Thunderstorms and why I’m so glad I work from home

There are many reasons why I'm glad I can work from home. Rainy, Winter days are definitely one of those reasons. Today is pretty cold (for Israel at any rate), and we have rain forecast for the whole day. We've had a small downpour already this morning: https://youtu.be/XVwURTd71mM A hailstorm arrived as our kids were…

Pride and self-congratulation before the Idiot Tax (we’ll laugh about this later)

Last week, while my family was in Eilat for a long weekend vacation, I made my way to a shopping complex just outside my city. I was there to do some research for our daughter's birthday party (check!), look for running shoes (nope!), and one or two other errands. While I was there, I thought…

Chanukah 2018 memories

Chanukah (aka Hanukkah) is my favourite festival on the Jewish calendar. Hanukkah (/ˈhɑːnəkə/HAH-nə-kə; Hebrew: חֲנֻכָּה‬ ḥanuká, Tiberian: ḥanuká, usually spelled חֲנוּכָּה‎, pronounced [χanuˈka] in Modern Hebrew, [ˈχanukə] or [ˈχanikə] in Yiddish; a transliteration also romanized as Chanukah or Ḥanukah) is a Jewish festival commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time…

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Another year has passed, and it's my birthday again! 🎉 Quite a lot has changed in the last year. Last year, I looked back on 2017, and where my path had taken me. https://pauljacobson.me/2017/12/08/42/ I pretty much ended my retrospective with the following: While I don’t have all the answers (not even remotely), perhaps being…

Tweeting to preserve history

I suppose Twitter still has its good use cases. Tweeting to preserve history isn't one of them. I came across this fascinating Twitter thread by Marina Amaral about the Sami people, who've been living in what's now Finland for thousands of years: https://twitter.com/marinamaral2/status/1005904882140925953 The thread runs for several tweets, and it includes wonderful resources such…

Reading Twitter updates, the world looks like a pretty dark place …

I don't use Twitter all that much lately, and I use Facebook even less. My reasons for using each platform less are different, though. I just scanned through my Twitter feed, and I closed the app feeling the world is a pretty dark place at the moment. I'm not sure if that's more about the…
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