traceroutes out of UC Berkeley

Traceroutes to Google and reddit (Akamai) from my UC Berkeley dorm room.

This uses the RESCOMP wifi. I am informed that the first few hops are different on wired connections.

traceroute to (, 30 hops max, 60 byte packets
 1  vlan500.inr-206-sut-wism.Berkeley.EDU (  2.328 ms  2.508 ms  2.486 ms
 2  g3-9.inr-201-sut.Berkeley.EDU (  2.766 ms  2.753 ms  3.284 ms
 3  xe-4-1-0.inr-001-sut.Berkeley.EDU (  9.293 ms  9.611 ms  9.625 ms
 4 (  6.684 ms  6.974 ms  6.962 ms
 5 (  11.521 ms  11.687 ms  15.311 ms
 6 (  20.532 ms  4.241 ms  5.520 ms
 7 (  5.880 ms  5.904 ms  6.534 ms
 8 (  6.723 ms  22.151 ms  22.467 ms
 9  * (  7.349 ms  7.712 ms
10 (  8.006 ms  8.329 ms  8.352 ms


traceroute to (, 30 hops max, 60 byte packets
 1  vlan500.inr-206-sut-wism.Berkeley.EDU (  3.796 ms  5.000 ms  5.845 ms
 2  g3-9.inr-201-sut.Berkeley.EDU (  6.623 ms  6.895 ms  6.851 ms
 3  xe-4-1-0.inr-001-sut.Berkeley.EDU (  11.845 ms *  11.920 ms
 4 (  6.734 ms  7.000 ms  6.934 ms
 5 (  12.403 ms  12.371 ms  12.317 ms
 6 (  8.749 ms  5.252 ms  5.043 ms
 7 (  5.147 ms  5.601 ms  6.022 ms
 8 (  5.136 ms  5.561 ms  6.083 ms

CENIC refers to the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California.

Nice to see that PAIX plays a large role in the CENIC network.

Police blotter blotter

Yep, again. This time, 18 entries, from the past week—

Forest Avenue, 12:09 a.m. Saturday A resident who hadn’t spilled anything called police after finding a suspicious wet blanket on the couch.

Woodside Road, 12:05 a.m. Aug. 9 A male and female were reported to be engaged in sexual activity in a cemetery.

Redwood Avenue, 12:25 a.m. Wednesday A disturbance was reported over ownership rights to a cat.

Roosevelt Avenue, 1:36 p.m. Saturday A person returning home found a pair of shorts and two knives stuck in the ground outside his house.

700 block of Bayswater Avenue, 8:50 a.m. Monday A transient yelled at a male’s mother. Police responded and advised the transient to not yell at people.

Broadway and Cortez Avenue, 3:47 a.m. Thursday Responding to a report of a man who appeared blind and lost, police located the man and determined he was neither.

200 block of Park Road, 4:06 p.m. Monday Police determined protesters displaying a picture of President Obama with a Hitler-style mustache were not breaking any laws.

1000 block of La Honda Road, 6 p.m. Aug. 9 A screen was removed from a second-floor window and a locked rear door was forced open during a residential burglary. The interior was ransacked, but nothing appeared missing except for an iMac computer that was located in a garbage can outside.

700 block of Sharmon Palms Lane, 6 a.m. Thursday A Honda Civic was stolen overnight.

Hedegard Avenue, 6:30 a.m. Thursday A blue Honda Civic was stolen overnight.

1000 block of South Winchester Boulevard, 9 a.m. Thursday A Honda Civic was stolen sometime after 9 the morning before.

2900 block of Del Loma Drive, 8 a.m. Thursday Someone entered a garage overnight, removed property from a vehicle and also entered the residence.

(Was said vehicle a Honda Civic?)

100 block of Shelley Avenue, 12:39 a.m. Monday A resident’s garbage can was in the street when someone placed an explosive device inside and destroyed it.

Gresham Lane, 6:26 a.m. Thursday A suspicious person was seen opening a car door.

Gresham Lane, 8:12 a.m. Thursday A vehicle was entered, but nothing was taken.

Newbridge Street and Madera Avenue, 12:59 a.m. Thursday A person flagged down an officer to report a burglary that happened a month ago.

15500 block of Los Gatos Boulevard, 4:08 a.m. Sunday Someone who tried to steal a new vehicle from a dealership, broke in[to] the security box and got the keys. But after colliding with three vehicles on the lot, the person gave up, got out and left.

