Archive for June, 2008

June 16th, 2008 by alephnaught

Stop using the 1-click button then

I guess Amazon.com is learning that it too can play Microsoft’s game. In the NY Times article ” Small Publishers Feel Power of Amazon’s ‘Buy’ Button“, Doreen Carvajal discusses the plight of publishers that are being squeezed for profits by Amazon. Now that Amazon.com is one of the largest book distributors globally, they can use […]

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June 15th, 2008 by alephnaught

Star Trek: the manga Volume 2: Kakan ni Shinkou

Title: Star Trek: the manga Volume 2: Kakan ni Shinkou Author: Bettina Kurkoski (Author), Christine Boylan (Author), Wil Wheaton (Author) Paperback: 216 pages Publisher: TokyoPop (September 11, 2007) Language: English ISBN-10: 1427806209 ISBN-13: 978-1427806208 I found this book in a Japanese bookstore in Little Tokyo. I didn’t have a lot of time to look at […]

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June 15th, 2008 by alephnaught

Nothing’s Sacred

Title: Nothing’s Sacred Author: Lewis Black (Author), Hank Gallo (Editor), Michael Frost (Photographer) Paperback: 256 pages Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment (July 11, 2006) Language: English ISBN-10: 1416914811 ISBN-13: 978-1416914815 My favorite curmudgeon’s first book and I still think Lewis Black might indeed know God thanks to find two Starbucks across the street from one another. […]

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June 14th, 2008 by alephnaught

Venice Beach

We decided to take the dog down to Venice Beach – it was hitting over 90 degrees in the Valley and it was only in the mid 70s at the water front, and we’d heard that Venice Beach was still a hippie holdover from the ’60s. I liked it. We walked perhaps a quarter of […]

June 14th, 2008 by electricbob

My first spambot registration!

Since this is not a highly publicized blog, I see when people register or drop comments (can’t miss it really). So when I saw a new registration email I thought I should check it out. Its a spambot apparently; when I googled the email address I found this post. Since I don’t think you can […]

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June 8th, 2008 by alephnaught

Changing minds in small ways

I read an article in today’s NY Times with some interest: Giving Young French Muslims a Close Look at the US. While working a lot in Amsterdam, I came to realize that many Europeans view our government policies and the opinions of people on the street as the same; so, I’ve wondered how we could […]

June 7th, 2008 by alephnaught

Koreatown

We drove down to Koreatown, which is south of Wilshire and mostly east of Western.  We went to both the large Korean malls but only bought a set of brightly colored Tupperware – oh well…. An aquarium in the wall of a restaurant at Koreatown Plaza A Korean Buddhist Temple we drove past on the […]

June 7th, 2008 by alephnaught

24 Declassified: Trinity

Title: 24 Declassified: Trinity Author: John Whitman Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages Publisher: HarperEntertainment (April 29, 2008) Language: English ISBN-10: 0061431192 ISBN-13: 978-0061431197 Read about half of this on the flight back from Renton, WA, on Tuesday night. Another bad day for Jack Bauer but a good day for the world. Ah, another entry in […]

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June 7th, 2008 by alephnaught

Rabbit in the Moon

So now that I live in a place with a real climate, I try to go out and get lunch and take a walk around. I often go to Fry‘s, a very cool discount electronics shop about two blocks from my office. So I typically walk over and check out different parts of the store […]

June 5th, 2008 by alephnaught

How do we choose?

At least this isn’t a political post…. I was reading another article today in the NY Times (“Myanmar Arrests Activist as U.S. Aid Ships Leave”), and it made me think. We either need to go in and remove the government (think Grenada) or let them die (think Rwanda). How do we choose? Translate

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