We’re heading to the Moon in a new beginning with SpaceIL

Israel's first, private lunar lander is on its way to the Moon after a successful launch onboard the SpaceX Nusantara Satu mission. If our lander makes it to the lunar surface, Israel will be the fourth nation to land on the Moon, and the first country to land SpaceIL's privately built spacecraft. https://youtu.be/7E9EshbCkfE #israeltotheMoon Building…

A musical journey over the Moon with Clair de Lune

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFC71rFejvo This visualization uses a digital 3D model of the Moon built from global elevation maps and image mosaics by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission. It was created to accompany a performance of Claude Debussy's Clair de Lune by the National Symphony Orchestra Pops, led by conductor Emil de Cou, at the Kennedy Center for…

Thank you for the wonderful Opportunity to visit Mars

This last week saw the official end of the Opportunity rover's mission on Mars. NASA was unable to coax it back to life after signalling it for about eight months. This remarkable rover continued exploring Mars long after it's original 90 day mission. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ll-VHYxWXU Drive along with the NASA’s Opportunity Mars rover and hear the…

Marriage v13.0

Today is our 13th wedding anniversary, and we both took the day off (I've taken the rest of this week off - I feel like I'm due for a breather from work after a busy ±8 months). We did a repeat of our last anniversary, and went for a hike up Givat HaTitora just outside…

When Automatticians meet up

Being a distributed team has its challenges (and loads of benefits, too). We meet up with our teams at least once a year in person (last year our team met up in Rome), and the whole company meets up once a year for our Grand Meetup. Aside from these meetups, Automatticians also meet up in…

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…

My Saturday afternoon hike up Givat HaTitora in photos

My blood glucose has been really high lately, so I've made an effort to get as much exercise as I can. That's mostly been going for longer walks, and getting my heart rate up. I decided to go for a hike up Givat HaTitoria this afternoon as an alternative to parking off in front of…

43

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…
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