Category Archives: Books & Reviews

Breaking Bad

Yes, I am both late and accidental to the Breaking Bad sensation. I needed a backup time killer for a business trip. I have lots of “me time” during those trips. Exercising is difficult, I am usually tired or inconvenienced. … Continue reading

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San Juan Islands

In the summer, whale watching is a very nice day trip from Seattle. The easiest way is to board the Victoria Clipper to Friday Harbor at San Juan Islands. From there, whale watching tours are for your choosing. It is … Continue reading

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Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior

I still think Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow, is the best. This one shared some of the stories and studies, but also added some more new concepts. It was also a read. The authors outlined 7 “sways” that affect … Continue reading

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Chihuly Garden & Glass

Dale Chihuly, born locally, is an internationally renowned glass artist. In 2012, partnered with the city, he started this permanent exhibition in Seattle Center. I believe some of the works were originally made for this exhibition and others were collection … Continue reading

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Divergent Trilogy

Teenagers are hormonal, cruel, and irrational. They tend to make bad decision in a rush. Got that. Pains come with bodily injuries. We got that too. It is not cool when your friends were killed. OK. In this future world, … Continue reading

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The Demise of Pluto

The planet, not the cartoon dog. Kid actually took Mike Brown’s class and learned about the drama first-handedly. Years after she told me the story, I bumped into this book. Could it be nerdy and boring? I smiled, laughed, and … Continue reading

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Foundation Trilogy

I cannot believe that I never read Foundation Trilogy. I have been an Asimov fan forever and read many of his works. Well, they were indeed master pieces. For historical references, Asimov originally wrote the Foundation Trilogy as “Foundation“, “Foundation … Continue reading

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Starbucked

Professor Samuel Cate Prescott, (picture from MIT) published the “Report of an Investigation of Coffee” in 1927 and definitively described how to brew the perfect cup of coffee in 3 simple steps: Use one tablespoon of freshly ground coffee for … Continue reading

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Rancho San Antonio

January 25th, 2014 This is probably the favorite hiking destination for those in Silicon Valley. It is also where Kid chooses to run up to the vista point on Saturdays, that weekend with her old Dad. Start at the trail … Continue reading

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David and Goliath

I think I have read every book Malcolm Gladwell has written, starting with Tipping Point. I remembered enjoying What the Dog Saw, but also thinking he was running out of good ideas. David and Goliath was probably 50% too long. … Continue reading

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