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The last irrelevant Star Wars photo of the summer

When the Clog chanced upon its first Berkeley City Council meeting this summer, we were expecting it to be a bunch of boring white men talking about boring white men problems. What we weren’t expecting was a spectacle worth missing Taco Tuesdays for.

The Clog would like to thank the characters of City Council and the public commentators for making this summer a memorable one, and for forcing us to sweat immeasurable amounts in that stuffy old room. Here’s our recap of the best and worst moments of Berkeley City Council, summer 2012: read more »



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Click on the link here to watch the Star Wars version of Call Me Maybe , the song by the ever so talented Carly Rae Jepsen. May the Bubblegum Pop Force be with you!

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“Retreat, all craft prepare to retreat,” says Erik Bauersfeld, chuckling as he reads a now-famous line from the original “Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi” script.

Bauersfeld, the man who voiced both Admiral Ackbar and Bib Fortuna in “Return of the Jedi,” has been an essential figure at Berkeley’s own KPFA radio station for the past 31 years. How did we nerds at the Clog not know about this until now?

Luckily, he was open to meeting with us.

As we sat, anxiously awaiting his arrival, we began to wonder what the Admiral would look like in the flesh. Would he be mightily imposing? Would he intimidate the bejeezus out of us with his deep and booming voice? Was this all a trap? read more »


mmm... sleepy time

Another summer gone, another school year begins.

No worries, because we at the Clog are here to make sure that at least one of your fall semester classes will be worth waking up for. Because we love our readers so dearly and would hate for you procrastinators to add a boring, soul-gnawing class just to reach that 13 unit mark, we present to you a short list of noteworthy classes we’re convinced you will enjoy immeasurably.

So … read more »


No, this isn't for the Real World auditions.Man, we haven’t seen lines like this since “Star Wars: Episode I” came out. For the spiritually inert and culturally oblivious souls who strolled past the epic queue this morning in a state of bleary-eyed confusion: The Dalai Lama is coming to town. People want tickets for cheap.

Thousands of students snaked around Bancroft Way and Sproul Plaza to secure access to the profoundly anticipated lecture, which is set to take place on read more »


The Dark Side just got darker thanks to UC Berkeley professor James O’Brien. The Force Unleashed is a Star Wars spin-off that includes a video game for all the latest and greatest consoles.

O’Brien’s contribution (Digital Molecular Matter technology based on his doctoral dissertation) brings the gaming experience to a whole new level, so to speak. DMM effects catch the little details, like the shattering of glass and the sway of trees, and pushes them one more inch toward that lifelike quality that we crave in role playing games.

We love Obi-Wan and all his heroic manliness, but TFU has the gamer play for the other team. Who can turn down a walk on Dark Side when it offers such realistic blasting Wookies and stormtroopers?

O’Brien proves that the highest degree of comp-sci nerdiness can pay off. Granted, it’s paying off in LucasArts, arguably the highest form of sci-fi geekiness, but we can still take pride in our UC professor.

Image Source: LostTulsa under Creative Commons
UC Professor Creates the Dark Side [Contra Costa Times]