May 31, 2005

Japan Pics

Japan pics available. Finally got them titled, tagged, and described.

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May 27, 2005

Stupid

Tourist + SUV + Lombard St = stupid

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Japan

Japan was cool. Pics coming soon.

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Guild Wars

Print this coupon and buy Guild Wars by May 30, 2005 (to take advantage of the 10%). This is the game I'll start with to begin making use of Betty's abilities. This weekend will be Paper Mario and Guild Wars weekend.

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May 11, 2005

Japanese Cutting Techniques

After I get my knives, I'm going to practice all of these basic techniques. The katsuramuki may be the first one I try to master. If you get invited for dinner in the next couple of months, expect to eat lots of massacred daikon.

Knife care, initial and ongoing.

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May 10, 2005

Log Entry

1 mile
3x10 pushups, 3x15 crunches throughout run

Tried a 7:30AM workout w/ joclin. Not too agonizing. Will try out this morning thing some more.

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Japanese Knives

Mmm... A nice knife would be a cool. Gyotou, Santoku, Deba, Yanagiba... Which one? Or two, or three. Definitely stop at 3. Excluding the ceramic one I might get.

http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?showtopic=25958
http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?showtopic=26036
http://www.japanese-knife.com/faq/
http://knifeforums.com
http://japanesechefsknife.com
http://foodieforums.com/resources.htm
http://www.korin.com/knives/knife_jp.php

http://www.lowermanhattan.info/assistance/business_spotlight/business_spotlight__korin_71177.asp (interesting story about korin)

http://watanabeblade.com/english/index.htm (custom made, have to consider the prices for these as a ceiling for shopping in japan)

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May 05, 2005

Time for Spring Cleaning...

I like the flickr zeitgeist thing (it's a little busy, though), but it does not have place in this blog's current layout. The CSS needs to be fixed to look right in Firefox anyway. I predict June will be a good time to work on making this site look better. Summer cleaning, I guess. Maybe I'll figure out a way to safely reenable comments, too.

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Of Permanent Value

If you're interested in reading about Warren Buffet, this is the book to read. It covers his life and his major financial moves in quite a bit of detail.

The first half of the book is dedicated to his personal history and his investments - company by company. Around the middle and the end, there're a couple of chapters with a bunch of humorous quotes. If you're not really interested in reading about every single investment a company at a time, I'd recommend reading the biographical chapters and the quotes chapters. Buffet seems like a pretty funny guy who invests with a set of principles but isn't rigidly bound by them. If you slog through all the of detailed moves, you see a few examples where he invests in companies that don't jive with what he's said before.

This book gets six squishy pigs (out of seven squishy pigs). It's not really for everyone, but wannabe investment nerds like me will like it a lot.

If you have no interest in investing, there are probably a couple of sentences in the 800+ pages that you'll find humorous. You'll probably be asleep before you get to them.

If you're interested in investing, you'll find some value in it. As a company with deep pockets, Bershire's able to take part in no-lose deals that no regular investor can. The overall principles are enlightening, though. The one that hits home for me is the notion of waiting for a perfect opportunity and then putting in a large portion of your worth into it. You'll have a couple of really great opportunities in your life, and you need to have the cash to exploit them. Don't squander your money on so-so opportunities, and don't be tenative when you know you're right.

If you've heard of Warren Buffet and want to learn more, you'll like this a lot.

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Good Omens

joclin picked this up from the library and recommended it. I finally got around to reading it (after finishing the rather hefty Of Permanent Value) and loved it. I think it was hilarious. The humor is kind of subtle in a ... British way, I guess. You'll enjoy this best if you pick up on details and find humor in random references.

I give this book a full seven squishy pigs (out of seven squishy pigs).

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Why Are You Doing This?

Looks interesting, but short.

Jason's other work also looks like it might be worth a read.

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May 03, 2005

Log Entry

1.5 miles - 11 min pace
bench press - 10 @ 110#, 8 @ 120#, 6 @ 130#, 4 @ 140#, 2 @ 150#
curls - 10 @ 20#, 15#, 9 @ 20#
crunches - 3 x 25

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toilet seat cover

this could be designed better...
toilet seat cover
toilet seat cover
the directions are hidden. what use is that. why shouldn't this be like a kleenex box where you just pull in any direction and it just works. this thing should be foolproof even for people who can't think clearly because of an extreme sense of urgency.

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