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Wed, Mar. 11th, 2009, 10:36 pm
Today's darwin award.

Spring is here, spring is here. A great time to play live minesweeper.

Sat, Mar. 7th, 2009, 04:26 pm
Iran is here

Didn't really know about this shit until yesterday; what I want to say is Iran is here. WTF?!?!

Sat, Mar. 7th, 2009, 02:36 pm

Гамлетище-- трагедия у. шекспира в переводе к. чуковского

(via mme_n_b)

Fri, Mar. 6th, 2009, 05:39 pm
video of the day

Thu, Mar. 5th, 2009, 12:41 pm
fictitious organizations that exist in my dreams worth a mention

(had a dream that involved them all tonight, but do not remember much)

Адвокатская контора "Дышло" (my legal defence in several dreams; very good lawyers)

"Umbrella Organization."-- A London-based shop that specializes in umbrellas. The owner has been telling me a lot of stuff about umbrellas in my dreams, at length. Unfortunately I do not remember much of what he's been telling. The shop, in fact, is, of course an umbrella organization for sme kind of worldwide conspiracy.

"Kim@Puck-- Бюро по сыску пропавших собак"-- two Korean dudes who introduced themselves with a song that went like this:

"Мы рады ппредставиться вам-- Kim@Puck
Бюро мы по сыску пропавших собак
(Немало на этом мы съели собак!)
Мы знаем где ваша зарыта собак!"

and it went on for some time.

Sun, Mar. 1st, 2009, 02:16 am
Slightly edited userpic

I celebrate the butterfly effect.

Mon, Feb. 23rd, 2009, 11:37 pm

Маленькие дети!
Ни за что на свете
Не ходите в Африку,
В Африку гулять!
В Африке акулы,
В Африке гориллы,
В Африке большие
Злые крокодилы
Будут вас кусать,
Бить и обижать,-
Не ходите, дети,
В Африку гулять. (c)

Can't stop laughing today all day.
Some people called me and offered a job with relocation to Nigeria.
Yup, right, to Nigeria. And what position? Network monitoring. I wanted to ask them whether their spamming activities make the network crash often, but didn't as upon hearing the name of the place I declined outright.

can't say I haven't been forewarned though.

and thanks to my parents for reading me the right literature from very young age.

UPD: It was outlined to me that I had probably missed a wonderful opportunity to start my own Nigerian scam with the offer that I refused. I wonder if I could get away with something like this:

"Dear Sir!
I am the network technician of such and such nigerian isp and we used to route packets for the recently deceased [insert name of dictator]. could you please store the packets for me on your system for a fee of 20% of the bytes?"

Fri, Feb. 20th, 2009, 12:56 pm
books update

A package with more books has arrived from the states. Here's the listing of its contents:

belarus / lee hogan
warchild / karin lowachee
bridge of birds / barry hughart
richard dawkins / the blind watchmaker
avinash dixit / thinking strategically
michael chabon / the yiddish policemen's union
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions / Thomas Kuhn
Peter woit / Not Even Wrong: The Failure of String Theory and the search for unity in physical law
Richard Dawkins: the god delusion
The Fabric of Reality: The Science of Parallel Universes and Its Implications / david deutsch
Neverness / david zindell
broken god / david zindell
the wild / david zindell
war in heaven/ david zindell
richard dawkins / the selfish gene
peter straub / lost boy lost girl
Negotiating with Giants / Peter Johnston
Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions / Dan Ariely
Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive / Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive

and also my ipod has been fixed and arrived in that package. yay.

Things that have so far been read from the previous batch:

quarantine / greg egan (actually i have read this one before in an excellent hebrew translation by Itamar Parann, but I have really enjoyed re-reading this one again)
the demolished man / bester
little brother / doctorow
overclocked / doctorow
the graveyard book / gaiman
and am midway through "the stars my destination" by bester and am kinda bored by it.

left to read from the previous bunch: incandescence / egan, someone comes to town, someone leaves town / doctorow, last and first men / stapledon, blood music / greg bear, inversions and matter by banks.

also a book i ordered from Australia arrived while I was in London ("A venomous life"-- which is the autobiography of Struan Sutherland, a famous Australian toxicology professor).


Thu, Feb. 19th, 2009, 11:35 pm

Wikipedia article of the day: Ingvar the Far-Travelled and from there the link to the saga.

