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Panasonic SRG06FG 3.3-Cup Automatic Rice Cooker

Panasonic SRG06FG 3.3-Cup Automatic Rice Cooker, $29.95 I have always pooh-poohed ricer makers. “Pooh!” I would say to the aisle of kitchen appliances at Costco, instead eyeing the slow cooker or vacuum food sealer. “Pooh Pooh!” I’d say at Brandsmart, … Continue reading

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2666: A Novel

2666 by Roberto Bolaño (2004) (translated from the spanish by Natasha Wimmer, 2008). 898 pages, Farrar, Straus and Giroux. The first thing I’ll say is… it took me a very long time to get through this book. Usually I read … Continue reading

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NUMMI Nova

This is a little personal story about the American car industry, as well as a review of a great episode of This American Life . The episode in question is “NUMMI”, episode #403, available for immediately listening or download here. … Continue reading

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American Idol 2010: Top Twelve… Eleven… Ten… whatever.

My last few posts have been way too serious. Time for some candy-flavored pop culture treacle! At its best, American Idol is the pinnacle of that classic American standby, the talent show. Most of us have seen talent shows in … Continue reading

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Skeptical Me

I have always considered myself to be a realist, ever since I was old enough to understand the concept. I don’t put much stock in superstition, blind faith, or jumping on the bandwagon. When I first started this blog, before … Continue reading

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The Publishing War

Since I wrote my review of the Kindle DX in the previous post, quite a lot has happened in the little world of electronic books and publishing. Namely, one large publisher and one large retailer seem to have lost their … Continue reading

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Kindle DX: 7 Months with the Amazon Giant

Kindle DX Wireless Reading Device. 9.7″ display, global wireless, $489.00. Ever since I got my Kindle DX back in June 2009, I’ve been meaning to write up a review of it. But I never got around to it – mainly … Continue reading

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The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart

The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart by Jesse Bullington (2009). 464 pages, Orbit Books. I have the Amazon Daily blog to thank for bringing this book to my attention. A few weeks ago, author Jesse Bullington was the guest-editor … Continue reading

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Under the Dome

Under the Dome by Stephen King (2009).1088 pages, Scribner. There is no author alive who can write a page-turner like Stephen King. None. I have read almost every single book he has ever written. And the vast majority of them … Continue reading

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Alligators in the Wild

Everglades National Park – Shark Valley. U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) 25 miles west of the Florida Turnpike from exit 25 (S.W. 8th St.). Phone: 305-221-877. Hours: 8:30am – 5:00pm, 365 days a year. I’ve lived in South Florida for over … Continue reading

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