Archive for October, 2007

October 28th, 2007 by alephnaught

Dinner at Alhambra Palace Restaurant

Alhambra Palace Restaurant is a good Morrocan restaurant on Randolph Street. 1240 W. Randolph, Chicago, IL – (312) 666-9555 We went to the antique market on Randolph and went by this restaurant on the way there. You can’t miss the facade – its a bad takeoff of the Arabian Nights. Aviva had wanted to try […]

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October 27th, 2007 by alephnaught

Chicago Metra comuter train schedule stuff

I’ve written a little web app to find the next four trains running between two stations on the Chicago Metra comuter train line.  I also loaded CalTrain, a little Blackberry application, with the lines I and a friend usually take (the application can’t handle a large set of data for some reason).

October 27th, 2007 by alephnaught


Title: Stardust Author: Neil Gaiman Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages Publisher: Harper (July 31, 2007) Language: English ISBN-10: 0380804557 ISBN-13: 978-0380804559 I read Anansi Boys and American Gods a bit ago and, when I saw this book had been made into a movie, I figured I should read it. This was a quick, fun read.  […]

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October 23rd, 2007 by alephnaught

More paper models!

I built two more paper models, one of the Duomo and the other the Campanile, both in Florence. I also started a web page on my paper modeling hobby. I made two more paper models, which I bought on eBay and from Daedalus Books (a good overstock and discount on-line bookstore). The models are of […]

October 19th, 2007 by alephnaught

Rachel and Leah: Women of Genesis

Title: Rachel and Leah: Women of Genesis Author: Orson Scott Card Paperback: 368 pages Publisher: Forge Books; New Ed edition (November 29, 2005) Language: English ISBN-10: 0765341298 ISBN-13: 978-0765341297 Just finished this book.  I liked it quite a bit; it goes along with Card’s books on Sarah and Rebekah. Card is doing a series of […]

October 16th, 2007 by alephnaught

My Brother Is An Only Child

A good Italian film from the Chicago International Film Festival. Since I’m between jobs I’ve been trying to spend more time with Aviva.  She and I don’t typically like the same films, but I agreed to go with her to see this one for a Saturday night out. We ate dinner at a restaurant next […]

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October 8th, 2007 by alephnaught

The Deathworld Trilogy

Title: The Deathworld Trilogy Author: Harry Harrison Paperback: 438 pages Publisher: Berkley (September 15, 1983) Language: English ISBN-10: 0425068277 ISBN-13: 978-0425068274 I don’t know what made me think of this book….  When I was a child, my sister had the second volume of this trilogy – the cover had a great photo of half-naked slaves […]

October 1st, 2007 by alephnaught

GWT in Action: Easy Ajax with the Google Web Toolkit

Title: GWT in Action: Easy Ajax with the Google Web Toolkit Author: Robert Hanson, Adam Tacy Paperback: 600 pages Publisher: Manning Publications (June 5, 2007) Language: English ISBN-10: 1933988231 ISBN-13: 978-1933988238 Finally, a technical book again! I liked this one – I wanted to build a simple interactive site for finding the next Chicago comuter trains based […]

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October 1st, 2007 by alephnaught

Real Dolls

We saw a documentary last night on BBC America called “Love Me, Love My Doll.” This was a strange one we found by accident – a documentary about four men that own realdolls – dolls designed to look and feel like women.  I’m providing the link to the wikipedia entry here for your enjoyment.  I […]

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October 1st, 2007 by alephnaught

Eastern Promises

We saw “Eastern Promises” Sunday morning. Eastern Promises is David Cronenberg’s latest movie.  Its a bit of a departure for him.  The movie is set in London and involves the Russian Mafia.  A young woman is rushed to the hospital – she dies but gives birth to a baby girl.  The young doctor finds her […]