Archive for January, 2006

January 29th, 2006 by alephnaught

Vandals wanted to test Amsterdam subway trains

In case you didn’t know, vandalism is common in Amsterdam….

Posted in The Netherlands,

January 28th, 2006 by alephnaught

Workplace mentoring

I’ve been helping students from Tilton Elementary School to read better for three years, participating in the WITS program via LaSalle Bank’s Workplace Mentoring program.  Here’s Davion: Davion is a student at Tilton Elementary here in Chicago. The school is located on the west side in an economically depressed part of town. Davion is a […]

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January 27th, 2006 by alephnaught

A long weekend in NYC

We visited NYC recently and here’s what we did.

Posted in Personal,

January 27th, 2006 by alephnaught


Title: Collapse : How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed Author: Jared Diamond Paperback: 592 pages Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics) (December 27, 2005) ISBN: 0143036556 This is the follow up to Diamond’s Guns, Germs and Steel . Where his first book attempted to answer the question, “why do you people have such great cargo,” this book […]

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January 22nd, 2006 by alephnaught

City of Walls

Title: City of Walls: Crime, Segregation, and Citizenship in Sao Paulo Author: Teresa P. R. Caldeira Paperback: 473 pages Publisher: University of California Press (April 2, 2001) ISBN: 0520221435 This was a very scholarly work. The main premise is that the culture of Sao Paulo is causing a segregation of its people based upon class, […]

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São Paulo

January 21st, 2006 by alephnaught

São Paulo

I got to go to São Paulo , Brazil, on a business trip from January 15 through January 21, 2006. This was my first time in Brazil; I had a great time and would go again. We stayed at L’Hotel, a very nice hotel near one of the major shopping and banking streets, Avenida Paulista. […]