December 01, 2005


Last weekend Emily flew down for Thanksgiving. It was the first time she has been able to make it to San Francisco since this summer, and it was really nice having her around again. I also got to cook for her again. Cooking is a fun hobby, but it's always extra special when you can share the results with someone.

Carmen did her big Thanksgiving dinner, having each of her guests bring a dish. Emily and I were asked to bring a potato and a vegetable dish, so we made garlic mashed potatoes and a zucchini/squash dish. It was a lot of fun, although the turkey ended up being done a bit late. (It was on the large side, so it took longer than expected.)

I cooked for Emily three more times over the extended weekend and ended up using fresh basil in each dish. :) I've got a little basil plant growing at home, and I like to make use of it where appropriate.

On Friday, I made chicken in panang curry for dinner. It was decent, but I think it could use some tweaking.

On Saturday we cooked some salmon fillets and served it with farfalle in a mornay sauce.

Sunday, we made pizza margherita for lunch - I was feeling lazy, so we tried to buy a crust, but they were out. I ended up throwing one together from scratch, and it turned out to be one of the better crusts I've made.

More updates on house progress later.

November 27, 2005

Christmas List

Dear Santa,
I'm doing well this year, skip me and give my stuff to someone who needs it. All I want for christmas is a ticket back home to see friends and family, and I got impatient and bought it for myself. :)


Ok, I have an amazon wishlist, but I figured I'd augment and comment on it here for friends and family. I will probably update this entry a couple of times. I'll start with the usual, "don't spend much, if you must get me something." I've been blessed with pretty much all I need.

A general gift giving guide (I do get to pontificate, this is a blog), I tend to go for:

  • Something people would enjoy, but wouldn't buy themselves. (Sadly, for me, that is something like socks.)
  • Something from their list that is both fun or interesting.
  • non-durable goods - Things that get used up make nice gifts too. (Socks again, chocolate, balsamic vinegar, cheap plastic cutting boards.)

I've put some cooking supplies on the list. One missing item is a Flavour Shaker. I'd like one of these, but they're not available in this country. (They won't even ship them here.) Maybe next year.

Update: Apparently, ships the Flavour Shaker to the US - but it looks like it might be pricey.

November 17, 2005

Quick Update

Our contractor says he's worked out a satisfactory solution with the inspector which shouldn't be as bad as I thought, we'll see how things progress. (And no curry paste tonight - I forgot to get cilantro, it was a new recipe and I was shopping from memory.) I did have leftover larb gai for dinner, though.

Notice of Violation

The final rough inspection did not go well at all. We got a different inspector from the one who originally did the foundation, and he didn't really seem to like much of anything. We have to get Engineer/Architect redraw everything (IMHO, he's a bit of a hack and didn't do a decent job in the first place) and get a revised permit, before embarking on the expensive process of fixing things.

The only good point is that he did sign off on the upstairs and said we could close things up in the bathroom. That will at least move along the process of Dan, Carmen, and I moving into the upper unit. But it'll be a bit cramped until we get the lower finished (three people, two apartments worth of stuff).

Tonight I think I'll try my hand at making some panaeng curry paste from scratch. I'm out of the imported, store-bought stuff and really should be making my own so I can control the ingredients.

November 15, 2005

Weekend Update

Before working on the house, my brother and I went to a neighborhood meeting at Juri park on Saturday. We ended up getting pulled into a park cleanup project for most of the morning. It was fun, but we had planned on working on the house and that killed a good chunk of the day. We ended up just shoring up the bathroom wall after lunch at Papalote.

Our open wall inspection is scheduled for thursday. If it goes well, we'll be ready to dry wall and finish the bathroom. It'll be nice to see some progress again. Things should start to pick up now, unless holidays and contractor's schedules get in the way.

November 10, 2005

Yay Electrical

Our electrical inspection passed today. Only glitch was that the contractor needed to pull a second permit, because the first one was completed, but that will be taken care of on Monday. Now we need to get a general inspection, so we can close up the walls, and we'll be good to finish work on the bathroom and walls. (After that, we do the flooring and kitchen, and then we can move into my unit.)

I tried out the Flock browser today. It's interesting. It's basically just a modified version of Firefox, with some integration with, various blogging sites, RSS feeds, and flickr. It's just a beta version, so it's not quite ready for general use, but seems fairly polished. The support is the most interesting to me - it'd let me synchronize all of my bookmarks, and it integrates the bookmarks with the little search widget. The blogging functionality isn't spectacular, stuff like X-Journal do the same basic thing and grok more of livejournal's features. (Blog this page and Blog this picture are the only real integration, but I wouldn't use it.)

The RSS reader isn't too bad, it looks like it was copied from Safari. I wanted something similar for Firefox at one point, but I'm using Google Reader now. The key benefit for me is that it keeps track of what I've read and I can use it from multiple machines.

So the jury is still out on that one, we'll see how it develops. I can run piggy bank in both flock and firefox, so either is fine for now. (More on Piggy Bank and RDF later.)

October 19, 2005

New Book

lj-mood: happy

I got back to the office this morning and found that the book I'd ordered, Jamie's Italy, had arrived. I've only had time to briefly skim it, but it looks really good and is recipe- and picture-dense. I look forward to reading it, and trying out some of the recipes. It looks like it was worth having it shipped from Europe.

