Twitter engagement – much ado about nothing much

I read Anil Dash’s post titled “Nobody Famous” on Medium recently and it is worth reading if you are either wondering if it is worth the effort attracting a large Twitter following or if you believe your large Twitter following is somehow meaningful. Nobody Famous I noticed that a tweet I posted was getting a […]

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How Pluto passed up its opportunity for “planet” status for a friend

Artist concept of New Horizons spacecraft. (Credit: Johns Hopkins/Applied Physics Laboratory. For print or commercial use, please contact: Smithsonian Institution.)

Do you remember when Pluto was a planet? Those were the days when we had 9 planets in our Solar System and then things changed. Pluto was downgraded to a dwarf planet. Do you know the backstory behind that change? What may seem like some astronomical body’s decision to reclassify this celestial body was really […]

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One of the best duvet cover changing hacks I’ve seen

One of the little joys of doing all the housework ourselves is changing duvet covers. I have a system and it works but this hack is the best duvet cover changing hack I have ever seen:

(Via my awesome wife)

Tips for new Olim moving to Israel

First steps

Our friends have been asking us about our move to Israel late last year so I started preparing a list of tips that have helped us and thought I’d share them. First, a little disclaimer: These tips don’t replace advice you get from the various agencies and Israeli Ministries that have published terrific guides and […]

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“Narrow, fragile, and right-wing-Orthodox …”

Prime Minister and Defense Minister at Weaponry Display (2011)

Israeli politics fascinate me far more than I understand the dynamics (which I barely do). Times of Israel’s editor, David Horovitz, has an interesting op-ed piece titled “Netanyahu promised a ‘better, more stable government.’ And we got this?” which has me wondering if estimates of our return to the polls for another election in 2 […]

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Would you buy a Leica that just shoots in black and white?


Leica has released a new camera that just shoots in black and white. It is the Leica M Monochrom, it retails for about $7,450 and it is a beautiful camera. Leaving aside the cost, I’m wondering about the use case for a camera that only shoots black and white? Leica commissioned Ragnar Axelsson to spend […]

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The number 1 reason why you are crazy to buy an Apple Watch

Apple Watch Sport by Yasunobu Ikeda, licensed CC BY-SA 2.0

Apple product fans are usually pretty loyal and have Apple Koolaid coursing through their veins. They flock to every new Apple release. Nothing new there. That said, the hysteria around the Apple Watch is just amazing. Its as if the Apple Watch is a cure for every technological failing and the only question is which one […]

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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.