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Bringing Back the Good Sound

September 29th, 2012 · 125 Comments

So, what do you think of this idea? Bringing back “analog-type” audio quality has long been a drum beaten by audiophiles who cherish their stack of old vinyl and magnetic tape. There is something to be said for the difference of sound, as I confirmed when I bought a turntable recently and started to listen [...]

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Some of the Best Gadgets I’ve Owned

February 28th, 2012 · 187 Comments

Anyone and everyone who has known me knows that I am a self-professed gadget-holic. It’s not that I have to have the newest of everything that comes out, that would be rather impossible these days, but if I see something that is totally cool in a James Bond-ish or Star Trek-ish way, I rationalize my [...]

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Broadband Salvation and a Hopeful End of a Curse

November 16th, 2008 · 98 Comments

When we lived in the U.S., broadband was a given, a right, something that you have to have like electricity, water and chipotle tabasco sauce. You just couldn’t live without it. Well, that notion was probably the source of our Curse – the curse of not having that luxury available for the next several years. [...]

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Snackin’ on Smørbrød

August 31st, 2008 · 62 Comments

Wonderful stuff this is. Choice pieces of pickled herring smothered in various sauces like curry, marinated in herbs like dill, laid on rye bread covered with a thin layer of butter, the whole thing topped with pieces of onion.  Mind you, I am not a huge fan of anything that is even remotely fishy-tasting or [...]

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The Disintegration Loops

June 23rd, 2008 · 68 Comments

I am a fan of ambient music, such as the likes of Brian Eno and some of Moby’s milder stuff. I came across a rather interesting set of recordings by William Basinski entitled “The Disintegration Loops”. The best way to describe the music is embodied in the title. Apparently, William Basinski laid down some ambient [...]

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A 5 a.m. Fishing Trip

June 1st, 2008 · 17 Comments

Actually, this fishing trip was in the middle of downtown Tokyo. Since this is an integral part of my new job,  I visited the Tsukiji fish market on a very-early morning. Getting up before 4 a.m., I took a taxi there and went to the area where they auction off the tuna. My new job [...]

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Tying Things Up

May 23rd, 2008 · 59 Comments

I’m sitting here in the Paris airport and just received a call from a guy named Henrik who is sitting in Nyhavn, Copenhagen having a beer. He called as he had heard news that I was soliciting a position in Copenhagen, though it was quite obvious that he already knew and was wondering if you [...]

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Well, the Decision is at Hand

May 2nd, 2008 · 2 Comments

I’ve made my decision. This has probably been the most stressful few weeks of my life as this decision has so much riding on it. At 45 years of age, you can’t expect to have a shot at second chances from decisions made anymore. I’ve decided to stay with the company. Despite all of the [...]

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My Ubiquitous Rave for my MBP

April 19th, 2008 · 2 Comments

I tried telling myself that when I purchased a Macbook Pro that I wouldn’t become one of those “Apple Fanboys” that swear up and down that Apple products, most notably the Macbook Pro, are the Next Best Thing to spreadable butter. Well, I lasted about 5 months. But now I have to unashamedly admit that the Macbook Pro is [...]

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The Game Continues

March 18th, 2008 · 1 Comment

I made a good play this last week. After meeting with clients in  Hong Kong, I followed up with nice emails to them thanking them for their time and committing to improving our service to them – you know, a personal commitment to making things better. They appreciated the efforts and replied in kind, thanking [...]

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Failed Dogs

March 15th, 2008 · 36 Comments

I’ve always found dogs to be one of the most humorous animals on the planet. I guess that someone else feels this way too. This website is pretty cool. http://faildogs.com/

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French Onion Soup

February 14th, 2008 · 2 Comments

I decided to stay home today. It’s not that there isn’t any work to do, there’s more than enough of that. In fact, there is so much that a single day couldn’t possibly be enough to get everything done, and that is completely ignoring the fact that I am supposed to be out and about, [...]

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Superbowl in Sao Paulo

February 3rd, 2008 · 8 Comments

So, here it is 1130p.m. and I am watching the collection of advertising, commentary, hype and a litte bit of sports that we have all come to know as The Superbowl. In between the commercials, you can sometimes catch a little football, right? No, wrong! In foreign lands that are fortunate enough to show the Big Game, they usually dispense with all of the marketing and advertising greediness that is so very apparent in the U.S. Sure, there are still commercials,  but they are only at the most obvious spots, like quarter [...]

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A New Car

November 17th, 2007 · 65 Comments

We bought a new car this week, a Mercedes A160, a little SUV-styled thing that will serve well to zip us around the city. The wife fell in love for it at first sight, without even having realized that it was a Mercedes until I told her. It’s a few years old, but having belonged [...]

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A Moment of Clarity

November 7th, 2007 · 63 Comments

There are moments in life when your perspective is suddenly clear and distinct and things temporarily make sense. Often I find that these moments come about when I find myself in a situation or a condition which at once seems ironically funny and at the same time wonderfully comfortable. This is when the stress and [...]

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Welcome to the Real World!

October 6th, 2007 · 40 Comments

We finally went out and invested in a T.V. that is larger than our microwave oven. For the last 10 years or so, we have put off joining the video revolution which meant to go beyond the basic tube TV that you have to sit a few feet away from so that the picture looks [...]

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It’s an Alien Attack!

September 22nd, 2007 · 93 Comments

Don’t know if you saw the news the other day about the supposed meteor that struck somewhere in Peru and was (supposedly) the cause of the surrounding people becoming sick (newslink). Pretty neat stuff. The stuff that science fiction is made of. And paranoia. Well, my wife called me up at the office yesterday in [...]

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Whew! Position Secured

September 19th, 2007 · 4 Comments

I finally received the offer today, less than 2 scant weeks before it is to begin. I’ll basically be doing what I’ve been doing, with the grandiose title of “Commericial Manager” for the Latin American region. This means from the U.S. border with Mexico to Antarctica and little tiny islands in the Caribbean. And Cuba. [...]

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Hanging Out in Lithuania

September 9th, 2007 · 18 Comments

I was in Copenhagen last week in meetings on Wednesday and Thursday and found myself having to attend a training seminar in warehouse financing (exciting stuff, really!) in Warsaw beginning the following Tuesday (why my company likes to schedule meetings mid-week, I don’t know. One of the many unsolved mysteries. So, that left me with [...]

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End of My Vacation

August 19th, 2007 · 117 Comments

Well, this marks the end of a week off from work. What did I do during my vacation? Well, largely nothing. Or a lot of things, depending on how you look at it. Here are some of the things that I did do, which might seem on the whole uninteresting, but for those who know [...]

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