A blog from the back end nowhere of Israel

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Hanukkah at Work


Hanukkah at Work
Originally uploaded by Gilburd.
First.. Finally I can transfer photos from my phone cam to my computer. Fuck Nokia for not handing out usb cables with the phones and for using a propitiatory cable that costs would have cost me my kidney.
I just hope that the mobile connection fees won't get too big. I'm already using Google's Gmail App.
Ahh.. I feel so.. nerdingly cool. :)

Anyway, these are the donuts for our Hanukkah feast in the factory. Everyone were already drooling from the smell of more then a hundred donuts when the local factory rabbi started talking about the meaning of the holiday. And he also had a rabbi sidekick from Brooklyn!
The sidekick was playing holiday tunes, and in the beginning some people tried to participate, but the hour (it was already after work hours) and the fact that most just didn't give a damn about the holiday made them a really difficult target for our rabbi.
Nothing like seeing a rabbi make a fool of himself - "clap people" - Yeah right. I could see him melt under the burning eyes of more then a hundred tired and angry Russians who just aren't into the holiday spirit. Especially when delivered by our annoying Rabbi.
When he finally finished, the donuts were quickly gone, and so were the workers.

(I know that Hanukkah ended more then a week ago, but having this picture finally gave me inspiration to write a post about it)

The Joy of Portable Apps!

My mom ordered a U3 1GB USB drive and of course I took over it right away. What at first seemed mostly a floppy/cdrw replacement turned out to be much much cooler.
Yes, I know I stumbled upon this innovation very very late. But it's just too awesome to just let it pass without a word.

The only drawback is that it's using SanDisk's U3 Launchpad to run applications. And as far as I know it's incompatible with portableapps.com programs. I'll probably replace it with portableapp's software, but I'm just not ready to part ways with it yet, who knows what useful feature I could miss.

Such advancements in storage technology show exactly where the future is going - people mostly using USB drives to store personal information and web-browsers and connect to publicly available terminals to browse. That's exactly what I'm doing now.

Fun Fun Fun..

Added:
I installed portable app's menu. And it turns out that it has no encryption/password protection. Kinda sucks for a USB drive that could get stolen or lost.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

WoW Addiction Returning..

One of my friends asked me to buy him a month of wow subscription.
(We're the only ones in the area with an international credit card, so they pay me and I order WoW for them.. ) And I just couldn't stop myself from getting a month for me too.
And wow! (no pun intended) I thought I was off the wow, but it turns out that WoW still has a hold on me.
It's not the madness of the first week of WoW (long long sleepless nights.. I played for 50 or 60 hours in one week.. after that I didn't want to play much for a while, which was good thing, because I had plenty of Bagruyot coming.) but it's still somewhat of an addiction.


A semi-small rant -
Seven years ago, a company was created.
A bus compnay.
And this company got so corrupted, evil, and dark.
That the mighty lord himself (I'm talking about the mighty FSM of course.. ) added another commandment - thou shall not travel with KAVIM. (spits, knock wood and throw some salt around after you read this, cause that is the real name of the dark prince.)

What did they actually do?
Plainly sucking is their first sin.
Second, they come late way too much, sometimes very late, and overloaded too.
And the third and the most terrible sin - I was waiting for a bus to Tel-Aviv's central bus station, and it was getting pretty late already. I knew I wouldn't get to the bus to Ofakim on time if I had to wait much longer. Then I saw the light - bus number 36 - going aways just as it came. And I checked - I saw people on the bus, so he wasn't ending his shift or going anywhere but the central station. Luckily, after much stress I got on the last bus to Ofakim on time, but it was a close call.

Off to work.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Damn. Just one step from perfection.

Another upgrade to Picasa Web.
They added useful stuff. But one thing they haven't added -

Their upload utility doesn't work in Firefox.
Since I use Photoshop Elements to organize my photos, I can't upload more then 5 pictures at a time. Unless I use IE or Picasa, which is quite annoying.
Even Yahoo have Firefox support, which is sad because Google are one of the biggest supporters of Firefox.

