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  1. About the CovertProfessor
  2. CovertProfessor's Quick Restaurant Picks
  3. CovertProfessor's Restaurant Reviews
    1. American/Californian
    2. Sandwiches
    3. Caribbean
    4. Chinese
    5. Frozen Dessert
    6. Other Dessert
    7. European
    8. Indian/Nepalese
    9. Japanese/Korean
    10. Latin American/Tex-Mex
    11. Middle Eastern
    12. Pizza
    13. Thai
    14. Vietnamese
    15. Out of business
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CovertProfessor's Quick Restaurant Picks

Restaurants are listed in order of preference. I've only listed restaurants that I like. If a restaurant is not listed, it usually means I don't like it, but it might just mean that I haven't tried it. See details below.

Best hamburgers: 1. Crepeville (but not Burgers and Brew), 2. Ali Baba
Best pizza: 1. Village Bakery (or if you want sit-down service, Village Pizza & Grill, 2. Symposium, 2. Lamppost Pizza - tie for second
Best Chinese: 1. Davis Noodle City, 2. Wok of Flame, 3. Shanghai Town
Best Thai: 1. Thai Nakorn, 2. Taste of Thai, 3. Sophia's, 4. Thai Canteen
Best Indian/Nepalese: Raja Indian Cuisine, Kathmandu Kitchen, and Namaste Nepal RestaurantDammit, they are all good!
Best Japanese/Korean: 1. Zen Toro, 2. Davis Oshio Cafe, 3. DOSiRAK
Best middle eastern: Ali Baba, Sam's Mediterranean, and Café MéditerranéeOk, I've just named the three middle eastern restaurants in town... but how can I rank them when I like them for different things?
Best Mexican: 1. El Mariachias far as I know, the only place in town where you can get a burrito with vegetables in it, 2. Taqueria Guadalajaraespecially the one in South Davis with the dog-friendly patio, 3. Taqueria Davisas good as The Guad but lacks the patio. For a meal with wait service, Tres Hermanas is good.
Best upscale: Little Prague, Osteria Fasulo, Seasons, Tucos - These are unranked and in alpha order because I like them equally well.
Best frozen dessert: 1. Davis Creamery at Sugar Daddies, 2. Icekrimski Cafe, 3. Yolo Berry Yogurt
Best dessert: 1. Konditorei - Others are good, such as The Candy House of Davis or Little Prague, but none really hold a candle to Konditorei.
Best café: 1. Cloud Forest Cafe, 2. Delta of Venus
Best place to get fresh fruits and veggies: 1. CSA, 1. FL Strawberries (tie for first), 2. Farmers' Market, 3. Ikedas
Best other: Sunrise Restaurant (Vietnamese), Farmer's Kitchen Cafe (local, organic), Crepeville, The Hotdogger

CovertProfessor's Restaurant Reviews



Davis's sandwich scene has been looking up lately, though it still isn't quite what it could be.



Frozen Dessert

Other Dessert




Latin American/Tex-Mex

Middle Eastern



Ah, Thai food. A well-made Thai sauce is the nectar of gods. Davis is lucky to have so many good Thai restaurants.


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2012-01-02 16:08:45   Thanks! :) I got a kick out of the short story you linked to as well. —ScottMeehleib

2012-01-02 17:20:03   Thank you! Glad you liked the photo and page. —EliseKane

2012-01-06 16:25:22   Oops, sorry for leaving off the address info! Just added it to Davis Flea Market. —NicholasBarry

2012-01-06 16:38:11   Yeah, thing is, we don't actually want anyone coming to the flea market... haha, thanks for catching that. By the way, interested in getting together for a Davis edit party to play around with the new Sacwiki code? I just put together a page to suggest this gathering: Edit party to preview Localwiki code. —NicholasBarry

2012-01-09 19:52:18   Orthography != Grammar. /pedant —WilliamLewis

2012-01-10 23:34:56   real mature

If you didn't want your digital information to be used for something (even if stated otherwise), then you shouldn't have joined (cause that possibility always exists anytime you transmit over any medium)

and if you really object to the circumstances in which this slapdickery occurred, go try and kill the wikispot project thru litigation or something productive.

We know something went down and we (the community, and the people with the keys) are apparently trying to rectify it, and if you want to continue to be a killjoy that is your choice to make —StevenDaubert

2012-01-10 23:38:50   you don't seem to understand the back end, which is fine. As far as I can tell Nicholas Barry was granted access inadvertently when his user was elevated when he took on responsibilities for the SacWiki Wikispot switch. Did Nicholas seek out this position of great power with malice in his heart, or was he simply trying to get everyone under the wikispot house on the same page??? Was he wrong in using these great powers for grey area tactics. This seems like a case of a user in a group overstepping his bounds with access, granted that comes attached with the privacy can of worms, but from a technical standpoint (one that Mike and Phillip are apparently going to address tomorrow)

ah **** it I don't really care
Have a pleasant day

2012-01-10 23:50:10   Also you were correct about that Wells Fargo editor earlier that other person had great intentions... just for the SEO business they run and the client who hired them to crawl the web and insert links everywhere. Depends on the POV —StevenDaubert

