ITWeb has reported that Apple mini’s have been flying off the shelves since their launch in the last few days.
Mac minis enjoyed a sell-out launch at
three Apple centres in SA on Saturday, when the entire shipment of
about 80 units was sold in three hours.
The new Mac minis are Apple’s entry-level products, sold without a
keyboard, mouse or monitor. All three of the Apple centres say their
entire consignments were either sold outright or are largely spoken for.
The centres have received back orders for a number of machines, although they are not sure when the next shipments will arrive.
I took myself off to the Apple shop up the road and saw that they had a mini hooked up to an enormous monitor. I wasn’t expecting much in the way of performance and boy was it zippy. I was very tempted to whip out my credit card then and there except for the fact that I have a computer already and I also have a wedding to save up for.
With all the emphasis on the Oscars, did anyone remember the Razzies? These are the awards given to the worst performances and productions. These awards are the antithesis of the Oscars. This year "Catwoman" won several awards at the Razzies and the surprise of the evening was that Halle Berry was there to receive her award!
Halle Berry staged an
Oscar-worthy parody of her Academy Awards meltdown at last night’s 25th
annual Razzie awards in Los Angeles. Breaking with tradition, the
Catwoman star showed up in person to collect her award as the worst
actress of 2004.
Explaining her decision to attend the event, Berry said: "My mother told me that if you couldn’t be a good loser then there’s no way you could be a good
ProBlogger is running a series of articles or posts on how to keep first time readers coming back to your blog. The latest installment is titled "How to Keep First Time Readers to your Blog – Part III". I didn’t realise that simple things like enabling an ’email to a friend’ feature and linking to other posts on the same subject made such a difference. Parts 1 and 2 are here and here (respectively).
Update: Part IV has been posted here for your continued enlightenment.
I am a savage and do not understand any other way. I have seen a thousand rotting buffaloes on the prairie, left by the white man who shot them from a passing train. I am a savage and do not understand how the smoking iron horse can be made more important than the buffalo that we kill only to stay alive.
What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, man would die from a great loneliness of the spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to man. All things are connected.
You must teach your children that the ground beneath their feet is the ashes of our grandfathers. So that they will respect the land, tell your children that the earth is rich with the lives of our kin. Teach your children that we have taught our children that the earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of earth. If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves.
This we know; the earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. All things are connected.
This extract is valuable because of the emphasis on our shared heritage and connection to each other and all beings on this planet. These words are attributed to Chief Seattle
who reportedly included them in a speech he gave in 1854. There is
some debate as to precisely what he said. Two perspectives are here and here. The Wikipedia article also contains some useful information and a few other links.
ban a gay Orthodox rabbi from speaking at several venues this week has
torn the local community apart.
The Jewish Board of Education and the Beth
Din, the Jewish ecclesiastical court, this week banned talks by gay US
Orthodox Rabbi Steven Greenberg along with screenings of the
controversial documentary Trembling Before G-d.
The film, by US director Sandi Simcha
DuBowski, looks at the struggle gay Jews have finding a place for
themselves in Orthodox Judaism. It features Greenberg, who is also here
to promote his book Wrestling With G-d and Men.
This decision has outraged the community although parents seem to be more outraged at the fact that they were not consulted at all about these decisions and about the Board of Education’s apparent narrow views.
Chief Rabbi Dr Warren Goldstein said in a
written statement to Metro: “This film is intellectually shallow and
its one-sided caricature of Orthodox Judaism does not stimulate
meaningful intellectual debate.??
I was particularly impressed to see the headmaster of the my old high school, amoung others, become an advocate for the screening of this movie.
The headmaster of King David Victory
Park has defied the ban. And parents are threatening to start a
petition against the SA Board of Jewish Education.
Greenberg was billed to talk at the school on Monday as part of its Week of Tolerance.
However, the Jewish Board of Education cancelled the event.
In response, headmaster Joseph Gerassi went
ahead and organised that the film be screened at the Beaconsfield Club,
opposite the school, which is run by the Beth Din.
This was also cancelled. Eventually the event was hosted at Wits University.
Another screening at the Rabbi Cyril Harris Community Centre in Oaklands was also cancelled by the Beth Din.
In a letter to parents, Gerassi said: “As headmaster I feel that this was the wrong decision.
“If we are educating our students about
tolerance, I feel we should have allowed Rabbi Greenberg the
opportunity to discuss his life and the difficulties he has encountered
reconciling his homosexuality with Orthodox Judaism.
“Whether we approve or disapprove of his sexual orientation, our students should have the right to hear his point of view.??
Another source of great pride for me (no pun intended there) is that my friend David Bilchitz was heavily involved, if not instrumental, in bringing this movie to South Africa. Well done Dave!
Quite a bit has been said in the blogosphere about this movie. A couple blogs I came across which have posts about this movie are here, here and here.
In all the reaction here in South Africa has been less than a model of tolerance. The orthodox Jewish community in South Africa (and I am sure in other parts of the world as well) has hardly been the bastion of transparency and tolerance. I have a few friends who are gay and who have experienced great pain and hardship in their struggles for acceptance of their orientation by their families. It is ironic that people who claim to be such devout followers of what is really a beautiful religion would ostracise their children so readily.