September 23rd, 2008 by alephnaught

YOTSUBA&! Volume 4

Title: YOTSUBA&! Volume 4 Author: Kiyohiko Azuma Paperback: 200 pages Publisher: ADV Manga (July 4, 2007) Language: English ISBN-10: 1413903452 ISBN-13: 978-1413903454 These graphic novels are infectious.  In this issue, Yotsuba learns to fish, Muira learns that she doesn’t like cleaning fish, but Ena enjoys it.  Jumbo once again doesn’t get to spend time with […]

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September 21st, 2008 by alephnaught

YOTSUBA&! Volume 3

Title: YOTSUBA&! Volume 3 Author: Kiyohiko Azuma Paperback: 192 pages Publisher: ADV Manga (October 3, 2005) Language: English ISBN-10: 1413903290 ISBN-13: 978-1413903294 And I just finished Volume 3.  Jumbo is a florist, and Yotsuba got to go to the zoo and see an elephant and experience hand-held fireworks and then the real thing at the […]

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September 21st, 2008 by alephnaught

YOTSUBA&! Volume 1

Title: YOTSUBA&! Volume 1 Author: Azuma Kiyohiko Paperback: 232 pages Publisher: ADV Manga (June 6, 2005) Language: English ISBN-10: 1413903177 ISBN-13: 978-1413903171 I finished Volume 2 Friday night, and finished Volume 1 last night. This series is keeping my attention well.  Its neat that this is within the manga genre but isn’t about fighting but […]

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September 20th, 2008 by alephnaught

YOTSUBA&! Volume 2

Title: YOTSUBA&! Volume 2 Author: Azuma Kiyohiko Paperback: 184 pages Publisher: ADV Manga (August 1, 2005) Language: English ISBN-10: 1413903185 ISBN-13: 978-1413903188 Yotsuba&! is a manga series that follows a little girl, Yotsuba, who moves with her father to a new house.  Next door live three sisters: Asagi (the oldest), Fuka (the middle one), and […]

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September 16th, 2008 by alephnaught

Harvey And Etsuko’s Manga Guide To Japan

Title: Harvey And Etsuko’s Manga Guide To Japan Author: Charles Danziger, Mimei Sakamoto Paperback: 160 pages Publisher: Japanime Co. Ltd. (August 8, 2007) Language: English ISBN-10: 4921205175 ISBN-13: 978-4921205171 I saw this book at Kinokuniya Bookstore in Little Tokyo; it intrigued me so I bought it. Its fun.  The first half of the book is […]

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September 14th, 2008 by alephnaught

American Born Chinese

Title: American Born Chinese Author: Gene Luen Yang Paperback: 240 pages Publisher: First Second (September 5, 2006) Language: English ISBN-10: 1596431520 ISBN-13: 978-1596431522 This is a graphic novel whose apparent plot is the story of three Chinese: a monkey king, a young boy, and a stereotypical “chinaman” from the turn of the century.  These three […]

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September 13th, 2008 by alephnaught

Singing Bowls

Title: Singing Bowls Paperback: 108 pages Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass,India (November 2002) ISBN-10: 8178221039 ISBN-13: 978-8178221038 I’ve wanted to purchase a Tibetan singing bowl for a long time.  I found this book in at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena; I figured this might give me the push to purchase a bowl. I found the book […]

September 5th, 2008 by alephnaught

Competitive Strategy

Title: Competitive Strategy Author: Michael E. Porter Paperback: 416 pages Publisher: Free Press (January 19, 2004) Language: English ISBN-10: 0743260880 ISBN-13: 978-0743260886 I found this book used at Op Amp Bookstore in Los Angeles. I figured this would be a good one to read, as it should help connect some of my IT strategy thoughts […]

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September 3rd, 2008 by alephnaught

Daedalus’s Children: Part Two of Two (Star Trek: Enterprise)

Title: Daedalus’s Children: Part Two of Two (Star Trek: Enterprise) Author: Dave Stern Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages Publisher: Star Trek (April 27, 2004) Language: English ISBN-10: 0743476468 ISBN-13: 978-0743476461 This is part two of a two part series (my short review of part one is here). This wraps up the alternate universe adventure nicely.  […]

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August 1st, 2008 by alephnaught

Hollywood and West Hollywood

Today Nathan and I went shopping at a few cool stores in Hollywood and West Hollywood. First though, we stopped at Kit Kraft, where we bought a few neat miniature kits. Then, we drove through the hills on Laurel Canyon to West Hollywood. We stopped first at Amoeba Records, which is a huge warehouse/store for […]