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 thisĀ (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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