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Sakeneko, DishDash sounds wonderful. I made the mistake of looking up the menu. ;) I am rather fond of a place here in Portland called Habibi. It has spoiled me on any other hummus for life, but I am willing for that to be challenged. ;)

Bitcoin is interesting to watch and be part of, although I am neither a mover in it nor a big player. Whether or not it succeeds or fails is a fascinating study in transitional attitudes as technology shifts. The rumors, speculation, half-information (or no information), and downright propaganda, not to mention the doom and gloom predictions that almost always come from those whose businesses/preople that have something to lose and those who have merely dabbled looking to make a quick buck without really understanding the underlying principles or trying.

I was amused to day reading the Goldman Sachs report, which when boiled down said, "Bitcoin as a currency is bad because it isn't issued by the FedRes, but the protocol has potential because it is better and cheaper than the current system so it would be okay if banks controlled it."

Meanwhile, in spite of the 'trading card kids' fiasco, bitcoin the currency is chugging right along, and currently doing more in transactions than Western Union, and doing it far faster and cheaper. If it is taken down at all it will be taken down by propaganda from those who have something to lose.

I have been continually reminds of a Lazarus quote: 'Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done and why. Then do it.'

I don't believe in any of the psuedo-libertarian rant about how Bitcoin will destroy the banks or usher in this or that utopia, nor the 'it's only for criminals and terrorists' crowd. I am far too cynical for either.

In my experience though, when the divide between beliefs about something is so radical, the really, really interesting human behavior comes out. That's where I find my fun.


Thu Mar 13, 2014 11:07 pm
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sakeneko wrote:
There's a *wonderful* little Middle Eastern restaurant in downtown Sunnyvale that we like to visit when we're there. I used to live three blocks from it. It's called "DishDash", and it's one of the best restaurants in the Bay Area -- seriously. Even if we can't be there, you should try it.

I live a 10-minute walk from DishDash. Their biryanis are wonderful! If you guys go, I'd love to join you.

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Dan, I should've let you know when I'm in town for work -- I work at Citrix in Santa Clara. I always go to DishDash, either with Joe (my husband) if he's with me or friends if he's not.

Habibis is excellent too. ;) I'm not in Portland as often as I am the Bay Area, but I went to Reed College thirty-something-mumble-mumble years ago and still like to go there occasionally to reacquaint myself with the Reed Campus, Powell's City of Books, Otto's Delicatessen (not "deli"), Takahashi's Japanese restaurant, and my favorite Japanese garden in the world in Washington Park. Joe and I were there over the holidays a couple of years ago so that I could show him the Reed Campus. (His reaction? "Hogwarts!" I about died laughing.) We ate at Habibis one night. YUM! Still, I think DishDash might win StagXing over, if not through its excellent hummous then through its biryanis (definitely memorable) and IMHO even better it's incredible baba ganouge, kefta, and other mid-eastern specialties.

Bitcoin is an interesting experiment. I think it or something like it is probably going to become a significant, long-term player in the world of finance, and maybe more than one such system. I just wasn't in it for that -- I needed something from it that it wasn't yet quite at the point to do. If it stabilizes at something near its current value, that might change.

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sakeneko wrote:
Dan, I should've let you know when I'm in town for work -- I work at Citrix in Santa Clara.

As Steven Wright says, it's a small world, but I'd hate to have to paint it. I drove past the Citrix building every day on my way to and from work at Hyperion Solutions, then at 5450 Great America Parkway (now a Dell campus). After Oracle bought us in 2007 they moved us to downtown San Jose. I live very close to Evelyn & Wolfe in Sunnyvale. Please do let me know when you're in town (dh490311@yahoo.com)!

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ROFL! I lived three blocks from downtown Sunnyvale, on Bayview Ave., for over a decade. Moved down to Los Angeles in 2006 to get married.

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