First lesson in SEAL training: make your bed

Atlantic Ocean (May 5, 2005) - Members of SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team Two (SDVT-2) huddle together inside a flooded Dry Deck Shelter mounted on the back of the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Philadelphia (SSN 690). Dry Deck Shelters (DDS) provide specially configured nuclear powered submarines with a greater capability of deploying Special Operations Forces (SOF). DDSs can transport, deploy, and recover SOF teams from Combat Rubber Raiding Crafts (CRRCs) or SEAL Delivery Vehicles (SDVs), all while remaining submerged. SDVT-2 is stationed at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Va., and conducts operations throughout the Atlantic and Southern, and European command geographic areas of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer's Mate Andrew McKaskle (RELEASED)

If you enjoy inspiring commencement speeches, watch this one by US Admiral William McRaven who inspired the 2014 graduate class with lessons he learned from basic SEAL training. The first lesson is to make your bed and it makes a lot of sense when he explains why.

Johnny Clegg is one reason not to give up on South Africa


I haven’t made a particular effort to hold on to the South African part of my identity since we became Israelis but, listening to Johnny Clegg and Savuka on Rdio, his music reminds me that there are reasons not to give up on South Africa despite its substantial challenges (xenophobia, poor leadership, corruption, crumbling infrastructure and crime to name a few).

In many ways this white, Jewish artist embodied the forgotten ideal of a Rainbow Nation long before South Africa became a democratic country in 1994. Hopefully South Africa’s leadership will remember why this is such an important ideal to realize, one day.

Image credit: “JohnnyClegg Huma” by psykedelic – Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Ubuntu, Debian and other Linux things that confuse me a little


I just read a newsy post about Ubuntu 15.04’s release and Debian 8.0’s release tomorrow and it reminded me about something that I’m curious about as a Linux user: is it possible to run Debian on top of Ubuntu or are they mutually exclusive? Is it more appropriate to talk about replacing Ubuntu’s UI with […]

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There are no dumb questions


There are no dumb questions, only dumb people who don’t ask questions

I was inspired this morning by an office discussion and came up with this quote. I like it.

I did a quick Google search and it seems this quote has been around although I can’t find the source. I must have tapped into our hive mind for the inspiration.

Being a dad, learning and teaching

Me and my Dad, somewhere in the late 1970s or early 1980s

I just read another great post about lessons learned from a dad. Kate Hudson‘s post “Things I learned from my dad, in chronological order” is one of those posts I love reading as a father. Things I learned from my dad, in chronological order These sorts of posts help me understand the lessons I am […]

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Changing the Holocaust narrative

Russian survivor liberated 14.04.1945 by U.S. Army in Buchenwald camp in Germany identified a former guard who were brutally beating prisoners.

Shira Abel shared a terrific article titled “20 Photos That Change The Holocaust Narrative” featuring photos which change the Holocaust narrative. Very much worth reading and viewing: Victims. Helpless. Downtrodden. That’s the narrative that’s been spread about Jews for the last 70 years since the Holocaust. We’ve embraced it to our detriment. We can’t seem […]

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I love it when brands create more playful versions of error pages and app update texts. The usual “bug fixes and improvements” narratives really don’t inspire much passion. Instapaper is one of those brands that has some fun with messages like this maintenance placeholder.

I see most of these fun variations in app update narratives on my devices. This Medium app update narrative is pretty good too:

Poetic Medium app update narrative

Very poetic!

Will future generations forget the Holocaust?

Prisoners in the concentration camp at Sachsenhausen, Germany, December 19, 1938.

This Thursday is Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) and is a difficult day for most Jews for obvious reasons. It is another day that is going to have new significance for me because one of the consequences of the Holocaust is all around me now, our new home. What worries me are predictions that future generations will […]

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