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August 21, 2012

Review: Mac OS X Mountain Lion Pocket Guide

Filed under: Apple,Books,Techspeak — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Peter Nikolaidis @ 9:00 am

OS X Mountain Lion Pocket Guide
The Ultimate Quick Guide to OS X
Author: Chris Seibold
Publisher: O’Reilly Media
Released: July 2012OS X Mountain Lion Pocket Guide
Pages: 272
Price: $14.99 US

I recently had the opportunity to review a copy of the OS X Mountain Lion Pocket Guide from O’Reilly media. (more…)

December 26, 2011

Book Review: “The Way of the Superior Man”

Filed under: Books,Evolution,Personal — Peter Nikolaidis @ 10:34 am

Last year, my bible was “The 4 Hour Workweek” by Timothy Ferriss. Now I see that it is the “new testament,” and David Deida’s “The Way of the Superior Man,” is the old.


November 30, 2011

Book Review: Living the Martial Way

Filed under: Aikido,Books,Evolution,Personal — Peter Nikolaidis @ 8:56 pm

Earlier this year, my best friend recommended I read Living the Martial Way : A Manual for the Way a Modern Warrior Should Think, by Forrest E. Morgan. Later this year, another friend gave me a copy as a present for passing my nidan test, so I had no excuse not to read it. (more…)

March 20, 2011

Shadows of the Samurai

Filed under: Aikido,Entertainment — Peter Nikolaidis @ 9:29 pm

Today I visited the Fleming Museum to see the exhibit “Shadows of the Samurai.” The pieces on display include full suits of samurai (侍) armor, katana (long swords), yari (spear), and yumi (bows), as well as other pieces including a tea set and theater masks. (more…)

February 13, 2011

They Might Be Gypsies

Filed under: Bethel,Entertainment,Personal — Tags: , , , — Peter Nikolaidis @ 3:44 pm

Last night I had the pleasure of seeing They Might Be Gypsies perform at the Bethel Town Hall. They Might Be Gypsies is a gypsy jazz band, the cornerstones being father and son Greg and Aidan Ryan.

The Ryans are each very accomplished guitarists, but Greg went out of his way to display the talent of his teenage son on several occasions throughout the evening as they performed. The band included a standup bass and drummer, and I’ve been told they will arrange themselves in various configurations, performing as a duo or up to a quintet, depending on the venue.

The concert, which was sponsored by the Bethel Historical Society, featured covers of songs by Django Reinhardt and others, as well as original tunes. I especially enjoyed the guitar work, which reminded me of Mexican Mariachi style music.

The band will be recording their second studio album later this year, and I’m looking forward to it’s release.

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