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Bring on 2010!

Bring on 2010!

2010 is upon us and with it comes the promise of plenty of amazing comic related events. From the annual conventions to a slew of new movies, it's looking like we comic fans have nothing to worry about as the trend of the last decade looks to continue into the next with yet another awesome year. While we still have a little while to wait for all of the major info that the coming convention season always delivers, I've gone ahead and tossed together a top five countdown of the most exciting things we can expect:

DC and Marvel Play Nice? - It looks like the comic landscape is about to experience a radical alteration when the 2 heavies lay on a friendlier, more approachable aesthetic to their respective universes in the next few months. Given the tendency to lean toward the dark and gritty for the past 25 years or so, I'd say it's about time for the breath of fresh air.

 

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Mind & Body

New York Sets the Tone

New York Sets the Tone

When travels involve predictable family drama, emotions generally run unchecked.  I have developed my yoga practice to such a habitual state, that the practice comes first wherever I am, and I remain somehow intact with the outer life. I did see and practice with my former teacher from Santa Cruz (Phil) http://eastyoga.com, as well as practice at my adopted studio, Jivamukti, www.jivamuktiyoga.com, where the owners taught master classes and a meditation forum that was powerful, the fact is, it’s all yoga, and it’s great to get out and test my core on other teachers.

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The Ticker

UCSC Reports Record Number of Applications

UC Santa Cruz has announced that it recieved 34,630 applications this past fall, a 5.4 percent increase over last year and the highest volume it has ever recorded. In addition, transfer applicants increased to 7,007, a 24.8 percent increase. The increase in transfer applicants from UCSC's under-represented groups was even higher. A university press release reported a 46 percent increase in African American transfer applicants, a 29 percent increase in Indian Americans, and a 38 percent increase in Chicano/Latino applicants. For more information and statistics visit: ucsc.edu/news_events/press_releases/text.asp?pid=3480.
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How to Help: from Santa Cruz to Haiti

How to Help: from Santa Cruz to Haiti

As you probably know, a massive earthquake struck Haiti on Jan. 12, affecting about three million people (a third of Haiti’s population). Food, water, and medical services are desperately needed in Haiti. A number of relief organizations are trying to provide these things. If you are wondering what you can do to help, you might consider attending a local benefit (or holding your own!) or donating to one of the organizations listed below. Please contact news editor Elizabeth Limbach ([email protected]) with additional local efforts, as we hope to continue updating the list as opportunities arise.

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Sempervirens Fund Purchases Two Redwood Forests

The Sempervirens Fund purchased 267 acres of redwood forest this week from Redtree Properties, a large timber owner operating in the Santa Cruz Mountains. One acquisition, a 160-acre parcel in the Butano Creek Watershed, contains an old growth redwood forest that is home to an endangered seabird called the Marbled Murrelet. They also bought a 107-acre redwood forest located between Castle Rock and Big Basin State Parks. The Sempervirens Fund will manage both parcels until they are able to transfer them into the California State Parks system. A free, public celebration will take place on Saturday, March 13. For more information, visit their website semepervirens.org or call (650) 968-4509.

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Watsonville Receives Grant to Promote Healthier Kids

The Go For Health! collaborative, an effort of United Way of Santa Cruz County, has been awarded a $360,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to address the health problems amongst youth in the Watsonville/Pajaro Valley area. Forty-one cities across the country were selected as recipients of the grant as part of the foundation’s Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities initiative. Go For Health! plans to put the money to work increasing opportunities for physical activity and access to healthier foods—like the copious fruits and vegetables being grown in neighboring fields. The effort will includes attempting to close this gap between the food grown in the community and the food eaten by the community.

