If the words “Israeli film” leave you drawing a blank, you’re probably not alone. But being the curious, open-minded (and frugal) Berkeley student you are, the upcoming free Israel film festival is the perfect opportunity to educate yourself about the cinema of a different country and more importantly, eat free kosher goodies. We said the magic words: free food and entertainment. Now you have no excuse.

“The Spirit of Tel Aviv” is a month-long festival hosted by Hillel, showing free films every Monday at 6:00 p. m. in the Pacific Film Archive. Here’s a list of the films that will be shown: read more »


Endeavorin’ to blur the parameters of conventional (no touching, just contemplate) art, BAM invites you to chill all over its new giant curvy foam/wood installment. You don’t look impressed. We can see that “excuse me while I crawl back ‘inside the box’” look in your eyes. Wait! This might actually be awesome for your life. Equipped with power outlets, the installment serves as a study/work space for your laptop and you! read more »


For the new Berkeley Art Museum, a world class architectural marvel? Realizing how hideously obvious that original plan was (not really; they just lost all their money), the BAM/PFA Board of Trustees has decided instead to “repurpose” a more working-class space. The proposition, pending various approvals, is to occupy the vacant 61-year-old rough gem formerly known as the read more »

An exhibit kicking off this Saturday at the Lawrence Hall of Science will endeavor to demystify, deguiltify, decolor and debunk everything you ever thought you knew about RACE.

Several hands-on features of the exhibit cater specifically to us tactile learners: a scanning microscope which will match your very own skin tone with exotic “others,” a touch-screen take on the old school game of concentration involving vocal stereotypes, and an animated map tracing our roots from Africa.

Perhaps this exhibit, put together by the American Anthropological Association, will finally bring all you lingering polygenists up to speed. Yeah, we’re talking to you, you beard-sporting, sweater-vest-wearing, pipe-smoking, fine upholstery-sitting racist.

The exhibit will run until May 2.

Image Source: Colin Purrington under Creative Commons
RACE: Are We So Different? [Lawrence Hall of Science]

Aboard the steadfast Zhen Hua 17, four behemoth hunks of our new Bay Bridge arrived 6 days early from China last week, greeted with thunder and lightning at Oakland’s Pier 7. This baby’s gonna cost lit-er-ally double than the initial plans projected. Makes us wonder what could have been done if we just, you know, rearranged some hunks of the old Bay Bridge instead of building a whole new east wing. read more »

2085757314_c02bacc81dMoney may still not grow on trees, but solar cells apparently can grow on tobacco plants. Perhaps this sounds more astonishing to us, considering we only know two things about solar cells:

  1. They’re used to compose those multitude of reflective panels now spotting the roofs of Berkeley.
  2. They’re made out of silicon. read more »


When recession settles, fun things fall into two camps: luxuries and necessary luxuries. Concerts, of course, could qualify for either, depending on the awesomeness of the concert. So, for your strictly discerning eyes The Clog has assembled a list of all the potentially kick-ass shows that will be going down in the East Bay and SF throughout the semester. Deep breath, here we go: read more »


The healthcare debate (or clusterf*ck, if we’re going for accuracy) is still raging. We thought it was over, but Scott Brown’s election just reheated this problem like a microwave burrito. It’s even more confusing and contentious than ever. Luckily, UCB Ph.D. student (and Berkeley lecturer) Robin Flagg, MPH, spoke Tuesday night about healthcare, and now we’ve got the 411.

Flagg (who has taught Public Health 150D at Berkeley) described herself as “living healthcare policy.” Indeed, she’s been in the field for decades in various capacities, including field hospitals and health departments. So you know she’s got the cred. Here are some of the read more »

academic earth nerdiness

Because you like the idea of Hulu but would prefer never exit the world of Academia, there exists Academic Earth, Bill Gates’ apparent obsession du jour. Scour the internet no further (well, actually there’s a YouTube version too) for lectures from America’s elite universities. The Clog is kind of enthused, but we’re mostly here to gloat that UC Berkeley makes the list alongside read more »

virusH1N1 isn’t the only virus you have to worry about catching these days. According to a new report by a Palo Alto security startup, the number of Web pages infected with malware has doubled in the last few months. Time to put on your metaphorical face masks folks, this is an epidemic.

Much like toilet handles, Web-based infections have proven a highly effective form of virus distribution and backward internet criminals (still piggybacking on e-mail attachments? tisk, tisk) are just catching on. Over 5.5 million pages have already been infected.

This new form of virus inoculation—the “drive-by download”—is mainly targeting larger sites, so if you think just steering clear of smaller, sketchy sites will keep you virus-free, think again. Sites for Fox Sports and even (gasp!) the New York Times have been past carriers.

Mac Book Pro: $1200. Norton 360: $79.99. Knowing that a virus won’t strike at 3 a. m. when you’re procrastinating working on your essay: priceless.

Image Source: Quiplash! under Creative Commons
Malware infections double on Web pages [SF Gate]

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