Archive for June, 2009

June 28th, 2009 by alephnaught

24 Declassified: Head Shot

Title: 24 Declassified: Head Shot Author: David Jacobs Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages Publisher: Harper; Mti edition (April 28, 2009) Language: English ISBN-10: 006177152X ISBN-13: 978-0061771521 I try to read the 24 novels when they come out – call it a dirty pleasure, but I grew up reading pulp novels from people like Earl Stanley […]

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June 27th, 2009 by alephnaught

Sawtelle, Glasses, and a Woody Allen movie, “Whatever Works”

Aviva went to a lecture on acrylic techniques at an art supply store in Culver City; while she was there I went to my favorite news stand at Robertson and Pico, then to Sawtelle, which is the second and smaller Japanese area. I bought a few toys. Card with picture of Buddha figure I purchased […]

June 24th, 2009 by alephnaught

Et tu, Brute

This is a poem I wrote a very long time ago: Thin shadows engulf the man, They would wound the land. As metal and human merge into sculpture The birds fly south to dawn. As one the glints light the shadows And Juno cries a bloody tear. The light scatters into a funeral pyre, Eulogies […]

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June 21st, 2009 by alephnaught

A quick, incomplete guide to social networking tools for business

Social networking is hot.  Businesses see value in improving how team members work together: “Internal social networking platforms more valuable to organizations” .  There are a number of possible approaches; the best choice depends on what problems you want to address first, the size of the business, and the availability of internal Information Technology staff […]

Dinner at Genghis Cohen in Hollywood

June 20th, 2009 by alephnaught

Dinner at Genghis Cohen in Hollywood

We went shopping most of the day, including ordering a new frame for me to check out from Retrospecs, which is our favorite optician now. We walked over to the Pacific Design Center, which is closed on the weekend, and then to the MOCA gallery. We couldn’t decide where to go for dinner when we […]

June 19th, 2009 by alephnaught

Dinner at Villa Piacere

We had dinner at Villa Piacere, a restaurant on Ventura Blvd. in Woodland Hills.  The service and food were quite good; we parked in their spare lot across the street which is daytime parking for a bank – the bank locked the gates on the lot but the restaurant sent people over to unlock them […]

June 16th, 2009 by alephnaught

Marks and Meaning (M+M) 0.5

•    Title: Marks and Meaning 0.5 •    Author: Dave Grey and friends •    Paperback: 382 pages •    Size: 6″ x 9″ This book is available as a PDF file because its not done.  This book may never be done.  The book contains a mix of typeset material, hand-written and drawn material, and open areas to […]

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June 14th, 2009 by alephnaught


We saw the movie Séraphine today.  The movie is about Séraphine de Senlis, a famous French “modern primitive” painter; you can read more about her here.  The film is dark, mirroring her internal landscape; there is very little dialog, again mirroring her psychological state.  She works as a cleaning woman and paints because God and […]

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Burbank, Ikea, duct tape wallets and cardboard creatures too

June 13th, 2009 by alephnaught

Burbank, Ikea, duct tape wallets and cardboard creatures too

We decided to run errands today, especially a trip to the Ikea store in Burbank, CA. First off, I’ve switched wallets – the leather one I bought in Italy is starting to wear out, so when I ordered some stuff from ThinkGeek, I figured I’d try a duct tape wallet.  it works!  It snaps shut […]

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

June 7th, 2009 by alephnaught

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Aviva and I wanted to see the current show “Pompeii and the Roman Villa: Art and Culture Around the Bay of Naples” so we dropped Basil at his sitter’s house and drove to the museum. A car with the license plate HEATHER – made me think of the movie “Heathers” On the way into the […]