Archive for February, 2009

February 28th, 2009 by alephnaught

Glasses, books and Formosa Cafe

We headed out late after doing some cleaning around the apartment. First stop was Retrospecs, a nice glasses shop on Melrose in West Hollywood.  Aviva ordered a new pair of glasses there, and I found some nice circular frames. The Bodhi Tree book store was nearby so we walked over.  I got a book on […]

February 22nd, 2009 by alephnaught

Dinner, some shopping, and “Revolutionary Road”

We did a bunch of apartment cleaning (always made interesting by being skrunched into a one bedroom apartment while still looking for a home).  We dropped Basil off at our dog sitter’s and did some errands. We ate dinner at Bistro Ka’s at the local (huge) mall, Topanga Canyon Mall run by Woodfield.  The food […]

February 21st, 2009 by alephnaught

slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations

Title: slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations Author: Nancy Duarte Paperback: 294 pages Publisher: O’Reilly Media, Inc.; 1 edition (August 12, 2008) Language: English ISBN-10: 0596522347 ISBN-13: 978-0596522346 If you want to take your presentations to the next level, I suggest these things: Find a local Toastmasters club, Read this book and […]

February 21st, 2009 by alephnaught

Adobe AIR 1.5 Cookbook: Solutions and Examples for Rich Internet Application Developers

Title: Adobe AIR 1.5 Cookbook: Solutions and Examples for Rich Internet Application Developers Author: David Tucker, Marco Casario, Koen De Weggheleire, Rich Tretola Paperback: 446 pages Publisher: Adobe Dev Library; 1 edition (November 24, 2008) Language: English ISBN-10: 0596522509 ISBN-13: 978-0596522506 I found this book very useful for someone just starting out with Adobe Air […]

Some pictures from Little Tokyo

February 14th, 2009 by alephnaught

Some pictures from Little Tokyo

On Valentines Day Aviva arranged for his and hers shiatsu massages.  So we drove down to Little Tokyo separately (Aviva was volunteering at a MOCA event that evening) and had our massages.  A traditional massage is done through clothes, so make sure to wear loose fitting comfortable clothes.  And the massage did wonders for both […]

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February 8th, 2009 by alephnaught

“The Wrestler”, Magellan’s and dinner in Santa Monica, CA

I had a manicure and pedicure at 8:30A (those that know me know I’m a morning person) and a haircut at 11A, so we lost our morning, although I certainly enjoyed both. So Aviva and I headed out for Santa Monica after lunch.  Our first stop was the cinema, as we both wanted to see […]

February 8th, 2009 by alephnaught

Learning all the time, really

While blowing through RSS feeds this morning, I found Seth Godin’s latest post, Learning all the time.  I had two reactions. First, I wouldn’t equate reading blogs to continuous learning; I know people who go through blogs and don’t seem to learn anything – there’s no change.  You can gain knowledge or you can learn; […]

February 7th, 2009 by alephnaught

Schitzophrenic social networking – multiple online personality disorder

By day you’re a mild mannered news reporter, and at night you’re a dominatrix; you want to maintain a separate persona for your work-related actiities and the rest of your life.  This is easy to do. First, pick a name for each persona you want to maintain.  Let’s assume your name is Jane B. Doe […]

February 3rd, 2009 by alephnaught

Review of JavaScript Performance Rocks!

Title: JavaScript Performance Rocks! Author: Thomas Fuchs and Amy Hoy This ebook does rock!  I’ve been doing various kinds of web development for years and I learned some useful tricks. The book is 107 pages organized into 4 sections: Intro Loadtime Runtime iPhone Each section takes a no-holds-barred approach to the content. My favorite section […]

February 1st, 2009 by alephnaught

A great movie and dinner with a friend

We decided to see “Slumdog Millionaire” yesterday; that movie almost made me cry, its really moving (at least to me).  I loved the use of the questions in the game show as the driver of the action and ultimately the plot.  And the ending Bollywood sequence even worked for me.  You have got to go […]