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Alinea [Sep. 29th, 2009|08:22 am]
Passing through Chicago for WMAW it would have seemed insane not to eat at Alinea. (The last time through, Neal and I ate at Moto.) Somehow I managed to convince the other five people traveling with me to agree to take the tour, which is their 22-course, five-hour extravaganza. We arrived a little bit early for our 7:15 reservation and were accomodated graciously.

I was joined by five friends, among them eto_theipi and markteppo. This post focuses on food photos but if you click through to the photo site you'll be able to see other pictures I took there that evening. The food photos were taken in low light with no flash; I felt the need to document such a ridiculous meal anyway.

Because of the amount to show, I'll present these with minimal notes. Feel free to ask questions if there's anything about which you are particularly curious. Each photo links to a page with at least a small bit of extra detail.



South-American (?!) Osetra with traditional garnishes.

Many more photos and a few brief stories behind the cutCollapse )

I'd go back.
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Defective MacBook Pro [Nov. 26th, 2008|06:12 pm]

In May 2008 my Macbook Pro, just out of warranty, began turning off at random. It would do this while on AC power as well as while running on the battery.

I took the computer to Apple for service, and after keeping it for several days until they could observe the problem, they sent it back to wherever such things go, and they repaired it.

Just this past week, in November 2008, the problem returned. The computer shut down twice yesterday, and three times today. This makes it difficult to work. I reset the power-management chip as the service tech recommended, but this did not help. (Today's failures were after the reset.)

Apple tells me that since the problem began to happen again after 90 days from the initial repair, this repair will cost me a few hundred dollars. I think that this is not acceptable because such a recurring issue is indicative of a design failure. I am happy with the computer in other ways, but this is just not reasonable.

The Appledefects site mentions here that the problem is widely known. It is my opinion that I should not continue to be charged for repairing a problem which is a result of a defective design. This computer was not inexpensive, and I expect better quality for my money than I have received.

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(no subject) [Nov. 12th, 2007|05:28 pm]
Congratulations to my brother danfuzz, whose project Android opened its doors to the public very recently. Dan designed and wrote a virtual machine called Dalvik, named after one of the homes of our ancestors.
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(no subject) [May. 4th, 2007|12:49 am]
Someone translated my recent poem into German.

http://cipha.de/2007/05/03/zero/

This is some sort of terrifying milestone.
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Acrostic [May. 2nd, 2007|12:42 pm]
Inspired by the recent takedown notices people have been receiving for publishing the HD-DVD encryption key, I give you this acrostic:

http://scriptorium.monastic.org/

(You may need to visit http://monastic.org/scriptorium/ if the above link doesn't resolve for you yet--I just added the DNS for the subdomain an hour or so ago.)
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