2012-01-10 23:52:05   don't quote me, unless it comes with the stipulation that is just my theory based on what I gleaned

2012-01-14 21:40:42   Sorry, couldn't fit the explanation in the space provided. I was trying to make the "Corporate Money Talks" image fit the page better, but when I uploaded a saved copy and used the "thumbnail" procedure to reduce it to about 700 pixels, the text wrapped around the right edge. Not really all that important, but thanks for watching out for me. —PhillipFujiyoshi

2012-01-15 14:34:42   Most freeways are not [WWW]divided and since you're involved with Turkeys, I think most prefer a divided freeway. —BruceHansen

2012-01-22 17:08:23   I have the menu but no scanner =( Sorry, no eggplant parm! —MeggoWaffle

2012-01-22 19:36:37   Romneycare refers specifically to the healthcare system in Massachusetts. Maybe I'm running in the wrong circles, but I've never heard of PPACA referred to as Romneycare. —WilliamLewis

2012-01-22 19:54:56   How the hell is it a loaded term? [WWW]The president apparently approves of it, even. —WilliamLewis

2012-01-22 20:01:13   It's associating Obama's signature accomplishment with his name. It's only considered derogatory in some circles because it's not the most popular thing in the world. The term itself is neutral. Anyway, you're still associating "Romneycare" with PPACA, which is erroneous. —WilliamLewis

2012-01-25 20:03:06   The actual relevant link from Navigating Campus would be Navigating Davis > Surface Streets > Campus. I was of course suggesting the phrase for that link: Navigating Davis Campus Streets. Just Navigating Davis isn't so relevant. Perhaps you would like another phrase better. —BruceHansen

2012-01-26 09:32:30   I think that may have been a reference to the houses, not the women. My wife and I have an ongoing joke about how she thinks anything that's smaller than usual is cute. Tiny cupcake? Cute. Tiny dog? Cute. Tiny stapler? Cute. Tiny house? .... —TomGarberson

2012-01-26 11:07:40   I'm honestly afraid to make any sort of reply, in light of the recent sexism issue. —TomGarberson

2012-01-30 13:49:17   Hi there! Question for you.....I just noticed zenkids clothing, an online only shop. So does that mean we can all put our webshops here on the daviswiki if we ourselves live in davis, or if we offer a special deal to davis residents? Or only if they are homemade? I sell plastic beads and hair things at, but ain't none of it handmade! I never thought of putting it on the wiki because it's a webshop....but it would be great if my store came up if people put in "beads" in the search field. I sell a ton of plastic beads in lots of shapes, you can't find in stores. Thanks! -StephHolm —StephHolm There is a place for Davisite owned websites, throw yourself on that list and by all means make a page Daubert

2012-01-31 20:14:45   Could you explain to me why you keep reverting the changes to "Island Barber and Spa"? —carrieweinrich

2012-02-01 14:02:37   [WWW]This was an excellent reply. I'm inclined to incorporate it in some form into WTTW/Business Owner. —TomGarberson

2012-02-03 22:25:25   Thanks CP, they're better, but honestly, his pages are so bad I really can't figure out what to do with them... —Davidlm

2012-02-04 09:38:19   Hello CP,check out the Dpd police log from yesterday, the guy actually filed a complaint. his comment on bistros page, yeah I can understand, but on the bouncers page I don't agree with the remarks. —ndah100

2012-02-04 11:42:41   I 100% agree with you, it's good to see we are on the same page. he could have possibly stated the story about what happened at the bar, but he can't go off in a tangent and make those remarks. Hope the year is going good for you —ndah100

2012-02-05 17:50:31   You're welcome. I haven't tried that brand before, but I hope you enjoy them! :) —ScottMeehleib

2012-02-06 22:43:36   I'm not trying to ignore other editors. I just don't want to look at my user page until I know that the "troll" discussion is moved somewhere else for now, like a directory of my user page (like /Trolling Accusation). As I commented to Ed, I'm not quite ready to finish that discussion and I don't want to see it until I am ready. I'll be glad to use my user page when I know that that is moved. I'm glad to discuss things now, but not in the context of trolling. Thank you. —BruceHansen

2012-02-06 23:26:50   I don't know if my user page still has the trolling discussion — the last time I read it there was a discussion about that with me, JW and MW — and if it's not there, where is it — removed or moved to another page? —BruceHansen

2012-02-07 20:48:50   Thx for the support on working that issue out. —Users/PeterBoulay

2012-02-08 11:32:28   I'm betting you're right. I just find erring on "their side" makes things both more pleasant and puts a spotlight on people who would lie about things for their own advancement. —JabberWokky

2012-02-10 13:18:00   CP.... I just read over his page & it's clear Bruce simply isn't WILLING to work this issue's gone beyond simple non-understanding on his part. I have watched all of you try to work with him to no avail. Maybe it's time for a proposal of a temporary ban? —Users/PeterBoulay

2012-02-11 18:54:35   Cool! I'm glad to hear the red bean buns from Kim's are at least acceptable. I'll give them a shot as well one of these days. If you ever track down the perfect red bean bun or cake somewhere in the Sac/Davis area, let me know! —ScottMeehleib