Thu, Feb. 19th, 2009, 06:36 pm
understandings and facts about the structure of my hard drives

1. Everything can be filed under "uncategorized"
2. What is not filed under "uncategorized" may be found in "miscellaneous".
3. What is not filed under either "uncategorized" or "miscellaneous" in drive E, may be still filed as "uncategorized" or "miscellaneous" in drive F.
4. The fundamental difference between uncategorized and miscellaneous in drive E and uncategorized and miscellaneous in drive F is that drive F holds downloads I still haven't looked at while E holds downloads that I looked at and categorized under "uncategorized" or "miscellaneous".
5. however, it is more likely to find uncategorized downloads which I haven't looked at in one of the download directories, which are sorted by method of download (emule, bittorrent, download manager from rapidshare)
6. There is a fundamental difference between "uncategorized" and "miscellaneous" but it too complicated to explain
7. In addition to "uncategorized" and "miscellaneous" there is a directory in drive F called F:\downlolads\temp
8. The above directory holds stuff that when downloading I think I might not be needing anymore
9. Theoretically everything that is there should probably be safe to erase
10. In practice things end up lying there forever
11. Sometimes I look at the things lying there with the intent to erase some
12. It always ends up with something fascinating me and stopping mid-way
13. Sometimes stuff from there gets relocated elsewhere, but this happens rarely
14. Once in a while I try to optimize the layout of my hard-drive. Sometimes I end up deleting tens of gigabytes of data.
15. Nevertheless it does not help
16. It does not help because the entrophy on my hard-drives always tends to iuncrease
17. Some time ago, when I filled up my internal 320GB hard-drive (F), I tried to clean some stuff up.I found that I'm not able to
18. Therefore I bought and added an external 500GB hard-drive to my system
19. I then proceeded to relocate some stuff to the new hard-drive from the old and ended up deleting over 200GB
20. Sometimes I am not able to find something I think I had downloaded or should have been downloaded
21. Google desktop and other programs like it did not help my situation and did, in fact more to annoy me than actually help
22. When I am not able to find something, the method to find it is to try and download the thing again. When I will be asked where to save the file, I will usually specify the directory where it had already been saved.
23. I like the fact that at least I am self-consistent in my mess
24. There is a deeply-nested directory in my hard-drive called "pr0n"
25. Was. I just deleted it.
26. The full path was F:\Michael\work\flash\pr0n. It had some reports about bugs in porn websites I found on my old job. Not relevant anymore.
27. I do not, as a rule, store actual porn on my hard-drive.

Wed, Feb. 18th, 2009, 08:45 pm
Microsoft songsmith remixes

How would different songs sound if they were made by microsoft songsmith. link. OMG.

Tue, Feb. 17th, 2009, 06:20 pm
new poem thing draft

in hebrewCollapse )

Sat, Feb. 14th, 2009, 09:47 pm
A valentine

by E.A.Poe. definitely one of my all-time favorites.

For her this rhyme is penned, whose luminous eyes,
Brightly expressive as the twins of Leda,
Shall find her own sweet name, that nestling lies
Upon the page, enwrapped from every reader.
Search narrowly the lines!— they hold a treasure
Divine— a talisman— an amulet
That must be worn at heart. Search well the measure—
The words— the syllables! Do not forget
The trivialest point, or you may lose your labor
And yet there is in this no Gordian knot
Which one might not undo without a sabre,
If one could merely comprehend the plot.
Enwritten upon the leaf where now are peering
Eyes scintillating soul, there lie perdus
Three eloquent words oft uttered in the hearing
Of poets, by poets— as the name is a poet's, too,
Its letters, although naturally lying
Like the knight Pinto— Mendez Ferdinando—
Still form a synonym for Truth— Cease trying!
You will not read the riddle,
though you do the best you can do.

Tue, Feb. 10th, 2009, 03:26 pm
made my day

Tue, Feb. 10th, 2009, 12:22 am
amazing video/ track of the day

Sun, Feb. 8th, 2009, 08:18 pm
Automated spam from Meretz

Just got an automated spam call from Meretz with robot voice agitating me to vote for them. Meretz, you suck. I had no intention to vote for you, and you have further ensured that. Furthermore, would each and every one of you please die?

Thu, Feb. 5th, 2009, 08:23 pm
biometric identification in israel

Some time ago I already argued about biometric id and why I don't hurry to join groups that protest it or go to demonstrations against it.

I am receiving continious invitations on facebook and elsewhere to join groups and/or go to demonstrations against this law.

What I haven't heard is any sort of a convincing argument against the case, which is not made of paranoia, bullshit and FUD.

I am not a fan of this law, but this is a gut feeling and is not based on a clear and logical argument.

Will someone please try to convince me why should I be against this law?

