Archive for May, 2009

May 29th, 2009 by alephnaught

Office toys (some new, some old)

I have quite a collection of toys in my office – I like to have things to look at and play with when I need to think.  Creativity often surges when you take your mind off the problem and let your thoughts operate independently.  Here’s a picture of the credenza behind my desk: I got […]

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May 28th, 2009 by alephnaught

The Culver City Art Walk

We decided to do the Culver City Art Walk today – a bunch of galleries open their doors to the public along La Cienega and Washington in Culver City. A pretty cool billboard – wonder what its selling? Painted exterior of a non-profit on La Cienega Mao in lights in front of Maloney Fine Art […]

May 26th, 2009 by alephnaught

I won table topics!

This week I won Table Topics at the Navigators Toastmasters meeting!  My question was, “What will your summer vacation be?” – since we went to Italy in March we aren’t going anywhere this summer special, but we are doing a lot of things (and a short trip to San Diego for ComicCon, I’m a ComicCon […]

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May 25th, 2009 by alephnaught

Memorial Day memories

Stories are powerful things, and Jamie has reminded me of my father who passed away over 20 years ago.  He was a navigator helping get transport planes over the hump in Asia (Burma, er, Myanmar to China and back) during World War II.  He told me stories of playing Mah Jongg for money (he got […]

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Santa Monica

May 24th, 2009 by alephnaught

Santa Monica

We love going to Santa Monica, so we put the dog in the car and drove out.  We go down Topanga Canyon to the Pacific Coast Highway; you go right by the Getty Villa which is a copy of Hadrian’s Villa outside of Rome. We walked around the Prominade, which is a three block pedestrian […]

A bunch of pictures taken on my Blackberry phone

May 24th, 2009 by alephnaught

A bunch of pictures taken on my Blackberry phone

Just a bunch of pictures I took with my Blackberry over the last month or so; no one category deserved a separate post, so here’s a gallery instead. Translate

May 24th, 2009 by alephnaught

Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art

Title: Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art Author: Stephen Nachmanovitch Paperback: 224 pages Publisher: Tarcher (May 1, 1991) Language: English ISBN-10: 0874776317 ISBN-13: 978-0874776317 This is a dense book for such a small volume.  The subject is important to me – I used to improvise a lot in bands, and I think that comfort […]

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May 10th, 2009 by alephnaught

Saw “Star Trek” today

Aviva and I went ot the new Star Trek movie today. No spoilers here. This is a movie to go see, especially if you watched the original series, Star Trek: Next Generation, and Enterprise.  There are a number of wonderful connections made with these series, for example the inclusion of Captain Christopher Pike, who features […]

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Visit to Palm Springs, Wayne Thiebaud retrospective

May 2nd, 2009 by alephnaught

Visit to Palm Springs, Wayne Thiebaud retrospective

We visited the Palm Springs Art Museum to see the retrospective of Wayne Thiebaud titled “70 Years of Painting.”  Thiebaud became famous in the ’60s with his thick, realistic paintings of deserts on display.  The retrospective began with his early drawings, some from high school, and then continued through recent work (Thiebaud is still an […]