"indecision may or may not be my problem."
didn't even put up an email auto-reply which got some people wondering, but i was just away for four days in the seriously unreal provence.
long post to follow.
this pretty much knocked me away - on the cover of the boston globe today, over the fold, was a 6x4'' color photo of gal fridman, the surfer who was the first israeli to win olympic gold. entitled: 'an olympic first for israel'
my god was i flattered. i had no idea that boston was so closely related to israel.
and that in a country that doesn't even show events on tv that don't have their own athletes in it.
and since we're on it, the picture of him biting down on the gold medal, as a friend of mine here put it 'does really nothing to perpetuate stereotypes, now does it?'
and since you all think i'm a pinko appeaser by now anyway, i may just as well throw into the mix that, incidentally, the uae won their first medal ever in athens, too.
big news here in my pond: susan hockfield was elected mit's 16th president
my favorite olympic moment so far had nothing to do with protein drinks. it was kimiko soldati sitting on her towel beside the pool and text messaging between jumps.
suffice to make a grown man go 'aww'.
"Before the third round, I (messaged) him, 'I'm a fighter, I'm not gonna give up,' " she said. "And he messaged, 'Way to go. Believe.' "
and of course, i'm always rooting for the thirty-something with a dream.
some preliminary pics from a wedding present i'm working on.
update: final pics online. tomorrow it's off to france to hand it over. i hope they'll like it.
don't know how much of this is due to the journalist's misunderstanding, but apparently someone has filed for a patent on ethical a.i.
The patent, Inductive Inference Affective Language Analyzer Simulating AI (# 6,587,846) introduces the concept of the Ten Ethical Laws of Robotics. According to a statement from inventor John LaMuth, the patent represents the first AI system incorporating ethical/motivational terms, enabling a computer to reason and speak ethically, serving in roles specifying sound human judgment.
this week's column is up, two days later than usual. it is entitled 'a digital all-nighter'.
in a strange coincidence, searching for midnight madness VI (last year), i came across 'sweet blog o'mine', to which i'm connected in a totally unrelated way through cynthia (or was it also through the late dayli?)
it's almost like there's too many people volunteering, so some are just given random things to do.
a few dozen fatah members, some armed, went out last night to the streets of ramallah, and tried to prevent residents in restaurants, coffee shops and other locations to watch the 'arab superstar' competition.
some robots just romp and play, others romp and play waving knives bigger than themselves.
"tobacco today, sex tomorrow. in three or four years
it'll probably be against
the law to smile at strangers."
-- auggie wren in 'smoke'
went on that radio show again. gotta tell you, this improv thing is not easy. maybe i should think about what i'm going to say a little in advance the next time.
you know, for the listeners' sake.
abdel-moneim had another interesting look at that core psychological problem: both nation's myths are based on the 'few against many' paradigm. the only thing is, they're reversed.
jewish paranoia always talks about the jewish few being overrun by the killing many, and just like the many spaniards/russians/germans persecuted and killed the helpless jewish few, now it's '300 million arabs wanting to throw us into the sea'.
arab paranoia, on the other hand, can be summarized as 'the educated and equipped few rule the powerless many', and to them, israel fits right into this pattern, with its sophisticated army, educated government and atomic bomb. just like the few turks, and the few brits, now it's the few america-backed jews that are back in town to exert their force on the helpless arab nation.
this week's column is up, entitles 'the google of online dating'
in passing i heard that the olymics started today.
between you and me, i couldn't care less.
but this is pretty damn cool.
'oh i wish i had some honey bunches of oats', says the well-trained american refugee. 'or some mountain dew red alert'. brands are american culture. and guess who's making a buck out of it. not you.
little plug here for my main man josh kinberg from parsons' design and technology program, who is taking his project literally to the streets and releases bikes against bush to greet the rnc.