2012-02-18 14:45:10   Actually, I'd say that the wiki is a place where the many conflicting values can be recorded and found, rather than things like news and formal sources, which are more concerned with facts. The wiki is (ideally) effective at showing both of — and also the difference between — the law of the land and the current cultural sense of what is just. Of course, this makes it even a wider gap between aiming for a purely "factual" presentation and many other people's goals. —JabberWokky

2012-02-18 17:37:57   Yep. Other than a nit-picky bit about objective conclusions that doesn't really affect the practical upshot of things, we're pretty much in agreement. —JabberWokky

2012-02-20 13:56:30   Thanks for checking in with me. I misread the # and thought they were exact. I am wrong here and have retracted the banners. I still have concerns about the similar nature of the comments. —Users/PeterBoulay

2012-02-20 15:41:34   I am removing your comment - it already obvious I am breaking the rules, we have established that and if you know of a safe place to bring a group of dogs without breaking any rules please let me know. —ElizabethBarthel

2012-02-21 12:14:01   I should try and remember to take a photo of my wife's preserved wedding dress. They boxed it up and whatnot for her and it's stashed under the bed. —TomGarberson

2012-02-23 23:39:57   Haha. Honestly, as much as I still feel I was deprived of my opinions there, I not going to reopen the discussion. I did have ideas on BW that I felt were important, and to be fair, there were a few outright deletions at the outset that rubbed me the wrong way. But you're right, 4 people voted a "community process" was put in place to remove it. That's the imperfect nature of this wiki, so for now I'm cool with it. —jefftolentino

2012-02-24 16:41:07   I guess my original comment on the EW page last night was saying the same thing. There have been long standing traditions, and people are always going to find other peoples editing style "unacceptable", etc, but there have been exceptions to the rules in the past, and no matter what you say, it will never be a hard and fast game. Not taking sides on either one of you guys' discussion there, just saying the "rules" are not fixed. —jefftolentino

2012-02-29 18:33:44   I've contemplated commenting to Rhonda as a fellow business owner for quite a while. But some people are not willing to admit that anything could be their fault. It's like bashing your head on a wall. It's just completely useless no matter how good the intentions. —Davidlm

2012-02-29 20:58:24   hope all is well with you CP, happy new year —ndah100

2012-02-29 21:03:23   very true CP, i hope my recent edits on Red 88's page does not stir controversy, i simply wanted to give Wiki'ers a chance to see a reply by Red 88 Management. —ndah100

2012-03-01 09:11:50   The presence of plastic bags in nature is a really weak argument for banning them. Are there really no other, less drastic solutions to that problem? —jsogul

2012-03-01 12:35:08   I actually use and reuse plastic bags for a variety of odd reasons, some of which are not bag related (I use them as dropcloths in painting small objects, etc). I find them amazingly handy to have. I'm enough of an oddball in that regard that I'd probably buy them for non-grocery purposes (likely a roll of the veggie style bags). Then again, I don't think my use is really the problem being addressed. I also use packaging peanuts as fill for models. —JabberWokky

2012-03-02 04:47:11   I would reply, but Edgar has sucked away my will to live. —JabberWokky

2012-03-02 12:40:34   I like it. Then again, I like shaking up the comment macro text here and there. —JabberWokky

2012-03-07 09:37:22   [WWW]my response. —EdWins

2012-03-07 16:07:55   maybe Davis wiki should have a link on front page about the new 'Kony2012' (how we can help/link to the YouTube video) etc etc I am sure someone in davis is affected by it —ndah100

2012-03-07 17:08:31   CovertProfessor, I have a question for you. Ever since seeing you post here on the wiki, I've had the urge to go up to some of my professors and ask them "Are you CovertProfessor?" If such a thing happened to you, would you be honest about your internet identity? —Babhari

2012-03-08 13:00:42   Could be...either way its retracted :) —Users/PeterBoulay

2012-03-10 11:28:15   Thanks for the encouragement. PS sometimes I wonder if I ever had you as a professor... —argyle

2012-03-10 21:43:04   I swore I responded in a similar to your query... Someone at the company looks at it and makes the determination. If a violation occurs they send a photo of the light red with the front tires before the line, and then a photo of the car in the intersection with the light still red, and a close up of plate —StevenDaubert

2012-03-12 15:39:40   Thanks. I'm bummed about it, but life goes on. —TomGarberson

2012-03-15 10:37:33   Sorry about the whitewashing. I was in consolidation mode. Funny thing is, I think I was the one who wrote that comment about HuffPost criticism in the first place. Can't remember, though. Anyway, I'll get back to getting along well again! —justincox22

2012-03-15 21:43:50   Thanks for the comment CP. Honestly, with all the negativity lately, I've been a bit burned out on contributing, although I've done some work on Sacwiki here and there. Still, my comments tonight are intended to be constructive. sritern's edits were clearly problematic, but I honestly saw a good portion of that edit war unnecessary, especially that last series of rapid reverts. But still, I get your point about the contributions. If you'll make an effort to reduce the fighting, kind sir, I'll happily start actively contributing again. —jefftolentino

