Archive for June, 2008

June 30th, 2008 by alephnaught


I’ve been playing with where for two days now. Where is an application for smart phones, including the RIM Blackberry, that creates a widget environment for GPS location information. So, for example, there’s a GasBuddy widget, which shows you the prices of gasoline at nearby stations, including the distance to the station from where you […]

June 29th, 2008 by alephnaught

Surak’s Soul (Star Trek Enterprise)

Title: Surak’s Soul (Star Trek Enterprise) Author: J.M. Dillard Mass Market Paperback: 218 pages Publisher: Star Trek (March 1, 2003) Language: English ISBN-10: 0743462807 ISBN-13: 978-0743462808 Dilliard has written a number of Star Trek books. This one is worth reading. The story revolves around the death of a peaceful civilization, the Oanis, and a sentient […]

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June 28th, 2008 by alephnaught

Wacko / Soap Plant Store

We decided to drive down to Wacko / Soap Plant, a cool store that I was turned onto by the guy that did my first tattoo. Wacko / Soap Plant is located at 4633 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, California, (323) 663-0122. They moved into the Hollywood Blvd. location in 2000. Aviva in front of Wacko […]

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June 27th, 2008 by alephnaught

Dinner at Il Tiramisu in Sherman Oaks

We had a good week at the office (mostly things were quiet and so we made lots of progress on everything – very nice), so I left early and Aviva and I tried an Italian restaurant she wanted to check out. Il Tiramisu (13705 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 – 818.986.2640) is located on […]

June 27th, 2008 by alephnaught

Whither Instant Messaging and Twitter?

Twitter’s IM feed has been down for ages. For me, this is a real problem for two reasons. Since Twitter is all about what you’re doing / thinking / feeling at a given moment, access to tools while mobile is critical. I hate SMS. I love GoogleTalk on my RIM Blackberry. Using the Twitter IM […]

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June 25th, 2008 by alephnaught

Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery (Voices That Matter)

Title: Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery (Voices That Matter) Author: Garr Reynolds Paperback: 240 pages Publisher: New Riders Press; 1 edition (January 4, 2008) Language: English ISBN-10: 0321525655 ISBN-13: 978-0321525659 A friend of mine suggested this book to me over a year ago and I finally got a chance to read […]

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June 25th, 2008 by alephnaught

What makes for a common culture?

In these days of declining birthrates in the developed world along with greater immigration and rising third world economies, what makes for a common culture? What makes the US a desirable place to live, and what makes us Americans as opposed to Italians or Dutch? I thought of this while reading a NY Times article […]

June 22nd, 2008 by alephnaught

Woodland Hills Arts and Crafts Fair

We took the dog and went out at about 11A to see what the fair had to offer. Well, it offered lots of heat and sunshine – it was already in the 90s F when we arrived. We brought water and a portable dog bowl so the dog wouldn’t get overheated, but even with water […]

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June 21st, 2008 by alephnaught

Miracle Mile art walk

We visited about half the galleries that participated this month; the work was so bad that I brought home no (that’s zero for the algebraic or null for the mathematicians) cards home. I stopped in the small gift shop for the Craft and Folk Art Museum on Wilshire Blvd. I bought a book of Japanese […]

June 20th, 2008 by alephnaught

Yang Chow Restaurant

We ordered carry out from Yang Chow Restaurant – who’d have thought there’d be a good Chinese restaurant within walking distance of our apartment? While they are known for their seafood, Aviva didn’t like the scallops – she felt they’d been frozen and were therefore chewy. My Szechwan chicken was very good, not too spicy […]