Pretentious David Bowie references aside, we here at the Clog like to tease Berkeley students for being broke. Just remember that we do it out of love. And since you’re still probably broke, why not go to a screening of “Invaders from Mars” tomorrow May 28 at the BAM/PFA at 7:30? It’s free for UCB students, and only $5 for general admission.

The screening is preceded at 6 by a reading from the wonderful book of “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” (soon to be a Martin Scorsese movie, so film majors, take notice) and a short film from George Melies called “A Trip to the Moon.”

As if all that isn’t enough, the movie itself features “flying saucers, eerie sounds, quicksand that sucks victims into an underground lair, raygun battles, and Martians in bold green jumpsuits with pronounced zippers!”

“Pronounced zippers,” you say? Yeah. We’ll be there.

Expanded cinema: Invaders from Mars [BAM/PFA]
Image source: Hey Paul under Creative Commons

Our esteemed and beloved mayor, Tom Bates, turns 72 today. Not convinced? Computers have the evidence.

Fun facts about Mayor Tom:

*He started on the 1959 Cal football team. As in the last one that went to the Rose Bowl.
*He served as an officer in the Army until 1964.
*Last year, he gave up his car in favor of walking.

Happy birthday, mayor! Can you hear us, Mayor Tom?

Image Source: Alexander Ritchie, Daily Cal
Mayor’s Site
Tom Bates’ Facebook

platopainting.jpgYou know how everyone’s always thought that Thomas Edison–famous inventor the lightbulb, the phonograph, the immortal soul, etc.–was the first person to record sound? Well, it turns out that’s just a pack of dirty lies perpetuated by the victors of history–maybe.

While it’s true that Edison did, in fact, invent the phonograph, the first machine to both record sound and reproduce it as sound, it was a rightfully spiteful Parisian typesetter by the name of Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville who was the first guy to record sound at all, if only as a visual representation in lines and squiggles. Finally, after searching for years for the original gift of sound and vision, an American audio historian, David Giovannoni, recently got a hold of a “pristine” one of these phonautograms, apparently the audio equivalent of the “holy grail.” read more »