The Cost of Cheap Eggs

September 1, 2009 at 8:29 pm | Posted in General, Politics | Leave a comment

On Hawai’i

August 22, 2009 at 1:34 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment

Hawai‘i rises up from the sea like a dream the world dreamed for itself, beautiful but not meant to last… there is nothing that cannot be washed away… When everything around you seems to be eroding away to nothing, things you thought would last forever, could last forever, there’s only one thing you can do that makes any sense. Plant something.

Honolulu Magazine

The Geeky Side of Michael Jackson

June 26, 2009 at 9:22 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment

The late Michael Jackson was best known as a singer and entertainer, but he was also a patent inventor and a video game designer.

The Ratchet Theory of Real Estate

January 21, 2009 at 9:38 pm | Posted in General, Rants | Leave a comment

A friend once said in 2005 that real estate prices, especially in California, would never go down a lot, since a “ratchet effect” would make homeowners stay in their homes rather than sell at a loss. The latest report from the California real estate market has home prices down 38% year-over-year and 49% during the last 20 months – people were losing 2.5% a month in home value. I believed that prices in 2005 could only be maintained by an appropriate rise in income, and that wasn’t happening. With the market collapse, tight credit, and rising unemployment, it will only get worse this year.

You Are Number Six

January 15, 2009 at 9:55 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment

Patrick McGoohan

Patrick McGoohan   1928-2009
“I am not a number, I am a free man!”

Whoo Hoo!

September 26, 2008 at 11:30 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment

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In Remembrance

April 15, 2008 at 7:50 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment

Lay down
Your sweet and weary head
The night is falling
You have come to journey’s end
Sleep now
And dream of the ones who came before
They are calling
From across the distant shore

Why do you weep?
What are these tears upon your face?
Soon you will see
All of your fears will pass away
Safe in my arms
You’re only sleeping

Don’t say
We have come now to the end
White shores are calling
You and I will meet again
And you’ll be here in my arms
Just sleeping

Into The West – Howard Shore & Annie Lennox
 

State of the Union

January 31, 2008 at 9:13 pm | Posted in General, Politics | Leave a comment

Not sure what the ratings were for Bush’s last State of the Union speech, but once it started, everyone around me asked the bartender to switch channels to a game show rerun.

Time vs. Money

January 14, 2008 at 11:20 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment

I was talking to a friend who actually said that he was considering postponing his retirement so he can buy a new BMW 5-series. I suppose the adage that time becomes more valuable than money as you get older is lost on a lot of people, and I hope most of us don’t fall into that kind of materialistic trap.

Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.
– Lao Tzu

Prius at 500K

January 9, 2008 at 10:22 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment

Cumulative Toyota Prius sales have finally hit 500,000. The graph below uses monthly sales data from mid-2000 through the end of 2007. It also shows the relationship between sales, the average price of gas in the US, and noteworthy events:

Prius Sales 2000-2007

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