A blog from the back end nowhere of Israel

Sunday, December 16, 2007

This is so fucked up.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

A New Kind of Spam?

Two things surprise me about this spam that I found in my Gmail inbox. First, that it somehow found it's way into my inbox, second, the ingenuity - that's some really great creative thinking.

Hopefully "Report Spam" will help. ;)

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Just too cool!

Scientists Use Superconducting Cyclotron to Make Super-Heavy Metals


Doesn't that sound cool, or what?
I think I have a faint idea of what that actually means, but on first read, it just sounds like the made some Super Heavy Metal!!! :)

LINK

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Sexypedia is back in the house!

After almost six months of downtime, I finally decided to buy a reasonable host for my site - GoDaddy.com.
I bought two months of subscription, for now.
48 hours later, after long struggles to overcome strange language bugs, fucked up redirects, unimportable sql databases and much much more.. I can proudly say that Sexypedia is up and running.
סקסיפדיה לא תפול שנית. :)

Sexypedia

Thursday, September 27, 2007

BlogRush?

Just checking out this service, surfing on the phone while on guard duty I noticed that this new BlogRush service is making waves in the blogosphere.. So I decided to give it a try.

Fun Fun Fun.

And for some other news, sexypedia might live again! I bought GoDaddy hosting, and I'm working on it right now. Wish me luck!

Saturday, September 08, 2007

More Nude Drawings..

What can I say? I need to practice..


Nude II by ~gilburd on deviantART

Friday, September 07, 2007

Nude


Nude by ~gilburd on deviantART

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Youtube Finds I







Some of the videos I found on my youtube/digg surfing.

Friday, June 29, 2007

My project is Dead, Dead and DEAD!

Fuck crappy hosting.
My first experience in the strange land of web enterprises (haven't you heard of it? O'Really?

Ok, so here's a pretty short summery of the history of my lil' project:
Boredom and lack of money can do bad things to people, and this one wasn't that bad. The idea was to build a Sex themed Hebrew Wiki. I bought the domain www.sexypedia.co.il (don't try it now, it won't work anyway.. but keep it bookmarked just in case), got some free hosting, installed mediawiki. I had some fun writing several articles, and we even got some traffic.
Several weeks ago, the host died. For a week my site was down, I was in the army.
After a while it got back up again, after sitting on the phone for a while with a friend we managed to fix some more problems. After returning home I simply forgot of it, forgot that I promised myself to save a backup. Stupid.

Well, now it gave up completely, host's site is still up, but the hosted site seems down for good. )

All of this has taught me two things -

1. Don't trust something you get for free. Especially if it's from a small (lame) company.

And what is a lame (hosting) company you ask?

  • A company that last updated its company news more then six months ago.
  • Forums? Page not found.
  • Contact form? Not in firefox.
  • Testimonials? Coming soon.
Yup. They're lame. I should have seen it from the start.. Well, I'm a newbie, sue me.

2. Backup. Often. Very Often.

Yes, I know those are basic rules. But as a total newbie, along with the small time I got at home, I totally ignored them.

Fuck.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

"Emet.. Emet..

...Emet." (emet means true)
I woke up.
"The base is in high alert."
My first thought was - damn, I've only slept so little.
The second was - Oh crap, this is the real deal.

I quickly dressed, put on my helmet and flack jack and put in the magazine (that's the first time I've ever done that unsupervised). Quickly, but not as fast as in the drill. As if I was afraid of what was coming. When I finished dressing up I ran to the command bunker to find that almost everyone were already there.

At first they told us to guard the bunker, but after a while it became clear that we aren't needed there. The girl in charge took us down to the fence, we ran, of course. For once, I felt like I was really in the army. I wasn't really scared by that time, just excited and a little amused too.

Near the fence are many concrete shelters, the girl in charge sent one soldier to each shelter. Meanwhile the NCOs (that's the right term I hope.. ) shot a few flares to try and find the suspect (terrorist?) in the complete darkness around the base. The first one they shot got me by surprise and I almost jumped. I was better prepared for the second.

After a while they called off the search but told everyone to stay alert. I returned to bed but had little sleep till my next watch.

Retrospect: I know it's not much of an exciting story compared to what many combat soldiers have to tell, but compared to what I expected to have when I went to the army, it's quite a lot.

Duh, Another Spaceship


Long Range Interceptor by ~gilburd on deviantART

I Demand Dream Theater in Israel!

Demand them here too.


Please. :)

Friday, June 15, 2007

Army Notes #2 - Technology

My watch fell to the floor and something strange happened to it. Every time I press one of it's buttons it would reset itself to 12:00.

