Archive for July, 2006

July 24th, 2006 by alephnaught

Aviva’s brother came to visit

We had a great time I think. Friday I met up with Aviva and Brian at Room and Board, an upscale furniture shop. We had dinner at Opera , a really nice Chinese restaurant. We took Brian to Uncle Fun on Saturday – that’s a really interesting shop that sells strange toys. We went to […]

July 18th, 2006 by alephnaught

Play Money: Or, How I Quit My Day Job and Made Millions Trading Virtual Loot

Title: Play Money: Or, How I Quit My Day Job and Made Millions Trading Virtual Loot Author: Julian Dibbell Hardcover: 321 pages Publisher: Basic Books (June 28, 2006) ISBN: 0465015352 When I read a short reference to this book in a magazine, I figured I should read the book and then send it to my […]

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July 17th, 2006 by alephnaught

Went to see the new Cirque du Soleil show last night!

Aviva and I try to make the new Cirque du Soleil shows when they come to Chicago; we got hooked over six years ago. Corteo was a bit different – the acrobatics were a little less over the top, there was more dancing, the usual helping of comedy (but perhaps a little less going out […]

July 14th, 2006 by alephnaught

Saudi Arabia blames Hizbollah in Lebanon Crisis

An article off of Reuters indicates that Saudi Arabia blames radical Muslims for the unrest on the Lebanese border. Translate

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July 8th, 2006 by alephnaught

Kan Zaman Restaurant

Kan Zaman Restaurant617 N. WellsChicago, IL 60610312-751-9600 Translate

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July 5th, 2006 by alephnaught

My 47th birthday!

Yes, I’m a yankee doodle dandy, born on the 4th of July. Had a quiet day yesterday, mostly finishing up and posting my travelogue for our Spanish trip. Then, we went out to dinner at a very nice Mexican restaurant, Salpicon. The food was really good and it was really loud and busy for a […]

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July 3rd, 2006 by alephnaught

King of the Vagabonds : The Baroque Cycle #2 (The Baroque Cycle)

Title: King of the Vagabonds : The Baroque Cycle #2 (The Baroque Cycle) Author: Neal Stephenson Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages Publisher: HarperTorch (February 28, 2006) ISBN: 0060833173 I read this book in Barcelona and on the flight home to Chicago. I enjoyed this book but I’m trying to figure out how it connects with […]

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July 3rd, 2006 by alephnaught

Quicksilver (The Baroque Cycle, Vol. 1)

Title: Quicksilver (The Baroque Cycle, Vol. 1) Author: Neal Stephenson Paperback: 960 pages ISBN: 0060593083 Read this book in Madrid and Seville. I like Neal Stephenson and this series seems aimed to please. Its set in the early 1700’s, with action moving between London and Boston for the most part. There’s lots of character development […]

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July 3rd, 2006 by alephnaught

A Cook’s Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines

Title: A Cook’s Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines Author: Anthony Bourdain Paperback: 288 pages Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (November 5, 2002) ISBN: 0060012781 Read this book on the way to and while in Madrid, Spain. I really liked this one – I bought it for the trip because we’d been watching Bourdain’s TV […]

July 1st, 2006 by alephnaught

The flight home

We got up this morning on the 30th, ate, cleaned up and checked out of our room. As we had a couple of hours we walked back to Casa Mila and went to their store – we needed a few more tchatchkes for our friends and families. We got a cab and didn’t have any […]