2012-03-15 22:01:57   The letter makes it seem like it. "Officially closed" on Feb 28. —MeggoWaffle

2012-03-15 23:31:51   Never mind about the Kony stuff, how are you ? I remember asking you 6months ago if you have tried KetMoRee's food yet, but you said no. I am wondering if that has changed? —ndah100

2012-03-17 12:08:59   Thanks. I put some more comments there, and just summarized them into a post on the Vanguard's bulletin board here: [WWW]

2012-03-17 21:32:55   Good point. I was more concerned that somebody with little life experience might think that they couldn't get care without insurance or paperwork. Couple that with the lack of comprehension of the frailty of life found in the same group, and it can lead to tragedy that could have been avoided. It's a good point to make, however: 911 also dispatches the closest EMT on priority transportation to your location; you'll likely see a medical professional (although not a doctor) quicker than you could driving yourself in. —JabberWokky

2012-03-18 12:43:50   Thanks!. I'll try to add some links to it next time I get motivated. —MikeyCrews

2012-03-18 17:21:19   Here's the FAA rule,

(c) would be the appropriate paragraph. I've followed cars on Road 105 while practicing slow flight. The first time I maintained a 600' distance. After thinking about it, I realized that drivers would have no way of knowing the distance and might report me anyway, so I don't do it anymore. —JimStewart

2012-03-20 18:09:57   That's interesting. One of the Amazon warehouses is in Nashville, and I know people who work there and love the environment. I'm forwarding that article to them. —JabberWokky

2012-03-20 22:11:08   Or, TG likes to talk to us —ndah100

2012-03-20 22:14:49   You like dosirak? I once had their spicy chicken, and don't get me wrong I love spicy food, I always eat it, at work, anywhere. But dosiraks spicy chicken, I don't know what's with it, it makes my stomach feel not right every time. I first had it, my stomach was not feeling well. I go back 2 weeks later thinking it wouldn't happen, but I was wrong. I since have never gone back to dosirak. —ndah100

2012-03-22 07:19:55   Are other shops in between shutting down? Maybe they are buying out that whole side to make a larger store? I don't know why Whole Foods would kill em if Pinkberry didn't :-( —OliviaY

2012-03-22 10:12:16   I am pretty sure I read that as "Davis is a...". Pre-coffee editing no-good, no-how. Thanks for the catch. I am now one with the bean. —JabberWokky

2012-03-24 13:15:18   Thanks for helping my profile out. I'm still getting the hang of how to link pages. —AlexHirsch

2012-03-26 15:53:14   Was going to finish that one but I got stuck on a long has been modified —Users/PeterBoulay

2012-03-26 16:35:23   Thanks...sometimes I have to come back and finish edits later due to work. —Users/PeterBoulay

2012-03-29 16:46:51   Why do you say that? —JabberWokky

2012-03-29 16:48:32   Keep in mind that when I disable them, they are able to — as it says in the notice — edit this one entry to seek assistance. —JabberWokky

2012-03-29 16:57:49   I have an urge (with a grin on my face) to also point out that you could read the first sentence on that page. However, instead I'll note that you're far from the first to see an edit pop up on RC from a "disabled account" and jump to the same conclusion. I think at least a couple people have forgotten twice. It's one of those easy to forget exceptions. —JabberWokky

2012-03-29 17:07:08   'hfuhhoijhrljw 98yu423ji24f08u 932kledwlkj eq;lk qwdp[`2]p —JabberWokky

2012-03-29 17:10:00   Boxers or Briefs? —StevenDaubert

2012-03-30 11:26:46   Ohhh, so that was YOU I saw taking a photo of Lamppost!

(kidding) —TomGarberson

2012-04-02 10:44:49   Thanks for catching that. I was stymied in my planned prank by the limits of the software. I had it planned, but I couldn't execute it. Ah, well. —JabberWokky

2012-04-03 15:22:30   You don't think an attack based on the fact that I'm a white male is racist? Please explain. —BrentLaabs

2012-04-03 20:05:39   I don't see all those points as valid in my experience. Maybe it's different for myself because even though I am white, I have encountered some inherent discrimination by being a person with a physical disability. I, however, refuse to blame the entire non-disabled population (even if it's not specifically their fault) for a lack of curb cuts on sidewalks. —Users/PeterBoulay

2012-04-03 20:17:08   Nope. I don't get the irony at all. Irony is usually lost on the target of the irony though, so I'm not surprised. —BrentLaabs

2012-04-03 20:41:03   Actually I'm trying to respond to your other point now by making productive edits.

So I responded to her flippant comment with another flippant comment. Her comment was obviously not intended to actually inform. At that point in time, I was thinking "'check your privilege', what does that even mean?" And her immediate conclusion is that I responded that way because I'm a white male. That is prejudice. She made a judgement about my reactions because she knows I am white and male. You may not understand my reactions because you don't disclose your identity on the wiki, but Megan definitely made a decision based on who I am and not what I said. —BrentLaabs

2012-04-04 01:43:16   It's the fact that she dismissed my comment because I'm white and male, not because I'm a jerkass. The leap in her logic goes from "Those people might need to chill and realize that one can't get everything one asks for" to being put in a group of "white males" who "brush off legitimate concern". The subtext being that I'm just like all of those other white males.

