if it says "classy," then it's gotta be classyIf you’ve never had the privilege of attending the annual Ojai Music Festival, well then friends, you now have one more day to experience the magic without needing a ticket to SoCal.

What exactly is this Ojai Music Festival, you say? Well, it could very well be described as a classier version of Coachella, you know, without all of the drugs, rape and “Ecstasy induced wizard[s]” (see: This Week’s Sign of the Apocalypse: Coachella = Rape and Doom). And did I forget to mention that it’s a classical music festival? Classy!

On Saturday, June 18 at 8 p.m., the festival will read more »


The Clog brings you our weekend assortment of the free, the delightful and the delightfully free.

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Are you feeling exceptionally adventurous this weekend, but you’re short on funds? Do you have a bike and a love for obscure music? Well you’re in luck, hipster, because we found the perfect event for you and it’s the San Francisco Bicycle Music Festival. Just bring your bike and your good vibes. Oh, you might also want to read more »



Evidence sample #261 for how Berkeley is secretly like the rest of the U.S.: Berkeley native, Berkeley High alum and west L.A. resident David Wittman (DJDave) raps about how “it’s gettin’ real in the Whole Foods parking lot.”

His eloquent complaints in verse — “You’re the most annoying dude I’ve ever seen, brah, can you move? You’re right in front of the quinoa” —  have become the anthem of loyal Whole Food shoppers everywhere (even Whole Foods tweeted it).

“I’m about to check out, pay my 80 bucks for six things and get the heck out.” Check it out.

Whole Foods Parking Lot [YouTube]
David Wittman – Composer [site]


4404071397_672ea1b505Super-massive black holes aren’t just fodder for catchy electro-rock tunes. Based off recent findings out of UC Berkeley and the UK, they’re also capable of wreaking insane havoc on us all — case in point being the one that “swallowed and ripped apart a wandering star.”

The research was sparked in response to an explosion of gamma rays that NASA first noticed in March of this year. Though such a blast is not a totally uncommon occurrence, the one in question was apparently unusual in both duration and intensity, leading to the studies that pinpointed the source as a black hole 3.8 billion light-years away.

That’s right, folks — read more »


5686681644_b3a7bf97b8Once again, Berkeley researchers have succeeded in blowing our minds in the course of studying them. New brain research stemming from (get it!?) UC Berkeley’s Wills Neuroscience Institute has made important breakthroughs in our understanding of how fear and trauma affect our memory.

Now we here at the Clog don’t know much about neuroscience but what the research seems to be saying is that brand new memory neurons are created during fearful and traumatic experiences. Since the memories are placed on fresh neurons, we remember those experiences more vividly. But if you want to make sense of it all, you should probably just check out the article yourself.

What we can say for sure, however, is that we’ll be looking out for more research from the Wills Institute because words like “hippocampus” make us giggle. Hehe!

Image Source: Ars Electronica under Creative Commons
How fear burns memories into our brain [The Times of India]


uci eaters... ha!All they needed was one out so that we could all enjoy a ferocious battle of the UCs in this year’s College World Series!

Had UC Irvine not let a 2-1 lead slip away in the bottom of the ninth inning with one out left, Cal would have begun their magical trip to Omaha facing the “Eaters” — oh, how sad this makes us. Can you imagine how many jokes we could have made about this team’s name alone?

Instead Cal, now the only non-southern university playing in the College World Series — which undoubtedly makes us superior (kidding!… maybe) — will face the top-seeded University of Virginia “Cavaliers” (eh, their team name isn’t as fun) beginning Sunday, June 19 at 11 a.m.

ESPN will broadcast the game, so read more »


yarnYou may recall (or can’t forget) the recent findings about the wonderful inhabitants of BART seats. But preliminary vaccinations (if they would even work) may not be necessary for all BART riders.

Providing at least a small shield between you and the hoards hordes of bacteria, local yarn-bomber Streetcolor has knitted two seats on BART in an effort to brighten up what can be a dreary ride.

Here’s to hoping that we’re fortunate enough to score one of these lovely seats.

Image Source: gardngrl under Creative Commons
A yarn-bombed seat on the Berkeley-San Francisco BART [Berkeleyside]


Bachmann 2012After discovering the latest omen of the world’s coming demise, the Clog encourages Berkeley students to put down their books and enjoy their short-lived time on Earth.

So, we know we’ve had more than a few of these indications of the world’s untimely end as of late, but seriously, guys, this one could be … you know, the one.

No we’re not talking about the Rapture, the closing of the 405 or other equally terrifying scenarios, we’re here to tell you that Rep. Michele Bachmann has announced that she’s filed the necessary papers to run for that fun little job we’ve all heard of. read more »


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After discovering the latest omen of the world’s coming demise, the Clog encourages Berkeley students to put down their books and enjoy their short-lived time on Earth.

In a bold move to massively inconvenience millions of Californians while also potentially causing wide-spread panic and chaos, the city of Los Angeles has decided to close a major section of one of its most driven-on and most complained-about freeways, the infamous 405, for an entire weekend in July.

The 405, which is a bypass of the 5, begins in the San Fernando Valley and read more »


shorts11-235x30011The only thing we have to fear is fear itself … and the neurons responsible for making it haunt us forever. [Health Canal]

College drop-outs are running our state. And this is surprising how, exactly? [California Watch]

A grad student at Boalt has announced his plan to run for the U.S. Congress. At least he finished his bachelor’s … [India West]

Berkeley police will be participating in the Northern California Law Enforcement Torch Run in support of this year’s Special Olympics. Check ‘em out on June 21. [Berkeley Patch]

Earlier: Social Conservatism FTW


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