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“Spring Rolls” is available on CD Baby, iTunes and Spotify!

My new album Spring Rolls is available now on CD Baby at: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/alephnaughtandthenullset4 You can find it on iTunes at: h...

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My album Parallel Lines is now available on CD Baby and iTunes!

My latest album is out, “Parallel Lines.” My music is influenced by various genres. I recorded this album at home. You can find ...

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Download “Countably Infinite and Completely Empty” now!

Finally had time to finish my new album, “Countably Infinite and Completely Empty.” You can download a zip of the MP3 files and ...

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How @purplehayz tweets

Introduction This post was started because I get asked regularly if I ever sleep. I do, typically from 10P Pacific time til about 4:30A each...

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We bought a house

We finally bought a house in SoCal – its not as close to Los Angeles as we wanted (its in Woodland Hills), but its big and its ours; 5...

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ComicCon 2009, Thursday: Pictures

My son Nathan and I attended the Thursday opening of ComicCon 2009; we had a great time, we walked the whole exhibit hall floor. I got a cou...

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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 ga...

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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 be...

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Make your very own IC earring

My geekiest fashion accessory is my IC earring; I’ve made several because friends have asked (sometimes demanded!) them.  I’v...

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Paper model of Chartres Cathedral – IT’S DONE!

I bought a model to assemble of the famous Chartres Cathedral in the Cathedral gift shop, and this entry will track how I put it together. T...

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Bail out foriegn banks? You’re kidding, right?

In today’s New York Times I read “Foreign Nations Pledge Support, but Not Financing” with some interest. I especially liked the following quote: “There’s a view in Europe that this is a U.S.-made problem, and that it should be solved in the U.S.,” said Charles H. Dallara, the managing director of the Institute for International […]

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YOTSUBA&! Volume 3

Title: YOTSUBA&! Volume 3 Author: Kiyohiko Azuma Paperback: 192 pages Publisher: ADV Manga (October 3, 2005) Language: English ISBN-10: 1413903290 ISBN-13: 978-1413903294 And I just finished Volume 3.  Jumbo is a florist, and Yotsuba got to go to the zoo and see an elephant and experience hand-held fireworks and then the real thing at the […]

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YOTSUBA&! Volume 1

Title: YOTSUBA&! Volume 1 Author: Azuma Kiyohiko Paperback: 232 pages Publisher: ADV Manga (June 6, 2005) Language: English ISBN-10: 1413903177 ISBN-13: 978-1413903171 I finished Volume 2 Friday night, and finished Volume 1 last night. This series is keeping my attention well.  Its neat that this is within the manga genre but isn’t about fighting but […]

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Don’t pay me now, I’ll just print money

So I’ve been watching all the shenanigans surrounding our current financial crisis.  And I’ve been reading and hearing about what Barack Obama and John McCain plan to do about it (you can’t miss it, just turn on any television in the United States). Let’s see, we’ve had quite a while where taxes were reduced for […]

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YOTSUBA&! Volume 2

Title: YOTSUBA&! Volume 2 Author: Azuma Kiyohiko Paperback: 184 pages Publisher: ADV Manga (August 1, 2005) Language: English ISBN-10: 1413903185 ISBN-13: 978-1413903188 Yotsuba&! is a manga series that follows a little girl, Yotsuba, who moves with her father to a new house.  Next door live three sisters: Asagi (the oldest), Fuka (the middle one), and […]

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Saudi Women Find an Unlikely Role Model: Oprah

Found this article today in the New York Times.  Its very interesting – young Saudi women are watching Oprah Winfrey’s show in droves because she addresses subjects Saudi women rarely get to discuss, for example racism. When I was in Jubail, I noticed (through side-ways glances – you never “eyeball” a woman in Saudi Arabia, […]

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Another big news day

I like reading the New York Times every morning, along with the Wall Street Journal.  And there’s a lot to consider today. For example, our embassy in Yemen was attacked by thugs; luckily in this case, they killed themselves, unfortunately also killing innocent bystanders, but then that’s one of the goals for terrorists, since they […]

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Harvey And Etsuko’s Manga Guide To Japan

Title: Harvey And Etsuko’s Manga Guide To Japan Author: Charles Danziger, Mimei Sakamoto Paperback: 160 pages Publisher: Japanime Co. Ltd. (August 8, 2007) Language: English ISBN-10: 4921205175 ISBN-13: 978-4921205171 I saw this book at Kinokuniya Bookstore in Little Tokyo; it intrigued me so I bought it. Its fun.  The first half of the book is […]

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Squirrels at the complex

There are a bunch of brown ground squirrels at our apartment complex.  You see, we had grey squirrels in Chicago, so these were quite original for us, as they’re smaller, a bit less bushy, and, yes, brown. And people feed them in the complex, so they are pretty brazen.  Here’s a picture I took of […]

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MOCA and Little Tokyo

We decided to visit the main MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), which is just down the street from Little Tokyo. We parked across the street from the Disney Concert Hall, which was designed by Frank Gehry, who designed the Millenium Park Pavilion in Chicago.  The building is really neat but slightly out of place among […]