Let's assume that the name "Occupy" is a legitimate concern for the sake of argument. "Might need to chill" is still a pretty weak statement. Her response — not deleting it — not arguing that I'm wrong — not setting it off as an opposing view — no, it was, as I understand now, a statement that I didn't understand because of my privilege. It was dismissive based on who I am. Even flippant, you might say, and based on who I am.

But that's no big deal. It's that she went on to clarify that I can't understand because I'm a white man. That's when I got upset. I am aware that I enjoy special status in this society for being white and being male. There's no question of that. But her tone is so dismissive of my opinion and my status that there's no question it was a racist statement. And I just feel that the wiki should delete harmful words like that, rather than leave it on and incite these long threads.

2012-04-04 10:59:04   Oh, this is nowhere near the worst thing that could happen to me. In fact, because of my privilege, I can safely ignore this prejudice.

The argument has always been that her statement doesn't belong on the wiki. It still doesn't. —BrentLaabs

2012-04-04 11:13:19   Okay. Can you rewrite the section so that it's no longer an attack on one person? Or an assumption about all white males? —BrentLaabs

2012-04-05 00:07:11   I'm sorry I haven't responded to you. I appreciate the explanations. I really do. It's just... I don't know how far I want to go down the rabbit hole with this. I don't agree with you, and the reasons aren't in your argument — which is sound on its own merits — but in the philosophical assumptions you make in making your argument. I'm sensing you may have the same problems with me. Do you want to continue discussing this anyway, at this time? —BrentLaabs

2012-04-05 14:35:00   I was waiting for the editing to finish, but yes — feature a page. Otherwise it's an event. —JabberWokky

2012-04-05 15:07:16   Will you help me with my comment about the red light camera? You seem to know this town pretty well :) —Suzyjones

2012-04-05 20:05:48   Yes :) —TomGarberson

2012-04-06 02:39:00 I think I only asked you two question: what is "check your privilege", which Meggo sardonically answered for me, and asking you to explain why you didn't see her statement as racist. I think you saw the fact that I wasn't being convinced as asking questions. So I guess it really is time to go into the whole can of worms.

Okay, let's get in to the fundamental reason I don't agree with you. At its very root, it's because I'm a pragmatist. Radically so. When I was in high school, I guess I would have considered myself a romantic. But it came with my experience in the working policy arm of ASUCD. I'd see person after person come through with ideas that I generally believed in, but have no idea how to realize the idea in any kind of rational action, and well, it gets frustrating after a while.

Sure, I agree that people of color are oppressed, that white people have privilege. That's confirmed both by experience and data. And there are actions that we can take to rectify these things. If capital punishment routinely leads to extra and unnecessary punishment against people of color, why not just abolish it? We'd even save money in the process. Or if black people have less capital due to historic consequences of their ancestors servitude and deprivation of voting rights, reparations could be a reasonable possibility. While I have my doubts that it could be implemented pragmatically, at the very least it is an actual action to take that could rectify a documented problem.

But what I don't understand is an attempt to bring about social change using the politics of division. I hate identity politics. I hate identity politics because it a tool that divides people. Don't stop reading: Certainly, recognizing divisions that already exist does not create division. It's how it's applied in practice which creates the divisions.

By creating an ideology around a privileged class that responsible for the oppression of another class, you automatically create an other. Those people who are attacking us. The them that is against the we. It doesn't matter if we white folk deserve the blame. It's the act of affixing blame that intensifies divisions.

So when I turn on the news, I see tales of the liberals' War on Christmas, or the muslims building their "Terror Mosque." TV is pretty conservative. On the campus I heard endless complaints about how the University isn't admitting enough people of color.

It's not fucking helping. All of this complaining doesn't do a damn thing. If there's actual policy to go with it, fine. Or out of the world of public policy, at least something that can improve the lives of people as a whole. But more often than not, it's turns into a game of "everyone beat up the person who said something inappropriate" and "carefully worded apology I don't believe in."

As it turns out, pretty much all white people know that they have privilege in this country. And the ones who don't, well, you can't do anything about idiocy. The way Megan used "check your privilege" in her statement? It implies that I am wrong because I don't understand the life experience of others who are less privileged. That I am the other, and that I am brushing her off because I can't understand the we.

But let me offer a radical alternative to that assumption. Both of you are wrong. Attacking the name "Occupy" is simply a bad idea. The word "occupy" is simply not a tool of oppression. I can't see an evil dictator anywhere saying something akin to "I'm going to occupy you, you occupee bastards." And if you come from an occupied country, where the government routinely tortures you or denies your freedom for being from a certain ethnic group, I genuinely feel sorry for you. But changing the name does virtually nothing to actually nothing to improve the conditions over in said country.

Here's where pragmatism comes back in. If I'm from a disenfranchised group, do I: (1) Join an increasingly popular nationwide movement that wants to improve the conditions of my people along with all others who are disenfranchised, and to diminish the extreme power and wealth of those oppress us; or (2) Complain that the name makes me feel uncomfortable, uncomfortable in a way that no one can understand but one of us, so I can't take part unless they attempt a national rebranding of an established volunteer movement.

