19 October 2008

Mmm ... pickles.

I tried a new (to me) place, which is called something like "XXXXXXX's European Cafe". The only thing on the menu is schnitzel in at least nine variations. (I exaggerate. There are also three soups and ... something involving chicken and mushrooms.) This is the "Parisian style (no breading)". As you can see there is plenty of batter though. The smaller plate on the right is filled with sweet dill pickles. I could not finish them. There was also nearly a loaf of bread provided in the basket which can be seen in the background.

02 October 2008

30 September 2008

08 September 2008

Its hopeless ...

From a company of which I am a customer, a mass emailing with the subject:

Productivity At It's Best

To paraphrase: customers should expect delays while employees learn the new, faster, more efficient electronic system.

My favorite part:

Please do not attempt to respond to this message.

18 August 2008

Fay bears ...

I just misread the headline, “Fay [n] bears down [v] on Florida”, as “Fay [adj] bears [n] down in Florida”. I like my way better.

11 August 2008

There will be a surprise!

I have on my desk a note from a neighbor which has the aforementioned statement written and circled at the top. I fear the presence of this sentence automagically renders it false. Comments are welcome. Compare and contrast to the following pair of sentences:

The following sentence is false. The preceeding sentence is true.

Footnote: I think I first came across this pair in Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid.

03 August 2008

29 July 2008


The Los Angeles Times’s web server is down; cats and dogs are living together; and I am jumping on the furniture. I do not like earthquakes.

26 July 2008

Like a ...

Why is it that we talk about things “fitting like a glove,” yet I have never owned a glove that fit properly?

15 July 2008

06 May 2008

This is reassuring

17 March 2008

Welcome to New Orleans

Sadly I had no opportunity to photograph the burning pickup truck that my brother reported seeing. In every other respect the trip was a resounding success.

21 February 2008

Here’s a portrait...

...of my friend John. There seems to be a problem with my camera.

12 February 2008


More to come.