Kitlers and Puppies

Some time ago I wrote about the Brazilian cat/dog hybrids.. turns out that blood tests denied those claims. Sadly, these are just ordinary puppies.
[Source]

Speaking of cats, have you heard of the kitler sensation?
Yes! Those are cats that look like Hitler.
Go check it out!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The Untold Story of Ahmadinejad's Confrence

Words were spoken, hands were shaken, the Holocaust has been denied, and much much more.
But one story was totally ignored by global media; the gay relationship between Ahmadinejad and an unknown Neturei Karta representative.
This unkissed kiss remained unkissed though. Because someone would have caught it if they hadn't stopped midway, knowing that their love cannot be, that the world isn't ready for a gay Ahmadinejad.
[source]

And I got some proof!
The following table shows several kisses -
Some are between leaders, kissing out of respect, and some are between lovers.
Now watch:

Arabs!

Now watch this:

You guessed it, more Arabs.

And now:


As you see, it is obvious.
Now all you must do is spread the word. And Iran will crumble under the weight of evidence.
Good luck.
Have fun.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Weekend fun..

Saturday -

I woke up at 10:00 (pretty late for me).. Did nothing during most of the day.
Evening - After some arguments with my parents about who will drive me, both of them decided to take me to Reim (a Kibbutz 20 minutes away from Ofakim)
From there my friends and I drove to the big city - Tel Aviv. To a Orphaned Land's metal concert!
The music was great, and there were many Americans (always fun to see real people from abroad, just to make sure the world is still there) because they were filming Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (1, 2). Most of the time I was staying on the balcony (is it the right word?!) but sometimes we came down into the crowd, maybe it's much more crowded down there but a lot more exciting.
And what's a metal concert without some Fogo? (that's how Mosh Pits are called in Hebrew)
I joined some, it was a hell of a rush like always. With some lessons learned - don't go into mosh pits with your laces untied. That's a big no no. They untied during a good song, so I just to myself - what do I care.. And went on. Ended up under two people and almost lost my shoe. It was awesome.

After the concert we met some old friends (more like acquaintance, just some people I drank with when I was "into drinking". scary times I tell ya.) I decided not to return with my friends, and stayed with my girlfriend and my cousin in Tel Aviv. We went on a long, long walk to the nearest place with public transportation (The public transportation system in Israel sucks. But that's an issue for another post).

Sunday (not really weekend anymore) -
Woke up early. Cousin and girlfriend went to school. I stayed to watch my little cousin for a while and then went to town to meet with a friend.
Turns out she's in the process of suing her past employer for not paying her salary (this is too common in Israel), and I have to go to court with her and wait while she consults with a judge about not being able to find him anywhere (The restaurant where she worked got closed, and his house is vacant too).
Turns out that the justice system isn't as bad as I've thought before. Secretaries and clerks were generally helpful and we got all the documents we needed.
The only thing that bothered me was that the judge asked her if she really wants to proceed with the process because she doesn't have much chance of getting her money (Her employers might be out of the country already).

Well, that's enough for today.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Msn Israel - Reaching New Lows Every Day.

This is an ad I got in my messenger window:


Translated into English -

Tips and hidden knowledge for removal and defense against the evil eye coming right to your cellphone.


Msn Israel promotes superstition and general stupidity. Msn Israel is SPAM.
I saw commercials for breast enlargement, even penis enlargement (I think..)
All of this when eve 10 year olds are using Messenger.
Pathetic. I don't know how people don't rise up against such stupidity.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

PMS Survival Educational Video!


Good stuff. :)

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

We're all going to hell..

Somme interesting quotes from this article:

"During recent years, a large ultra-Orthodox community has moved to Beit Shemesh. The community has settled in a new area of the city but is gradually taking over older parts as well. The community comprises hundreds of religious families who left the Mea Sheraim neighborhood in Jerusalem due to lack of housing."

This is a standard tactic - start moving into a non-religious neighbouhood, first building a synagogue, then moving in with increasing numbers. After they got enough people they start enforcing religious dress codes in the neighborhood, enforcing the Sabbaths.
"In addition, ulta-Orthodox members are conducting a violent protest against Egged busses, arguing that they are not modest enough. Two weeks ago they stoned a bus carrying mixed passengers and the driver was forced to fire into the air to escape the crowd."

Sometimes they resort to violent measures - threats, rock throwing, assault.
"The ultra-Orthodox community's activities are infuriating the secular residents of Beit Shemesh. 'They are putting up illegal signs, running wild and throwing stones,' one of the residents said Monday, 'and no one is doing anything to prevent this. The municipality and the police are powerless.'"

All ignored by the police.

And...

It's ULTRA INTENSE!
It's LASER CREATED!
It's TRUE!
TRUE BLACK METAL!

