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Dan Brekke
Berkeley, California
Still telling stories.
Interests: "I will tell you what I will do and what I will not do. I will not serve that in which I no longer believe, whether it call itself my home, my fatherland, or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defense the only arms I allow myself to use --silence, exile and cunning."
Recent Activity
The fact it's July notwithstanding, the National Weather Service forecast rain for Thursday. Our seasonal but only faintly known monsoon -- it occasionally brings heavy rain to the Sierra and other ranges but rarely visits the lowlands with rain --... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at Infospigot: The Chronicles
So, this came in the mail last week. It's the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. As a journalist who sometimes tries to extract useful information about my community, state and nation from the census data, I thought, "Cool! Now I'm... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at Infospigot: The Chronicles
At Safeco Field: Ken Stutz, Pete Cafone, me. In Seattle, a trip planned on an impulse a couple of months back. I came up here because a guy I used to work with at the San Francisco Examiner, Pete Cafone,... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2015 at Infospigot: The Chronicles
Again, from our recent trip to Woodland: Headed from Woodland toward Sacramento, Old River Road is a levee highway, generally keeping to the top of the embankment separating the Sacramento River from the flood plain to the west and south.... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2015 at Infospigot: The Chronicles
We stopped at the junction of Old River Road and Yolo County Road 126 so I could take some pictures of the Sacramento Weir -- a structure designed to let high water flow from the river just north of downtown Sacramento into the Yolo Bypass. ... The crash occurred on Old River Road about 7:15 p.m. just south of County Road 126 and west of the Sacramento River, said Robert Lagomarsino, a California Highway Patrol officer. Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2015 at Infospigot: The Chronicles
Sometimes on Sundays, I'll go through the newspaper obituaries. I generally don't have time during the week to do that, and I may be reverting to a family habit of perusing "the Irish funnies." I'm not looking for anything in... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Infospigot: The Chronicles
"Civilization creates for me a thousand other worlds that have little to do with my senses, a thousand illusions among which to choose. It is one of the functions of much of contemporary education and politics to convince me that... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2015 at Infospigot: The Chronicles
Page 2 of The New York Times print edition -- also online under the title Corrections -- is a favorite of mine. The conceit of the corrections page is that the paper will make an accounting for the errors that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2015 at Infospigot: The Chronicles
It's far too late, or early -- the end of March has turned into April Fool's Day -- to go into detail about what's pictured here. Suffice it to say: One of the many feedlots I passed Tuesday afternoon while... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at Infospigot: The Chronicles
In our last installment, we were taking in the sights of Lake McClure just as night fell. Now, let's reverse gears and go about an hour or so backwards, when I arrived at Lake Don Pedro -- on the Tuolumne... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Infospigot: The Chronicles
Yeah -- always pretty amazing to me how sharply outlined the high-water mark is.
Over the weekend, I went on a quick jaunt up to what I'd call the central Sierra foothills to take a look at a couple of the drought-drained reservoirs up there: Lake Don Pedro, on the Tuolumne River, owned by... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at Infospigot: The Chronicles
I work in a public media newsroom that doesn't have unlimited resources. We need to be somewhat selective in what we cover, and we often discuss whether this or that story rises to the level of assigning a reporter to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2015 at Infospigot: The Chronicles
Well, I'm posting past midnight, and Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday is just past. But in doing some reading on the Montgomery bus boycott, I came across a sermon he gave in March 1956. His point of departure was a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at Infospigot: The Chronicles
Among other happenings in 2014, Kate and I became chicken farmers. Or at least fowl cohabitants. Kate has a work friend who last spring needed to find a home for two chicks. We had thought about getting chickens -- we... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2015 at Infospigot: The Chronicles
I've been doing some reading on Gold Rush history for a work project -- looking specifically at some of the Bay Area's economic ups and downs. I came across this piece in the June 20, 1855, edition of the Daily... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2015 at Infospigot: The Chronicles
We made it to another completely artificial and arbitrary dividing point in time, which by widely accepted convention we're calling 2015 (or 2015 CE, if you want to get ecumenical about it). But what the heck: Happy New Year all,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2015 at Infospigot: The Chronicles
Here you go, blog fans: An actual semi-journalistic document about last night's protests in Berkeley. What follows is a story memo I wrote for the news staff at KQED, the public radio station where I work. It falls short of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at Infospigot: The Chronicles
Wednesday it rained. Thursday it rained. Saturday, it rained again. Right there's some news. Even though the rain didn't amount to much -- I'd guess just an inch or so here in Berkeley for all three "storms" -- that was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2014 at Infospigot: The Chronicles
Here's a shot (click for larger image) from my flight to Chicago last week as the plane headed northeast toward the north end of Lake Tahoe. That's French Meadows Reservoir, on the Middle Fork of the American River, at the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Infospigot: The Chronicles
Gamboling about downtown Chicago last Sunday night after the conclusion of the Third Coast audio festival, I walked up LaSalle Street past Chicago City Hall. I think I was inside once, back in the early 1970s, tracking down a copy... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Infospigot: The Chronicles
Chicagoland. Where did that name come from, anyway? I just submitted that question to WBEZ's Curious City, which is a really interesting project if you haven't heard it or seen it, so maybe they'll investigate. I can tell from a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Infospigot: The Chronicles
Visiting Chicago for a few days, I drove down to the south suburbs this afternoon -- late in the afternoon, as it turned out -- to see my brother Chris and his wife, Patty. They live in Tinley Park, about... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Infospigot: The Chronicles
I've been seeing this man at the North Berkeley BART station for, gosh, at least a couple of years (time flies when you're halfway paying attention). He's one of a number of musicians who show up and perform for a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at Infospigot: The Chronicles
I don't really have too much time on my hands. I have actual work I might be doing and undoubtedly will do. But wildfires have been a major professional preoccupation this summer -- here's a current example of what I'm... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at Infospigot: The Chronicles