Friday, January 30, 2009

Seattle Shakes

The Seattle area experienced a 4.5 earthquake this morning. As someone who’s been through many earthquakes, including the Nisqually earthquake, I can say that 4.5 is barely noticeable…

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Rachida Dati – the darling’s downfall?

Before I could find the time to post something about how much crap Rachida Dati is getting because she returned to work just 5 days after giving birth via c-section, she gets herself fired.

Apparently Sarko’s darling - the first person of north African descent to hold the Justice Minister position in France - has fallen from favor and is being relegated to a lowly post in the European Parliament. There’s all kind of gossip about the reasons behind her being forced to step down from her Justice Minister position. Some say now that she has pushed through reforms, she’s no longer popular and Sarko has no further use for her. Others say that Sarkozette (Carla Bruni-Sarkozy) turned Sarko against her. Whatever the reason, I am sure that this is not the last we'll hear from the fashionable and ambitious Ms. Dati.

Rachida Dati remains loyal to Nicolas Sarkozy despite losing cabinet post

What Rachida Dati's fall means for France

'Superwoman' Dati riles French

French minister Rachida Dati's return to work just five days after giving birth has sparked the great NO-TERNITY debate

Monday, January 26, 2009

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Funny condom ad from Durex

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Seattle P-I may soon cease to exist on paper.

Due to economic difficulties, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer is considering shutting down operations. Read about it here.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


After surprising my parents for Xmas in 2007, the Brit and I decided to escape both families and spend this Xmas alone…in Venice. We'd each been to Venice separately, but never together. and we thought it would be a great time to experience the city without the hoards of summertime tourists. There were quite a few people out on our last day, but on Xmas day the streets were practically empty. During our entire stay it was freezing to the point that the Brit made fun of how many layers I wore.

The trip can be summed up as - very cold, a lot of good food, a lot of good wine and a lot of much needed sleep.

For good restos, I recommend:
La Bitta
La Rivista

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Paris snow

I was going to post this earlier, but I’ve been having internet connection issues.

It is COLD in Paris and it snowed Monday. While it was far from a blizzard, there was a constant sprinkle from morning through the afternoon. I took these photos with my camera phone. Unfortunately I missed a great shot (the bus started moving before I could get it) of 2 sets of prints crisscrossing in the snow – one from a person, the other from a bird.