Conference Reports

lj-mood: awake

I spent the last week or so at the Ruby Conference and OOPSLA Conference in San Diego. The Ruby conference had a more grass-roots feel and only one lecture track. Overall it was quite interesting, especially the Rails stuff and the ad-hoc domain specific language stuff. It was also good to see that work was progressing on a byte code compiler for the language, although it's not rocket science and should have been done long ago. I dunno why nobody has bothered yet. (A speaker at OOPSLA pointed out that it's the slowest dynamic language, with a naive implementation, yet people still find it valuable.)

OOPSLA was much more academic. I came away with the vague feeling that it people were a little stuck on the OO stuff and should move on, but there were also a few talks to that effect, so maybe people already know this. The workshop I attended on domain specific modeling was a good experience, although a solid day of academic stuff can be wearying. Sussman's talk and Dave Thomas' talk were both good, too. I think Java Frameworks and over-enginering of tools and libraries has sucked some of the joy out of coding, hopefully we find our way back soon. I think I should skim SICP again sometime soon.

October 17, 2005


It's late monday. I'm in San Diego for the OOPSLA conference. I snuck
into the domain specific modeling conference with a coworker, which
was a lot of fun, the talks were mostly interesting, and the
discussions afterwards were fun. It's been a long day, though, and I
was too worn out to really read any of the posters at the reception in
the evening. They we went back to my bosses room for a brainstorming
session (which was productive, but tiring).

I'll give a little more context in the next entry, going to bed for now.

September 29, 2005


lj-mood: chipper

I've put off updating because too much stuff has passed by and I never had a big block of time to sit down and document it all. So I'll just forget it. :)

I'm going to Phoenix to see Emily this weekend. It's been a month and a half - too long, but we've both been busy.

The house is coming along, the plumbing is done except for a couple of gas details. I'll include a picture of the shower rough-in, not particularly exciting, though. The kitchen cabinets arrived, but I'll have to wait patiently for all the prerequisite work to be completed before I can put them in.

And now I'm off to work.

June 19, 2005

House Update

It's been quite a while since the last update, I've been rather busy lately.

The house is coming along well, the tenants will be out by 7/4, at which time I'll need to squeeze in the critical updates and repairs before moving in. I hope to move within a month. Outstanding issues:

  • Refinish wood floors.
  • Add wood floors to the kitchen
  • Redo electrical, fix up plumbing, convert at least one bathroom to a full bath.
  • Replace/repair a bunch of windows.
  • Redo the kitchen cabinets/appliances

And that's for my unit. Downstairs will be moving some walls around, putting new wood floors in (they have no floors at the moment), upgrading electrical, adding central heating, and updating plumbing. (Gotta get stuff done while the floor is open.)

For the whole house we're finishing the foundation now, we'll have to replace a section of broken, clay sewer pipe and fix up part of the back wall.

May 06, 2005

The Book Thing

From Emily's page:

Bold the ones you've read, and italicize the ones that you started but never finished. (Much easier if you use rich text mode.)

001. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien

002. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

003. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman

004. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams

005. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling

006. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

007. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne

008. 1984, George Orwell

009. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis

010. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte

011. Catch-22, Joseph Heller

012. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte

013. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks

014. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier

015. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger

016. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame

017. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

018. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

019. Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres

020. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy

021. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell

022. Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone, JK Rowling

023. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling

024. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling

025. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien

026. Tess Of The D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy

027. Middlemarch, George Eliot

028. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving

029. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck

030. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

031. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson

032. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

033. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett

034. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens

035. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl

036. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson

037. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute

038. Persuasion, Jane Austen

039. Dune, Frank Herbert

040. Emma, Jane Austen

041. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery

042. Watership Down, Richard Adams

043. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald

044. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas

045. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh

046. Animal Farm, George Orwell

047. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

048. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy

049. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian

050. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher

051. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett

052. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck

053. The Stand, Stephen King

054. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

055. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth

056. The BFG, Roald Dahl

057. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome

058. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell

059. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer

060. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

061. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman

062. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden

063. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

064. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough

065. Mort, Terry Pratchett

066. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton

067. The Magus, John Fowles

068. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

069. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett

070. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding

071. Perfume, Patrick Susskind

072. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell

073. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett

074. Matilda, Roald Dahl

075. Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding

076. The Secret History, Donna Tartt

077. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins

078. Ulysses, James Joyce

079. Bleak House, Charles Dickens

080. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson

081. The Twits, Roald Dahl

082. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith

083. Holes, Louis Sachar

084. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake

085. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

086. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson

087. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

088. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons

089. Magician, Raymond E Feist

090. On The Road, Jack Kerouac

091. The Godfather, Mario Puzo

092. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel

093. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett

094. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

095. Katherine, Anya Seton

096. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer

097. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

098. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson

099. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot

100. Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie

101. Three Men In A Boat, Jerome K. Jerome

102. Small Gods, Terry Pratchett

103. The Beach, Alex Garland

104. Dracula, Bram Stoker

105. Point Blanc, Anthony Horowitz

106. The Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens

107. Stormbreaker, Anthony Horowitz

108. The Wasp Factory, Iain Banks

109. The Day Of The Jackal, Frederick Forsyth

110. The Illustrated Mum, Jacqueline Wilson

111. Jude The Obscure, Thomas Hardy

112. The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13 1/2, Sue Townsend

113. The Cruel Sea, Nicholas Monsarrat

114. Les Miserables, Victor Hugo

115. The Mayor Of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy

116. The Dare Game, Jacqueline Wilson

117. Bad Girls, Jacqueline Wilson

118. The Picture Of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde

119. Shogun, James Clavell

120. The Day Of The Triffids, John Wyndham

121. Lola Rose, Jacqueline Wilson

122. Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray

123. The Forsyte Saga, John Galsworthy

124. House Of Leaves, Mark Z. Danielewski

125. The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver

126. Reaper Man, Terry Pratchett

127. Angus, Thongs And Full-Frontal Snogging, Louise Rennison

128. The Hound Of The Baskervilles, Arthur Conan Doyle

129. Possession, A. S. Byatt

130. The Master And Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov

131. The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood

132. Danny The Champion Of The World, Roald Dahl

133. East Of Eden, John Steinbeck

134. George's Marvellous Medicine, Roald Dahl

135. Wyrd Sisters, Terry Pratchett

136. The Color Purple, Alice Walker

137. Hogfather, Terry Pratchett

138. The Thirty-Nine Steps, John Buchan

139. Girls In Tears, Jacqueline Wilson

140. Sleepovers, Jacqueline Wilson

141. All Quiet On The Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque

142. Behind The Scenes At The Museum, Kate Atkinson

143. High Fidelity, Nick Hornby

144. It, Stephen King

145. James And The Giant Peach, Roald Dahl

146. The Green Mile, Stephen King

147. Papillon, Henri Charriere

148. Men At Arms, Terry Pratchett

149. Master And Commander, Patrick O'Brian

150. Skeleton Key, Anthony Horowitz

151. Soul Music, Terry Pratchett

152. Thief Of Time, Terry Pratchett

153. The Fifth Elephant, Terry Pratchett

154. Atonement, Ian McEwan

155. Secrets, Jacqueline Wilson

156. The Silver Sword, Ian Serraillier

157. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey

158. Heart Of Darkness, Joseph Conrad