Bikes Against Bush is a one-of-a-kind, interactive protest/performance occurring simultaneously online and on the streets of NYC during the upcoming Republican National Convention. Using a Wireless Internet-enabled bicycle outfitted with a custom-designed printing device, the Bikes Against Bush bicycle can print spray-chalk text messages sent from web users directly onto the streets of Manhattan.
so are there more machismo letters? more badass ones? and then more subtle, and gentle letters? and if so, why?
two simple pleas to website designers and bloggers:
this has been a public service announcement sponsored by citizens concerned with my sanity.
signing up for a conference run by the american institute of aeronautics and astronautics, to which my work is somewhat related, i had to fill out a form indicating my interests in the field.
now i'm not really part of that community, so most of the form was, let's say, somewhat irrelevant.
but when i had to pick my areas of professional interest, i just couldn't help it, and checked '0670 - Space Colonization'.
didn't know you could do that, really.
and it was just one of those things where you make an on-the-spot decision, and just flow with it as your self confidence grows with your succeess.
i got my cellphone activated today, and i didn't like the area code they gave me, so in an uncharacteristic move, i called them and asked for the regular 617 code.
when they didn't have one, i decided to try my luck and asked the guy 'for a nicer number'. and yeah, he totally gave me one.
should have asked for an even nicer one but i didn't want to seem too greedy.
today, two years ago, i mounted that fateful alitalia flight from tel aviv to new york city.
it's almost unnoticable, that hint of a stranger touching your house and trying to put everything back in place.
so what if this is turning into the okcupid blog. i like people who are having fun with statistics.
Fact of the week: running a query across our mail databases tells us there are over 500 references to the phrase 'my wife' written by over 200 different SINGLE users. You guys are sick.
just on time like swiss clockwork, this week's column is up, entitled 'prepare the patient, the robot is here'.
what's really lame are the quizes that people send you on the internet. you know 'what's on your mousepad', 'what horse would you be if you were in a bestiality porn flick' and shit.
his mission was to investigate suspicions on undeclared food sales on an amusement boat run by a local smalltime businessman. so he went on the boat and ordered some turkey skewers and fries.
i know i'll have grown up when i won't feel stupid to have taken out insurance for a u-haul truck.
i'll come back to write a little more about this newest discovery of mine, but i'll be damned if okcupid isn't going to be the hottest thing on the web soon.
any service that writes this gets my respect:
Why Invite Your Friends To OkCupid?
Because you can:
in short, everything you ever wanted to do with your friends!
if this were your blog, you'd be home now.
'Dear Citizen'... herein lies the whole difference between the israeli postal authority and the usps. Not 'Dear Customer', but 'Dear Citizen'.
corny? unempowered? yeah, so what? true love.
and when you'll return you will carry me in your two hands
from the field to the river
you'll wash my face and say words
like only you know
you know how computer games make kids all just stare at a screen and ignore everyone around them? so yeah, then they came up with multi-player games. great. now we have two kids on the subway with gameboys staring into a screen each with a cable running between them.
it doesn't happen too often, but it's still brilliant: cycling on fresh tar. or skating on it for that matter.
the combination of the smooth ride and that smell that reminds me of my childhood is hard to beat.
had a dream about marbles tonight, and when i woke up i thought that marbles must be the worst business to be in.
they gotta be cheap, since kids buy them; they seem to be not trivial to manufacture (i - for one - have no clue how to even start making marbles); they last forever, so there's not much resale value like printer cartridges; and they are very heavy to ship.
mental note - stay away from the marble business.
"want to serve your family something new?" just above "surf singles near you safely"? i mean, seriously, that would be something new for your family, wouldn't it? something new to discuss over dinner after you've been kicked out.
and to clarify, if things get a little too hairy, there's an ad link right below it: "need a lawyer? get tips on finding one".
we live in a crazy world. and i'm not just saying this because i saw a robot cut open someone's skull today. foh realz.
almost forgot, but this week's column is up, entitled 'space for the masses'.
also, i know that i've been pretty bad about updating the local versions recently, and i'll probably regret it. hope to get my wits together at some point and do that.
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