North Cabrillo Highway, 1:20 a.m. Sunday Two people in a vehicle seen weaving in the lane were pulled over, determined to be sober and cited for illegal crab fishing. Their stash was seized and return[ed] to the sea.

1040 E. Hillsdale Blvd., 8:09 p.m. Monday A suspicious man wearing all-black clothing was reported to filming the fire department. Police responded and confirmed the man, a news media employee, was working on a story.

A minor note on German: “thank you”

FROM my recent travels to Germany, I can attest first-hand to the following: vielen Dank is used essentially universally in writing, and danke schön is in fact the informal counterpart, which I never saw in writing*. In fact, I don’t think I ever actually heard danke used by itself in conversation (or writing, for that matter). The difference was quite stark; I would go so far as to say that they are in complementary distribution.

[Note that this is based off anecdotal evidence (obviously) and I am by no means a native speaker nor serious scholar of German (again, obviously).]

* Relatively formal writing, naturally: announcements, letters, and such. I presume informal writing (i.e. internet conversations) are exceptions.

tl;dr: danke is never actually used in German for “thank you”

On the Berlin Wall

There is a short fragment of the Berlin Wall sitting on Potzdamer Platz, next to an exhibit (composed of a longer segment of the wall, presumably slightly moved).

Many photos online, such as the one below, show a painted message, An dieser Stelle enstand 1989 die erste Lücke in der Berliner Mauer (literally translated: “In this place was created in 1989 the first hole in the Berlin Wall”). Below the message appear two convincing-looking holes in the concrete.

Berlin Wall Potsdamer Platz (flicker - silviam)
Source: silviam, flickr. Dated July 16, 2008.

Well, I am saddened to report that it looks very different now. I took the following picture of the same fragment on August 5:

berlin_wall_potsdamerAs you can see it appears to have been either whitewashed or cleaned sometime recently, removing the message.

I don’t know if the original painted message actually dates back to 1989, nor if it is true, but I’m sad to see it gone.

Police blotter blotter

37th Avenue, 8:41 p.m. July 22 A man pounding on a person’s door was reported to be wrapped in a cape and wearing a crown.

Ah, but was he the law?

1300 block of Castillo Avenue, 10:02 a.m. Wednesday A resident accused a neighbor of throwing toilet paper on her property. When contacted the neighbor said indeed she had, but only because her accuser had cast the first roll.

Polhemus Avenue and Selby Lane, 10:33 a.m. July 24 A man stopped and said “you are beautiful” to a person who reported the incident to police.

Walsh Road, 6:38 p.m. Thursday Asked what he was doing, a man outside a gate told the male homeowner that he was looking for his glasses. The man was in his 60s. He had a Russian or French accent and a red Subaru that was parked in front of the residence house the day before.

Counter Center, 1:26 p.m. Thursday A person pointed out to police that a man and his mules were on private property west of the courthouse.

Maple Street and Middlefield Road, 2:37 p.m. Thursday Mules were reported to be eating green vegetation on city property. Police responded by pointing out the activity was not a citable offense.

800 block of Mahler Road, 1:48 a.m. Saturday A resident reported to be upsetting the tranquillity at a sobering facility arranged for a cab ride to a neighboring city.

300 block of Alvarado Avenue, 6:55 p.m. Monday A large group of cats were reported to be congregating near a person’s property.

Flying Mist Isle, 1:13 p.m. Aug. 1 A resident responding to a loud noise outside opened the front door, found a bag of apples on her porch and then notified police.

I once stepped out my door to find a very large squash sitting there. Turns out it was snuck there by a friend of my parents the previous night. And from internet reports, this is apparently a somewhat common thing to do in order to get rid of excess squash. Nasty stuff, supposedly.

Mandarin Way and Alameda De Las Pulgas, 2:36 p.m. Sunday A vehicle was parked on the street for more than an hour.

855 El Camino Real, 5:03 p.m. Sunday An assault with a deadly weapon report was taken at Town & Country Village after a vehicle ran over a person’s foot.

Barbados Lane, 9:46 p.m. Monday Police responded to a residence and found out the female heard screaming was reacting to the masked four-legged intruder in her backyard.

I presume this refers to a raccoon. Nasty things, those. Once came home around 10pm to find my chicken (absentmindedly left outside) running up to the back door squawking for its life, chased by a raccoon. Amazingly, the chicken escaped without injury. Now, if this entry doesn’t refer to a raccoon… there’s an idea for a horror movie…