159. Kim, Rudyard Kipling

160. Cross Stitch, Diana Gabaldon

161. Moby Dick, Herman Melville

162. River God, Wilbur Smith

163. Sunset Song, Lewis Grassic Gibbon

164. The Shipping News, Annie Proulx

165. The World According To Garp, John Irving

166. Lorna Doone, R. D. Blackmore

167. Girls Out Late, Jacqueline Wilson

168. The Far Pavilions, M. M. Kaye

169. The Witches, Roald Dahl

170. Charlotte's Web, E. B. White

171. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

172. They Used To Play On Grass, Terry Venables and Gordon Williams

173. The Old Man And The Sea, Ernest Hemingway

174. The Name Of The Rose, Umberto Eco

175. Sophie's World, Jostein Gaarder

176. Dustbin Baby, Jacqueline Wilson

177. Fantastic Mr. Fox, Roald Dahl

178. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov

179. Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach

180. The Little Prince, Antoine De Saint-Exupery

181. The Suitcase Kid, Jacqueline Wilson

182. Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens

183. The Power Of One, Bryce Courtenay

184. Silas Marner, George Eliot

185. American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis

186. The Diary Of A Nobody, George and Weedon Gross-mith

187. Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh

188. Goosebumps, R. L. Stine

189. Heidi, Johanna Spyri

190. Sons And Lovers, D. H. Lawrence

191. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera

192. Man And Boy, Tony Parsons

193. The Truth, Terry Pratchett

194. The War Of The Worlds, H. G. Wells

195. The Horse Whisperer, Nicholas Evans

196. A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry

197. Witches Abroad, Terry Pratchett

198. The Once And Future King, T. H. White

199. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle

200. Flowers In The Attic, Virginia Andrews

201. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien

202. The Eye of the World, Robert Jordan

203. The Great Hunt, Robert Jordan

204. The Dragon Reborn, Robert Jordan

205. Fires of Heaven, Robert Jordan

206. Lord of Chaos, Robert Jordan

207. Winter's Heart, Robert Jordan

208. A Crown of Swords, Robert Jordan

209. Crossroads of Twilight, Robert Jordan

210. A Path of Daggers, Robert Jordan

211. As Nature Made Him, John Colapinto

212. Microserfs, Douglas Coupland

213. The Married Man, Edmund White

214. Winter's Tale, Mark Helprin

215. The History of Sexuality, Michel Foucault

216. Cry to Heaven, Anne Rice

217. Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe, John Boswell

218. Equus, Peter Shaffer

219. The Man Who Ate Everything, Jeffrey Steingarten

220. Letters To A Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke

221. Ella Minnow Pea, Mark Dunn

222. The Vampire Lestat, Anne Rice

223. Anthem, Ayn Rand

224. The Bridge To Terabithia, Katherine Paterson

225. Tartuffe, Moliere

226. The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka

227. The Crucible, Arthur Miller

228. The Trial, Franz Kafka

229. Oedipus Rex, Sophocles

230. Oedipus at Colonus, Sophocles

231. Death Be Not Proud, John Gunther

232. A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen

233. Hedda Gabler, Henrik Ibsen

234. Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton

235. A Raisin In The Sun, Lorraine Hansberry

236. ALIVE!, Piers Paul Read

237. Grapefruit, Yoko Ono

238. Trickster Makes This World, Lewis Hyde

240. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley

241. Chronicles of Thomas Convenant, Unbeliever, Stephen Donaldson

242. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny

242. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon

243. Summerland, Michael Chabon

244. A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole

245. Candide, Voltaire

246. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More, Roald Dahl

247. Ringworld, Larry Niven

248. The King Must Die, Mary Renault

249. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlein

250. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeline L'Engle

251. The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde

252. The House Of The Seven Gables, Nathaniel Hawthorne

253. The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne

254. The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan

255. The Great Gilly Hopkins, Katherine Paterson

256. Chocolate Fever, Robert Kimmel Smith

257. Xanth: The Quest for Magic, Piers Anthony

258. The Lost Princess of Oz, L. Frank Baum

259. Wonder Boys, Michael Chabon

260. Lost In A Good Book, Jasper Fforde

261. Well Of Lost Plots, Jasper Fforde

261. Life Of Pi, Yann Martel

263. The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver

264. A Yellow Raft In Blue Water, Michael Dorris

265. Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder

267. Where The Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls

268. Griffin & Sabine, Nick Bantock

269. Witch of Black Bird Pond, Elizabeth George Speare

270. Mrs. Frisby And The Rats Of NIMH, Robert C. O'Brien

271. Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt

272. The Cay, Theodore Taylor

273. From The Mixed-Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E.L. Konigsburg

274. The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Jester

275. The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin

276. The Kitchen God's Wife, Amy Tan

277. The Bone Setter's Daughter, Amy Tan

278. Relic, Duglas Preston & Lincolon Child

279. Wicked, Gregory Maguire

280. American Gods, Neil Gaiman

281. Misty of Chincoteague, Marguerite Henry

282. The Girl Next Door, Jack Ketchum

283. Haunted, Judith St. George

284. Singularity, William Sleator

285. A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson

286. Different Seasons, Stephen King

287. Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk

288. About a Boy, Nick Hornby

289. The Bookman's Wake, John Dunning

290. The Church of Dead Girls, Stephen Dobyns

291. Illusions, Richard Bach

292. Magic's Pawn, Mercedes Lackey

293. Magic's Promise, Mercedes Lackey

294. Magic's Price, Mercedes Lackey

295. The Dancing Wu Li Masters, Gary Zukav

296. Spirits of Flux and Anchor, Jack L. Chalker

297. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice

298. The Encyclopedia of Unusual Sex Practices, Brenda Love

299. Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace

300. The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison

301. The Cider House Rules, John Irving

302. Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card

303. Girlfriend in a Coma, Douglas Coupland

304. The Lion's Game, Nelson Demille

305. The Sun, The Moon, and the Stars, Stephen Brust

306. Cyteen, C. J. Cherryh

307. Foucault's Pendulum, Umberto Eco

308. Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson

309. Invisible Monsters, Chuck Palahniuk

310. Camber of Culdi, Kathryn Kurtz

311. The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand

312. War and Rememberance, Herman Wouk

313. The Art of War, Sun Tzu

314. The Giver, Lois Lowry

315. The Telling, Ursula Le Guin

316. Xenogenesis (or Lilith's Brood), Octavia Butler (Dawn, Adulthood Rites, Imago)

317. A Civil Campaign, Lois McMaster Bujold

318. The Curse of Chalion, Lois McMaster Bujold

319. The Aeneid, Publius Vergilius Maro

320. Hanta Yo, Ruth Beebe Hill

321. The Princess Bride, S. Morganstern (or William Goldman)

322. Beowulf, Anonymous

323. The Sparrow, Maria Doria Russell

324. Deerskin, Robin McKinley

325. Dragonsong, Anne McCaffrey

326. Passage, Connie Willis

327. Otherland, Tad Williams

328. Tigana, Guy Gavriel Kay

329. Number the Stars, Lois Lowry

330. Beloved, Toni Morrison

331. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal, Christopher Moore

332. The mysterious disappearance of Leon, I mean Noel, Ellen Raskin

333. Summer Sisters, Judy Blume

334. The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo

