Category Archives: Reviews

Book Review – Catastophic Care

In “Catastophic Care: Why Everything We Think We Know About Health Care Is Wrong”, David Goldhill does a very good job of laying out many of the biggest issues in US health care pricing, a field I actually happen to know a lot about. From his experience running a company and being on the board… Read More »

Book Review – Nothing to Envy

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea is a fascinating book on a topic that I previously knew almost nothing about. Barbara Demick very much deserved the National Book Award Finalist award. I first found out about this book when I went to the Goodreads office in San Francisco for a talk on their… Read More »

Book Review – Lean In

After finishing Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s new book Lean In, I was surprised by the disconnect with some of the early criticism I had read. I actually thought Sandberg wrote a lot about her personal life and greatly appreciated her experience and co-workers at Google. She also clearly admitted she is in a place of… Read More »

Quantum of Winter Solstice

I went to the gorgeous Grand-Lake Theatre in Oakland tonight with wife and friends to see Quantum of Winter Solstice. I was totally expecting an educational film on astronomy, so the guns, car chases and boring villains were quite the surprise. However, I did take solace in the kick-out-the-jams performance of the organ player who… Read More »

Best of the East Bay

Last Friday my wife and I celebrated our 15th anniversary by going to Linden Street Brewery for their Friday afternoon open house and then the Oakland Museum of California for the Best of the East Bay party. Both were excellent. Some of our friends brought a penne pasta salad with fresh-grated parmesan and grilled tri-tip… Read More »

Shiner and Independence Brewing

I have fond memories of Shiner Bock from when I lived in Austin, and I always have a bottle or two when I go back to visit my brother. I agree with Stan at Appellation Beer that while Shiner doesn’t make the greatest of beers, they are better than a lot of people give them… Read More »

Review: Control

If you plan to see Control, the biopic of Ian Curtis from Joy Division, read no further if you don’t want any spoilers, other than to know that I highly recommend the movie. After writing and recording a few incredible albums, Curtis hanged himself at the age of 23 in 1980. Years later when I… Read More »

Summize – Search Engine for Reviews

Just ran across Summize while catching up on the Lifehacker syndication feed. The main feature Summize provides is an aggregation of reviews of books, movies, videos and other products from blogs and ecommerce sites like Amazon. But the site is much deeper than that. Recently Amazon started showing the breakdown of the absolute counts for… Read More »

Shure E2C

I picked up a pair of Shure E2C earphones recently because I had read good reviews about them and they were super cheap during a sale at Amazon. I think I paid only about $40. So far, I’m very happy with them. Shure discontinued the E2C and E3C after coming out with a new line… Read More »

Book Review – Freakonomics

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner My copy of the book is the first edition, but I highly recommend getting the second edition. The authors added a lot of critical comments and corrections in the second edition. Or, if you already have the… Read More »