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.

Why my son wants the Force to be real

Rebel Legion
Legends of the Force Motorcade
Star Wars Weekends 2014
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Walt Disney World, FL

My son wants the Force to be real and came to me the other day and told me why:

Son: Dad, when will Hashem [aka G-d] create the Force?

Me: Uh, what? Why?

Son: Well, when Hashem creates the Force, I want to use it to pick Faith up and move her home because she walks so slowly …

Me: Um, ok, right … No idea.


Photo credit: Jedi Consular by Scott Smith, licensed CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Google and Apple quietly fighting over El Capitan

Yosemite Valley Panorama by John Colby

I noticed that both Apple and Google are fixated on a well-known mountain in the United States called El Capitan and both companies have featured it prominently in their marketing campaigns. Apple has named its next Mac OS operating system after El Capitan: Oddly, Google has published a video featuring El Capitan to promote Google […]

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In South Africa, “political objectives outweigh law”

The Constitutional Court bench

John Robbie had a very interesting interview with political analyst Mzoxolo Mpolase that highlighted a growing trend in the ANC: this notion that politics and political objectives should trump the law: It echoes a tweet I shared this morning and on which I commented that the ANC seems to be yearning for the days of […]

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Israel’s history in maps

Image taken from page 543 of 'The Earth and its Inhabitants. The European section of the Universal Geography by E. Reclus. Edited by E. G. Ravenstein. Illustrated by ... engravings and maps'

I’ve started reading Martin Gilbert’s “Israel: A History“. I realized that I know very little about my country’s history and started reading Gilbert’s book after our friend, Rolene, recommended it to me last week. It is a fascinating story and it really appeals to the long-neglected historian in me (history was one of my favorite subjects […]

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Yes oui כן

Yes oui כן

I attend ulpan classes two evenings a week to learn Hebrew. As you can imagine, the other people in my class come from different countries and there is a mix of languages in between the Hebrew lessons. Last night, our teacher wrote this on the board and it really appealed to me for a couple […]

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You can’t do great work until you love what you do

Surfers

Om Malik published a short reminder of one of the many great quotes from the late Steve Jobs:

The only way to do great work is to love what you do

It reminds of the idea that doing the work you love is the path to meaning and fulfillment.

Thanks Om!