335. The Island on Bird Street, Uri Orlev

336. Midnight in the Dollhouse, Marjorie Filley Stover

337. The Miracle Worker, William Gibson

338. The Genesis Code, John Case

339. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevensen

340. Paradise Lost, John Milton

341. Phantom, Susan Kay

342. The Mummy or Ramses the Damned, Anne Rice

343. Anno Dracula, Kim Newman

344. The Dresden Files: Grave Peril, Jim Butcher

345. Tokyo Suckerpunch, Issac Adamson

346. The Winter of Magic's Return, Pamela Service

347. The Oddkins, Dean R. Koontz

348. My Name is Asher Lev, Chaim Potok

349. The Last Goodbye, Raymond Chandler

350. At Swim, Two Boys, Jaime O'Neill

351. Othello, by William Shakespeare

352. The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas

353. The Collected Poems of William Butler Yeats

354. Sati, Christopher Pike

355. The Divine Comedy, Dante

356. The Apology, Plato

357. The Small Rain, Madeline L'Engle

358. The Man Who Tasted Shapes, Richard E Cytowick

359. 5 Novels, Daniel Pinkwater

360. The Sevenwaters Trilogy, Juliet Marillier

361. Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier

362. To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf

363. Our Town, Thorton Wilder

364. Green Grass Running Water, Thomas King

335. The Interpreter, Suzanne Glass

336. The Moor's Last Sigh, Salman Rushdie

337. The Mother Tongue, Bill Bryson

338. A Passage to India, E.M. Forster

339. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

340. The Phantom of the Opera, Gaston Leroux

341. Pages for You, Sylvia Brownrigg

342. The Changeover, Margaret Mahy

343. Howl's Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones

344. Angels and Demons, Dan Brown

345. Johnny Got His Gun, Dalton Trumbo

346. Shosha, Isaac Bashevis Singer

347. Travels With Charley, John Steinbeck (my cat peed on this book.)

348. The Diving-bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby

349. The Lunatic at Large by J. Storer Clouston

350. Time for bed by David Baddiel

351. Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold

352. Quite Ugly One Morning by Christopher Brookmyre

353. The Bloody Sun by Marion Zimmer Bradley

354. Sewer, Gas, and Electric by Matt Ruff

355. Jhereg by Steven Brust

356. So You Want To Be A Wizard by Diane Duane

357. Perdido Street Station, China Mieville

358. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Anne Bronte

359. Road-side Dog, Czeslaw Milosz

360. The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje

361. Neuromancer, William Gibson

362. The Epistemology of the Closet, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

363. A Canticle for Liebowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr

364. The Mask of Apollo, Mary Renault

365. The Gunslinger, Stephen King

366. Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare

367. Childhood's End, Arthur C. Clarke

368. A Season of Mists, Neil Gaiman

369. Ivanhoe, Walter Scott

370. The God Boy, Ian Cross

371. The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Laurie R. King

372. Finn Family Moomintroll, Tove Jansson

373. Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock

374. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Philip K. Dick

375. Assassin's Apprentice, Robin Hobb

376. number9dream, David Mitchell

377. A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin

378. Five Quarters of the Orange, Joanne Harris

379. Darkness at Noon, Arthur Koestler

380. Einstein's Dreams, Alan Lightman

381. Dance On My Grave, Aidan Chambers

382. Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula Leguin

383. Hyperion, Dan Simmons

384. Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury

385. Checkmate, Dorothy Dunnett

386. To Say Nothing of the Dog, Connie Willis

387. A Clash of Kings, George RR Martin

388. The Egyptian, Mika Waltari

389. Moab Is My Washpot, Stephen Fry

390. Contact, Carl Sagan

391. Mythago Wood, Robert Holdstock

392. Feersum Endjinn, Iain M. Banks

393. The Golden, Lucius Shepard

394. Decamerone, Boccaccio

395. Birdy, William Wharton

396. The Red Tent, Anita Diaman

397. The Foundation, Isaac Asimov

398. Il Principe, Machiavelli

399. Post Office, Charles Bukowski

400. Macht und Rebel, Abu Rasul

401. Grass, Sheri S. Tepper

402. The Long Walk, Richard Bachman

403. Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman

404. The Joy Of Work, Scott Adams

405. Romeo, Elise Title

406. The Ninth Gate, Arturo Perez-Reverte

407. Memnoch the Devil, Anne Rice

408. Dead Famous, Ben Elton

409. Scarlett, Alexandra Ripley

410. Dead Souls, Nikolai Gogol

411. Look to Windward, Iain M. Banks

412. The Colossus of Maroussi, Henry Miller

413. Branded, Alissa Quart

414. The Idiot, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

415. Dharma Bums, Jack Kerouac

416. White teeth, Zadie Smith

417. The bell jar, Sylvia Plath

418. The little prince of Belleville, Calixthe Beyala

419. Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert

420. A King Lear of the Steppes, Ivan Turgenev

421. The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

422. Memoirs of a Revolutionist, Peter Kropotkin

423. Hija de la Fortuna, Isabel Allende

424. Retrato en Sepia, Isabel Allende

425. Villette, Charlotte Brontë

426. Steppenwolf, Herman Hesse

427. Ubik, Philip K. Dick

428. Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler

429. Solaris, Stanislaw Lem

430. The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

431. Nausea, Jean Paul Sartre

432. The Island of the Day Before, Umberto Eco

433. The Elementary Particles, Michel Houellebecq

434. The Angel Of The West Window, Gustav Meyrink

435. A Farewell To Arms, Ernest Hemingway

436. Naked Lunch, William S. Burroughs

437. Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut

438. In the Eyes of Mr. Fury, Philip Ridley

439. Consider Phlebas, Iain M. Banks

440. Into the Forest, Jean Hegland

441. Middlesex ,Jeffrey Eugenides

442. The Giving Tree -Shel Silverstein

443. Go Ask Alice -Anonymous

444. Waiting For Godot, Samuel Beckett

445. Blankets, Craig Thompson

446. The Girls' Guide To Hunting And Fishing, Melissa Banks

447. Voice of the Fire, Alan Moore

448. The Geography of Nowhere, James Howard Kunstler

449. Coraline, Neil Gaiman

450. The Circus of Dr. Lao, Charles G. Finney

451. Jitterbug Perfume, Tom Robbins

452. John Lennon: The Lost Weekend, by May Pang and Henry Edwards

453. A Long Fatal Love Chase, Lousia May Alcott

454. Pygmalion, Bernard Shaw

455. Breakfast at Tiffany's, Trumate Capote

456. Skinny Legs And All, Tom Robbins

457. Written On The Body, Jeanette Winterson

458. An Equal Music, Vikram Seth

459. A Widow for One Year, John Irving

460. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Rebecca Wells

461. Reservation Blues, Sherman Alexie

462. Hidden Power, Kati Marton

463. Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier

464. Macbeth, William Shakespeare

465. The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer

466. The Iliad, Homer

467. Common Sense, Thomas Paine

468. A Midsummer Night's Dream, William Shakespeare

469. The Odyssey, Homer

470. Personal History, Biography by Katherine Graham

471. Mansfield Park, Jane Austen

472. Truman, David McCullough

473. One for the Money, Janet Evanovich

474. Blue Dahlia, Nora Roberts

475. Little Altars Everywhere, Rebecca Wells

476. Guilty Pleasures, Laurell K. Hamilton

477. Kiss of Shadows, Laurell K. Hamilton

478. Whispers of the Dead, V. Artemis Reyd

479. The Stranger, Albert Camus

480. Women, Charles Bukowski

481. The Firebird Poems, Gerald Locklin

482. Cannery Row, John Steinbeck

483. The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck

484. Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams, Sylvia Plath

It's a long list, I transformed it into a spreadsheet and back to edit. See also my own list of hugo winners that I've read and not read.

