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So, sometimes, the Clog gets a kick out of Craigslist personals. Don’t judge. If we weren’t kind of creepy, we wouldn’t have discovered this.

The title of the ad? “Professor/Author Seeks Barely Legal Bookworm.” The hook? He’s looking for “highbrow conversations and bouts of polymorphous perversity” — “an intellectual giant in a Lolita body.”

The catch? This ad was posted in Berkeley.

Incoming freshmen better watch out. Our very own Humbert Humbert is waiting in office hours for you to “tell [him] which antinomian proclivities animate the secret regions of your soul.”

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Miscellaneous Romance [Craigslist]
Earlier: Um … This


Polar Vision – Training Video from Polar Vision on Vimeo.

The alternate title to this post was “Prepare to Be Inspired, or to Have Your Mind Blown, or to Be Left Speechless, etc.” It was just a touch too unwieldy, though, for the story of Adam Lock, recent graduate of Haas School of Business’s MBA program.

At the ripe old age of 24, Lock’s vision began to deteriorate due to Macular Degeneration. He could no longer fly for the Royal Navy, but the end of his military career was the beginning of an unbelievable life.

Lock rowed across the Atlantic, raising money for charity, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, Blanc and Everest and ran 10 marathons, all while read more »


30sliders_t607Two-dollars sliders. And it gets better: Patties ground from local grass-fed cows (sacrificed for the occasion) nest on beds of organic lettuce with golden tater tots and fresh coleslaw on the side. Top that off with some s’mores bars for dessert and a house-made shake (dare we compare them with Saturn’s?) and one could die happy (does it matter if it’s from a heart attack?). Phil’s Sliders opened this past Friday on Shattuck where New China Express used to be, next to the closed Comic Relief.

The restaurant is the brainchild of Hugh Groman (not Phil? we felt a tad misled until we learned Phil was his dad). While the restaurant was under construction, he left a sign in the window read more »


Fish marketCal Dining doesn’t exactly provide the same glorious experience of Chez Panisse, but they’re not so bad. Cal Dining at UC Berkeley is the first public university dining program in the country to be awarded Marine Stewardship Council certification for its dedication to sustainable seafood.

What is sustainable seafood exactly? Sustainable seafood must be caught while still keeping the fish stocks and their surrounding environment relatively stable. Students will be able to learn about this through labels on the menus, plus there will be posters and ads.

Taking its environmental impact rather seriously, Cal Dining was also the first dining program to earn organic certification. The salad bars at all four dining halls are organic, so as long as you manage to resist the rather high amounts artery-clogging foods (Late Night), you should be able to maintain a relatively healthy diet.

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UC Berkeley achieves sustainable seafood certification [UC Berkeley NewsCenter]


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No, no, don’t worry, you can’t get rid of us that easily. The Library Bookstore, however, is far more mortal than The Daily Clog. Wait — what? Another bookstore is closing? We sarcastically find this news impossible to believe.

Sadly, it appears that the Library Bookstore will soon become the latest victim in an alarmingly long list of bookstore closings in the Bay Area. Because of school budget cuts that have forced a library-wide hiring freeze and the retirement of Frank Carothers, the bookstore manager for almost 30 years, the business will forever close its doors on Thursday, June 30.

Needless to say, we at the Clog are troubled by the loss of a bookstore that has provided us with $1 sales on read more »


datingFor vegans and vegetarians, it can be hard to find people who share your beliefs — especially in a place like Berkeley, which is so clearly devoid of the diet-conscious. Snarkiness aside, meeting people can pose somewhat of a challenge, and Karen Brighten Events is here to help.

On Wednesday, Aug. 3, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Karen Brighten Events will hold a speed dating event at Saturn Cafe for vegans, vegetarians and “veg-curious.” The speed dating segment is 45 minutes long, with each particular round lasting 3 minutes.

The first event is for heterosexuals above the age of 21, but they are planning an LGBT event as well. There are only 50 tickets, so if you’re interested, you better act quickly.

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Veg Speed Dating [Veg Speed Dating] via Berkeleyside


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Sunday Shout-Out picks out the week’s stories that simply slipped our minds.

People who were relieved to hear about Governor Brown’s decision to veto the legislature’s proposed budget include, but were certainly not limited to, Chancellor Birgeneau. [News Center]

Lucky guests joined First Lady Michelle Obama at the Claremont Hotel for a $1000 event that included, but was certainly not limited to, baked eggs. Groups that could not attend included, but were certainly not limited to, the Daily Cal. [Daily Cal]

We’ve never heard of plasmon rulers, but read more »



This tasty morsel of a documentary captures legendary German film director Werner Herzog eating a shoe à la Alice Waters’ School of Slow Food (cooked for five hours to leathery perfection) at the Berkeley UC Theater. He bet American director and documentarian Errol Morris (just starting out at the time) that Morris would never complete his documentary, “Gates of Heaven,” about a pet cemetery; and that if he did, he would eat his shoe.

At eight minutes into the video, Herzog begins to address the crowd in the theater, intersplicing encouragement to young filmmakers with culinary commentary: “I think I won’t eat the soles because it’s so sticky now…when you eat the chicken, you leave the bones anyway.”

Short Break: That Shoe Werner Herzog Ate? Cooked at Chez Panisse! [The Bay Citizen]
Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe [YouTube]


father's day dadIt’s Father’s Day — hope you remembered to send a card to your dear sweet pops. Or called or something. Heck, we’ve seen people honoring their dads by changing their Facebook profile pictures to favorite father-and-son/daughter snapshots from childhood. It’s how we young folks say “I love you” in the digital age.

OK, we’re getting away from the point: It’s Father’s Day. And in May we had Mother’s Day. But it takes more than Mom and Dad to raise the kids. Isn’t there that famous saying that claims it takes a village … ?

There is no Co-Parents Day to celebrate the other adults who are instrumental in nurturing a child, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t. UC Berkeley psychologist Philip Cowan confirms the importance of co-parents (life partners, caregivers, relatives, etc.) who aren’t necessarily fathers. Says Cowan, read more »


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It was with an almost inappropriate level of excitement that the Clog learned of Sarah Shourd’s plan to speak at UC Berkeley tomorrow afternoon. Like many around the world, we’ve been following the story of Shourd, Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer quite obsessively ever since the three Berkeley grads were detained while hiking near the border between Iraq and Iran in July 2009.

From their imprisonment and charges of spying to President Ahmadinejad’s generally uncooperative douchebaggery — from a much-celebrated engagement to read more »


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