Archive for July, 2008

July 31st, 2008 by alephnaught

Venice Beach and Santa Monica

Nathan arrived last night, and today I figured we’d do a touristy, California kind of thing – the Venice Beach boardwalk. And it was pretty fun. The sun was bright and the weather was good, and the people were out in force. At one point we were stopped by nurses trying to sell us medical […]

July 29th, 2008 by alephnaught


We had our inaugural earthquake today; it was centered under Chino Hills and measured 5.4. You can read about the quake on the USGS web site. I was talking with my boss on the phone when the quake started. I noticed the vertical blinds swaying, and the floor started to move. I told my boss […]

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July 28th, 2008 by alephnaught

Yet another hobby shop (this time nearby)

At lunch I went to Scale Model Stuff; this is a little hobby shop that carries a bunch of neat stuff, especially tools and Italian wood kits. I bought some modeling putty for my Rat Fink kit, some sand paper, and a wood Roman Catapult model kit (I’m lusting after the Tamiya motorized tramway car).

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July 28th, 2008 by alephnaught

New search site: Cuil

Its been a good day for reading the NY Times. I found an article (“Former Employees of Google Prepare Rival Search Engine“) on a new search engine, Cuil (pronounced “cool”), that’s being built by former employees of Google.  The Wall Street Journal also has an article, “Former Google Engineers Launch Search Engine.” So I tried […]

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July 28th, 2008 by alephnaught

We are subsidizing the increased price of oil

This one should be obvious – governments subsidize the price of goods or add tariffs to imports as a way to stimulate the local economy. The problem is, you can’t just turn it off; when you do, people feel real pain as jobs are lost, capacity is lost, and the general economy depresses. After reading […]

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July 28th, 2008 by alephnaught

Only loan money to people that can pay it back

I found this quote in the article, “Worried Banks Sharply Reduce Business Loans,” from the NY Times today: “Mr. Epstein, forced to limit his production to what he can finance with his existing cash flow supplemented by his own money, has been tightening credit himself: He has been turning down orders from companies with any […]

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July 27th, 2008 by alephnaught

Leopard upgrade so far

I performed my upgrade to Apple Leopard on Friday, July 25, 2008. I did an in-place upgrade, not a clean reinstall. And its been pretty good so far. I had to download and install the latest developer tools. Then I had to download and install the latest driver for my HP OfficeJet (a 7210 – […]

July 25th, 2008 by alephnaught

Tamiya motorized forklift kit

I won a Revell Rat Fink model kit on eBay, and needed glue and primer to assemble it. So, after picking up a couple paintings Aviva did to apply to a local co-op gallery, I went to Kit Kraft, a neat hobby shop on Ventura Place in Studio City. They carry many of the Tamiya […]

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July 20th, 2008 by alephnaught


This morning I read a short article in the NY Times that got me thinking again about tolerance, “At the Intersection of Synagogue and Boardwalk, a Feud.” The author writes about the last Synagogue on Venice Beach, which is next to a store that sells tee shirts, string bikinis and undergarments; apparently there have been […]

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July 16th, 2008 by alephnaught

Daedalus: Part One of Two (Star Trek: Enterprise)

Title: Daedalus: Part One of Two (Star Trek: Enterprise) Author: Dave Stern Mass Market Paperback: 344 pages Publisher: Star Trek (October 1, 2003) Language: English ISBN-10: 0743471180 ISBN-13: 978-0743471183 Another fun read, this book uses a typical Star Trek construct, the alternative universe. The neat part is the appearance of people from the past of […]