May 03, 2005


lj-mood: tired

It's been a few weeks, I haven't gotten around to updating.

I had a nice weekend in Phoenix a week and a half ago. I got to see the opening night of "Anything Goes" that Emily has been working so hard on. It was a lot of fun. I look forward to seeing her again in a few weeks.

I went out and bought a Mac mini. Interesting toy, not sure if it will become a server or if I can use it as a desktop. I'll give it a bit more time. I have been spending too much time playing with it when I should be cleaning the apartment, sleeping, etc.

The house thing is still coming along well. We have a bid on the work that needed to be done, it came in a bit lower than the initial estimate, which is a bit of a relief. I'm anxious to get everything started - it seems like it'll be a long road before we can actually move in, but it'd be nice to have things underway.

April 18, 2005

Another update

lj-mood: anxious

It's been a few weeks, I suppose I should update. (Does anyone actually read this thing?) We've got a signed deal on the house. It'll be a lot of work and expense getting it into shape. Hopefully we can start soon.

I miss Emily, she's been so busy that we haven't really gotten a chance to talk much. It sucks for both of us that her schedule is that crowded, but I guess that's the way school goes - I don't know if I could do school again. Fortunately, I get to see her and the show she's been working on this weekend. (And I think things will let up a little bit for her, schedule-wise.)

Finally made Lamb Vindaloo last weekend, after owning the domain name for years. :) It turned out fairly well, but was too sweet. (I switched recipes in the middle of it, I think I may keep the tamarind, but use a lot less next time.) The original recipe called for marinating the meat, the one I ended up with just used it as-is (and browned it). So I skipped the browning, and used the marinade in place of similar ingredients. It was good, but the sweetness kinda reminded me of Koresht Fesenjan. I'll have leftovers later this week. I like the idea of making up more vindaloo and freezing it, to be used as the mood strikes me. Also, while frying the onions, I was reminded that I wanted to try my hand at french onion soup sometime.

March 30, 2005


Last Sunday, we got together at Dan and Carmen's place for easter. I made my chile verde and some guacamole. We went with a mexican theme because I'd already gotten the ingredients. Dan made some chicken fajitas and mexican rice. The chile verde went over really well. I don't have my recipes up on my server at the moment, so I'll just put it here for your reading enjoyment:

  • 1.5-2lbs stewing pork, cut into 1/2"-1" cubes
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced into little half-circles, chopped, or whatever.
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely diced
  • 5-6 tomatillos, diced
  • 1 tomato, seeded and diced
  • 5 Fresh anaheim chiles
  • 1 jalapeno (if you want some more spice)
  • 2 cups of chicken broth/stock
  • flour, salt, pepper

Roast the chilis in a broiler or over an open flame, put in a paper bag for 5 minutes or so, peel, seed, and slice into inch long strips. Prep all the ingredients. Put some oil in a dutch oven. Coat the meat in flour (mix in some salt and pepper) and brown in the oven and set aside. (Work in batches.) Cook the onions and garlic. (At least get the onions translucent, doesn't hurt to brown them a little.) Add the tomatoes, tomatillos, and chilis. Add the meat. Add chicken broth to cover. Put a lid on the pan and simmer for about 2 hours. Uncover, reduce to desired consistency, and adjust seasonings. (Add salt and pepper to taste, I like a good dose of black pepper in this dish.)

Serve with tortillas, mexican rice, and beans. (Make little tacos with the tortillas, or just eat it with a fork.) This should taste even better the second day, if you save some and reheat it.

March 24, 2005

New York

I'm back from our New York vacation. I had a good time, but it was a bit cold and windy, and it seemed to be a bit busy/hectic. On sunday, we got to see one of my friends (Rich Kaszeta) and a few of Emily's friends, who were quite fun to hang out with. We saw five shows: Avenue Q, Phantom, Wicked, Spamalot, and Altar Boyz. Emily showed me here old hang outs, and we went to a few museums and stores. (The Met, Radio & TV museum, and the MOMA.)


The city was interesting. The subway system is much more extensive than BART, neither as nice nor as smooth, though. I also noticed that the pedestrians behave a bit differently. (They don't have the entitlement that the pedestrians in SF have, but everything seems to run more smoothly because of it.) The city seemed rather hectic - there wern't a lot of places or opportunities to sit and relax. Maybe that was just our schedule and the weather, though. I also noticed that it was much harder to find decent beer than in San Francisco. In the end, I much prefer San Francisco.

Dan, Carmen, and I put a bid in on a house today, , we'll see if the seller accepts our terms. It's quite charming, and in a good location, but needs some work done on it. The picture makes it look a little small, because it's wedge (flatiron?) shaped, but it has two 2 bdrm, 1 bath units in it for a total of 2820 square feet.

February 26, 2005


lj-mood: relaxed

I sold my house yesterday. Or, at least, I signed and returned the paperwork. It should close on monday. Amazing how easy it was - sign some papers, drop them in the mail, wait for the deposit in my bank account.

