Hello to all my LJ friends.
Can you believe we are a full month and a half into 2013 already?

I'm considering buying a new home in LA and/or a 2nd investment property in Chicago, and that has kept me busy... a few days ago the loan paperwork was finished and approved... now to select the best investments.

What is new in your life?

Happy Holidays!

Hey all,
As the holidays get closer, I will probably get so busy that I have no time to get to LJ-land... so I'm wishing all of you Happy Holidays/2013 now!

Take care,
p.s. if you are looking for some interesting reading on holidays, check this out:

Christmas is the Reason for the Season
- Sighris' edit/question: or is it the seasonal change is the reason for the holiday?

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Halloween, T-Day, etc. to all my LJ friends!!!

I hope you are all healthy, happy, warm & dry.

p.s. what are you doing during this 2012 holiday season?

Life on Earth

A few minutes ago, I was reading the LA Times newspaper (from last Thursday, which is still sitting here on my table, front page with headline "Is foie gras ban force-feeding?") and I found this article interesting because (IMO) it is about several issues which are colliding: freedom, human rights, animal rights, sustainable living, government regulation and (only hinted at... and maybe only in my imagination) the evolution of human society.

With foie gras ban, chefs say state is force-feeding morality
- A law against serving the fatted liver of ducks and geese goes into effect (in LA) on Sunday. As some restaurants host farewell dinners, a gaggle of chefs, farmers and connoisseurs sees it as a feather-headed intrusion on culinary freedom.
June 27, 2012|By Jonathan Gold | Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic

I want to share my thoughts on this... but first let me ask you two questions:
- Do you want to share your thoughts on this article?
- Do you want to know my thoughts?

short hello

Hi my LJ friends!
I hope 2012 is going well for all of you.

My situation (here on Earth) is about the same, very busy getting ready for the next quarter at CSU-LA, working on the house, trying to get more exercise (I want to increase my bench press by 10 lbs!), and trying to get to the 1-Dan black belt level of 围棋 (Wei-Chi).

Also, I'm thinking a lot about what I want to accomplish in the next 5 or 10 years.

And I have been writing on FaceBook and Google+, but mostly just forwarding news stories and writing VERY short hello messages on people's walls... my posts, and my friends, on FB & G+ are not as long/deep as they use to be here on LJ... is it just me (& my friends) getting older and having shorter attention spans, or is it the whole world?

Anyways, if you are on FB or G+ too, hook up with me there!
Also, check this LJ post out of mine if you like the game of Go:
The “Cotsen Go Tournament and Pro Qualifier” (April 28-29) announcement! http://goban.livejournal.com/24909.html

In the news:

I find the bit-coin idea interesting:

The Bitcoin Crypto-Currency Mystery Reopened
- BY ADAM PENENBERGTue Oct 11, 2011

Also, check out the quotes here:
- and here:

What do you think/feel about these topics?

Writer's Block: Desert island

List three books that have changed your life:

"Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid" (aka "G.E.B.") by Douglas Hofstadter.
- Described by Hofstadter as "a metaphorical fugue on minds and machines in the spirit of Lewis Carroll".

"Liber Null & Psychonaut" by Peter Carroll
- as much for the people (& ideas) with whom it put me into contact as the ideas in the book itself.

"Six Great Ideas" by Mortimer J. Adler
- I read it when I was very young, I hardly remember it now, but at the time it helped me clarify some of my thoughts on the "ideas" of beauty, liberty & justice.

It is 2:22am - time for me to go meditate... oh, that reminds me... remind me later to share a few quotes with you from the Dali Lama!