I come home to see a stranger painting on the walls. With a house this meticulously democratic, I wondered how the heck this random man was let to vandalize one of our oldest murals. After an exciting and nostalgia filled conversation – I learned of Peter’s past in Cloyne. Peter lived here his sophomore year at Cal, in 1985; he spoke fondly of his year here and swore if he didn’t decide to transfer schools to study film (a field not offed at Cal at the time) then he would have stayed at Cloyne until they kicked him out.
This Monday, a crew of excited co-opers impatiently waited for night to fall so they could begin the installation of KORUZA. Once the sun no longer lit Berkeley’s northside, the bright green laser beams of KORUZA took their turn. Through infrared laser beam communication, KORUZA now wirelessly connects the largest and one of the smallest co-ops in the BSC, Cloyne and Euclid. Developed and graciously donated by an open-hardware guru from Slovenia, KORUZA creates a innovative and darn-fast (1 billion bits per second) medium of communication from one house to another.
On Sunday we made also our first link for the BSC mesh network. Cloyne-Kingman has now a nice WiFi link. It was an effort of 3 houses (Cloyne, Kingman and Wilde). Now we can slowly start thinking about inter-houses services like BSC talkshows.
Many Clones left this week to spend Thanksgiving with their friends and family, and the air in the house the last few days has been one of anticipation. Freedom from tests, lectures, quizzes, essays, disussion groups, annoying roommates, and (for a lucky few) workshift.
There were homemade decorations (super adorable, thanks Sophie!)
We had a lot of laughs
A lot of food
Some super cute photo ops
And some great surprises.
But really, we know that the we miss our housemates!