Category Archives: Books & Reviews

Detox from Laptop Addiction

I relish the offline time on the plane (to an extent). I would write programs, clear out my inbox, do presentations, or compose my thoughts into words. The epiphany is that those are transient works. Things really get “done” when … Continue reading

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The Soul of A Chef

I am not a talented cook. In professional speak, I don’t have a good palate. What’s a “good palate?” I live with a very talented cook. She knew what go together, what do not. She knew how much to season, … Continue reading

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Double Defections

After decades, I abandoned FireFox and submitted to IE. Yes, Microsoft finally won. On my Windows 7 with various desktop protection things installed, FireFox stopped working. I Googled and found many users experienced the same. The only fix seems to … Continue reading

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All Souls Trilogy

Deborah Harkness is a historian and a writer. When she ventured into fiction writing, she got an “instant” success. Yes, after many books of more obscure topics and limited audience. All Souls, I believe, was her first mass market fiction. … Continue reading

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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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