I’m Already Against The Next War

Berkeley Bumper Stickers. Which reminds me – now that we’re keeping the car for the time being, I can finally invest in some bumper stickers of my own. Suggestions welcome.

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The Attractions of Vine St

As if the original Peet’s Tea and Coffee and the cutest gaggle (?) of front yard chickens weren’t enough:

Vine Street now also has a Wish Tree!

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There is such a thing as free lunch


Who Needs Christmas Lights?


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Prickly Pears on Cedar St


Litotes spotted in the wild!

‘It is unfortunate that some protesters chose to obstruct the police by linking arms and forming a human chain to prevent the police from gaining access to the tents. This is not non-violent civil disobedience.’

— Chancellor Birgenau, e-mail to the UC Campus community

Wait, what? Are you trying to tell us that holding hands is violent protest? Or rather, are you not trying to not say that? Someone here is – as he himself would probably put it – replete with excrementum tauri…

Shared space

Our charming wood-shingle house seems to be especially attractive not only to humans, but also to the surrounding wildlife. In addition to hummingbirds, cheeky squirrels, sparrows that constantly try to invade my kitchen, and (harmless) roof rats in our attic, a hive of honeybees has now moved into the ceiling below our apartment. According to the exterminator, they are endangered because of a virus (see Colony Collapse Disorder), so poisoning them is not an option. Instead, a (fearless) person from Alameda County Vector control will have to come round and remove the colony, complete with queen bee, hive, and honeycombs! We’ll see how that works out…