Category: People

  • DnD Beyond catching up with Sly Flourish

    hungarian horntail dragon at universal studios

    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: Also enjoying this discussion about the super helpful encounter builder and combat tracker on @DnDBeyond […]

  • 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. I’m clearly biased, being a Jewish Israeli. I don’t believe that we are […]

  • All the races of Middle Earth

    I enjoyed this introduction to the various races of Middle Earth: 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 out […]

  • Stand against racism

    Black Lives Matter protester holding a megaphone

    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. […]

  • How The Hacker Who Saved The Internet Redeemed Himself

    DWave 128 chip

    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

    Sam Riegel and Liam O'Brien chatting on YouTube

    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. I’m sitting on one of our couches, blogging random stuff, and enjoying the conversation. I […]

  • My favourite science shows

    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); and It’s Okay To Be Smart. I’m pretty sure our kids enjoy the shows, I certainly do. I also realised that there’s some […]

  • All the good Bill Gates is doing

    Bill Gates at Hioe Charity Forum

    Of course it isn’t just Bill Gates, but he, his wife, and all the people who work with him are doing tremendous good. Still, I totally agree with Dave Winer here: We often wait to say the good things about people until they’re gone and can’t hear it. I just wanted to say about Bill […]

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