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So about 3 weeks ago I decided to finally sprout those habanero seeds I got via IT(he bought a box of habaneros, I asked, and got, one for the seeds). Meaning I made holes in the bottoms of 15 disposable plastic drinking cups, filled them with potting soil, put a seed in each one, and put them in two disposable trays with some water on the living room floor by the big window. Time passed, and there was no sprouting. Then last Wednesday, when [profile] mrlightning was coming for dinner, we arranged the living room. As at the time I already gave up on them I was going to throw the whole thing(trays and all) away, but when knelt down to lift them I got that week's happy surprise: a small sprout, already with a couple of leaves, staring me in the face. Of course I did the happy dance then and there. Now I have the other side of the problem- to date 10 have sprouted, I have only 5 midway planters, and I really don't feel right to throw away plants that already sprouted, and that I might have been able to find homes for, just because I don't have enough midway planters(of the midways, the plan is to keep one in a full 12L planter, and give the others to good homes).
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Our license tracking system is called "Hobbit" and it sits on a server called "Gandalf" :)
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So I was in various tests and interviews for a couple of weeks and then last wednesday evening I got the news I got the position. It isn't a major position and by industry standards I'm getting quite a low wage, but it's a position that doesn't require prior experience in a nice team, inside a stable company that has reputation for both good products and good treatment of its workers. The team(well, the group- both our teams are so closely interwined I'm not that surprise there is only one team leader)?They're a very nice bunch from what I saw the last couple of days, up to and including behaving like a group of highschool age siblings/cousins when we go on a lunch break, including the "I want to talk with the guy on the other side of the table, so let's manage it in shouts" part that manages to be endearing and fun. I *missed* working in a social environment so much, it's like a part that was missing and suddenly snaps back into place.
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got this from [personal profile] hagar_972

Most of the stuff I know is so true...only surprise I see there is Tragaryen, but then I don't really know a lot on A Song of Ice and Fire having stopped reading at page 100 of "A Game of Thrones"
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This has been triggered by something relatively minor:reading the comments in this entry on John Scalzi's blog and having one relate to "Judeo-Christian morality" when talking about abortions. And I'm going, "No, idiot, there is no such thing as Judeo-Christian anything cultural- even the books we share you tend to interpret differently and these books are really minor parts of your culture and major parts of ours" and continue in this vein until all the stupid folks who use the phrase as a shorthand for "Christian stuff we want to claim is older then Christianity and made more respectable by us sharing it with the Jews (that our culture abused for several hundred years)" will learn never to use it, and stop pretending that they're being "big tent" and "cosmopolitan" and "inclusive" when they don't bother to even look up the first thing about the cultures they want to be "inclusive" about.(I'm not going to comment there because that comment is 200 comments upstream and it would be borderline off-topic as is)
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Group outing to Cirque Du Soleil: Arranged!
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I'm sorry, but this is the only thing I could think of when I saw THIS. Go on, take a look, it won't bite
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Originally posted by [personal profile] dynamicsymmetry at Congress wants to take away your internet.
Folks, I know you're tired of me yelling at you, but you should be aware that there's a hearing this morning being held by the US House Judiciary Committee on a "copyright" bill that will essentially break the entire internet.

You like the internet, right? I mean, you're here.

From the link above:

As drafted, the legislation would grant the government and private parties unprecedented power to interfere with the Internet's domain name system (DNS). The government would be able to force ISPs and search engines to redirect or dump users' attempts to reach certain websites' URLs. In response, third parties will woo average users to alternative servers that offer access to the entire Internet (not just the newly censored U.S. version), which will create new computer security vulnerabilities as the reliability and universality of the DNS evaporates.

It gets worse: Under SOPA's provisions, service providers (including hosting services) would be under new pressure to monitor and police their users’ activities. While PROTECT-IP targeted sites “dedicated to infringing activities,” SOPA targets websites that simply don’t do enough to track and police infringement (and it is not at all clear what would be enough). And it creates new powers to shut down folks who provide tools to help users get access to the Internet the rest of the world sees (not just the “U.S. authorized version”).

This is being framed as an attempt to fight hackers and pirates. Don't buy it. And don't think for a minute that it's going to stop there. This is bad. And at the hearing today, only one opponent of the bill is being allowed to testify.

Please do whatever you can to fight this. Email congresspeople. Sign petitions. Yell about it in every venue you can.


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I've watched The Princess Bride last night with [personal profile] ernads(my SO) and this got me looking for Inigo/Fezik goodness, and it seems unaccountably thin on the ground. Any of you people know any such fics and/or authors?

music meme

Apr. 17th, 2011 05:03 pm
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1. Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
2. List (and upload/link) 5 songs you love that begin with that letter.
3. Post them to your journal with these instructions.

