Archive for October, 2008

October 8th, 2008 by alephnaught

Star Trek: the manga Volume 3: Uchu

Title: Star Trek: the manga Volume 3: Uchu Author: David Gerrold, Nathaniel Bowden, Luis Reyes, E. J. Su Reading level: Young Adult Paperback: 192 pages Publisher: TokyoPop (July 15, 2008) Language: English ISBN-10: 1427807876 ISBN-13: 978-1427807878 While I liked Volume 2, this is even better.  The artwork is clean and clear, and the stories are […]

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October 5th, 2008 by alephnaught

The Los Angeles River

We looked at a house that’s on the Los Angeles River.  One might think that would be idyllic, but its not – the Los Angeles River is almost not a river at all; the Army Corps of Engineers has threatened to take if off the list of rivers because a body of water must be […]

October 5th, 2008 by alephnaught

YOTSUBA&!, Volume 5

Title:YOTSUBA&!, Volume 5 Author: Kiyohiko Azuma Paperback: 216 pages Publisher: ADV Manga (October 24, 2007) Language: English ISBN-10: 1413903495 ISBN-13: 978-1413903492 This is the last book of the series that’s been translated to English – there are at least 8 volumes overall, and I hope someone translates the rest soon! I really liked this book.  […]

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October 4th, 2008 by alephnaught

Hollyhock House and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery

We decided to go out to Wacko Bookstore, and after spending an hour and unknown quantities of money, we picked Hollyhock House in Barnsdall Park. The views from the park are amazing – the hill is pretty tall and provides striking views of the Hollywood sign, the Planetarium, and downtown Los Angeles. The famous Hollywood […]

October 3rd, 2008 by alephnaught

The Laws of Simplicity (Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life)

Title: The Laws of Simplicity (Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life) Author: John Maeda Hardcover: 127 pages Publisher: The MIT Press (August 21, 2006) Language: English ISBN-10: 0262134721 ISBN-13: 978-0262134729 I saw this book at MOCA (the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles).  So, I took down the information about it in my Blackberry, ordered […]

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October 1st, 2008 by alephnaught

Low expectations, and she could be your next president

Not since Dan Quayle took the stage in 1988 have debate expectations for a major party candidate been as low as they will be on Thursday for Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska. (link to article) I would think this was funny if it didn’t affect me.  Sarah Palin could be our next vice president, meaning […]

October 1st, 2008 by alephnaught

Trust, liquidity, and the Great Depression too!

There’s a good article in today’s New York Times comparing some of the circumstances surrounding the Great Depression with what’s going on today, Lesson From a Crisis: When Trust Vanishes, Worry. The article talks about the lack of response to the early warning signs of the Great Depression and especially about the public’s view that […]