Story HERE

I want to start a band called "Ultra Intense Laser Created Black Metal".. Sounds waaayyy too cool.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

צער בעלי חיים

בזמן האחרון הזדמן לי להתנדב בצער בעלי חיים ברמת גן.
לא שהייתי מתנדב שם בתנאים רגילים, אבל חברה שלי (כן חברה! מתנדבת שם בתור פרוייקט של בית הספר שלה (התנדבות בקהילה) אז לא שהייתה לי ברירה.
אחרי קצת התנגדות התחלתי די להנות שם. חתולים, כלבים, וכל מיני גורים. די נחמד להוציא אותם לטייל - וזה כושר די טוב.
רק שלהרים חרא טרי של כלב ישר מהתנור (גם אם זה עם שקית) הוא לא חוויה שאני רוצה לחזור עליה.
בכל מקרה - הנה כמה תמונות (אחרי הקטע באנגלית כמובן..)-

Thanks to Google Analytics I noticed that my blog gets more visitors from outside of Israel then from Israel. So I decided to write more in English.
Those pictures are from Za'ar Ba'alei Haim in Tel Aviv. Where my girlfriend is doing voluntary work (It's mandatory to do voluntary work in her highschool..)
I didn't want to come at first. But it turned out to be fun, and satisfying, and a good workout.. (taking out tens of dogs for a walk is tiring.)
The situation isn't as desperate as some newspapers make it seem (at least not in that specific place), there is enough room, and many animals get adopted.
There are some sad parts - there were eight puppies we were feeding on our first week there. When we returned after two weeks it turned out that all the puppies died but one.
There are other more happy stories - like a little blind kitty that now has a home, and just about every dog or cat that gets a family is a happy story.
























































































































































































Friday, November 17, 2006

Cats and dogs united!

Yahoo (Reuters):

"Brazilian student Cassia Aparecida de Souza, 18, holds her cat Mimi together with what Cassia claims are Mimi's own offsprings born with dog traits last Friday, three months after mating with a neighbour's dog, in the southern Brazilian city of Passo Fundo, Rio Grande do Sul state, November 15, 2006. A geneticist from the Passo Fundo University plans to take blood samples from the animals to verify the claim by Cassia and her husband Rogerio that the puppies are part of Mimi's litter of six, of which the three that were born with cat features died soon after birth, leaving the surviving three dog-like offsprings. REUTERS/Edison Vara (BRAZIL)"


Being a Digg reader, I thought that nothing could amaze me. But this one is one weird freakish thing. It's like a sign of the apocalypse.
What is this new hybrid species is going to be called anyway?
Catog? Dogat? Too many strange things.
I'm telling you, this is the beginning of the end.
Pigs will fly.

I for one, welcome our new Dog-Cat hybrid overlords.
(Yeah, finally I'm getting to know American geek culture through the Simpsons - season 9 and still going strong.)

Thursday, November 16, 2006

אגב..

אגב...
אפילו שיש לי מעט מבקרים, אם בכלל, צריך כמובן לקשר לפרוייקט חוק ההסדרים של לחץ חברתי -

לבטל את חוק ההסדרים

לישראל אין עתיד

התקציב החדש של משרד החינוך, כן, התקציב הארור הזה. שנהיה ארור יותר משנה לשנה.
עוד קודם לא אהבתי (בלשון המעטה) את מה שקורה בממשלה הנוכחית, האצבעות שלי דגדגו לכתוב פוסט נאצה לפשיסטים\מיליטריסטים שהצטרפו לממשלה.
"בכל מקרה הוא קיבל תפקיד שולי", הרגעתי את עצמי. ועם היציבות של ממשלות בישראל והרכביהן, לא נראה לי שהוא יחזיק שם הרבה זמן.
גם במצעד הגאווה החרשתי. כי אני בכלל לא כותב על פוליטיקה. (או בכלל..) והכל נראה כאילו זה מתקדם טוב.. עד ההתקפלות.
מזל רע? תרוץ המצב הביטחוני מכריע את הדמוקרטיה (שוב)? מי ידע.
בכל מקרה, נחזור לתקציב -
יולי תמיר התחילה בתור תקווה. אחרי שנים של טמטום תוצרת לימור לבנת ושות' קיוויתי למשהו טוב יותר שאולי תחזיר את ההשקעה בעתיד המדינה.
והנה ללא דיחוי הטבלה מאתר Ynet -
סעיף קיצוץ/תוספת
'אגף שירותי הרווחה בחינוך' קיצוץ - 18 מיליון שקלים
תמיכה במורים עולים ויוצאי אתיופיה קיצוץ - 3 מיליון שקלים
מתנ"סים קיצוץ - 12 מיליון שקלים
'ילדים מחוננים' קיצוץ - 2 מיליון שקלים
החינוך העצמאי המוכר (חינוך חרדי) תוספת - 25 מיליון שקלים
רשת בתי הספר של ש"ס תוספת - 30 מיליון שקלים
פעולות הסברה באירועים ממלכתיים תוספת - 600 אלף שקלים
(מקור)