Option (2) is simply not pragmatic, not at all. If you think that being privileged makes us exempt from compromise on things we don't agree with, you're wrong. I find many politicians' support for the death penalty, for example, President Obama, morally repugnant. I'm going to vote for him anyway, because, well, that's what I can get for now. That does not mean we should not strive for better. It means that we should take what is best now.

I do not live in a idealistic world where I aim for a huge, romantic world revolution. I look for best available solutions. And I hope that little by little, pragmatically, we finally crack the world's shell, and bring about the world revolution. So, I checked my privilege, and decided that if I was in a similar life to yours, I would still disagree with you. Maybe I would be feel better if the name was changed. Maybe I would think of it as a way to take back the word, and occupy the occupiers. But either way, my pragmatic side would prevail and I'd support the Occupy Movement.

I'm not really clear as to whether the assumption is that because of my white male privilege I cannot understand the situation, or that I brushed off the concerns because as a white male I wouldn't try and comprehend another view. But the thing is, I did try to understand it from another point of view, since walking in another man's shoes is at the basis of morality. And as to the former question, the homeland of my ancestors was occupied by a foreign power for 300 years, and only got independence last century. But, you wouldn't know that about me, because you just assumed an ethnic profile about me based on what you know about white male privilege.

Saying that privilege exists is a fact. Saying that someone is exercising it, like so many other members of their group, is an allegation and a stereotype. Which is where we come back to identity politics. The lines are sometimes vague and indistinct, but they are there. The line between promoting one's own group's standing, and diminishing another group. Which is why I can't stand identity politics in practice.

It turns out that this matter was at the heart of ASUCD's dispute with UCSA, where, through some strange twist of fate, I ended up in the eye of the storm. UCSA, through a feedback relationship with USSA, is primarily an identity politics organization. They really wanted to bring affirmative action back, pass the Dream Act, and spend time accusing the Regents of not caring about students, especially ethnic minority students. You know, issues that Schwarzenegger would veto in a heartbeat. ASUCD even voted to support a graduate student issue because it actually seemed like the only pragmatic goal.

Unfortunately, no one in UCSA wanted to do normal political lobbying. You know, going to assemblymembers, giving them proposals for laws, and sitting down and talking like normal human beings. Because they didn't understand — couldn't understand — and because it was much more fun to yell at people, they organized protest events, which always felt ridiculous and shoestring. And it's not that I hate activists — the tail of the curve is necessary for any real social change. It's that they didn't do the pragmatic things, too. And that was really too bad, because I so, so badly wanted them to succeed. In fact, I still pray for them to succeed, because students so badly need adequate represenation and good ideas at the capitol. But when it comes down to it, I stood virtually alone in supporting UCSA at the end in ASUCD, because so many conservatives in were turned off and wedged out by the identity politics.

I know that's amazingly off-topic, but it means that I've been thinking about these issues for years, and have radically different conclusions than you have. So to me, my comment had nothing at all to do with privilege or brushing off criticism. It is my recommendation as a policy analyst that the people calling for a name change to chill. Because creating a wedge issue here gains them nothing, and in fact weakens a movement that aims to help them. Because asking for this is not pragmatic — they cannot get everything they want from this one movement.

And so, all of the allegations of white privilege are not related to my actions at all. They were assumptions made about my actions based on a profile. A stereotype. A prejudice. I suppose that this is easier to swallow than the other alternative: that she is wrong. Racism is always easier than the truth.

2012-04-06 23:24:26   I knew someone would ask why I deleted Online Pool Supply from the pool store section. I own both Platinum Pool Care and Online Pool Supply. Platinum Pool Care is our local store for Davis customers only. Online Pool Supply is not tailored for local use. —PatrickNewton

2012-04-11 15:45:52   *sigh*...fixed —Users/PeterBoulay

2012-04-11 15:47:12   Some mornings it's not worth chewing through the leather straps :) —Users/PeterBoulay

2012-04-11 21:45:26   Oh okay thanks! Not sure if this is where Im supposed to reply..still trying to figure this thing out. —MoeHirani

2012-04-19 10:40:36   Thanks CP. I saw the horribly thought out Featured Page and had a kneejerk "revert it" feeling, and decided not to edit. Your edits cleaned it up nicely and pushed it down toward being a decent featured page. Good topic, good intent, just bad (or not well thought out) execution. —JabberWokky

2012-04-19 13:13:58   Police officers can only be disciplined for stuff in their personnel files. There is no way in hell that the Kroll report will make it into those files... the police officers will fight tooth and nail to prevent that. The best we can hope for is that the internal affairs report reaches similar conclusions. As an aside, it is possible that the public will see part or all of the internal affairs report. They are generally considered confidential and exempt from public record act requests, but they can still be subpoenaed. You can bet the ACLU will try to get ahold of as much of the report as possible in their lawsuit against the university. —WilliamLewis

