2497825519_77e3310b46John Yoo is not welcome in Berkeley anymore, as you may have noticed from the countless signs, protests, demonstrations, and just plain yelling that erupted around the city this past year.

And in a recent interview with the New York Times Magazine, the former Berkeley law professor (and author of the “torture memos”) sought to convince all Berkeleyans that the feeling is mutual.

Here are just a few choice highlights from the interview:

About Berkeley: “There are probably more Communists in Berkeley than any other town in America, but I think of them more as lovers of Birkenstocks than Marx.”

About the Constitution: “The idea is that the president’s power grows and changes based on read more »

Click meh! Oh-ho! What have we here? A holiday challenge, you say? Indeed– indeed we do. We’re not sure who the genius/artiste/giant nerd behind What Did You Do to My Shoes is, but, by golly, we think he’s got something that will tickle even the most spatially retarded Berkeley-based intellect.

At right, friends, is a robot comprised of 12 campus structures, who’s ready to gore you with the Campanile. For reals. It will. Because it exists.

Anyhoodle, we gave away one building as a head start (we know it would’ve been a real toughie), but can you catch ‘em all? When you’re ready to click triumphantly, here are the “answers.

P.S. The guy’s looking for a pun-tastic name for his robo-tastic creation. Got any good ones? We’d offer Oskimus Prime, but we fully recognize how absolutely terrible it is.

Image Source: What Did You Do to My Shoes, Crop by Berkeleyside

When somebody urges you to “write to your congressman,” you usually take a moment to gather your sentiments on the issue, stuff them in a mental envelope and stamp it with a casual hope that the next guy will actually write one.

It’s the winter holidays; don’t be such a lazy f*ck. Hell, this website has got a pre-written “editable text” for you. You basically just have to click send. For the Clog’s eleven word summary of the default letter, read on. read more »

This is a picture of a BART train.

Much like the Large Hadron Collider but way less expensive, BART’s new plans for internet/phone connectivity in the tunnel underneath the bay on Tuesday came to a grindingly sudden halt on the rails of progress. Meaning there were a few unexpected side-effects, like, say … service not working.

It’s all good though, because service should be up sometime soon. And when it is, a whole 100 percent of 35 percent of BART’s underground tunnels and half of its underground stations. You can expect wireless service at the Downtown Berkeley station by the second quarter of 2010.

Image Source: skronk! under Creative Commons
Wireless now available in BART’s Transbay Tube [SF Gate]
Some dread, some cheer wireless BART tube [SF Gate]


Do you want the good news or the bad news first? Well, we’re pessimistic bloggers, so let’s go with bad news first: 15 to 42 percent of mammal species have become extinct since humans arrived on this Earth. In fact, a recent study coauthored by Anthony Barnosky, a professor of integrative biology at UC Berkeley, suggests that we’re “well on our way” to Earth’s sixth mass extinction.

The good news? No more pesky rodents constantly underfoot, with their … adorable whiskers and bright, intelligent eyes.

OK, not much of a silver lining. Especially when the study suggests that most of this mammal-dying is due to man-made causes like “habitat destruction, pollution, and now global warming.”

If we increase our conservation efforts, Barnosky says, there’s still a chance at staving off another mass extinction. “By demonstrating that we have already lost 15 to 42 percent of mammalian diversity, read more »

This one slipped our eyes for just a couple weeks, but new* student publication Caliber Mag has joined the ranks of the Berkeley blogosphere (shut up Firefox, “blogosphere” IS a real word) this month—Dec. 11, to be precise. While there’s not much going on yet, the first post promises the blog will be “dedicated to everything that is Berkeley.” Caliber Magazine: from the Clog, welcome to the blogosphere.

Caliber Magazine [theblog]

*as of this semester**
**the fall semester :(

Hold onto your Catbus, ‘cuz it’s about to get crazy!

Chancellor Robert Birgeneau signed proverbial nuptials with UC Berkeley’s Japanese counterpart, the University of Tokyo. Esteemed to be among the “top public universities in the world,” the two schools plan to exchange brain power primarily in the fields of physics, math, astronomy and cosmology.

UT is even going to build a satellite facility on our campus. Now that’s commitment.

Image Source: Jim Epler under Creative Commons
University of Tokyo, UC Berkeley to exchange scholars in cosmology, other areas [UC Berkeley News]

Waiting for the 51 is like waiting to achieve Nirvana. The sticky bench. The splat of an unidentified stain seeping into the cracks of the sidewalk (Yogurt Park and home-fermented beer don’t mix, ya dig?), the wizened cashier from your favorite Phở joint clutching a plastic bag of leftovers, the Vietnam Vet offering you sage advice in between generous swigs from a brown paper bag. The wait is long and hard-earned, but once you’re on that bus, it’ll take you anywhere and everywhere.

Thanks to a unanimous vote for an 8.4 percent cut to the AC Transit system, read more »

empty lecture hall

Nothing like some Swift-style irony to make light of a half-way calamitous situation. In this smirk, maybe chuckle inducing article, Steven Clifford ponders the ultimate cure-all for Berkeley’s budget woes: just get rid of us, and let our highly esteemed faculty carry on their academia without the pesky burden of, you know, teaching. A faculty:student ratio of infinity does entice. If the prospect of a more expensive semester has got you down, we suggest you take delight in this.

Image Source: inio under Creative Commons.
University of California at Berkeley to Eliminate All Students on Jan. 1 [Huffington Post]

Odds are you’re one of the many, many many students who vowed (or are vowing) that they’ll really buckle down and study next semester. To that end, the Clog went to some of the best places for studying on campus. So if you need somewhere to sleep that’s away from your batsh*t insane roommates, or if you just like relaxing in strange and unfamiliar places, the Clog has got some information you’ll want to know.

After going to over nine lounges (some of which would be better described as “lounges”), the Clog staff determined through a rigorous and vigorous scientific method (that was scientifically formulated by science) which lounge is the best bet all-around. We considered the couch-to-table ratio (this one was a biggie), whether food was allowed (the existence of microwaves is even better), and noise level, among other factors.

Without further ado, here is what we found: read more »

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