Thank you.

Wed, Feb. 4th, 2009, 05:54 pm
Post trip rhetoric question #1

Why is it that throughout this trip I was consistently being hit on predominantly by French girls1, none of whom spoke English well enough to have a conversation in it and the only things I know how to say in French are Bonjour, je ne mangez pas six jour and voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir.

1 and some Argentinian and Brazilian. They didn't speak English either. In fact at times I was wondering whether I am, in fact, in London when at that hostel.

Mon, Feb. 2nd, 2009, 10:03 pm
photos from london

one, two, three.

Mon, Feb. 2nd, 2009, 12:04 am
list of books bought in london

inversions / iain m. banks
matter / iain m.banks
blood music / greg bear
the demolished man / alfred bester
the stars my destination / alfred bester
little brother / cory doctorow (signed, in forbidden planet)
overclocked / cory doctorow
someone comes to town, someone leaves town / cory doctorow
incandescence / greg egan
quarantine / greg egan
the graveyard book / neil gaiman
last and firsrt men / olof stapledon

new selected poems by ted hughes (1957-1994)

Thu, Jan. 29th, 2009, 01:21 am

plays seen so far:

- a midsummer night's dream
- phantom of the opera
- avenue q
- wicked
- 12th night.

I love london.

Sun, Jan. 25th, 2009, 08:56 pm
general london update

these past few days have been busy; i spent thursday i think in greenwich&docklands visiting the royal observatory (they added a new building since i had last been there), the national maritime museum (new exhibits+announcement that they're building a new wing named "the sammy ofer wing", the fan museum (a little overlooked and absolutely lovely museum in greenwich) and the docklands museum near canary wharf. friday i explored the natural history museum other than the darwin exhibition, the science museum and victoria&albert. in the evening i went to see a play, "the phantom of the opera" which was absolutely fantastic.

saturday was a nice day out @ stonehenge&salisbury. not much to tell about it, but it was good.

today i did the "waking up late" thing; which was about 11am. original plan involved going to a park, but man it was raining. so i had a good day out finding out that charing cross is evil yet another time.

tomorrow's plans depend heavily on the weather.

random comment: i have always liked the general quality of music played by people in the subway stations of london.

Tue, Jan. 20th, 2009, 11:18 pm
london, day 5

today i went to the "poetry and dreams" exhibition in tate modern and the charles darwin one in natural history museum (i didn't see other sections of those museums today because i'm feeling too fucking tired and i'm definitely not trying to "cram" things on this trip. and they're big). so other than that and doing some shopping i'm having a relaxing evening in the hostel's mess hall with the laptop and one of the books i bought. tomorrow i should probably see another shakespeare play that i thought i would this evening. other than that i think weather permitting i'm going to do docklands&greenwich.

the average quality of music played on subway stations in london is one of the little things i really like about london.

Tue, Jan. 20th, 2009, 01:35 am

my movement information for today: seen "a midsummer night's dream" performance by the royal shakespeare company and it totally rock. i didn't book in advance but had come to the box office in the morning; they're having 25 tickets for £5 reserved for people aged between 16 and 25 who come to the box office at the day of the performance-. as the theatre was only about 3/4 full i moved myself to a good place. with that and the performance being really great, these probably were the the best £5 i had ever spent.

also visited the london transport museum (which is a new thing as it opened only in 2007) and walked by charing cross road. i thought to set the latter more closely to the date i'm about to leave and i sitll intend to, but my spirit wsa weak today. i tried my best to not buy too many books at this stage and so i ended up with only 3 for today. i will go back for a real bookraid sometime more closely to the date i'm about to leave.

i am having fun.

Sat, Jan. 17th, 2009, 11:00 pm
London trip, day 2

One of the smartest things that I have done for this trip was to take my GPS unit, not before I had downloaded maps of the UK together with points of interest. This has enabled me (after overcoming initial glitches) to make long, interesting walks and really explore some areas (not yet as thoroughly and as many as I am planning but there's still a lot of time for this trip).

So, today I visited a couple of the less-known museums: Pollock's toy museum and the Canal museum. The former has really impressed me with 19th german mechanical toy collections; the other one not so much at all, but was nice.

In the afternoon I took the "Spies and spycatchers" walk of the London walks and it was really cool; tomorrow I'm going for their "Subterranian london" and "Harry Potter London" walks; they got great guides and are pretty affordable (£7 per walk).

