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Month: December 2007

perilous pier

perilous pier

On Christmas day Beverly invited me to hang out with her and her father. Despite winds as fast as 50mph on the street and 100mph in the hills our only option was to go to the beach. So, after eating leftovers from the party the night before we headed to Venice beach. We braved the “cold” and winds and were treated to a Pacific Ocean sunset complete with diving pelicans and dolphins (whales? porpoises?…we couldn’t tell). Afterwards we went to…

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andrew and eve

andrew and eve

On Christmas Eve I was one of the (must be) 1% of Americans with an office job that actually had to show up for work. Afterwards I went to Beverly and George’s Christmas party. Nick (her coworker), Justin and Shirley (George’s girlfriend) also came. We played rock band and Scene It, interrupted by a feast of Chinese food and chicken wings. A photo exists somewhere of me on a couch with my eyes closed.

one day soon…one day

one day soon…one day

Last night I had some of the best chinese food (not home cooked) ever at Hop Li’s in West Los Angeles. The orange peel chicken is most excellent as is the curry “soup” (thick enough to eat as a regular dish) and even the seafood soup was well done with finely fried fish filet. A group of five can be satiated for just about $60 (with food to take home). But what am I really posting about? Byron, I hope…

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Mi Cash

Mi Cash

Sunday I met up with Beverly and her father at Mi Piace (warning – their website tries to hijack your screen… twice!) in Pasadena. We were joined by three of her friends from high school. The food was good, but in small quantities. The restaurant tries to sell itself as a high class Italian restaurant/lounge/bar. The illusion is shattered though when you ask where the restroom is and you have to leave the restaurant, walk down the hall in the…

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Music Market

Music Market

Saturday (the daylight) was mostly spent dealing with one bad customer service experience that I’m not at liberty to mention just yet. In the midst of waiting for returned phone calls I decided to do a Dell chat to fix my issue with Vista Aero. For whatever reason – Aero had not worked when I tried to turn it on – and then dissappeared from the appearance options altogether after that. After two chat sessions and a rather lengthy (almost…

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Who donut?

Who donut?

Thursday night I attended the United Kingdom Trade and Investment division holiday party at the Punch Grill. It was a themed party where everyone had to solve a murder and played a character the whole night. What I knew ahead of time and nobody else did was that my character (a high class attorney about to be named partner) was going to die before dinner. What I didn’t know is that when I was given a new character after death…

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Mackle Jordan

Mackle Jordan

“Mack” Xu played amateur basketball for 19 years in China while following the exploits of American NBA players on television. He even borrowed part of Michael Jordan’s name when deciding on an English name when all Chinese businessman started to need them. For half his life (which means about thirty years) he had a dream of going to an NBA game. Sunday his daughter made that happen. We went to the Clippers vs. Heat game. The Clippers almost pulled off…

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Gettin’ there

Gettin’ there

Saturday I joined Beverly and her father for a trip to the Getty Center. I’d been there many times before – but never in the winter. The changing exhibits were all video installations (which we all agreed were a waste of time). In one of the buildings there was a “classroom” setting where “students” could take a set of drawing utensils and paper and draw a few statues. We decided to draw each other instead. After the Getty we made…

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technologic

technologic

Those of you that have ever talked to me about technology know my opinion on where computing is going. What my position is is that from a software/OS point of view we will no longer be bound to a “computer” but simply log in to “virtual” machines from any machine connected to the internet. This will be enabled by the fact that Gigabit networks will be in place as well as (much faster) WiFi and display technologies much cheaper and…

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