[personal profile] hagar_972 gave me T. I decided that "The" doesn't count because otherwise i would need something like 15 songs.

1.They Spoke with Their Hands-Echo's Children- Beautiful, and sad beyond words, and tells exactly how a telepath in a world of non-telepaths probably feels. Also show why the old saying about the one eyed in the land of the blind is at best inaccurate.

2.The Tower- Vienna Teng- been there, done that, got several dozen t-shirts. Got many friends who're like that as well and have gone through this. Also, I love that melody.

3.This is not the House that pain built- Dar Williams- Because no, it doesn't fit within the pattern of "The Tower"[/wry]. The reminder that sometimes when you decide to be alone it isn't because you're hiding but because it's what you need. Also, I have several people that I would give this to as the people that the song is about.

4.Taxi- Harry Chapin- because we don't always end where we aimed, and not everyone is happy about this. And sometimes we make mistakes along the way, and we can't always make them right.

5.Tanglewood Tree- Dave Carter- because you know, love isn't just the puppies and flowers, it's also the hard times, and the times you snap at each other and a lot more. A character on the Freakangels webcomic summed it up rather well when it told another character "Sometimes we don't like you very much. But we do love you".
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So, a couple of weeks back I finally had the click and understood why Aikido fits me so well. Beyond the calm attitude of my sensei and the general stress on taking care of your body, that is. In most other martial arts I know about there are a lot of basic moves you can, and are encouraged to, do alone. In Aikido there is one basic move that you can do alone(other then the 3-4 kinds of fall), every other bare hands move simply doesn't work without a partner. Hell, out of about 10 basic principles that need to be in every Aikido technique only 2-3 are even stuff you can do without a partner. Dialogue and communication are essential to Aikido, and dialogue is very important to me.
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I still haven't sat with Shiri and decided which photos are for Public Consumption. Will do it next week, probably. Meantime, have an recursive landscape photo(use the yellow frame to enlarge), a seen on Discover Blog.
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So me and Shiri will be in England, specifically Cambridge, for about a week in the close future and will spend at least 2-3 days in London because it turns out there is very little to actually do in Cambridge. any places you would recommend for a couple of geeks out on the London streets?We're going to Fordbidden Planet and about all the prominent museums. Also, any good affordable places to eat anybody could recommend?
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So for various reason I'm going to celebrate my b-day on at least 4 different occasions this year, and last night was the first time, which is just me and Shiri. So we went to a very nice Indian restaurant withing walking distance and then cuddled before "How to Train Your First Dragon", the DVD of which she just bought because both of us love Toothless to bits. All in all a really good evening- comfortable and nice and everything.
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I can't concentrate worth a damn in my parents' house. not because it's a bad place, but because it isn't my home anymore, but theirs.
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Charles Stross blogs a very baffling transcript from a meeting of the House of Lords a few days ago. I think the most boggle-worthy part is how the speaking lord admits, with apparent pride, to having laundered more then 1 billion pounds for terrorist organizations. That alone points to door no.2, IMO. But still o_O


Oct. 22nd, 2010 11:17 pm
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[dinner, just me and my father]
Me: I think you put too much of something in the chicken soup father.
Father: I may have put a bit of black pepper more then necessary
Me:Father, if it bothers me it's definitely more then a bit too much
(I regularly introduce myself as "Broken Ashkenazi" as I love spicy food, more then about anyone in my family. If it's too spice for me it's more then a bit spicy)

[me and [personal profile] hagar_972 at the tail end of a long chat]
[personal profile] hagar_972:You know, there's something very important about the way your brain works which we learned today.

PS. Yes, I'm including just that one line. Because it amused me greatly, and the rest has little to no bearing on that amusement.


Sep. 25th, 2010 02:02 pm
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So yesterday was Moving Day. me and my father worked 6 hours solid, and had one gem of a conversation there:
[me standing the holding a computer and a fleece blanket piled together] "I can carry a bit more- put something there"
my father[in a stage whisper not directed at me]:"Are you normal?"
me:"No, I'm my father's son"

So after moving cartons, disassembling my bed and chair and then moving them and the mattresses(3 round in my father's Reno Scenic, ~6hours nonstop work) we had lunch in a very good nearby cafe and went to sleep. Then we reassembled both bed and chair, went back to my apartment for a couple of things I forgot and he needed and then I called it a night and he drove back to Haifa.

photo meme

Sep. 19th, 2010 12:08 am
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stolen from [personal profile] hagar_972. Picture is from my webcam.

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