Red Hot Chili Peppers Halftime Show 9-5-09 (by amiyamoto)

Baby squirrel!

Baby squirrel!

Cal Band Great!
What Colin says:You need to play each section of the medley in a different mood.
What Cal Band hears:Play everything the same.
Overheard in senior seminar
Student:I can't watch a film without analyzing it now.
I live here.

I spend so much time in Dwinelle that when I walk up the steps, I pull out my keys.

What is rhetoric?

I often get this question when I tell people that I study rhetoric at Cal. My response changes with my mood, and when it is particularly sour, I say, “I don’t know, ask my professor. Oh wait, he doesn’t know either.” But after reading Art as Experience by John Dewey, I feel I can give you a more accurate representation of the sort of texts I study. Try this excerpt:

A generalized illustration may be had if we imagine a stone, which is rolling down hill, to have an experience. The activity is surely sufficiently “practical.” The stone starts from somewhere, and moves, as consistently as conditions permit, toward a place and state where it will be at rest—toward an end. Let us add, by imagination, to these external facts, the ideas that it looks forward with desire to the final outcome; that it is interested in the things it meets on its way, conditions that accelerate and retard its movement with respect to their bearing on the end; that it acts and feels toward them according to the hindering or helping function it attributes to them; and that the final coming to rest is related to all that went before as the culmination of a continuous movement. Then the stone would have an experience, and one with an esthetic quality.

So there you have it. I study the science of sentient stones rolling down hills. Any questions?


Mario Savio Memorial Lecture, November 15, 2011

BBC News: Hummingbirds shake their heads to deal with rain

Really cool research happening at Cal getting covered by BBC News. Watch the video!

The cameras show that the delicate bird shakes its head with such acceleration that it can reach a g-force of 34 (Formula 1 racing cars typically reach less than 6g).

This mid-air manoeuvre takes just 0.1 seconds and removes almost all of the water droplets from its feathers.

The research is published in the journal of the Royal Society Interface.

Professor Robert Dudley, one of the authors of the study, from the University of California, Berkeley, said: “It is the extreme mobility - its head is going through 180 degrees in a 10th of a second or less - it is just extraordinary.”