Category Archives: Reviews

Review: Control

By | January 6, 2008

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

By | December 30, 2007

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

By | November 15, 2007

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

By | September 27, 2007

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 »

Summer Book Reviews

By | September 21, 2007

I plowed through a bunch of books this summer and swore to myself with each one that I would post a book review. It’s not like I spent all summer just watching episodes of Robot Chicken, The Simpsons, The Venture Brothers, and Ghost in the Shell. Sure, that took up 80% of my free time,… Read More »

Sonic Youth Daydream Nation in Berkeley

By | July 20, 2007

Tonight I was lucky enough to see Sonic Youth perform their 1988 double LP masterpiece Daydream Nation at Berkeley Community Theater. I’ve been a huge fan of Sonic Youth ever since Bad Moon Rising was released in 1985. My favorite Sonic Youth album is Sister, but Daydream Nation is a very close second. I’m often… Read More »

Book Review – Hackers & Painters

By | July 18, 2007

I wrote this review nearly three years ago, but never pulled the trigger to publish it to my blog. Maybe because it seems half written. I don’t think I’m going to ever go back to it, so what the heck. Having skimmed part of the eponymous essay and having enjoyed other essays by Paul Graham,… Read More »

Lanesplitter in the Temescal District

By | September 5, 2006

After bicycling about 35 miles through some of the hilliest parts of the East Bay hills, I had a massive craving for pizza. But not takeout. I wanted to maximize the flavor by eating pizza in a restaurant while it was still hot and crispy, preferably accompanied by tasty beer. A friend at work mentioned… Read More »

The Week

By | April 16, 2005

About a year or so ago, my brother very kindly set me up with a multi-year subscription to The Week magazine. The Week is a weekly (surprise) magazine that takes advantage of the Fair Use provision in 17 U.S.C. 107 that some misguided fools don’t believe exists. Each issue highlights the top issues of the… Read More »