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Given the Clog’s oft-mentioned love for living life on the cheap, it won’t surprise you that we’re pretty big fans of all things thrift. And seeing as Berkeley’s general shopping scene kind of tends toward suck, thrift stores are actually some of the best options the city has to offer. A few of our faves, after the drop: read more »

2637510864_c17f217652Everyone grooves to a different beat — catchy pop on the radio, your favorite local indie band, the awesome album you picked up from that random rapper on the corner by Smart Alec’s ( … or not).

So what about “music for riots?” A “Dr. Seuss world of sound sculptures?” A violinist who “who plies the barbed-wire fences of Australia’s outback?”

From Sept. 3 through Sept. 18, BAM/PFA will host a series entitled “Sounding Off: Portraits of Unusual Music.” Featuring five films that showcase musical experimentation from around the world, the program highlights an overarching challenge to the art of sound production as we know it.

The schedule, as follows: read more »

Christina Romer — UC Berkeley professor, former Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers under Obama, and a right little ray of sunshine — certainly doesn’t mince her words:

Christina Romer “We Are Pretty Darn F**ked!” [YouTube]


This past Wednesday, Aug. 3, a jury convicted Dwayne Robinson of second-degree murder, three counts of assault with a firearm and a weapons enhancement in the March 2009 attack that killed a UC Berkeley student. Robinson faces a minimum of 40 years in prison. [SacBee]

Further in the way of depressing news, fungi could help destroy all of Earth’s forests — again. [News Center]

But hey, at least “UC Berkeley was awarded a five-star campus climate rating for providing a safe and inclusive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, faculty and staff.” We’re so proud! [Daily Cal]

It’s hard out here for a pimp UC Berkeley researcher’s spouse. [Mercury News]

Earlier: Go Bears?


As always, one of the only things that can ease the pain of summer’s tragic end is the promise of a plethora of shows in the autumn months to come. We’ve rounded up those we consider deserving of your (parents’) hard-earned cash. Enjoy.

At The Fox: read more »

It is an excellent day when we have the excuse to use a clip from this film. Because, sure, Harry Potter may have your heart all a-flutter now — but if you’re anything like us, your childhood was dominated by a different kind of magic.

Oh yeah, we’re definitely talking about Disney. And a name with which you might be less familiar is that of John Musker, the animation director behind the epic masterpiece featured above as well as numerous other gems you surely know and love.

Throughout this week, BAM/PFA will be holding a “Behind the Scenes” series in collaboration with the San Francisco Film Society to showcase Musker’s work. Check it: read more »

Wren sunrise

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

Governor Brown’s nomination of UC Berkeley law prof Goodwin Liu to the California Supreme Court may stir a lot of Golden Bear pride, but in other spheres, the choice was potentially controversial. [LA Times]

Then again, there are those who argue that, at least in terms of Brown’s political career, the move was something positive — a step toward “mak[ing] amends for missteps he made in his youth.” [Sac Bee]

Yet another audit has found UC Berkeley lacking in the way of transparency. And this is news because … ? [SFGate]

Today supposedly marks the long-awaited trial of detained hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal in Iran. It is about freaking time. [Bay Citizen]

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Earlier: Nerds and the New York Times

In the debut installment of our newest special, the Clog turns the tables on a troll.

Edited by Multimedia Producer Sara Hayden and Multimedia Editor Kelly Fang

Berkeley Personalities: Diana Li [YouTube]

Edited by Multimedia Producers Brian Butterfield and Justin Abraham

At some point you’ve surely asked yourself: “Why is the Clog so freaking cool?” We know — our snarky, laid-back, couldn’t-care-less ‘tude is an enviable state; but it’s easier to achieve than you might think. The answer? Alcohol, dearest friends. Or rather, super chill locations at which to imbibe. And we’re not talking about the played-out places in the immediate campus vicinity. It’s time for you to think outside the UC Berkeley bubble …

The Starry Plough
Located on Shattuck Avenue just a couple blocks south of Ashby Avenue, the Starry Plough is easily one of the pubbiest Irish pubs that ever pubbed, and read more »

3077501478_5b2e100d0cDroid addicts, take heed — too much of that technology could be bad for your health. Just ask Martin S. Banks, UC Berkeley optometry and visual science professor and author of “The Zone of Comfort: Predicting Visual Comfort with Stereo Displays.”

According to a study conducted by Banks and his research team, the use of stereo three-dimensional devices demands a level of focus that brings about “vergence-accommodation,” which occurs when your eyes are trained on a flat screen while attempting to process 3D content at the same time.

The result? “Eyestrain, fatigue and headaches,” plus the need to tailor technology to suit consumer needs. The problem isn’t just limited to smartphones, either — 3D movies have the potential to cause just as much discomfort. So if you left “Harry Potter” with a pounding in your skull, it probably wasn’t just from sobbing hysterically into that hanky.

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Smartphones Causing Tiredness, Eyestrain, Headache: Study [IB Times]

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