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reviewed Japan's Emergency Warning System for .... March 14, 2011
Japan's Emergency Warning System for Earthquakes
Apparently, Japan's emergency warning system detects P-waves that are sent out by tremors, and then alerts people on on their computers before the bigger S-waves arrive. They also do this on every …
reviewed 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. March 14, 2011
2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
I just saw this video someone took from their apartment.  It gives you an amazing and extremely eerie, point of view example of the quake unfolding.   Gave me chills the first time I watched …
reviewed GoGo Inflight Internet. January 17, 2011
GoGo Inflight Internet
Several years ago I was on an 11 hour flight to Europe.  A flight of that length normally causes at least a few episodes of cabin fever, even from a guy who absolutely loves to travel.  But …
reviewed Clase Azul Tequila. October 28, 2010
Clase Azul Tequila
"Sophisticated Tequila Drinker" an oxymoron you say?  Perhaps, but that doesn't mean the tequila itself can't be and Clase Azul is one sophisticated experience, starting with the …
reviewed Mictlan Surf School. September 02, 2010
Mictlan Surf School
   We recently went surfing with the Mictlan Surf School on a trip to Punta Mita, Mexico and had a great time.  The "surf school" is located near the Punta de Mita (Punta Mita) …
reviewed Don Pedro's Restaurant and Bar. August 27, 2010
Don Pedro's Restaurant + Bar
   When I'm looking for a place to eat at a beach town in Mexico, I have a few things that I look for:    Good fish tacos Cold beers Good margaritas Atmosphere Bonus …
reviewed Whole Foods Wine Department. May 18, 2010
posted in That's Beat
Whole Foods Wine Department
I was perusing the wine department at Whole Foods the other day and came across a bottle of Erath Pinot Noir. I know this wine well because I have purchased many bottles of it at Costco for $14.00. …
Taleb Says Focus on Specific Trades in Selloff Misguided
Nassim Taleb always seems to give insightful commentary on investing, markets, etc.  In this interview, Taleb gives his input on the risks that exist in the system (what most peopel don't realize, …
This video is hilarious, but at the same time makes me want to scream.  Leave it to the Daily Show and Jon Stewart to highlight the absurdity of our government policies and the beneficial treatment …
reviewed The Covenant. May 18, 2010
The Covenant
I love James Michener and this is probably my favorite Michener book.  Like most Michener tomes, The Covenant is a historical epic that covers a country's history (in this case, South Africa's) …
reviewed Bumbleride Indie Twin Stroller. May 17, 2010
posted in Strollerland
Bumbleride - Indie Twin 2009 Double Stroller
I'm not an expert on strollers.  In fact, I've only operated a few strollers in my life.  However, a friend asked how I liked our double stroller and after giving him an average answer, …
reviewed California Fish Grill. May 11, 2010
posted in MBlocal
California Fish Grill
I've eaten at a few California Fish Grill's and I always come away extremely satisfied.  The food is, you guessed it, seafood.  There's a wide variety of fish to choose from, as well as tacos, …
reviewed All Star Glass. April 10, 2010
All Star Glass
Some jackass recently broke one of the windows on my car to steal a worthless gym bag.  I called the dealer to get a quote on replacing the window.  The dealer (Toyota), quoted me $460 …
reviewed Ron Zacapa. March 18, 2010
Ron Zacapa
I often find claims of something being the "best" or "finest" to be dubious, at best.  When I was traveling in Guatemala and was told that Ron Zacapa was the "best rum …
reviewed Sashi Sushi + Saké Lounge. March 09, 2010
posted in MBlocal
Exterior View
Glamorous, hip setting. Great sushi. Makoto, Sashi's executive chef learned under Morimoto, who apparently is the greatest iron chef of all time (I'm not sure what this means, but people who watch Iron …
reviewed El Gringo (Manhattan Beach). March 05, 2010
posted in MBlocal
El Gringo
I was originally going to title this review "Machaca N Eggs, the cornerstone of any nutritious breakfast (or lunch, or dinner)" because I think El Gringo has some of the best Machaca …
reviewed Rock'N Fish. March 05, 2010
posted in MBlocal
Photo of Bar
The classic local restaurant in Manhattan Beach. Solid, high quality food. There's a wide variety of fish options, great steaks, as well as a quality wine list that's very reasonably priced (you can find …
reviewed Petros Greek Cuisine and Lounge. March 05, 2010
posted in MBlocal
Petros Logo
Superb food, good ambience. Wine list could use improvement, but I love that Petros puts wines from Greece (and even wines from the island where he was born) on the menu. Having the Greek wines really …
reviewed Roundhouse Aquarium - Manhattan Beach.... March 05, 2010
posted in MBlocal
Roundhouse Aquarium - Manhattan Beach Pier
This little aquarium located at the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier is a local treasure and one of the many reasons I feel blessed to live in such a great little city.  Very few weekends go …
reviewed American Express Costco Credit Card -.... January 25, 2010
True Earnings Card from Costco and American Express
