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28 October 2007


Fun fun fun game :)

It's been a while since I laughed like this:

"The Enrichment Center is required to remind you that you will be baked, and then there will be cake."

BTW, finishing it is worth it just for the end song alone. More on wikiquote.

25 October 2007

String Theory In 2 Minutes

Here are a few vids trying to "explain" String Theory in 2 minutes.

There are more over there, which is your favorite?

22 October 2007

New Acadmic Year!

Finally, after six year of at least partial absence, I'm a full-time student once again. I'm back at the Technion for one semester (hopefully) to complete my thesis and master degree.

I must say I missed the academic atmosphere very much these past years. I do miss a few aspects of working in a team though. It's somewhat less fun coming to empty office in the morning and just sitting there busting your brains on a theoretical problem, compared to being in a chaotic 10 man software team with people coming and going all the time.

BTW, I'm teaching Introduction to Computer Science this semester (again), and we're finally moving from Turbo C (written in 1992) to Visual Studio C++ Express. I'm giving the "VS Express Usage" presentations next week - wish me luck.

18 October 2007

BBQ Calculator

Or Mangulator.
A friend told me of a friend of his with "the perfect mangal formula", that accounts for a lot of variables and calculates exactly how much meat you need for a good BBQ. This is the first time I see something like this actually implemented, and with all the other "dishes" as well.

16 October 2007

Fwd: FW: שלט ברמת גן !!-מדהים!!!!!!!

Amusing, though familiar. What's more amusing is that my dad just sent this to my mom. I wonder...

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Juraj Gross
Date: Oct 11, 2007 12:04 PM
Subject: Fwd: FW: שלט ברמת גן !!-מדהים!!!!!!!
To: "Eva Gross (Messinger)"

Subject: FW: שלט ברמת גן !!-מדהים!!!!!!!



צילום: תומריקו





Link to the picture, sorry about the broken picture. I don't know what's the problem with blogger's forwarding, but I'll try and remember that.

15 October 2007

Mission Impossible

Fwd: FW: מה היה בסוריה


מה היה בסוריה:
אין לי מושג מי המקור

המתקן שהותקף:
מתקן צבאי-מדעי, בו הרכיבו מדענים צפון-קוראניים 3 פצצות אטום שיוצרו בצפון קוריאה. הפצצות הועברו לסוריה באניה כשהן מפורקות .
צוות ההתקפה:
2 מטוסי חמקן אמריקאיים, 4 מטוסי F15 ו4 מטוסי F16 של חיל האויר. מטוס ישראלי אחד לפחות נפגע מטיל אך הצליח לשרוד ולחזור לבסיס. המכם הסורי לא גילה את מטוסי החמקן, ומבחינת הסורים - רק מטוסים ישראליים נטלו חלק במבצע .
צורת ההתקפה:
מטוס החמקן האמריקאי שיגר לעבר הבסיס הסורי פצצת אטום טקטית מדגם TGU4880 A בעלת עצמה של 30 kt שאר המטוסים רק ליוו אותו. מטוס החמקן השני נשא עימו פצצת אטום של 65 kt למקרה ויתברר שהפצצה הראשונה לא הצליחה לפצח את הבונקרים שבבסיס .
תוצאות ההפצצה:
הבסיס הסורי פשוט נעלם ! לא מבנים, לא דרכים, לא מתקנים, אפילו לא הריסות, כלום ! במקום בו היה הבסיס יש פשוט ביקעה גדולה !
הסורים הראשונים שהיגיעו למקום וחיפשו לשוא את הבסיס - היו בהלם !
הסורים עדיין בהלם. העובדה שמחקו להם בסיס כה סודי ומבוצר מפחידה אותם. לא לחינם אמר ראש אגף מודיעין כי ההרתעה כלפי סוריה חודשה.
מובן שהם אינם יכולים לספר מה השמידו להם, כי בכך יודו בכוונותייהם הזדוניות. הם גם לא מעיזים לספר כי נזרקה עליהם פצצת אטום, ומובן שגם ארה"ב וישראל ממלאות פיהם מים.
הסורים, הצפון קוראנים, האירנים בכעס עצום על ישראל. יש לצפות לפעולת תגמול בסדר גודל שווה ערך לפעולה. פעולה כזו עלולה להצית תבערה כללית בעולם.

11 October 2007

Recent Events

I'll make this a short one since I'm on a Dimitry's internet, and he is stealing it from the neighbours :)

This tuesday I got officially released from the army and into reserve duty. It's depressing that they have to spoil this beautiful day by reminding me I'll be called back to the army for the rest of my life, but I guess it will be nice to see that place once enough time passes.

Yesterday we moved to our new apartment in Haifa. The move went extremly well, with very cheap yet very proffesional movers (Segal/Aviva moving). We are progressing well with our unpacking and are excited about our new home. You will soon be invited to drop by and visit.

08 October 2007

Religious Brain

They found a biological basis for religion. WTF.

06 October 2007


I wonder how common this phenomenon is.

05 October 2007

Free Calls to Businesses

You obviously know the 1-800 numbers that provide free phone calls to businesses.
The problem is that dialing these numbers from a cellphone costs almost regular fees. I now saw in The Yellow Pages an option to have the business call you. It works well, and really fast.

Lorwyn Prerelease

Any of you that don't care about Magic: The Gathering can skip on to the next post.

Last weekend I was at my first pre-release in 3 years. I played a solid faeries deck with 3 copies Boggart Sprite-Chaser, which was always , for me, a 2/3 flying creature for 2 mana.

Unfortunately my deck had no bombs, except Wort, Boggart Auntie, which was almost always killed the turn I played it :(

I went 3-0 for my first 3 games, and even managed to kill an incarnation and win. Then I got kicked in the face with the broken Cloudthresher which demolished my army of faries and proceeded to terminate me.

That's what I hate about limited - bombs other people get :)

After another loss (at 3-2) I left the game in favor of a draft. I figured I had no chance to win something at the main event. I was wrong. It turns out places 9-16 were filled with people with four victories, so I could definitely have won 1-5 boosters. I ended up winning two boosters in the draft though, which was nice.