Jay Cross helps people work and live smarter. Jay is the Johnny Appleseed of informal learning. He wrote the book on it. He was the first person to use the term eLearning on the web. He has challenged conventional wisdom about how adults learn since designing the first business degree program offered by the University of Phoenix.

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Great ending to 2010

posted on
December 31st, 2010
Just Jay

In my final bath of the year, I finished reading Sketching User Experiences by Bill Buxton, an inspiring book on the spirit of design and how innovation really works.

Buxton quotes T.E. Lawrence’s Seven Pillars of Wisdom:

Buxton inspires:

Uta and I drove over to the Legion of Honor Museum. Donated to San Francisco by Alma Spreckles, a personal friend of Rodin, The Thinker sits in the front courtyard. The museum was closing 40 minutes after we arrived, so admission was free.
Museum of the Legion of Honor

The Japonesque exhibit displayed Japanese prints from the age of Impressionism, from the Japanese masters through Toulouse-Lautrec and other modern interpreters.

These two absinthe drinkers are a new addition to the permanent collection:
Museum of the Legion of Honor

I’d been looking for a good Cezanne on which to vertify Jonah Lehrer’s hypothesis that the artist left paintings purposefully unfinished to enable the viewer to complete the picture. That’s certainly at work here:
Museum of the Legion of Honor

Uta and I had an hour to kill before our dinner reservation, so we dropped by a Russian deli in the Richmond District and bought poppyseed pastry and champagne to enjoy later this evening. Very authentic deli chock full of smoked fish, caviar, packages with Cyrillic lettering, heavy accents, fatty sausages, and hearty cheer.

We ate supper at Aziza, a Michelin-starred Morocco-California fusion restaurant. Olives, spicy almonds, sardine filets with kohlrabi coins, cauliflower couscous with harissa, bastilla with duck confit, burnt vanilla bean ice cream with berries, and chocolate cake with meringue.

Aziza Restaurant Aziza Restaurant

Life is good.

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