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Archive for January, 2010

How I got the nickname ‘wizard’

January 30th, 2010 by alephnaught

How I got the nickname ‘wizard’

A long long time ago I did real-time programming for a high energy physics research laboratory, KMS Fusion, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I programmed a Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) PDP-11/45, and I knew all the assembly instructions required to process an interrupt from the backplane to my code (eventually I wrote a multi-device driver […]

Table topics: Toasts

January 26th, 2010 by alephnaught

Table topics: Toasts

Today I was once again Table Topics Master (my club likes that I pick themes for the questions and often pick things they didn’t expect). Since this was my last meeting with Navigators Toastmasters (I’ve taken a job that makes it impossible for me to make their meetings any longer), today was my last meeting. […]

Pasadena

January 24th, 2010 by alephnaught

Pasadena

Yesterday, we decided to take a trip out to Pasadena with our new puppy Iggy. As usual, we got a late start… 🙂 Our first stop was the Armory Center for the Arts, which was formerly an armory (seems like its very popular to turn armories into art galleries); the photo show was interesting: Jeff […]

Table topics: What is your favorite…

January 19th, 2010 by alephnaught

Table topics: What is your favorite…

Today I was once again Table Topics Master for my Toastmasters club – I love this role because I get to ask my club members questions and therefore learn more about them. I love using themes for my Table Topics – today’s theme was, “What is your favorite…?” and here are the items I planned […]

The Griffith Observatory (and dinner in Los Feliz)

January 15th, 2010 by alephnaught

The Griffith Observatory (and dinner in Los Feliz)

We decided to check out the Griffith Observatory, which stands on one of the higher hills in Los Angeles; Aviva’s brother Howard took his family up there and said the views were amazing. We stopped at Wacko on the way – its a cool store for books and odd gifts; I kid you not, there’s […]

A gallery of more pictures of Iggy

January 15th, 2010 by alephnaught

A gallery of more pictures of Iggy

Now that we’re all humming “Pictures of Lily” by The Who, here is a gallery of pictures taken yesterday and today of our puppy Iggy, who is almost 7 months old. Translate

Yotsuba&! 6 and 7

January 10th, 2010 by alephnaught

Yotsuba&! 6 and 7

Title: Yotsuba&!, Vol. 7 Author: Kiyohiko Azuma Paperback: 208 pages Publisher: Yen Press; 1 edition (December 15, 2009) Language: English ISBN-10: 0316073253 ISBN-13: 978-0316073257 Title: Yotsuba&!, Vol. 6 Author: Kiyohiko Azuma Paperback: 208 pages Publisher: Yen Press (September 15, 2009) Language: English ISBN-10: 0316073245 ISBN-13: 978-0316073240 I completed the first 5 books a few months […]

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My new wedding ring and another shot of Iggy

January 9th, 2010 by alephnaught

My new wedding ring and another shot of Iggy

I love titanium wedding rings – they are light and typically of modern design.  But, my old one was getting a little tight and, due to its design (a small diamond leaving a hole in the back) I was getting dermatitis underneath. So we bought me a new ring (also titanium): I also took a […]

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Malibu Hindu Temple and metal animals at Oasis Imports

January 4th, 2010 by alephnaught

Malibu Hindu Temple and metal animals at Oasis Imports

We decided to go for a drive yesterday; Aviva had rediscovered the Malibu Hindu Temple and we both wanted to check it out. So we bundled all three of us, including Iggy, into the car and drove to Malibu. The temple is quite impressive as you can tell from the pictures below. Best of all, […]

Iggy’s first long car ride, the Chemosphere house, and the Hollywood Bowl

January 2nd, 2010 by alephnaught

Iggy’s first long car ride, the Chemosphere house, and the Hollywood Bowl

Yesterday we took Iggy for his first longish car trip; we decided to drive down Mulholland drive from Laurel Canyon to the 101. Our first stop was the Chemosphere house; this is a famous architectural landmark designed by John Lautner, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, in 1960. It looks like a space ship landed […]

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