SUMMER TO REMEMBER?: The Oakland A's recently released their schedule of promotional days for 2013. Highlights include a 1973 Reggie Jackson bobblehead, a foam Gold Glove in honor of Josh Reddick's fielding award, a Coco Crisp cereal bowl and a "Coco Lean" bobblehead.
One head-scratcher on the promotional lineup is July 27 vs. the Los Angeles Angels, which is billed as the "1969 'Summer of Love' Turn-Back-the-Clock Day Giveaway." That would take quite a turning back of the clock, because the Summer of Love -- really more of a San Francisco happening -- was in 1967, when the A's were still playing home games at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City.
SPELLING-CHALLENGED GHOSTS: During a recent tour of the Alameda-based USS Hornet to gather information for a story on a paranormal conference to be held onboard, The Eye couldn't help noticing signs conspicuously visible near one of the ship's 127-millimeter guns:
Legend has it that the ghosts and the Navy are in disagreement over which is to blame for the misspelling.
AN APP FOR GADFLIES: Tired of slowly scrolling through online agendas? Or not having the backup documentation to refer to when attending a City Council meeting?
There's an app for that.
Oakley caught The Eye's attention recently when it announced that residents now can follow the discussion at council meetings on their smartphones.
Along with the stack of agendas that audience members can pick up at the entrance to the council chamber, there's now a Quick Response, or QR, code on display. (For non-geeks, it's one of those funky-looking square bar codes that appear on everything from restaurant menus to T-shirts these days.)
Now users only have to scan the code with their phone and -- voilà! -- they're whisked to the city's website where they can read the agenda along with all the staff reports and other documents pertaining to each item of business.
With its use of the code in this way, Oakley reportedly is a step ahead of at least some other Contra Costa cities as well as county government itself.
As far as The Eye is concerned, it beats trying to sort through reams of papers while balancing the pile on one's lap.
And Mayor Kevin Romick expects the code will trump the iPad he brings to meetings.
"It'll be a lot quicker on your phone than it is on the Wi-Fi. The 4G, 3G networks are a lot faster," he said.
SHAKE AND BAKE IN LIVERMORE?: Locals turned out to the Livermore library on Jan. 30 to hear details of what anti-nuclear weapons groups are saying is a plan under consideration by the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration to ship plutonium bomb cores to Livermore from Los Alamos for diagnostic testing.
Though "shake and bake" might sound delicious, in this case panelists said it refers to a type of vibration and thermal test that can only be done at Livermore's so-called Superblock facility.
The DOE moved all the weapons-grade plutonium out of Livermore in September but left the diagnostics, leading Tri-Valley CAREs Executive Director Marylia Kelley to joke that Livermore might be suffering from a touch of "plutonium envy."
Staff writers Chris Treadway, Gary Peterson, Rowena Coetsee and Jeremy Thomas contributed to this column.