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?

All the races of Middle Earth

I enjoyed this introduction to the various races of Middle Earth: https://youtu.be/yZvH4wIKGCM I’m very tempted to try figure out which of Tolkein’s books delve into the history of Middle Earth, before the events of The Hobbit, and Lord of the Rings. Well, I know there are earlier books. I have a little research to work…… Continue reading All the races of Middle Earth

Stand against racism

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The wave of violence spreading across the United States is shocking, even as the growing protests are understandable. It boggles my mind that this country, the “land of the free”, is still mired in deeply routed racism, and inequality. Every society has its challenges, certainly. Israel is no different. We have divides of our own.…… Continue reading Stand against racism

How The Hacker Who Saved The Internet Redeemed Himself

Photograph of a chip constructed by D-Wave Systems Inc. Mounted and wire-bonded in a sample holder. The D-Wave processor is designed to use 128 superconducting logic elements that exhibit controllable and tunable coupling to perform operations. Licensed CC BY 3.0 DWave

I read a fascinating story in Wired about Marcus Hutchins, a hacker who used lessons from years of writing malware to save the Internet from WannaCry, only to come to terms with his past misdeeds at the height of his success.

Enjoying Sam and Liam talking about stuff

I noticed a new(ish) video podcast, AWNP Unplugged, with Critical Role’s Sam Riegel, and Liam O’Brien. It’s terrific, I’m enjoying it. They’re basically just connecting, and chatting about the pandemic, the importance of being connected to each other, and more. https://youtu.be/rOzCBZ5RIqo I’m sitting on one of our couches, blogging random stuff, and enjoying the conversation.…… Continue reading Enjoying Sam and Liam talking about stuff

My favourite science shows

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When I sit down to have lunch with our kids, I typically watch my favourite science shows on YouTube. I have three (give or take): PBS Eons;SciShow (along with SciShow Space); andIt’s Okay To Be Smart. I’m pretty sure our kids enjoy the shows, I certainly do. I also realised that there’s some overlap between…… Continue reading My favourite science shows

How Wes Bos built his new site

I’ve followed Wes Bos for a couple years now. I bought several of his courses, and look forward to when I have time to do his Beginner JavaScript — Learn JavaScript from Scratch course. He recently rebuilt his personal site using Gatsby.JS, and published both a post and a video explaining how he did it:…… Continue reading How Wes Bos built his new site