I tried every combination of buttons imaginable. I tried hitting it. Out of desperation I dropped it exactly from the same height it fell from in the first place - it worked.

And I thought I understand technology...

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Army Notes #1 - First Watch

Twenty minutes into my first watch as a sentry in my base. With a helm, a flack jacket, an m-16 and several magazines of ammo. I'm doing the night watch, one day I get 8 hours (from 6 pm to 10 pm, then four hours of sleep and then again from 2 am to 6 am) and the next day I get 4 hours (from 10pm to 2 am).

Time is passing in an erratic rate, sometimes several minutes pass when I look at the clock, sometimes, much less. I had to take it off after a while - it's too tempting to look at it too often.

An hour. I'm getting bored. I found a new way to keep myself busy. I keep looking for new ways to ration my food so I'll have enough cookies, bagels and juice for half a week's of standing (more like sitting) guard.

Three hours. I'm pretty sleepy. The glow of the monitor (it's showing a feed from a camera) is becoming almost hypnotical. Is it a bad sign?

Sunday, May 27, 2007

White Trash!


That's really really sad.

Friday, May 18, 2007

I'm still alive!

The bus drove through the wall. I knew I won't like it, and I didn't.

Roadsigns in Arabic, cars with blue and white license plates. I don't like it. It's not that I got something against them, but many of them got something against us.

The base? I don't know how much I can tell. On a mountain, watching over Palestinian towns and villages. Small and rusting.

We have more wildlife then I'm used to, especially of the poisonous kind - snakes, scorpions, and a while ago I saw a pretty big centipede.

I think I'm going to like it there after all. In the beginning I was depressed because I knew I'll have to carry a weapon all the time, and serving in such a dangerous place isn't exactly for my taste. I got used to it though.. and now I think that I'll be fine.

-Sasyl

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Always Treat Your Mother Right - Mr. T

The End of a Chapter.

There are things where Hebrew is more fitting.


הלוואי וידעתי מה לכתוב כאן.

אתם מכירים את ההרגשה הזאת? כשמישהו אחר הופך לחלק כל כך חשוב בך. שאתה כבר מתחיל לחשוב שהוא באמת חלק ממך. שקיומו הוא טבעי, כמו לנשום, כמו ללכת. ואז אתה יודע שזה נגמר.. ואתה צריך לחתוך בבשר החי. ככה זה היה בערך. נשמע קצת דרמטי, אבל ככה אני מרגיש.

ממחר.. מתחיל הסדיר. תקופה אחרת, שונה, קצת בודדה יותר.
ואולי יהיה בסדר אחרי הכל? נותר רק לקוות.

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Another deviation

That's another old ship I drew.. I really like it for some reason.

Little Ship by ~gilburd on deviantART

-Sasyl

You never know when the homosexual is about..

Old propaganda is always fun to watch.
Just remember the stupidity of the past.. and not repeat it.

Enjoy -

Thursday, March 15, 2007

I got real internet!

In the army!
with a real computer! real youtube! real blogger!
I must be dreaming.
No time, 21 days.. I'm stuck here for 21 days.
And only 5 days passed.

But i'll manage.

Cya all.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Deviant?

I had this account for some time, and I haven't used it much.. maybe it's about time.
Every time I'll visit home I'll upload one of my new or old images there..

Enjoy this one!


Big Shippy by ~gilburd on deviantART

Friday, March 09, 2007

So much, yet so little.

It's over, five weeks of tironut. Seems like nothing changed, but now I'm a real sworn soldier in the IDF. So easy, swear on a book, and you're in.

Anyway, these are some of my tironut experiences:

I met interesting people - going out of the bubble that is Ofakim, and the Kibutz high school i went to, is pretty rough, but I do my best.

I did some interesting things -
Weapons training.
A 17 hour shift in the kitchens.
Opening four badly plugged toilets.
And much much more.

I saw some interesting stuff -
One day we had a circular halo around the sun almost all day long.
Another day, our morning Qassam left a nice trail showing its exact path, all the way to the power plant. (It didn't hit anything, as usual)
I met a nice Black Widow spider near our tent.

Fun times!
Cya all!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Blogging from the army

army is more boring then i thought.. go there, stand here, and little
exercise. i didn't get any fitter.. nor did i lose any weight.. the
food mostly sucks, but people have lots of chocolate so it compensates
for the loss.
The best thing here is weapon training.. fun and cool.
amm i'm out. enjoy your freedom.