2012-04-19 13:43:59   I was basing my statement on the conclusion reached by the Atlantic in the article I linked to a few edits ago. "So what happens to Lt. Pike? Once placed on administrative leave, he was subject to an internal affairs investigation. The law requires that its findings alone can bear on personnel actions, never mind all the useful evidence collected by the independent consultants, or the analysis performed by the panel of esteemed statesmen." I agree that public pressure generated by the report probably influenced Spicuzza's decision to resign, but I have my reservations about calling the independent investigation anything other than impotent in any official capacity. Given the resistance shown by UC Davis in fully cooperating with the independent review force, my suspicion was that they hoped it would be more of a smokescreen than anything else. —ScottMeehleib

2012-04-19 14:01:04   After thinking it over, I suppose one could come to a less pessimistic conclusion than I did. But it seems to me, that, since both the internal and independent investigations were performed seemingly concurrently and without interaction, the independent one cannot be seen as having an affect on the other in even an unofficial sense. In the best case scenario, UC Davis was actually trying to get out as much truth as possible in the independent review, not because of possible disciplinary measures, but rather to put pressure on responsible parties to resign without the agonizingly long process that firing people apparently takes. So if that is your take on things, I wouldn't mind that being added as a possible interpretation. —ScottMeehleib

2012-04-20 20:47:59   Thanks for really de-bolding Monticello. :) —jsbmeb

2012-04-23 16:25:40   Picnic Day 2012 looks excellent now. It good to see a picnic day picture collage. The last few years it was just bare bones in terms of photos.. —SimonFung

2012-04-23 20:49:46   JW should be aware now —StevenDaubert

2012-04-23 20:53:01   I just killed the account. Thanks for the cleanup. —JabberWokky

2012-04-25 22:23:39   hi CP, hope all is well. If you look at the DPD log(apr20,5am-apr21,5am) on pg7 of 11, you'll see that the unicorn rider was reported to police, but was 'unable to locate', so does that mean the unicorn rider is a fugitive!? —ndah100

2012-04-26 00:15:11   That is the third time somebody has spammed the wiki with links to that group. —JabberWokky

2012-04-28 20:29:04   I've also found the sudden surge of comments on a page I had never heard of interesting. It is also interesting that many of them have similar ip addresses, and a couple are the exact same. Maybe I'm just a conspiracy theorist ;) —LoriOrf

2012-04-28 20:58:13   I wasn't sure if I should do anything or passively let it happen, So I'm patiently watching it unfold. —LoriOrf

2012-05-01 15:21:31   I think making a Wheelchair Accessibility page is a great idea. I also made the same assumption as you; spending a lot of time with a person in a wheelchair has been a real eye-opener. My friend has a giant ADA guidebook full of required sizes and dimensions for tables, and it can really be quite confusing. Unfortunately, you often can't tell if a table is accessible just by looking at it. For example, we rarely consider that most of us lean down slightly every time we take a bite. But my friend is paralyzed immediately from the arms down so unless he can get very close to the surface of the table, eating can be quite a chore. Central supports underneath the tables often block the ability to slide wheelchairs far enough under. Also, sometimes the surfaces themselves are too high.

In any case, I think it would be a good idea to start off with a page that simply lists businesses that make things hard on people with wheelchairs (tables too close together, not enough accessible seating, blocked wheelchair ramps, awkward table surface heights, etc.), and then contrast those with a list of businesses that are unusually accommodating. That would be a good base, and from there we can try to hopefully research which places are actually out of compliance instead of simply inconvenient by citing relevant ADA documents. —ScottMeehleib

2012-05-01 15:42:14   I just noticed that we already have an entry called Mobility Impaired Access. How does that name strike you? I don't feel like I'm very good at naming entries tbh. We may as well keep the content of that page, in any case, and just expand the theme to include the bad as well as the good. —ScottMeehleib

2012-05-09 11:36:05   Hey now! I don't want to be associated with Dunning any more than you do! Hehehehe. —JabberWokky

2012-05-10 15:40:07   I'm a supporter of Ron Paul, but I also think it's weird that he didn't know about the "Incident." If anything, you would have hoped somebody in his campaign would have briefed him on it before he came to Davis! :/ —ScottMeehleib

2012-05-10 18:25:34   Hey, CP (I'm posting the same on Jabberwocky's page). I just reviewed my intern’s recent edits, and saw your comments. I’ve spoken to him directly about his poor judgment in choosing a username.

While acknowledging that the username was inappropriate and mean, I hope that actions speak louder than words. I’m personally a huge supporter of Daviswiki – hell, I contributed $100 to the Localwiki campaign – and I’ve made it a point to put a lot of our info on Daviswiki, even when it doesn’t benefit our organization. A lot of organizations wouldn’t even bother to create a list of places you could use their product – they’d just have that on their website. And the easy thing for us to do would just be to make a plain text list on our page, but we’ve created about 15 of the businesses’ pages, and intend to create more. Sure, 15 is a small number, and it’s not as if we did a lot of journalism on those pages. I’m not trying to claim any medals. But I hope it shows a lot more commitment to the wiki than most businesses or individuals would make.

Also, may I note that one of our other interns used the username “davisrox”? That’s positive, right? (I’m being lighthearted, in case you can’t read the tone ). By the way, I’ve created instructions for all future team members to use their actual names.