This weekend I'm in SF alone - Emily is visiting her sister in Salt Lake City. I could have used the time to go looking for furniture or explore the city, but I've settled for staying home and organizing stuff. So, I did the dishes this morning, then my new passport arrived, I had lunch, hung out with Dan for a little bit, unpacked some boxes, throwing out lots of old junk I've collected, and played with the computer a bit. (Also cleaning up old junk.)

February 21, 2005

Hoppy Thoughts

Emily visited again last weekend. Despite the constant rainfall, we had a good time. This was our weekend to hang out with other people more; but between cancellations, rain, and time constraints, it ended up being a weekend together. We went out to eat, watched movies in my apartment, and listened to the rain fall. We did take a brief trip downtown, to print her boarding pass and see my work, but we still haven't seen much of San Francisco.

It's been tough only seeing each other for a couple of days at a time - and only one full day. Perhaps it makes the time together intense, but it also feels a bit rushed. I look forward to some more relaxed time together in New York. She won't be able to make it to SF again for a while, but perhaps she'll find a summer position in the area so we can explore the city and its surrounds together.

In other news, I applied for a new passport last week, so I'll have another picture id while I'm replacing my driver's license. (It's hard to survive without one in this age.) Also, I'm currently cooking for my first time in the new place. I'm making Rogan Josh. I managed to get some lamb from the grocery market, so I'm making it in the proper manner this time.

February 15, 2005


lj-mood: chipper

I keep thinking I've updated my journal, but it appears to have been two weeks. Today is my birthday. I'm now 32 years old. It seems like just yesterday that seemed like a really old age. I celebrated my birthday last sunday with Emily, Dan, and Carmen. We had lunch at the Slanted Door, a vietnamese place that serves small-plate dishes, and then went back to Dan's place for some cake and presents. (Dan and Carmen surprised me with a nice cake from Citizen Cake.) We had a good time, but we had to cut it a little short to get Emily back to the airport.

Last weekend Emily visited, it was her first time in SF. The weather was decent. I showed her my neighborhood, noe valley, and the inner sunset. And we went to Twin Peaks and Golden Gate Park. We had dinner at Zuni and filled the rest of the time talking and watching movies. On sunday, as I mentioned, we celebrated my birthday at the Slanted Door, saw the new ferry building, and hung out at Dan's place.

During the previous week, I finished unpacking. I still have to organize the kitchen and pick up some furniture for the kitchen, but it's basically done. I'm not cooking yet, for lack of counter space, but I'll start again soon.

And the weekend before that I visited Emily in Phoenix. We had a great time, it went much better than the first visit to Phoenix. (No cars broken into or anything.) We had dinner at a fondue place on saturday, hung out in the Tempe area, saw some movies, and I joined her when she was practicing the piano.

On the downside, I found out today that CA will take up to 60 days to give me a driver's license and will take my old one from me. So I'd have no photo id for two months. It's difficult to survive without one, so I will do an expedited renewal of my passport before taking care of the car stuff.

February 02, 2005

Almost there

lj-music: birds and street sounds

I'm mostly moved in now. It's been interesting. My stuff arrives any time now, hopefully it's in good shape. After that I will need a couple pieces of furniture, and I'll have to figure out how to fit everything in here. This is my big chance to simplify my life. :)

I don't know how I feel about this. Still getting used to feeling like this is my place, I still have an unrooted feeling. I also don't know about parking. It seems ok for now, but I'm not as used to parallel parking as I was. If necessary, I'll get a garage. The place feels small, and a little run down. I'm going to need to make some counter space in the kitchen, maybe the table will suffice; otherwise, I'll get some kind of side tables. I've eyed a few in the past, but avoided them because I had too much space in the last place.

I've started the DSL process, we'll see how long it takes. I'm guessing 10-15 business days - with the phone company being the longest part. In the meanwhile, I have a dialup connection and work.

Work has begun. I've spent some time setting up my machines the last couple of days and got the software that I'll be working on installed yesterday. I've got to learn a lot of new systems (Zope, Z4I, etc), which may take some spare time. Along with moving details (unpacking, decorating) and Emily, I'll be a busy guy. But that'll help pass the time between weekends. (For me at least.)

My weekends are pretty much booked up, so I'll get stuff done during the week. My life is fairly exciting at the moment, and it's good for me to shake things up a bit.

January 28, 2005


lj-mood: bored

Just a couple of days before I drive to San Francisco. I'm excited, happy, and bored at the same time. Today was a good day. The consignment people finally picked up the table and chairs, and I got the title to my car in the mail.

I am now a patron of the arts. (Or member of two musuems, at least.) I joined SFMOMA and FAMSF yesterday. I've liked the exhibits that I've gone to at both places in the past, and it's nice to be able to support the arts. Gotta blend in with the SF crowd anyway. :)

January 27, 2005

House for sale...

My realtor called today. The buyers of my house are in negotiations - it looks like the deal will go through. Only issue is that it's contigent on another house that closes on the 25th, which is contingent on a third house that closes on the 20th. (That's 4 houses involved, including mine, if you're keeping score.)

I think I've managed to get rid of the extra bed. Either the church of a guy at work will take it as a donation, or a coworker wants it. (The same church got my '95 saturn last year and gave it to a needy family.) Now I just have to figure out that table - that consignment place seems to suck. I may give up and donate that too, we'll see. I did manage to get rid of almost all my trash this morning, just have some bottles to recycle, and the misc garage stuff that I want to give away, if possible. Last night David, from work, picked up the futon frame, and offered to take a few other pieces later (ladder, futon mattress, shelving). It's good to see that stuff go to good use.

