Category: Personal

The Baby

June 5th, 2009
So. I haven't posted for a couple of weeks, and here's why: We have a new baby. Ian Alexander was born at 6:30 pm (well, removed, if you want to be technical about it) on Friday, May 15th, 2009. At present (June 5th) he's doing fine and growing la… more »

A Very San Francisco Lunch

June 5th, 2009
Yesterday I took for my BART reading a book left at my house by my mother-in-law, who frequently has very good taste in books. In this case, however, the book was awful. Absolutely execrable. I almost wept at its abuse of the English language. So at… more »

Literary Luddism

May 14th, 2009
I have mixed feelings about the Kindle. On the one hand, I think that e-readers are probably the future. On the other hand, I like books. I like the form factor, I like having them lining the walls. I like the way they smell. It came out recently tha… more »

Competetive Generosity

May 12th, 2009
We put up a hummingbird feeder, which is now in near-constant use by some Anna's hummingbirds and some black-chinned hummingbirds. Certainly a male of each species and female(s) of at least one - the females look very similar so it's hard to tell which… 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 »