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Sat, 04 Mar 2006 - Chocolate, Pistachios, Cake (Personal::Random)
  My current favourite one is Riesen®. I'm wasting money, and more importantly my health and my teeth on them, to be sure. But they are really tasty. I'm sounding like an ad (no, I haven't gotten anything from them) but it's good stuff.

Now, I know that almonds are much better, but I do love them pistachios. There's this farmers' market on Sundays... (Read all of it)

Fri, 10 Feb 2006 - Just Avoid It (Recreation::Television)
 I decided yesterday and forgot about it. My friend reminded me about it today and now it has to be an active negation. (Read all of it)
Book Reviews Latest Book Reviews
  Isaac Newton by James Gleick
Private Brilliance

I doubt that I've met anyone (at least in the circles I go in) who hasn't heard of Isaac Newton. Such is the influence this man has had on the world and it's body of knowledge, as we know it today.

This book gives a very nice insight into the man's persona as well as his academic achievements that have remained unshakeable for the most part until now. Many of the subsequent great scientists who we all recognize immediately have built on the foundations created by this scientific genius. Even scientific inquiry as it is carried in the centuries subsequent to his work is based on his work and his methods. That is quite an accomplishment. For that he deserves...(Read all of it)

  Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
Leaps of Faith, Language and Story that's Out of this World

Reading Murakami is akin to taking a leap off an unknown high location where someone you trust has taken you, while you've been blindfolded. You don't know where you are or where you'll end up. You do know that it will be in a relatively safe and familiar place and the journey will be extremely worthwhile.(Read all of it)

Movie Reviews Latest Movie Reviews
  Match Point directed by Woody Allen
What's Love Got to Do with it?

If you haven't seen this movie yet, please take this piece of advise to heart. Do not under any circumstances miss the opening scene. It's nothing outstanding in itself. It's actually an extremely simple scene albeit very elegantly crafted; almost too perfect...

This is a very different kind of movie than you would expect from Woody Allen. Not too much neuroses here, to be sure. True, it's a theme he has explored earlier in Crimes and Misdemeanors. He takes a very different route here with it and very satisfying one. In addition, placing it in England is very new for him. (Read all of it)

  The Matador directed by Richard Shepard
Even Assassins Get the Blues

Take the character he has been playing the last few years. Remove most of the suaveness and aplomb and add in healthy doses of humility and even a large handful of loss of confidence. Leave a bit of the smooth talker still in. The charisma is still intact. That's the new Pierce Brosnan we meet in The Matador.(Read all of it)