Archives for: April 2009

Reviews: Havana Nocturne, Water for Elephants, American Made, Polaris, Seeker, A Talent for War

April 28th, 2009
We flew to San Antonio for my cousin's wedding this month; airline travel always leads to more reading. Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba and then Lost It to the Revolution by T. J. English - 6.5/10 An interesting read, well articulated, and… more »

Tasteless yet Funny

April 21st, 2009
There are some things that are really funny, and yet the entire time you are giggling you feel a vague sense of bad taste. This is one of those things. more »

Foolish with Money

April 15th, 2009
It's tax day, which is the starting point for this anecdote. I have an account with a particular stock broker dating back a decade. When I was young and naive and working at Cisco, I got cold-called by a broker and decided to send him some money.… more »

April Showers

April 15th, 2009
Yesterday was clear and cold in San Francisco, with bright sun and a biting wind. It remained so as I rode BART home through Oakland and Lamorinda. But as I debarked in Pleasant Hill, there were mounts of black clouds huddled against Mount Diablo and… more »

Reviews: Who Murdered Chaucer?, Assembling California

April 8th, 2009
Who Murdered Chaucer?: A Medieval Mystery by Terry Jones, Robert Yeager, Alan Fletcher, Juliette Dor, Terry Dolan - 6.5/10 The premise of this book is that Chaucer was possibly bumped off in 1400 (or so). Yes, he was in his 60s, but there are no cont… more »