[Some minor edits on the 09/03/07, spell check and stuff]

Friday, February 09, 2007

Goodbye desktop email!

Finally Google enabled the "Get mail from another account" feature.. and finally I can return to using my old spam ridden email address that I got from my ISP almost 6 years ago..
Right now it's fetching all the unread mail in the box, probably thousands of those - It's pretty slow - only 5 or so new mails every time I refresh. But it's good enough.

So pretty -


So, is this another step towards to Google OS? I think so.. making it less a mailbox and more of a desktop replacement is a big step in my mind - especially due to Google's superior spam filters (the power of the masses pressing the "Mark as spam", along with Google's algorithms).

Nice one Google, I've been waiting since I first heard about it.

Sasyl out.

Back!

I'm back for a while..

The computer seemed so weird. Such a weird device. I haven't seen one for a week.

I feel like so much has changed. Like I've been there for decades, in that strange land, beyond the laws of physics and reason - called tironut.

Zikim, Zikim, so close to Gaza, so close to home.. The only structure that we see from our base is the power plant in Ashkelon.. I never thought a power plant could be so comforting. But it's one of the only thing that reminds us that the real world still exists. (Apart from actually going there - like now)
This, and the rifle. A pretty old M-16.. We have to carry it with us everywhere - leaving it only for a minute can result in severe punishment - staying at the base for the weekend. It's weird how attached can one get to a weapons that's meant to kill. Especially when you share your bed with it - you put it under the mattress, under your head, like a pillow.

I'll post more of that later.. After I'll rest a bit.

I also found this interesting video while looking through my feeds:

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Army.

That's it.
I'm going to the army.
I had my hair cut today, and learned a lesson: Don't trust people who cut their dog's hair and it's their second time doing people. I look like a dead hedgehog and feel like it too.
But mostly numb, numb with fear I guess.

Apart from preparing bag, I figured out how to connect to messenger from my cell, post pictures on flickr and post blogs. So as long as I have enough battery and time I'll be able to satisfy my addictions... Probably not.

Bleh. I just don't want to fall asleep.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Scary..

Less then six months passed since the end of the last school year, and only now I started talking to several old friends.
And some really weird shit came up -

One girl is now married and has a child already, that means that she was already pregnant by the end of school. I don't know why this freaks me out so much - she's a kavkazian and it's pretty common for them to be married at an even younger age. But still, living the sheltered life in my kibbutz school really softened me to such things.

Another weird thing is that one of my pretty good friends (of course I also haven't talked to him for a long while now) declared that he's gay. I guess that's even weirder. I never expected him to be gay, I'm not homophobic or something, but that's just weird.

Sasyl, out.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Hot New Project Revealed!

At last..
Just kidding. I'm sure no one even waited.
Anyway,
Here it is, the greatest and latest, The Hebrew Sexypedia!
Visit it!

Friday, January 26, 2007

Some Art Too..

This is from yesterday, but I kinda liked it.
I like it less on the computer.. everything looks worse when you take a picture of it. And don't you dare to click on it, it looks even worse when its big. It's supposed to be small (it's about 6x10 cm)
A kind of value study from another picture from flickr (I'm only starting to realize the true potential for awesomeness it has.)



Maybe I'll draw a full page of that. I like it for some reason. (not only because of the pretty boobs.)

It's from here by the way.

-Sasyl

Thursday, January 25, 2007

I'm in the Army Now.. (almost)

Nothing makes you buy lots of useless stuff like a big scary thing called - going to the army.
All of this - only to make me (and my mom) feel good about myself.
Because as far as I understood it, I either get most for free, or I just don't need it.
But whatever makes me, and my mom too (who paid for all this mess) feel better is probably worth the money.


The army can make you buy some strange things.. one of the strangest is this -



What is it? is it a personal vibrator for those cold and lonely nights?

Of course not! It's a toothbrush protector, ready to protect and serve.



And the winner for the useless category is this -



What the fuck, and why? Well. It's a bottle for shampoo, or liquid soap, and it cost us no less then 10 shekels! (about 2.3 dollars) FUCKING USELESS!

There is more of course.. lots of shirts, socks, underwear, a BFG (big fucking bag), locks and much more. But those things are more of less useful.

Going to the army is a big industry in Israel. Like every profitable industry, it has it temptations that you shouldn't give into. Don't be like me. Say no to empty soap bottles!



Well, that's it for a while.
See you later.
-Sasyl

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

I can draw!

Boredom is taking its toll.
With 10 days until military service it'll be a cold day in hell if I go to work (that's how I feel, but I'm planning to go for a day or two sometime next week. So prepare you coats and snow shoes).