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Watsonville Awarded Healthy Communities Grant

Thirty-six percent of Pajaro Valley Unified School District’s fifth, seventh and ninth graders are overweight or obese, according to the California Healthy Kids Survey. The Go For Health! Collaborative, an effort of United Way of Santa Cruz County, has just been awarded a $360,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to address the health problems amongst youth in the Watsonville/Pajaro Valley area. Forty-one places across the country were selected as recipients of the grant as part of the foundation’s Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities initiative. Go For Health! plans to put the money to work increasing opportunities for physical activity and access to healthier foods—like the copious fruits and vegetables being grown in neighboring fields.

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UCSC Professor Tackles Time-Telling with Kid Klok

UCSC Professor Tackles Time-Telling with Kid KlokUC Santa Cruz cognitive psychology professor Dr. Dominic Massaro may be known for his “fuzzy logical” model of perception, his creation of Baldi, the computer animated talking head who can serve as a language tutor, and his formulation of various language learning products. But lately, Massaro has been revolutionizing the way kids learn to tell time.

While helping out in his son’s second grade classroom, Massaro observed some of the common errors children make while trying to tell time from an analog clock, such as reversing the hands or mistaking the Roman numeral II (meaning 10 minutes past the hour) as meaning two minutes past the hour. Armed with these observations and his knowledge of cognitive psychology, as well as the goal of making analog clock time-telling easy to learn, Massaro came up with the Kid Klock.
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Voters Fight to Protect Local Services

Governor Schwarzenegger and the State Legislature are looking to take even more money from local governments this year (after taking controversial portions in 2009), but many Monterey Bay residents won't stand for it. The state government, politically unable to raise taxes, feels it is out of options with California's current budget deficit at about $20 billion dollars over the next 18 months. Trying to salvage valuable services, the Monterey Bay Division of the League of California Cities has announced a campaign to support a state-wide measure that would protect local services, and is shooting for it to be on ballots this November. They are currently gathering signatures and fear that any more cuts to local services would be disastrous for many institutions, including police, the fire department, and Transportation.

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Housing Authority Looks to Cut Water Waste

The Housing Authority of Santa Cruz is looking for new ways to fight an old problem. The group has announced that it is installing water meters in 213 rental units in 13 housing complexes that it operates between Santa Cruz and Watsonville.  Executive Director Ken Cole listened to suggestions that locals cut water usage by 15 percent, but expects the procedure to cut water usage by as much as 20 percent. The meters, which were paid for by last year's economic stimulus package, will not only make tenants more aware of their own water usage but also allow authorities to detect possible leaks.
 
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Green Swell

Local surfboard company greens up the industry with an eco-conscious business model

 

Two Fish Bound by a Golden Cord

Until March 20, (Spring Equinox), Earth and her kingdoms (mineral, plant, animal, human) experience the influence of Pisces, sign of the World Savior. Whereas the task of Aquarius is as world server, the Pisces task is saving the world—tasks given to the two fishes. Pisces never really enters matter, and as the last sign of the zodiac includes all the signs. During Pisces, having gathered all the gifts of the previous 11 signs, it is a good time to prepare for new initiating plans when Aries (sign of beginnings) begins. No wonder Pisces, like Scorpio, is so difficult (both are ruled by Pluto, planet of death, new life, regeneration, transformations). Both signs (with Scorpio drowning in dark and deep waters) find life on Earth a hardship, disorienting (from the spiritual perspective), at times feeling betrayed. Life is a paradox, especially for Pisces. Each zodiacal sign represents and distributes a different phase and facet (12) of the Soul’s diamond light, Pisces is the “Light of Life itself, ending forever the darkness of matter.” It takes two fish to complete this work (creating eventually an extraordinary human being). One fish turned toward the material world (in order to understand matter), the other fish toward the heavenly world. Around the two fish is a silvery cord binding them together. The two fish are forever bound until all of humanity is redeemed (lifted up into the Light). This is the dedication of all world saviors (Buddha, Christ, the NGWS). Thus the sacrifice and suffering experienced by Pisces. Knowing these things about Pisces, let us help them all we can. Sometimes all of humanity is Pisces.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Seal Change

Celtic selkie lore comes alive in dazzling ‘Song of the Sea’
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