Archive for November, 2008

November 29th, 2008 by alephnaught

Pictures of Basil

Basil is our little schipperke.  He’s almost 15 1/2 years old and still going strong (as long as he gets his meds regularly). Four new pictures of our little bear.

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November 24th, 2008 by alephnaught

Pictures from Palm Desert

We drove out to Palm Desert to visit Aviva’s mom and her boyfriend Dave.  They’re snowbirds – they spend the winter in Palm Desert and the summer outside Detroit. We walked on El Paseo on Thursday (lots of closed stores, not a good sign for the economy), and walked around Palm Springs on Saturday (the […]

November 23rd, 2008 by alephnaught

Tales From Nowhere

Title: Tales From Nowhere Author: Don George (editor) Paperback: 288 pages Publisher: Lonely Planet (September 1, 2006) Language: English ISBN-10: 1741045193 ISBN-13: 978-1741045192 I saw this book in a travel bookstore in Burbank and figured it would be a good read for Italy.  We put off our vacation (so we could spend the time searching […]

November 16th, 2008 by alephnaught

Pictures from Renton, WA and Venice, CA

I was in Renton, WA on a business trip, visiting the main office of (I manage a satellite office in Woodland Hills, CA).  It rains a lot there, and while the weather was clearing, we had a rainbow. Saturday (yesterday) we went to Venice to check it out again; we both really like the […]

November 15th, 2008 by alephnaught

Impotence in the Boardroom: MySpace Caught an STD

Title: Impotence in the Boardroom: MySpace Caught an STD Author: Yvette Bowlin, Sonni Carr Paperback: 89 pages Publisher: B Rae Reese Press (2008) Language: English ISBN-10: 0980125308 ISBN-13: 978-0980125306 I saw this book on the bottom shelf of a local newstand and, given my interest in social networking and marketing, I figured it might be […]

November 11th, 2008 by alephnaught

Freedom or fundamentalism?

Interesting article in today’s New York Times, “For South, a Waning Hold on National Politics.” The Republican Party has become a mouthpiece for Christian fundamentalists that want to force everyone to live their life just like they do.  How is this any different than Muslim fundamentalists that want everyone to live their life like they […]

November 9th, 2008 by alephnaught

What to do with an economy on the rocks?

In today’s New York Times, there are four articles by four noted economists suggesting alternative approaches for improving the current economic conditions: It’s a Time to Listen, and to Obey the Laws of Arithmetic Put Away the Wish List, and Help Households Bounce Back The Mood Always Matters, So Restore Confidence First The Real Mandate […]

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November 8th, 2008 by alephnaught

Darren Waterston and Holly Lane

We dropped the dog off with Uncle Jeff and drove into LA to visit Michael Kohn Gallery to see the show of Darren Waterston’s work.  He’s one of Aviva’s favorite living artists; we once almost bought one of his watercolors, but we like his paintings much more.  His work is very ethereal and now celestial; […]

November 7th, 2008 by alephnaught

The unopened bag at 7-11

I am a creature of habit – ask any of my friends, or especially my spouse. Most mornings, I drive over to a nearby 7-11 and buy two Diet Mountain Dews and one Diet Coke, and take them to work to drink over the morning.  So, the Indians that run the store know me – […]

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November 5th, 2008 by alephnaught

A win, and a loss

On the plus side, Barack Obama is our president-elect.  Its high time a non-white minority candidate won the Presidency of the United States.  Obama ran a great campaign.  Now he needs to turn his landslide victory, with a near-record voter turnout, into real change. On the negative side, it looks like our country isn’t about […]