המתנס"ים, שכבר גוועים במשך זמן מה, קיבלו עוד בעיטה בגופה.
רווחה? בדיחה. בישראל כבר מזמן לא דואגים לחלשים.
ומה עם הידרדרות רמת המורים? ובכלל כמות המורים, כידוע כבר כמעט ואין מורים חדשים בגלל השם הרע שיצא למקצוע.
כמובן שגם בזה הם טיפלו, בעזרת קיצוץ של 20 מליון שקלים בכשרת מורים.
עזרה למיעוטים? -קיצוץ.
ילדים מחוננים? -קיצוץ.
חינוך דתי\חרדי? -תוספת של 55 מליון ש"ח בסך הכל.
עם כזה תקציב כבר עדיף לחזור בתשובה.
אבל די כבר עם החלשים, המשפחה שלי, מעמד בינוני, משכורת מעל הממוצע, שני מפרנסים, הדרום (אופקים).
הברירה שלנו היא בין בית ספר דתי לבין בית ספר ממלכתי למדעים שכבר פשט את הרגל מכל הבחינות כמעט.
במשך שנים המזגנים לא הופעלו בגלל בעיות תקציב, אפילו בימי הקיץ החמים ביותר. בימים חמים אחותי פשוט לא הייתה הולכת לבית הספר.
והכי גרוע היה כשהייתי צריך להתנדב שם בעזרה לתלמידים. במשך מספר חודשים שהתנדבתי בבית הספר הריח היה זוועתי. מסתבר שהשרותים בקומה הראשונה היו מקולקלים במשך חודשים. ולא תוקנו. ולא רק שלא היו בשימוש אלא גם עלו על גדותיהם והסריחו את כל בית הספר בריח שלא היה מבזה שירותים של תחנה מרכזית.
והמחוננים?
אני בוגר תוכנית מחוננים. וגם אחותי אובחנה כמחוננת, אבל היא לא תהנה מהתוכנית. ציפינו לשלוח אותה לחוג לפי בחירתה, אבל מסתבר שלמשרד החינוך יש תוכניות אחרות. לערי פיתוח לא מגיעה תוכנית מחוננים - ההסעות בוטלו בגלל קשיי תקציב. מילא, לערי פיתוח אין כוח פוליטי. ערי פיתוח לא מגייסות מאה אלף איש להפגנות.
והדתיים?
הכוח הפוליטי שלהם רק מוסיף עוד יותר לתקציב שלהם, כבר כמה זמן שהתקצוב לתלמיד שלהם גדול בהרבה מהחינוך הממלכתי, ויחד עם התלמידים המזוייפים, הרישומים הכפולים ושאר המצאות נראה שבקרוב אפשר יהיה לבטל את החינוך הממלכתי לגמרי. מה לישראל ולמדעים? ישראל יורקת על הסטודנטים, המדענים, וזוכי פרס הנובל שלה.
זה פוסט של ייאוש. העתיד של מדינת ישראל באותו מצב כמו התקציב - מקוצץ, מקוצץ ומקוצץ.
דבר אחד בטוח, אף מפלגה (בהרכב הנוכחי שלה..) שיושבת בממשלה כרגע לא תקבל את הקול שלי יותר.


Tuesday, October 31, 2006

It's open!

Whores of Wacraft.
It's real! And it's Warcraft porn!
The wet dream of every World of Wacraft fanatic.
Well, as far as I can see from my two second peeks to this site (Since I'm at work.. and hopefully our unfiltered internet connection is also unmonitired) it's a fantasy themed porn site claiming to be "The worlds FIRST Video on Demand Fantasy website."
The design seems nice, but I have no idea what really lays inside. But enjoy anyway.

Rogues do it from behind.

Sasyl.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Shuttle launch as seen from the chase plane


This is a view of the space shuttle launch as seen from a chase plane flying at a very high altitude.