London bookstores are evil. I haven't hit Charing Cross road yet, nor have I gone to Forbidden planet since heavening my baggage and lightening my wallet would be better towards the end of my journey (or so I thought) but couldn't resist entering one "Skoob Books" (possibly one of the coolest names for a bookstore that I had heard) near the place I'm staying in and spending a couple of hours there. I haven't bought anything yet, but the temptation is way too big. Someone please shoot me.

Fri, Jan. 16th, 2009, 11:26 pm
London trip, day 1

My first day in london has mostly been about shopping at oxford street as I found myself too tired to do the more coherent things (I entered the british museum and looked at some exhibition I haven't seen before, but then understood I was too tired for more museums today).

so, oxford street. results of shopping: wool sweater, leather gloves, an undisclosed item, unlocked my mobile phone (a general thing I wanted to do for some time) and bought a pre-paid t-mobile uk sim-card for five pounds (for emergencies and possibly doing twitter updates via mobile [haven't managed to get this working so far]). sent out some postcards too; if you want to receive one from london please comment in the sticky post with your address if I don't already know it. also bought some other stuff.

shopping-wise: still need to go to "forbidden planet" on this one, as well as charing cross road.

weather is cool. it rained slightly for some time, but most of the time it was just gray sky as though about to rain but not quite raining. I like it.

London is cool. I can't point it down but there's something... inherently british in all sorts of small things around. Like utility cars. Or, more visibly, for example, cyclists dressed in business suits.

and everything's cool so far on this trip.

more updates to follow

signing off,

Fri, Jan. 16th, 2009, 11:04 am
London trip day 0

There are some words and expressions by which you recognize you're in London. One of those is "CCTV". The other-- "to let". In the sense of "for rent". But you don't see a sign saying "for rent" in London. You see "to let". Whereby you know you're in London. And I don't even mention the tube, not even the "mind the gap" exclamation, even the names of the stations themselves are distinct. Take for example "Cockfosters." Or "Elephant & castle". Said in a british accent of course. I think I can spend hours riding the tube and listening to station announcements.

London. Probably my favorite among all cities of the world.

My flight was good. I took the Thomsonfly flight to Luton, which is a smaller airport on the outskirts of London, used primarily by budget airlines. It is not as big or congested as Heathrow and in my not humble opinion much better. I spent ten hours last year running betweeen all four then built terminals of Heathrow and I think I have had enough of it for my whole life.

Luton on the other hand was small and nice.

"so, do you come here every January, Michael" said the immigration officer. "I was just passing by through here to the states last year" I replied. "and the one before that was in July".


One of the things that really gets me excited when travelling abroad is getting the passport stamped. I don't know why. For some reason in Ben-Gurion they no longer stamp passports at the exit.

The plan from Luton was to take the 23.00 shuttle bus which was supposed to stop near Baker Street tube station at 23.58. Last train from there was, according to the schedule at 00:06

pretty tight. The backup plan was just to walk-- 15 minutes according to my GPS unit.

Plane was delayed by 15 minutes, but I made it to the 23.00 bus; it came to Baker Street at about 00.10 though. However, contrary to the schedule trains were still running. I made it as far as king's cross but from king's cross to russell square the picadilly line stopped running. So I took a bus to russel square.

"The Generator" is a hostel at Tavistock place, just near Russell square. I stayed there in 2006 and loved every moment. It's a place with a party always going on and it's cool, way cool. Coolest place ever, in fact.

So I came to check in. About one o'clock London time. They said "shalom" and were very excited having seen my israeli passport.

The thing I love about this hostel and hostels in general versus some more expensive options. When I came ot check in it was LIVELY. Everyone in the mess hall or at the bar. Haven't really talked to anyone yet but the feeling is just priceless.

(UPD: was asked if I am by chance Australian by one australian girl in the mess hall after I wrote that entry last night).

Anyway. I have checked in. Dumped my stuff. Went to look for internet.
Shop that sells internet cards is closed. There's a machine for those cards as well, but it's broken and will only be fixed tomorrow morning.

So, this post is kept in my notepad and will be posted tomorrow. Also need to see where I go tomorrow.

Time now: 02.45 London, 04.43 Israeli.
Alarm clock set for 9 o'clock london time.

I shall keep you posted.

UPD (tmi?): apparently this trip my hostel is "lively" indeed. I'm staying in this 4-bed dorm room with 2 bunk beds. When I came all but one of the upper level beds were taken. The lower level was draped with towels, shirts and such. So, noises came from behind those, of TWO people. In any case thinking I was being too tired I dumped my stuff and climbed on my bed

They were trying to do that "silently". Which only made things worse becase my bed was rocking. Then when they thought I was sleeping they went more vigorously. And so they went for FOUR FUCKING HOURS straight (and probably more because they haven't begun when I came to the room). Which I have nothing against by itself, but I hardly had any sleep this night. Ah, and I haven't really seen them, cause when they finished one of those started SNORING too. So, I decided I've had enough and, the hour being 7 o'clock went down to have breakfast and finish this entry.

