read more
Sproul Hall, home of the 1964 Free Speech Movement
Me and Oski bear
2020 Nobels

North America » United States » California » Berkeley April 13th 2020

The pessimist in some of us say there might not be another tomorrow. But, I am an optimist, and I started planning some trips for June and this summer. And I am assuming my cycling trip to Croatia in October will take place. But, I will tell you that I do not watch podcasts or online videos of travel, or travel related activities. I am surely in the throes of severe withdrawal. Is my bag packed? Is my passport ready? What is going on? I just renewed my Global Entry on my passport. And my miles keep piling up in various frequent flyer and hotel reward accounts, with many credit cards having a negative balance. First, to keep myself sane, I checked in on many of you, particularly those who live in foreign countries. Everyone has ... read more
The idiot and his border
Tired of reruns




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