Monthly Archives: October 2003

Scale in the kitchen

most people keep their scale in the bathroom … why?

one of my friend keeps her scale right next to the refrigerator — right in the kitchen — now that’s motivating!

she says she is lightest in the morning (you don’t eat while you sleep … you burn calories and sweat while you sleep … and you get lighter after going to the bathroom in the morning) …

she’s rather see the scale while she’s about to pounce on that chocolate ice cream in the freezer …

maybe all of America should move our scales to the kitchen …

Books: Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World’s Greatest Outlaw

Books: Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World’s Greatest Outlaw by Mark Bowden

this book is riveting and fascinating … and … in many ways … depressing.

it goes over the life, times, and hunt of Pablo Escobar, the kingpin of the Medillin Cartel and, at the time, the most notorious criminal in the world.

i listened to this book on tape.

the book brings out all the personalities of the Columbians in government, Pablo and his cohorts, and the Americans active in the pursuit of Pablo. the book comments on much of the drug trade (like the movie Traffic) with an honest report from the author of Black Hawk Down.

Summation: i highly suggest reading this book.

Books: Adventure Capitalist: The Ultimate Road Trip

Books: Adventure Capitalist: The Ultimate Road Trip by Jim Rogers

this … was … one of those books … that … really gives you a broad perspective. Jim Rogers (and his wife Paige) drives through 116 countries over three years and gives us his observations, insights, and accounts of each of these places.

one day my friend Patrick McKenna (Vice President of LiveOps — one of the hottest young companies in Palo Alto) suggested I read this book. Patrick had read Investment Biker, the book Rogers had written 10 years prior when he did a similar trip with his motorcycle.

i could not put this book down …

Rogers was a very successful global macro hedge fund investor (he worked with george soros for a while). he retired about 20 years ago and was a commentator on CNBC while investing for his personal account.

he has very insightful observations about the world … this book will surely teach one geography, Rogers’ investment theories, and a better understanding of world cultures. i personally found it incredibly interesting.

Summation: my high recommendation is to read this book.

Iran’s nukes

So Iran declares that is just developing safe nuclear reactors … it says it will only focus on safe nuclear plants for energy and not for weaponization …

but i don’t get it …

why would iran — one of the most energy-abundant countries in the world — developing really expensive nuclear power when they have really cheap energy (oil) they can use for everything? …

why?

do you REALLY think Iran is telling the truth??

Book: From the Bancroft Library: History of Early California

Three lectures on “The Hispanicization of California” (by James Rawls), “The California Gold Rush: Its Impact and Influences” (by J. S. Holliday), and “Mark Twain in the West” (by Robert Hirst).

For a transplant like myself that never actually learned some of the key history of the state that I now live, this lecture series (listened to on tape read by the authors) gives a very good history of three distinct times in California’s life.