I have lunch and dinner with various coworkers today, and maybe lunch on saturday. It'll be nice to see them again, I didn't get a chance to properly say goodbye to some of them last week.

It does suck to not have all of my stuff here. Most of my cooking stuff is packed away. I manage a digiornos pizza yesterday, using a knife and paper plate to chop the garlic and get it in and out of the oven. I can't even buy wine for lack of a corkscrew.

January 25, 2005


lj-mood: content

Friday the 21st was my last day of work. It was an interesting week, wrapping things up at work, dealing with apartment stuff, coordinating moving, and anticipating Emily's visit.

The weekend was a lot of fun. I got to cook for us twice. Made the rigatoni dish saturday and the indian dish on sunday.

On Friday, we went to Il Fornaio in Green Valley Ranch. It's a nice little Italian place. Afterward, I showed her my house, and we saw the Triplets of Bellville.

On Saturday, I made my rigatoni dish for lunch. We watched A Mighty Wind. For our big evening out, we had a nice steak dinner at "Joe's Prime Steak and stone crab" in caesars before going the Cirque du Soleil's "O" show. We both got a nice petit Filet Mignon. And we both got it medium rare - she knows how to eat beef, it was excellent steak. The show was also very impressive, although I'm not sure if I like "O" or Mystère better. I guess they're just different.

On Sunday, I tried to take her to Panevino, but they were closed so we went to a mexican place where I frequently had lunch with coworkers, SuperMex. Despite the name, they have an excellent Chile Verde. We picked up "Waiting for Guffman" on the way home and watched that. For dinner I made (with my lovely sous chef) Rogan Josh - an Indian stew. We made it with beef, although lamb is more traditional. We also watched most of the Dark Crystal, but had to stop to take her to the airport. It's hard to say goodbye...

On Monday the movers came and picked up all the stuff I want in San Francisco. Now I just have to get rid of the rest. I only took one of the beds, and I'm putting my dining table up on consignment. I'll also ditch the futon and a few ghetto (e.g. Kmart) pieces of furniture. For now the house is empty, and I have a bunch of trash that needs to go out.

I'll drive up to SF this Sunday and start work tuesday.

Movie reviews:

The Triplets of Bellville is a french animated film with some fun characters and almost no spoken dialog. It's put together really well, and you don't even notice that there is no dialog. It almost beat out Finding Nemo for best animated film, but I don't know if awards really mean anything.

A Mighty Wind is a mockumentary about folk singers done by the same guy that did best in show. Entertaining, but I preferred Waiting for Guffman. (Emily prefers A Mighty Wind.)

Waiting for Guffman is another mockumentary by Christopher Guest. This one is about a small town putting on a theatrical production for their sesquicentenial, with hopes of hitting broadway.

January 20, 2005

Penultimate day

It's been too long since my last entry. I'm now an IBM employee, as of a couple of weeks ago. They bought the company that I previously worked for, a startup called SRD. I had already put in my notice that January 21st was my last day, so I'll be an IBM employee for about two weeks (ending tomorrow).

The weekend of the 8th, a few days afterwards, I visited Emily. Unfortunately, her car was broken into the first night, but we managed to enjoy ourselves nontheless.

Shortly afterward she started to have some doubts about breaking up with Mic. I suggested she take a few days away from us to decide. She ended up deciding that it wasn't going to work out with him, and we'd see how things go with us.

The weekend of the 15th, I flew to San Francisco to find an apartment. I went with one in mind and ended up getting a different one, which I found the last day I was there. It doesn't have a garage, but it's a very charming SF apartment in a great neighborhood. (Noe Valley.)

This weekend, Emily is visiting Vegas. I wanted her to check out my house and see the city while we still have the chance. We'll see "O", have dinner, and hang out. Should be a lot of fun.

Next week, I get to move. Should be interesting. Still negotiating things with the movers. I'll have an extra bed, futon, and a couple of tables to get rid of or store, because they won't fit in the apartment.

January 01, 2005

the day after

So I ended up going to the party. I had a fun time, but stayed up way too late. I went with the wife of a coworker who refuses to go to parties. The had plenty of the promised sushi, which was of acceptable quality. Also had decent appetizers going around. There was a bit of a line for the food at first and for the bathrooms throughout the night. I only got one drink at one of the bars and didn't really check out the liquor, but I didn't see any decent beer. There was also a decent source of cafe drinks in front of the house (next to the hookah lounge).

There was a black lit room, with markers to write on people and mirrors, a cigar lounge, and a chocolate fountain. And the kitchen has a very nice Viking range - I want one. :)

The fire breather was entertaining, and there were a few cirque mimes and a guy on stilts mingling with the guests. And, of course, there were go-go dancers on pedestals, 4 at a time, rotated throughout the night. (The fire-breather has his own two girls who essentially were dancers with flaming devices in their hands.)

Met some coworkers, had a bit of a cigar (not a big cigar guy, but I'm willing to try a decent one occasionally). Oh and I danced, albeit badly - Brian's wife likes to dance and didn't seem to mind me not knowing what I'm doing.

The show before the new years moment was put on by guy named a Moebius 8 - kind of a laser/music/projection screen thing. It seemed cheesy to me, but to each his own.

During the day yesterday, I made the Rigatoni con Salsiccia again. It's a simple but tasty dish. Over christmas break I taught my mom to make it. It's nice to see her branching out to new dishes.

I think I'll do the Chile Verde today and have left-over rigatoni for lunch.