Thoughts about concern about the long-term effects of the vaccine

We had dinner with (vaccinated) friends recently. We moved on to the topic of #vaccination (as one does), and they commented that while the value of the #COVID19vaccines is pretty clear at this point, they can understand that many people are hesitant to be vaccinated because they are concerned about the long-term effects of the…… Continue reading Thoughts about concern about the long-term effects of the vaccine

DnD Beyond catching up with Sly Flourish

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I enjoying reading/watching Sly Flourish’s content. I think I’m slowly becoming a better GM thanks to his advice. He has a great set of interviews with the @DnDBeyond that are worth watching. Here's the initial discussion about the #ReturnoftheLazyDM approach: https://youtu.be/CkeVuX6rXsc Also enjoying this discussion about the super helpful encounter builder and combat tracker on…… Continue reading DnD Beyond catching up with Sly Flourish

Our daughter asked me why people hate Jews?

Our 10 year old daughter asked me two nights ago why people hate Jews? I’ve thought about this a lot. The explanations that I’ve come up with are: 1. Perhaps we Jews are just fundamentally evil? 2. People misunderstand, and fear Jews. https://twitter.com/HeidiBachram/status/1394606506436399108 I’m clearly biased, being a Jewish Israeli. I don’t believe that we…… Continue reading Our daughter asked me why people hate Jews?

Plus Codes are the addresses you didn’t know you have

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I’m fascinated by Plus Codes, a @googlemaps initiative to give people without conventional street addresses, a GPS-based address that can be used to receive mail or assistance when they need it. I’ve noticed #PlusCodes in Google Maps, and didn’t really explore them further. Take this one as an example. It’s apparently a beautiful hiking spot…… Continue reading Plus Codes are the addresses you didn’t know you have

The amazing technology in our hands

Every now and then I look at my very mid-range phone, and I'm just amazed that we have this technology in our hands. I still remember when the Nokia N97 was the most advanced device I had seen. Of course, the phone I remember the most fondly was the Nokia 6310i. I had the silver…… Continue reading The amazing technology in our hands

How I use Obsidian for Dungeons and Dragons games

After exploring Notion and Dynalist for my game preparation for Dungeons and Dragons games, I’ve settled on Obsidian for Dungeons and Dragons games, as my preferred tool. There are other amazing tools for sure. This is the one that best fits how I like to prepare my games, and I thought I’d share that in…… Continue reading How I use Obsidian for Dungeons and Dragons games

Choosing Signal over WhatsApp is about personal agency

Reframing the WhatsApp privacy debate It is tempting to frame the discussion about WhatsApp’s privacy policy change that enables WhatsApp to share your profile data with Facebook (even though it’s been doing this for some time without being clear about this) as being about Facebook being able to read your WhatsApp messages. That interpretation is…… Continue reading Choosing Signal over WhatsApp is about personal agency

Why I prefer to use Signal, and not WhatsApp

What’s going on with WhatsApp? WhatsApp recently notified users that we will need to agree to changes to the WhatsApp privacy policy that enable Facebook to access our WhatsApp profile data, or we will need to stop using WhatsApp. This prompted a number of renewed calls for people to switch to alternatives such as Signal,…… Continue reading Why I prefer to use Signal, and not WhatsApp