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My 4th album, Virgin, is out!

My 4th full release album, Virgin, is out and available on all the major streaming and downloading services. You can get links to the most c...

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My new album Robot Sex is available everywhere!

It’s finally done – Robot Sex is out there and ready for you to listen to on your favorite services.   You can grab the album direc...

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“Spring Rolls” is available on CD Baby, iTunes and Spotify!

My new album Spring Rolls is available now on CD Baby at: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/alephnaughtandthenullset4 You can find it on iTunes at: h...

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My album Parallel Lines is now available on CD Baby and iTunes!

My latest album is out, “Parallel Lines.” My music is influenced by various genres. I recorded this album at home. You can find ...

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Download “Countably Infinite and Completely Empty” now!

Finally had time to finish my new album, “Countably Infinite and Completely Empty.” You can download a zip of the MP3 files and ...

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How @purplehayz tweets

Introduction This post was started because I get asked regularly if I ever sleep. I do, typically from 10P Pacific time til about 4:30A each...

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We bought a house

We finally bought a house in SoCal – its not as close to Los Angeles as we wanted (its in Woodland Hills), but its big and its ours; 5...

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ComicCon 2009, Thursday: Pictures

My son Nathan and I attended the Thursday opening of ComicCon 2009; we had a great time, we walked the whole exhibit hall floor. I got a cou...

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A bunch of pictures taken on my Blackberry phone

Just a bunch of pictures I took with my Blackberry over the last month or so; no one category deserved a separate post, so here’s a ga...

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Make your very own IC earring

My geekiest fashion accessory is my IC earring; I’ve made several because friends have asked (sometimes demanded!) them.  I’v...

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GWT in Action: Easy Ajax with the Google Web Toolkit

Title: GWT in Action: Easy Ajax with the Google Web Toolkit Author: Robert Hanson, Adam Tacy Paperback: 600 pages Publisher: Manning Publications (June 5, 2007) Language: English ISBN-10: 1933988231 ISBN-13: 978-1933988238 Finally, a technical book again! I liked this one – I wanted to build a simple interactive site for finding the next Chicago comuter trains based […]

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Real Dolls

We saw a documentary last night on BBC America called “Love Me, Love My Doll.” This was a strange one we found by accident – a documentary about four men that own realdolls – dolls designed to look and feel like women.  I’m providing the link to the wikipedia entry here for your enjoyment.  I […]

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Eastern Promises

We saw “Eastern Promises” Sunday morning. Eastern Promises is David Cronenberg’s latest movie.  Its a bit of a departure for him.  The movie is set in London and involves the Russian Mafia.  A young woman is rushed to the hospital – she dies but gives birth to a baby girl.  The young doctor finds her […]

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Gates of Paradise

We visited the Gates of Paradise exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago. We went to the Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago to see the exhibit “The Gates of Paradise.” The show includes art work and three of the panels of the east doors of the Bapistry in Florence; these panels are considered […]

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The Unofficial Tourists’ Guide to Second Life

Title:  The Unofficial Tourists’ Guide to Second Life Author: Paul Carr and Graham Pond Paperback: 222 pages Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin (April 17, 2007) Language: English ISBN-10: 0312376480 ISBN-13: 978-0312376482 I’ve “walked around” in Second Life once – Second Life is a simulated place on the internet. The book was somewhat useful, but I skimmed some […]

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Tea: The Drink That Changed the World

Title: Tea: The Drink That Changed the World Author: Laura C. Martin Hardcover: 247 pages Publisher: Charles E Tuttle Co (May 15, 2007) Language: English ISBN-10: 0804837244 ISBN-13: 978-0804837248 This was a fun book in the style of Coal and Cod: a nice blend of history, anecdotes and suggestions for usage. Tea comes in three […]

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Netherlands Sets Plan on Extremism (NY Times)

Interesting article from the NY Times. This article reminded me of the day after Theo van Gogh was killed.  I was in Amsterdam working at the time, and I remember the night he died, there was loud noise coming from Dam Square – pots banging and people shouting and protesting.  I learned the next day […]

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Twinkie, Deconstructed: My Journey to Discover How the Ingredients Found in Processed Foods Are Grown, Mined (Yes, Mined), and Manipulated Into What America Eats

Title: Twinkie, Deconstructed: My Journey to Discover How the Ingredients Found in Processed Foods Are Grown, Mined (Yes, Mined), and Manipulated Into What America Eats Author: Steve Ettlinger Hardcover: 304 pages Publisher: Hudson Street Press; 1 edition (March 1, 2007) Language: English ISBN-10: 1594630186 ISBN-13: 978-1594630187 This was a fun book to read – many of […]

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Walked by the point where the Chicago fire started

I had lunch last week with a friend of mine, a former peer at LaSalle Bank. As we walked by a building for the Chicago Fire Department, he asked me if I’d been to the starting point of the Chicago fire – I said no, and he said were were there now! There is a […]

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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Title: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Author: Patrick Suskind Paperback: 272 pages Publisher: Vintage (November 7, 2006) Language: English ISBN-10: 0307277763 ISBN-13: 978-0307277763 Aviva and I rented the DVD of the movie based on this book.  I loved it, so I grabbed a copy (with my 15% off birthday coupon) from Borders. This is the story […]