It's really amazing to see how some of the greatest spectacles made by mankind look so small even from close by.


Friday, October 20, 2006

NocGod will rock your socks!

Here's a nice guitar playing video, by my friend NocGod.


Well, enjoy now.. I'm off.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

I'm a.. DOS?! (and find out what is an Escopetarras!)

You are Apple Dos. Simple and primitive with a good understanding of the common man. You're still a work in progress, but a good start.
Which OS are You?


And.. The Escopetarras!

Is it a guitar? Is it a gun? No! It's both!















Isn't she pretty?
Anyway - here's a brief explanation-

Partnering up with musical instrument craftsman, Luis Alberto Paredes, he has been creating the instruments ever since. Initially made out of Winchester rifles, they are now made mostly from everyone’s favorite Cold War assault rifle, the AK47.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Creationism... Time to join the fun!

I know I suck at titles.

I've been thinking about what to write as my first post here in my new blog for quite a while to get the thing started.

First I wanted to write something about the latest Israeli-Iranian (I know it's a war with Lebanon. But we all recognize the war by proxy method from the cold war). But seeing how heavily it was discussed on sites like digg got me sick of the subject, really, everything was already said, and explaining Israel's view for the thousandth time won't do any good.
Today I found a great opportunity to write about something I believe in that isn't directly related to politics (except for in America, where sadly the separation of Church and state doesn't equate to the separation of Church and politics). Anyway, I found this (don't miss the link cause you won't get the point!!) site, that invites people "to engage in intelligent discussion".

I will answer his claims paragraph by paragraph.

In the first paragraphs, you say that the bible is accurate and not self contradicting. This is just plain wrong. For example:

There are no evidence that the Jews were those that built the pyramids, and there are much stronger evidence that they were built by Egyptian farmers during Nile flooding. Quoting
wikipedia - "Recently-discovered worker's tombs have shown how pyramids were made and how important workers were: the pyramid workers were paid craftsmen, not slaves, and they had their own city at Giza. Egyptologists also have presented several pieces of evidence showing this, including proof that many laborers worked on the Pyramids during periods of Nile flooding when farming and harvesting were impossible. Contributing to the Pyramid construction was, religiously, a very good deed for them."

Simply reading through Wikipedia's entry on Bible and History you can see just how much controversy exists over simple facts as the existence and size of the ancient Jewish kingdom. And as Carl Sagan wisely said "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof." If supporters are having a struggle proving simple facts like the existence of great ancient kingdoms then I don't see a way in which they can show that the rest of the book is true, or even close to the truth.

About the rest of the bible - I do think that some of it is true. The bible is an important historical tool for understanding ancient culture. It's also an important work of literature. But it should not be taken as a whole, like every other historical book it should be cross referenced with other sources and not taken as is.

About the origin of life - let me disprove a myth for you. Evolution doesn't explain how life appeared (or from your point of view - was created) on this planet. Thus not knowing that has nothing to do with the theory of evolution. Now that we're done with that - lets go back to the origins of life. Have you heard of the Miller Experiment? Basically it shows that under the conditions that occurred in earth several billion years ago, organic molecules are created that can lead to life. Add several hundred million years of running this experiment on a planetary scale and you get the first cells. And where is the the experiment showing any backup for these numbers you cited? If after one week the Miller experiment could produce organic compounds and even amino acids I don't see how your numbers can be even close to accurate. Another interesting read is the law of truly large numbers showing that with a large enough sample size (like all the planets in the universe, through the entire 15 billion year history of the universe) anything that can happen, will happen.

Here's another interesting read about the probability of life - http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Hangar/2437/probability.htm

For finish I got some questions for you -
How come most recent observations show that the universe is even older then thought before? (Here, Here and Here) If the truth is that the universe is 6000 years old, how can it be possible that we found evidence showing the opposite?
What about the dinosaurs? This is the biggest flaw in creation theories, the don't explain dinosaurs, transitional fossils, and especially the similar DNA in different life forms that indicates a common origin.

Anyway, I'm just 18 and new to these kinds of debates. Also, English isn't my native language so.. be nice.

EDIT - I just noticed that - "if you want to see why the Miller-Urey experiment doesn't at all support evolution". It doesn't have to support evolution - the Miller experiment is about the origin of life. Not evolution. But if you have any material about it I'll be happy to read it.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Testing Testing...

Seems intresting...
Finally google is doing something..