Monthly Archives: January 2010

The Life of an Editor

Something always slips through: I’m working on the final draft of a few chapters right now, so I am well aware of how things slip through.  Still, I was very happy to read that Major Peretz is still be considered for the position of Chief Military Rabbit.  (Read the last paragraph of the article.) Hat tip to Central LS.

Strange Shining Orb

What’s that bright thing in the sky? We wake to a vaguely familiar sensation of… sun!  Yes, after some of the rainiest, stormiest weather that seemed to last forever, the sun is now smiling on us again.  Everything is completely soggy, including growing patches on my ceiling.  My office is still shrouded in plastic sheets as our building va’ad bayit (homeowners’ association) scrambles to get bids from roofing contractors.

The sunshine makes our spirits soar.  Terri takes off like a rocket. After days of depressed plodding through short, soggy walks, she is once again free to bounce, run, dash, leap, romp, frolick, and scramble up the rocks in search of hyrax.  She spins around, runs in circles, and generally acts like a goofball as she burns all this pent-up energy.

Why are they surprised: I find it amusing that the NY Times, in covering Israel’s spectacular response in Haiti, comments about the total absence of aid from any of the oil-rich Gulf states.  Uh, duh.  They didn’t help in the tsunami, they didn’t help in South American mudslides, and they didn’t help their own brothers, the Palestinians.  So what else is new? They will still stand up in the UN and condemn Israel, and many of the countries who are now cheering us on in Haiti will support them. Same old, same old.

Word of the day: I spent over an hour yesterday struggling to solve a graphics problem. Finally broke down and asked a colleague who is a brilliant graphics expert. He explained that the problem was Internet Explorer, not me.  “Oh,” says I, “it’s a case of YAMFU (Yet Another Microsoft F*ck-Up).”  I just made it up, but I like it. Sort of rolls of the tongue, don’t you think? Go ahead and use it. YAMFU. Let’s see how far it spreads in the next few months.

And lest you think that I’m an anti-MS rabble-rouser, I’m not.  I run a Windows OS, I use many MS apps, and I think that with some applications, they’ve done a bang-up job of improving Help and other user assistance.  But, yes, they are so massive that even screwing up 5% of the time causes a huge impact on users.

Hi-tech envy: Ever watch those action movies where the bad guy opens a laptop, goes clickety-tippety-tappity for five seconds, and in less time than it takes to swallow that mouthful of movie theater popcorn, the full 20 million dollar wire transfer has appeared in his account? OK, this really pisses me off.  First of all, what the heck kind of laptop does he have that goes from standby mode to fully functioning, online, WIFI enabled, etc., in one nanosecond? Second, what’s his bank? A client in the States sends me payment via a wire transfer on Wednesday, and 48 hours later, it still hasn’t shown up in my Bank Hapoalim account.  Is there an Evil Action Villain account package that I don’t know about?

Granted, I’m one of these nerdy people who notice all the plot gaffs, the logic problems, and the continuity errors.  What’s your favorite movie “oh, pul-eeeeze!” moment?

Here Come the Nutjobs

Even when we try to help: This nutjob (from Seattle, davka), is claiming that we are in Haiti to steal organs.

Smile for the day: Yes, that broad American English “a” is awfully hard to pronounce, eh?

Soggy Doggy!

Torrential rain: Heavy downpours make things wet and miserable up here in the north, but Karmiel is very hilly and there isn’t much risk of flooding.  In the Negev, however, roads turned into rivers, wadis flooded, and several cars were swept away.  IDF performed a daring rescue of several people stuck in a truck and in a private car (one person still died, unfortunately). To put this in perspective, by noon on Monday, Eilat had already had three times its annual rainfall.  That’s wet!

Terri and I get caught in the rain on all our walks; our evening walk is fine until we are (dafka) furthest away from home. Then the skies open up and we have to trudge back through the storm. I’m well dressed in sturdy rain gear (that’s my Seattle roots showing through!), but my poor doggy was drenched and sad.

A Glimpse into Hell

Haiti: Situation goes from grim to pure hell on earth.  We’ve upped the amount of aid and personnel on the ground, but it looks like the death toll may go way higher than anyone first anticipated.

Techno-terrorism: More hacks from Turkey.  While the Turks yell bloody murder over being having their ambassador “snubbed” (causing a lot of silly wasted time and two separate appologies on our part), hackers in Turkey are targeting more and more Israeli websites.  My former client WORDS had its site hacked.  Now Jersulem Online gets hacked, and their main page is filled with anti-Israel crap. It is being sorted out, but this kind of attack is such a pain in the butt.

Serendipity: The NY Times runs this article on the amazing hi-tech productivity in Israel. Hat tip to sister Tracy. Just yesterday I received the printers’ proofs of the cover of the TC book to which I’m a contributing author, and my chapter talks about this very thing!  Don’t expect this book, put out by Baywood Publishers, to make it to your local book store.  Heck, I’ll be amazed if more than 100 people ever read it, but… 

Earthquake Watch

Sending a hospital: We’re shipping a field hospital and 120 medical personnel to Haiti. Meanwhile, the pundits are asking when we will have the Next Big One, as the last really destructive earthquake here was in 1927.  I recall a few small ones, mostly doing damage in Akko and Eilat, but everyone agrees that we are a) due for a big one and b) woefully unprepared.

Your duh moment of the day: Guma is gaga.  Like they needed to do a psych eval to figure that out?  This is the knucklehead who claims to have met Shalit in Gaza.  Sheesh, the guy backs Beitar, for cryin’ out loud.

Barkfest for two: The normally non-vocal girl goes nuts this morning, barking hysterically at some mystery threat that only she can see.  I join her on the balcony, but don’t see anything.  For ten minutes, she is on edge and clearly fixated on something out there.  Ghosts?  Invisible kitties?  Who knows.

You think that you live in an old building?  New find in TA.  Can you imagine being on that va’ad bayit?

Count Your Blessings

My roof may leak, but at least it is still standing: Scary images from Haiti.  As usual, we’ve sent a search-and-rescue team and more aid is on the way.  These poor people had not even recovered from last year’s devastating hurricanes, and now they have to deal with this.

Contemplating future travel trauma: