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reviewed Virgin Blue. January 28, 2010
Virgin Blue
I'm planning a trip to Australia and New Zealand, and wanted to travel to quite a few cities in a short period of time, necessitating a lot of additional flights.   Virgin Blue made it easy …
reviewed Paddington's Tea Room. January 28, 2010
Paddington's Tea Room
I accompanied my girlfriend to afternoon tea at Paddington's tea room in Los Angeles.   I was a bit wary of the experience, having never attended a tea before.    We were taking …
reviewed Quantas. January 28, 2010
Quantas
When trying to get to Australia, all of my initial flight searches just turned up Quantas.  I went directly to their website to book my flight, and was quite happy with the outcome.    …
reviewed Open: An Autobiography. January 01, 2010
Open: An Autobiography
 Open, Andre Agassi's autobiography, received a tremendous amount of press for a few shocking revelations, including:   1.  Meth use   2.  Lying to the ATP about positive …
reviewed Maui Wave Riders. December 24, 2009
Maui Wave Riders
I've taken a surf lesson in Manhattan Beach in California, and managed to spend 8 seconds up on my surf board over the course of a 2 hour lesson.    That in no way was the fault of the …
reviewed John O' Groats. December 24, 2009
John O' Groats
What do you want when you go out to eat for breakfast?    You want some coffee to wake you up, a lot of friendly service and a comfortable atmosphere, and a bunch of interesting options …
reviewed Dell Vostro 220 Mini Tower | Dell. December 24, 2009
Dell Vostro 220 Mini Tower | Dell
I consider myself a fairly hardcore computer user -- I develop software for a living.  I spend at least 8 hours a day in front of the computer.   If I can get a faster, more efficient system, …
reviewed Costco - Kirkland Signature™ by Stear.... December 24, 2009
Costco - Kirkland Signature™ by Stearns & Foster Cadbury Plush Mattress
As someone who really likes the quality and affordability of Costco, I was hoping to get my mattress from them.   The downside, of course, is that you can't actually try out the mattress …
reviewed Rockport Men's Margin Oxford. December 24, 2009
Rockport Men's Margin Oxford
I've been scarred by dress shoes in the past.   I wear tennis shoes whenever possible, because the dress shoes I've owned in the past have been uncomfortable and slippery.   I considered …
reviewed More Joy Automotive Repair. December 22, 2009
More Joy Automotive Repair
With car repair, I really don't ask for a lot.  I have no idea how my car works, so I can't really judge what is needed in terms of repairs or maintenance.  So the one thing I want above …
reviewed Bill Simmons and Malcolm Gladwell ret.... December 19, 2009
This wide ranging conversation (written) between Malcolm Gladwell and Bill Simmons is a must read for a sports analysis junkie.    You can find it here:   http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?pa …
reviewed Chelsea Savoy Hotel. December 16, 2009
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Chelsea Savoy Hotel
Trying to find a hotel room in New York City can be quite an ordeal.    Depending on the time of the year and current occupancy rates, you can get a great deal on Priceline, but much of …
reviewed Sealy Absorba Mattress Pad. December 15, 2009
Sealy Absorba Mattress Pad
The Sealy Mattress Pad works great -- waterproof, easily fits over even very large mattresses (up to 22 inches), and it is quite comfortable.      Ordering it from Costco online was …
reviewed Costco - King / Cal King / Queen Meta.... December 15, 2009
Costco - King / Cal King / Queen Metal Bed Frame
I don't really want much out of a bed frame.  It has to be easily portable, durable, and easy to set up.   This bed frame met all of those requirements.   It came with fairly …
reviewed Effective Java. December 07, 2009
Effective Java
How does one work effectively as a programmer?  One of the first steps should be to learn from the masters of providing effective solutions.   And Joshua Bloch is at the top of that list -- …
reviewed Strokes of Genius: Federer, Nadal, an.... November 17, 2009
Strokes of Genius: Federer, Nadal, and the
The Federer Nadal 2008 Wimbledon Final was one of the greatest matches every played.   For a tennis fan(atic) like myself, there is a wealth of background information to the match which is absolutely …
reviewed Yanina Wickmayer suspension. November 06, 2009
Yanina Wickmayer suspension
Up and coming player Yanina Wickmayer, the U.S. Open Semifinalist, is facing a one year suspension for failing to report her whereabouts to the drug testing agency 3 times.   This is absurd.   …
reviewed Caroline Wozniacki betting investigation. November 03, 2009
Caroline Wozniacki betting investigation
Caroline Wozniacki defaulted from a tennis match she was about to win.    Despite the fact that she was up a set and 5-0 in the second, people were still betting against her.    …
reviewed Does the vaccine matter?. October 18, 2009
Flu picture
I've never been vaccinated for flu, but I am considering the H1N1 vaccination because of what I've heard of the severity of that flu.   This recent article in the Atlantic has caused me to question …
reviewed Phys Ed: Does Exercise Boost Immunity?. October 14, 2009
Marc Romanelli/Getty Images
