Archive for September, 2008

September 28th, 2008 by alephnaught

There may be value in sleeping on it after all

I’ve been fighting back against making snap decisions at the office.  I’ve been thinking about this for a while, and I’ve found that I rarely had to make a fast decision, that gathering a little information and, most importantly, sleeping on it, or taking time out where I’m not directly thinking about the problem, aid […]

September 28th, 2008 by alephnaught

Basil finally plays right with stuffed animals

Basil used to just tear up stuffed animals when we’d give them to him. But, I won a Snoopy at a MetLaw presentation at work, and he seems to have learned to carry the stuffed toy around like bigger dogs do.  Maybe he learned this from his time in doggy daycare…

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September 28th, 2008 by alephnaught

Forest of Pipes: The Walt Disney Concert Hall Organ

Title: Forest of Pipes: The Walt Disney Concert Hall Organ Author: Jennifer Zobelein Paperback: 96 pages Publisher: Balcony Press; 1 edition (April 2007) Language: English ISBN-10: 1890449431 ISBN-13: 978-1890449438 We bought this book when we visited the Walt Disney Concert Hall store.  I love pipe organs; my family built a Schober electronic theatre organ from […]

September 27th, 2008 by alephnaught

Three photos of Chinatown

I took three pictures I thought were pretty cool while in Chinatown today. A flyer pasted on a box A street in Chinatown with cool paper lanterns A closeup of some of the lanterns

September 24th, 2008 by alephnaught

Do you trust executives?

I’ve been thinking about executive salaries among other things.  A few years ago, I read an interesting article on the start of the Great Depression; the author noted that wealth had never been so concentrated in so few hands as it was just before the start. Today I read “In Bailout Furor, Wall Street Pay […]

September 23rd, 2008 by alephnaught

YOTSUBA&! Volume 4

Title: YOTSUBA&! Volume 4 Author: Kiyohiko Azuma Paperback: 200 pages Publisher: ADV Manga (July 4, 2007) Language: English ISBN-10: 1413903452 ISBN-13: 978-1413903454 These graphic novels are infectious.  In this issue, Yotsuba learns to fish, Muira learns that she doesn’t like cleaning fish, but Ena enjoys it.  Jumbo once again doesn’t get to spend time with […]

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September 23rd, 2008 by alephnaught

Bail out foriegn banks? You’re kidding, right?

In today’s New York Times I read “Foreign Nations Pledge Support, but Not Financing” with some interest. I especially liked the following quote: “There’s a view in Europe that this is a U.S.-made problem, and that it should be solved in the U.S.,” said Charles H. Dallara, the managing director of the Institute for International […]

September 21st, 2008 by alephnaught

YOTSUBA&! Volume 3

Title: YOTSUBA&! Volume 3 Author: Kiyohiko Azuma Paperback: 192 pages Publisher: ADV Manga (October 3, 2005) Language: English ISBN-10: 1413903290 ISBN-13: 978-1413903294 And I just finished Volume 3.  Jumbo is a florist, and Yotsuba got to go to the zoo and see an elephant and experience hand-held fireworks and then the real thing at the […]

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September 21st, 2008 by alephnaught

YOTSUBA&! Volume 1

Title: YOTSUBA&! Volume 1 Author: Azuma Kiyohiko Paperback: 232 pages Publisher: ADV Manga (June 6, 2005) Language: English ISBN-10: 1413903177 ISBN-13: 978-1413903171 I finished Volume 2 Friday night, and finished Volume 1 last night. This series is keeping my attention well.  Its neat that this is within the manga genre but isn’t about fighting but […]

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September 20th, 2008 by alephnaught

Don’t pay me now, I’ll just print money

So I’ve been watching all the shenanigans surrounding our current financial crisis.  And I’ve been reading and hearing about what Barack Obama and John McCain plan to do about it (you can’t miss it, just turn on any television in the United States). Let’s see, we’ve had quite a while where taxes were reduced for […]

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