I'm actually more amused than pissed off, but if this repeats tonight I'm probably gonna kick them out Or something.

Original plan included waking up somewhat later today, but I'll see if I can come up with a better plan for now.

signing off,

Thu, Jan. 15th, 2009, 12:43 pm

out for the airport in ~ 2 hours.

Sun, Jan. 11th, 2009, 08:12 pm

some s.o.b stole the icq number of someone in my contact list who is dead for some years now.

Wed, Dec. 31st, 2008, 06:30 pm


Wed, Dec. 24th, 2008, 02:49 pm

An argument by yours truly about homosexuality and religion. Hebrew.

Tue, Dec. 23rd, 2008, 02:52 pm
pravo_il жжот


Я рыдал.

Wed, Dec. 17th, 2008, 12:12 pm
the science of alcohol production

excerpt from a lecture about how alcohol is made. russian, with hebrew subtitles.

Thu, Dec. 11th, 2008, 11:44 pm
The seasonal rebellion of technology against me.

Technology is once again having its seasonal rebellion against me. For some reason technology always chooses to rebel against me in creative ways.

technobabble about weird computer glitches I have hadCollapse )

On another news I broke my ipod's LCD screen while trying to replace its battery using this video. I didn't succeed in opening the case of my ipod with the tool; it came off somewhat, but then a crack appeared in the LCD.

so much for the ipod.

I don't know if I'm going to get it fixed. Or buy a new ipod. I don't really like the fact that apple make it intentionally hard to replace its battery. Or do stuff with it.

1 well, not so random-- usually outlook or firefox. But sometimes some other apps too.

Thu, Dec. 11th, 2008, 12:02 am

And I thought things like this could happen only in Austria.

Mon, Dec. 8th, 2008, 02:27 pm
fingerprint ids

found myself being the devil's advocate in an argument about new fingerprint ids. this is kinda surprising even for myself.

Tue, Dec. 2nd, 2008, 08:01 pm
work accident

cut myself with a blade. that is, a bladecenter blade. i have a special talent for this.

Sun, Nov. 30th, 2008, 11:52 pm

found my desktop computer in quite a dead shape when I came from work. as in: it was off and wouldn't turn. opened it up and examined it. seems like the PSU.

and of course this happens when everything's already closed, so i have to wait till tomorrow morning to buy that crap. not to mention the ~250-300nis damage to my wallet for a decent PSU.

...and i hoped to work on some shit today i only have on the desktop.

i hate when this happens.

Sat, Nov. 29th, 2008, 04:40 pm

Ordered myself a replacement battery for ipod. It came with a tool for opening the thing. Watched the video and proceeded to do the replacement today.

End result is: the cheap plastic of the tool that came with my battery broke and a piece is stuck between the ipod covers.


*curses both apple and the cheap chinese plastic manufacturers*.

Sun, Nov. 23rd, 2008, 08:19 pm
surprise meme

(via antongarou)

What has surprised you the most about me (if anything) since joining my flist/"friending me"? Was anything completely unexpected or have I always fit the picture of me you have in your head?

Mon, Nov. 17th, 2008, 05:12 pm
Why I have no desire whatsoever to ever go to Russia, reason #87218


Иначе чем "пиздец" это назвать нельзя. Причем полный.

Fri, Nov. 14th, 2008, 02:08 am

The new mayor of Jerusalem, says he'll consider dismantling the bridge of strings.

idiot, idiot, idiot.

Thu, Nov. 13th, 2008, 10:43 pm
from nostalgia dept

Is it only me or the hebrew theme of this cartoon is actually better than the original?

Thu, Nov. 13th, 2008, 11:20 am

WOW expansion launching event at freak. lady_alien, you have been spotted at 00:10-00:12 point of the video.

Wed, Nov. 12th, 2008, 11:57 pm

(stolen from warlordkittens)

If you saw ME in a police car, what would you think I got arrested for?

Mon, Nov. 10th, 2008, 01:42 am
track of the night

Sun, Nov. 9th, 2008, 08:16 pm

Today's ynet really managed to amuse me. Link.

I think I chose the wrong profession.

(the really amusing thing? that coffee reader was actually right; there's definitely something with that woman's brain).

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