Sunday night hottest night in Israel’s history – Israel News, Ynetnews

The heat has been incredible the last few days and August is only just beginning. Thank goodness for air conditioning. I’m dreading the electricity bill though.

Sunday was the hottest day of the year in Israel, and the high temperatures continued into Monday and don’t appear to be letting up anytime soon.

Source: Sunday night hottest night in Israel’s history – Israel News, Ynetnews

Religious intolerance threatens Israel’s survival

Ultra Orthodox Jews at the Western Wall - the last remaining external wall of the Second Temple, which was destroyed by the Romans - by Premasagar Rose, licensed CC BY NC 2.0

The recent stabbings at the Jerusalem Gay Pride march are tragic. Aaron Panken makes a strong argument for the Israeli government to take a stronger stand against Ultra-Orthodox intolerance that prompted the attacks in his article titled “An end to Israel’s state-sanctioned religious intolerance“: Israel was founded to be a homeland for all Jews. Its 1948 […]

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One of the weirdest Firefox unboxing videos ever!

Unboxing_the_New_Firefox_-_YouTube

When it comes to unboxing videos, this Firefox unboxing video is the weirdest I’ve ever seen! I have Firefox set as my default browser on my work laptop, primarily for performance reasons: Chrome is just too heavy for my somewhat underpowered Lenovo laptop, even running Ubuntu Linux.

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Dave Morin’s rules for happiness

Dave Morin by Christopher Michel - https://flic.kr/p/rzBjU6

It’s almost the weekend here in Israel so here is something to guide you through the rest of the week and into the weekend. There are many happiness tips, here are Dave Morin‘s “5 Simple Rules for Happiness“:

Image source: Dave Morin by Christopher Michel, licensed CC BY 2.0

 

Music for work

Image by NIN

Music plays a huge role in my life. I listen to a lot of music and I’m pretty picky about my music. I’m not even remotely an audiophile but I don’t bother with crappy quality music downloads. I want 256kbps at a minimum and I prefer the AAC format. I’ve started listening to music on […]

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12 years

One of my favorite photos of me and my Dad

Today is the 12th anniversary of my Dad’s, Peter’s, passing, according to the Hebrew calendar. He died on 13 Tammuz 5763/12 July 2003 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Today is our yahrzeit. So much has happened in my life in the last 12 years that I wish he could have shared with us. […]

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The horrifying result of throwing a baseball at 90% of the speed of light

Demonstration, Baseball School (MSA)

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you tried to hit a baseball thrown at you at close to the speed of light? I can’t say that I lie awake at night wondering about this but the answer may just keep me up a few nights:

What would happen if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90% the speed of light?

Being a true geek takes a lot of work and real knowledge of how the world works. The person who researched and answered this (very) hypothetical question is a real geek.