I have a tendency, when I do finally actually get out and exercise, to try to push my limits.   It turns out that my tendency to overexercise might increase my odds of getting sick, and increase …
reviewed Getting There from Here - How should .... September 15, 2009
New Yorker image
Idealists on both sides of the healthcare debate have very defined ideas of what our healthcare system should look like.  Atul Gawande uses this New Yorker article to explain why we need to ignore …
reviewed 2009 U.S. Open men's quarterfinal bet.... September 11, 2009
Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic represent a large part of the future of men's tennis.  They are both 20, both 6'6", and both around the same weight.  Del Potro is already ranked sixth …
reviewed Real Choice? It's Off Limits in Healt.... August 26, 2009
Ron Wyden
In this article, David Leonhart argues that we need to provide consumers with additional choice as part of any solution to the health care crisis.   He starts by describing the broken state …
reviewed McAllen, Texas and the high cost of h.... August 11, 2009
Atul Gawande
You might be thinking that you either pay for good care, or you pay less for a system that saves fewer lives.  Atul Gawande, a physician and writer for the New Yorker, proves that we don't have to …
reviewed fivethirtyeight.com. August 06, 2009
FiveThirtyEight map
Fivethirtyeight.com (named after the number of electors in the electoral college) uses statistical analysis to interpret polling results and provide an informed projection of likely political outcomes.  …
reviewed Gmail. August 02, 2009
Gmail
I don't want to rehash everything that has been said in praise of gmail already, from the beauty of labels and conversations, to the insane amount of space, to the incredible simplicity of the search …
Peter Singer
Peter Singer, a professor of bioethics at Princeton University, makes the case for rationing health care, arguing that rationing is both the most ethical and the most pragmatic choice.  He claims …
reviewed Moon (2009 movie). July 16, 2009
Moon DVD
Moon explores aspects of how people change over time, and the fundamental way in which we define ourselves, by following an astronaut isolated on a multiyear mission on the Moon.  Sam Rockwell does …
reviewed Disneyland. July 14, 2009
Disneyland
I hadn't been to Disneyland for more than 20 years.  I had the opportunity to go recently with my girlfriend and her 5 and 9 year old cousins.   I enjoyed the combination of shows …
Sign post for Abbot Kinney
On the first Friday of each month, the art galleries on Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice stay open till around 10 PM.  Many hire musicians and put out a bit of food, and thousands of people descend to …
In 1993, the government was considering a strong push into information technology infrastructure.  T.J. Rodgers went to Congress to argue against that push, despite the direct benefit it might bring …
Sister Doris Gormley, OSF of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, wrote a letter expressing disappointment that Cypress Semiconductors had no minority or female members of the board of directors. …
reviewed 2009 Wimbledon Men's Final. July 05, 2009
Federer with trophy
I'm not sure a player has ever been more worthy of winning a championship, and still failed to come away with the trophy, than Roddick was in his 5-7, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 16-14 loss to Federer.    …
reviewed Palm Pre. June 23, 2009
Palm Pre
Positives:  Beautiful phone with a small form factor, a functional and easy to use keyboard, and a screen large enough to be able to surf the web.    Good network connectivity and …
reviewed 2009 Roland Garros Men's Final. June 09, 2009
2009 Roland Garros Men's Final
Pete Sampras would get a game or two each match just because of the pressure his opponents felt in the moment, playing one of the greatest players in the game.   Federer, also one of the greatest …
reviewed A Better Way To Move. May 24, 2009
Header photo for Better Way To Move
My girlfriend used a "A Better Way To Move" to relocate from Woodland Hills to the Pico & Robertson area (about 23 miles).   We spent around 50 hours packing up her apartment, into about …
Los Angeles Public Library
I am a huge fan of the hold system for the L.A. public library.    You can look through their online catalog for any book in any of their branches, put that book on hold, and have it delivered …
reviewed The Cutter Incident: How America's Fi.... April 30, 2009
The Cutter Incident
The Cutter Incident is significantly more focused than Dr. Offit's book on autism.   It examines an outbreak of polio caused by a vaccine that was manufactured in the Cutter laboratories.  It …
reviewed Rafael Nadal. April 22, 2009
Rafael Nadal
Great tennis players never fit into a single mold -- they each have a distinctive style and personality within which they excel.   Over the last year, Nadal has established himself not just …
reviewed Autism's False Prophets: Bad Science,.... March 17, 2009
Autism's False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky
I found Autism's False Prophets informative, but felt like it could have offered more of a solution, rather than a brilliant description of the problem.   Dr. Offit's main points, which I summarize …
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