Archive for December, 2008

December 31st, 2008 by alephnaught

New Year’s Eve dinner at Angelini Osteria

Aviva found this restaurant somewhere, and I’m glad she did.  An Osteria typically serves food somewhere between the quicker trattoria and the all-out restaurante, while also offering more localized, seasonal, special dishes.  Angelini Osteria (323.297.0070) fills that niche perfectly. We started with the fried calamari; the plate is huge, definitely share any appetizer among two […]

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December 25th, 2008 by alephnaught

Guidelines for Online Success

Title: Guidelines for Online Success Author: Rob Ford (Editor), Julius Wiedemann (Editor) Paperback: 336 pages Publisher: TASCHEN America Llc (June 1, 2008) Language: English ISBN-10: 3822823678 ISBN-13: 978-3822823675 This is a typical Taschen book – lots of great graphics, lots of white space, critical eye to page layout. The content is good too; the book […]

December 21st, 2008 by alephnaught

Another day in Pasadena

We didn’t know what we wanted to do yesterday, so we finally decided to go to Pasadena; we wanted to go to the Burlington Coat Factory there (we’d heard it was a large store) and the Norton Simon Museum to see the Vermeer that’s on loan. So, we dropped the dog off with Jeff, our […]

December 15th, 2008 by alephnaught

Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team

Title: Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team Author: George Jonas Paperback: 416 pages Publisher: Simon & Schuster (November 29, 2005) ISBN-10: 0743291646 ASIN: B001GVJCC4 This was an interesting book to read – I found it on the discount table at our local Borders and, since I’ve seen the movie Munich, I thought […]

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December 14th, 2008 by alephnaught

Free lunches

We worked through lunch reviewing architecture materials my team have been creating; we’re taking on a bunch of new responsibilities and this is the best way I know to learn enough to start taking responsibility – start at the top and bottom and work to the middle. So we brough in lunch, from a local […]

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December 14th, 2008 by alephnaught

Chakra Restaurant

Yesterday we ran errands, purchasing a new iPod for me (I could have done with a black and white screen and a better scroll wheel, but having 120Gb is a huge upgrade given my old, dead iPod as a 20Gb model – hey, I use it for music, I put photos on my phone; I […]

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December 7th, 2008 by alephnaught

Pasadena flea market

We visited the big flea market at Pasadena City College – they take over four floors of the parking structure; its really big! A B2 bomber flew overhead for a while – must be a big airbase nearby A sculpture on the (long) walk to the flea market from the parking area We got a […]