         There is a lot to like about this credit card:        3% cash back for gasoline purchases (up to $3,000 per  year, then 1%); 3% cash …
reviewed Costco Private Label Wines (Kirkland .... November 14, 2009
Costco Private Label Wines (Kirkland Wine)
Like most Kirkland (Costco) products, their wines are high quaity at a very reasonable price. I haven't been disappointed with any Kirkland wine I've tried. They seem to be continually trying to find …
reviewed Izzy Alcantara. September 04, 2009
Izzy Alcantara was a notorious minor leaguer for the Boston Red Sox.  His trademarks were an incredible amount of talent combined with equal parts insanity and hot-headendness.  I gave him a …
reviewed Bloodsport. August 20, 2009
movie poster
The quintessential Van Damme film - a classic villain (Chong Li), great mis-cast sub-villains: Paco, a latino muy thai fighter, and the female harassing Syrian fighter, Hossein (played by a Phillipino), …
reviewed Mark Cuban. August 20, 2009
Mark Cuban, Mavericks, goofy
I first became aware of Mark Cuban when he burst onto the sports scene after purchasing the Dallas Mavericks.  All I knew of him was he made a billion dollars selling his dot com company to …
reviewed Charles Barkley. June 26, 2009
Charles Barkley
I just read Valsviews' review of Charles Barkley. As soon as I read it, I couldn't help but think of the  NBA Superstar's video (see bottom of review).  I was a huge fan of Barkley …
reviewed Bill Simmons. June 18, 2009
Bill Simmons, aka the "Sports Guy" is the best and funniest sportswriter in the nation.  While he's known as the Sports Guy, that name really doesn't do him justice, as he's an excellent …
reviewed Adam Lambert. May 20, 2009
Adam Lambert
This guys is one talented singer and without doubt, the most talented on Season 8 of American Idol, but good lord, when he would go to hit the high note with his signature-scream, he was so over the top …
reviewed Simmzy's. May 09, 2009
posted in MBlocal
Simmzy's
This place recently opened in downtown Manhattan Beach (next to Starbucks) and I have to agree with @jrjohnson's  review of Simmzy's,this place has a great, great feel to it.  It occupies a …
reviewed V-Moda Vibe Earbuds. May 08, 2009
V-Moda Vibe Headphones (Vmoda)
The VModa Vibe earbud headphones have moved to the top of my list of headphones.  I own two pairs of high quality headphones: (i) the Bose QuietComfort 2, and (ii) the Vmoda Vibe earbuds.  I …
reviewed The Kavorka. April 30, 2009
I find it very hard to give a rating to the Kavorka.  I'm not talking about the Seinfeld episode "The Conversion", where Kramer got the Kavorka (that episode gets a 5 in my book), I'm talking about …
reviewed Tata Nano finally goes on sale across.... April 10, 2009
Yellow Tata Nano
Ever since it was revealed, I have been fascinated by the Tata Nano. For those who don't know the background of this car, a year ago Tata Motors (an Indian carmaker) unveilved their plan to manufacture …
reviewed Blizzard Man. April 06, 2009
Blizzard Man
I love this Andy Samberg SNL skit featuring Ludacris, T-Pain and Tim McGraw.  What really sets this skit apart is Andy Samberg's surprisingly hard-hitting lyrics.  Ha.   Don't expect Lazy …
reviewed Jack Black on Yo Gabba Gabba. April 06, 2009
Jack Black on Yo Gabba Gabba
My son loves a show on Nickleodeon called "Yo Gabba Gabba."  It is an extremely peculiar show and, when I was first forced to watch it, it simultaneously gave me a headache and made me …
reviewed Yo Gabba Gabba!. April 06, 2009
Yo Gabba Gabba
For new parents out there, I highly recomend giving this show a try.  Don't get me wrong... it takes a lot to get used to.  In fact, the first couple of times I watched it, I was appalled that …
reviewed Soup Nazi. April 02, 2009
Soup Nazi
While Yev Kasem (aka, the "Soup Nazi") only appeared in one regular episode of Seinfeld, he is one of the most recognizable sub-characters from the show.  Renowned for his irascible style and artistry …
Bose® QuietComfort® 2 Acoustic Noise Cancelling®
I love my Bose Quiet Comfort headphones.  They're enjoyable to listen to and provide incredible sound quality at any time, but when flying, they are a godsend.  With one flick of the on switch, …
reviewed Toots & The Maytals. April 01, 2009
Toots & The Maytals
From the minute I heard Toots' rendition of "Take Me Home Country Roads" I fell in love with his soulful voice and one of a kind gospel-reggae style.  IMO, he's the finest reggae musician of all …
reviewed There's Something About Mary. March 31, 2009
There's Something About Mary
There's a lot to love about There's Something About Mary ... from a lovely Cameron Diaz to extremely politically incorrect humor, but in my opinion, the real standout of this movie is Matt Dillon.  …
reviewed Ruby Jewel Ice Cream Sandwiches. March 26, 2009
Lemon Cookie with Honey Lavender
If you are lucky enough to live by a store that carries Ruby Jewel, do your self a favor and pick up a sandwich.  If not, order them by mail.  They're fantastically good.  All of their …
reviewed Slumdog Millionaire. March 02, 2009
Slumdog Millionaire Movie poster
I finally went to see this movie after the academy awards.  Needless to say, the expectations were extremely high after seeing all the accolades.  It far exceeded my expectations.  This …
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