I can’t read your tone, by the way – I’m not sure how serious you are when you’re talking about this username creating an impression about the entire organization. I understand that the people who represent an organization inevitably contribute to the organization’s perception, but as I said, I hope you can look past the words to the actions.

And if there are other things that I’ve missed that you think are problematic, or if things come up in the future…you know that you could always drop me a line? A quick “Hey, your intern’s username is kind of jerky” would be fine. One of the things I really like about the wiki is how much editors engage each other in conversation. One of the things that makes that username mean is that it’s an anonymous, unproductive criticism of Daviswiki, without trying to engage in any meaningful conversation. I’m trying to represent the opposite by engaging, with this post, and if you do the same and drop me a line in the future, it will make it easier for me to remedy anything that comes up.

2012-05-11 07:23:40   I agree. Obviously that's something he'll have to decide on his own, since if I told him to do it, it wouldn't reflect a personal commitment to the wiki! Maybe I should start filtering internship applicants by number of wiki edits prior to applying? Hehehehehe... —NicholasBarry

2012-05-12 12:03:51   Thanks for adding a section for former organizations to the Rainbow Community page. Sometimes I completely forget to do that. —ScottMeehleib

2012-05-14 07:51:16   It could be like how some companies devote resources, including staff time, to improving open source projects like PHP or Apache. Davis companies could be expected to devote some time to building on the Wiki - it certainly drives lots of business to Davis companies. —NicholasBarry

2012-05-15 20:05:14   Hey, did anybody put up a good scan of the nasty political mailer? —JabberWokky

2012-05-15 22:08:22   Those mailers say way more about the people who sent them than the subjects. Jon Li and Clint Parish will never hold elected office around here if people remember the disgusting stuff they've published. —WilliamLewis

2012-05-15 22:27:52   While I agree with William, if it's actually a problem, I have no issue with posting it after the election. Documenting it is more important, at least for me. —JabberWokky

2012-05-21 19:20:58   Yeah, I figured an analogy would be a bad idea. —JabberWokky

2012-05-21 20:50:47   So what do you think about ykarmi's changes to Raja's? I took and put up the picture of Harmeet and Taranbir with their blessings and I really don't know what ykarmi's intent was when he/she took them off. It looks like ykarmi built a website for them and figured he could remake the wiki page the way he wanted it to be. I don't quite know what to think. —JimStewart

2012-05-22 14:38:24   Your picture on the Target page is awesome. —JenniferCook

2012-05-22 15:27:57   That Prius photo is an absolute beauty. —justincox22

Thanks for the heads up. Somebody edited the live code and did a typo. I've informed the coders to fix it. -jw

2012-05-22 20:25:32   Should be fixed, oops! Thanks for the report! —PhilipNeustrom

2012-05-25 23:48:27   Those Arboretum pages are nice pages, but severely underlinked. So I might as well throw a ton of links at them, right? The Nav table design is the best I can do with the classes I've been given — I might have liked a font 1px bigger, and maybe a white text header, but I have to make do with the classes we have. I'm wondering if we could do some sort of online tour of the Arboretum on the wiki, but I think we'd need more photos, and that's one thing I can't contribute from far away. —BrentLaabs

2012-05-29 14:22:20   you disappoint with your latest edit. Library staff are all volunteers, and Piyuk isn't a) editing from an organization account and b)is just providing generic info about the library and any modifications / closures to the schedules. Folks who care enough about the wiki will be able to see the edits, and folks who don't care will be able to understand the info is from a volunteer at the library and not some random. —StevenDaubert

2012-05-29 20:14:16   I'm working on my oral/qualifying exam. I was supposed to have done it a year department is very lax on deadlines, so my PI had me keep pushing it. Now I regret it, as I'm worried when it comes time for me to defend they'll respond with "but you just advanced to candidacy two years ago!"

The format is supposed to be a a SF424 (R&R) individual fellowship. Pretty straightforward (aims, significance, approach, etc). I don't know what sort of stuff your department does, but I hate mine. We have to do off-research topics here, which in the molecular biosciences is a massive pain in the ass, as finding something completely unrelated to my own work means I'm really in the dark. I'm attempting to pick a topic that none of my committee (that I know of) is well versed in, to prevent them from asking complex questions. The goal is that if I pick something they're also in the dark about, I can at least learn the systems more then they can. It doesn't help when we get to the "what if" conceptual thinking parts of the oral examination, but at least all the basics and technical aspects are solid.

I'm banging my head against the wall here. For every one paper I read, I end up finding three or four more they cite that I put down in my "to read" list. My goal is to finish reading and compiling info from about 25 to 30 primary research articles, then plan some potential aims/experiments. Then read another 20 to 25 for more specific background to my aims, and technical aspects/assays/etc.

I think I'm concussed, because I have no idea why I'm commenting here. I suppose in my current frame of mind you're the closest professor I feel comfortable whining towards. —EdWins

2012-05-29 20:19:01   I thought page includes like IntegrateComments were the universal sign of "this page should be fixed by someone else, because I'm too lazy to do so." —BrentLaabs

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