Apart from doing some sports, I've been drawing, working on some site (ehm. not to be disclosed yet) and basically doing nothing. Fun Eh?

So, without further interruption here's the first result of my boredom:

Figure Drawing by ~gilburd on deviantART
Inspired by flickr digging (here), I dare to say it's quite good. Especially compared to my usual crapfest.

Well, ENJOY!
-Sasyl

Am I Deaf?

I guess not.
After taking this hearing loss test at a friends, I was scared because I couldn't hear tones higher then 16Khz, but at home I can hear till about 19Khz, even 21Khz if I up the volume to full power.
So I guess this is testing your speakers more then your hearing..

Btw - here's that famous teenbuzz sound - Download.

Could be useful. :)

Enjoy, Sasyl.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Have You Ever Seen an Elephant Ass Slide?


Elephant Ass Slide
Originally uploaded by Sasyl.
Well now you have.
This is from Dizingof Center in Tel Aviv. I almost walked past by it, then my mind understood what I was seeing, and I had to take a picture.
Kids come in from the mouth, and slide out of the ass. Strange shit.

EDIT: I found another picture, with kids - here.

Strange.. Strange Experiences.

I've been sitting in my cousin's house all alone, surfing and doing nothing, when I heard a knock on the door. I try to ignore it. Then I hear another one.
Outside - an old woman from the apartment on the other side of the stairs, asking if we have electricity. I told her that yes, we have. It seems that one of the circuit breakers was restarted. No problem for me, I thought, my dad is an electrical engineer.
So I got out, played around with the some switches, and wallah! it worked.

So I turned back to my relatives' apartment and to my horror I discovered that the door was locked, I mean, of course it was locked, it can only be opened from the inside. At our house - we have a normal, regular door, so I didn't even think of that when I got out.

There I was, without a phone, key, or even shoes. Standing outside.
Luckily the woman let me call (like she had any choice) my mom, and after a round of calls my cousin called her grandma and she got me back in after 20 minutes with the strange lady.

Well, what do you talk about with an old Russian woman?
Not much - I learned that her 16 year old grandson is going to chef school.
That in Russia she had to call the fire department twice because she had the same type of door.
Talking to strange people about my life is... well, weird at the least. But I guess I'll be fine.

Moral of the story? (by importance.. haha)
Don't help old people.
Doors like that are evil.
Never forget my keys/phone/shoes.

I got Adsense now too. hint hint...

-Sasyl

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Freaky Cats

These are the paintings of Louis Wain.
Personally, they freak me out.

Louis Wain was born in London’s Clerkenwell district in 1860 and eventually became an artist, selling his sketches of dog shows to the Illustrated Sporting News. He married his youngest sister's governess, Emily Richardson, which was considered quite scandalous at the time. His wife contracted breast cancer and died three years later. To entertain her on her sickbed, Wain started drawing their cat, Peter. Emily encouraged him to send these drawings to newspapers and magazines, and soon the Louis Wain cat was a household name, not only in Britain but also in America, where his comics and drawings of cats appeared in several newspapers. Louis Wain was elected as President of the National Cat Club and wrote the book 'In Animal Land with Louis Wain' in 1904. Wain continued drawing cats for newspapers and children’s books until he fell victim to schizophrenia in 1917 at the age of 57. Coupled with WWI and the public dwindling interest it cats, Wain soon fell into poverty and in 1924 was certified “insane” and committed to the pauper’s wing of a mental hospital in Tooting, England. Years later a foundation was set up for him by his peers (including the famous H.G. Wells) which enabled Wain to spend the last years of his life in comfort in private asylums in Southwark and Napsbury, where he continued to paint and draw his cats. Wain allows us a unique insight into the delusions and course of illness in a late onset schizophrenic.

Here are his normal cats -
(they kinda scare me too, but less then the other ones.)














Here's one from the beginning of his schizophrenic stage, looks like some fire god:

























This one is a little better, kinda cute even.























Now this one is creepy. Looks like a cat fractal of some kind:

























[From here]

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Ferrufluids Rock!

This is one of the best combinations of science and art I've ever seen.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year!

My new year's eve was remarkably unremarkable.
(Even for a country where people don't make much of the "Christian new year", as some call it)
..Anyway - I was trying to get to my cousins home from my girlfriend's home.
And now I'm on the computer talking to my friends. But unlike other years, I feel good about it for some reason. Really good. Maybe this year will be better then the last after all.












[Photo from here]