Author Archives: Jay

Iyasare

Iyasare Fourth Street Berkeley This tasteful Japanese-inspired restaurant has taken the place of the former O Chamé, my one-time favorite restaurant in Berkeley. The new place retains the furniture and feel of O Chamé. I’m disappointed they covered up the … Continue reading

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Decadent dessert

To finish lunch at Il Davide in San Rafael, I ate a lemon semifreddo to die for. It was served on a block of salt!  

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Windy day at Internet Time Lab

We awoke this morning to find tree-sized limbs from our redwoods littering the new redwood deck in back. No major damage done.

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The new travel experience

Go to TripAdvisor Pick a place you know Select someone with hundreds of reviews Click “Rating” to dredge the bad reviews to the top Read this stuff — and the replies from the struggling hotel manager Some reviewers are sick … Continue reading

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La France

I spent the last week in October in St. Jeannet, about half an hour out of Nice, with my fellow adventurous eater Philip. The eating was memorable. Aphrodite, David Faure’s restaurant in Nice, is serving an insect menu. Note the … Continue reading

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Osteria Stellna, Point Reyes Station

Delicious Italian take on fresh local ingredients. Worth a detour.         Pricey: 3-course lunch with a carafe of house white set me back $115. I prefer this place to the Station House Cafe, and coming from me, … Continue reading

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Uh oh. Internet Time Lines implicated in NSA intel shipments

Tourists failed to notice as the NSA began secret shipments of compressed Palantir streams and TOR logs into secure storage in bunkers in the Swiss Alps. Switzerland’s Alpine hideaways contain more servers than Google’s worldwide computer centers. One tank car … Continue reading

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Google Account Activity

Forgive me, I’m thinking about digital nourishment at the moment. Google can  report your monthly emails sent and received, events scheduled, # of searches, YouTube videos watched, and most popular YouTube contributions. I send about 300 emails/month and receive 10 … Continue reading

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Tragedy

Saturday I decided to treat myself to lunch at my favorite restaurant in the whole world, O Chamé. “Japanese-inspired cuisine” says the website but O Chamé is much, much more. Twenty years ago I worked at a medical software start-up … Continue reading

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The office experiment

Uta wants  to convert my upstairs office into a guest bedroom. My office would migrate down a floor to the library. I’ll be giving up a great view of the redwoods for a view of the lower yard. I’ll gain … Continue reading

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