Saturday, April 30, 2005

chat on Hello

michaelbsh: does the last 1 look familiar?
yish: what, the pub? or the beer head?
michaelbsh: the beverage, look again
yish: sorry..
yish: G?
yish: Ana, too light!
michaelbsh: brown sugar over cappuccino foam , close nough though
yish: yeah, I thought that - but the context had me off track.
yish: although that place could be a caf'e now that I look at it again
michaelbsh: your craving lead u astray
michaelbsh: it's le brasserrie
yish: actually, my craving is for the latte(r)
yish: which is just ready. and an almond croissant to accompany it
michaelbsh: can you transfer, odours thru hello, i mean now that the
firewall is OFF?
yish: does your machince support OTP?
michaelbsh: my cophee machince?
yish: anyway, coffee's done. I need to write a paper. can we continue later?
michaelbsh: hopefully
michaelbsh: ciao
yish: ciao

Friday, April 29, 2005

yo man, yidishkait, yeah?


/*"Engage*/ was set up in response to the Association of University
Teacher’s decision to
take steps towards an academic and cultural boycott of Israel
/*Engage */opposes Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. We are
in favour of the foundation of a Palestinian state alongside the state
of Israel. We do not believe that Israel is an ‘illegitimate state’. We
are for reconciliation between Israeli Jews and Palestinians.
*1 . /Engage /opposes the idea of an academic or cultural boycott of
*2 . /Engage/ aims to encourage, facilitate and publicise positive links
between Israeli, Palestinian, British and global academia. /Engage/ is
for closer engagement, not boycotts.*
*/3 . Engage/ stands up against antisemitism in our universities, in our
unions and in our students unions. *"

Especialy provocative is:

Howard Jacobson on anti-Zionism

*Thursday, April 28th, 2005* at *5:18 am* by *Administrator*

Allow me, in the light of the Association of University Teachers
decision to boycott Israeli Universities, to voice a heresy.
Anti-Zionism *is*, after all, anti-Semitism.

I say after all because until now I have always resisted the conflation
of anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. I have suffered very little
anti-Semitism personally, and don’t find it under every stone. I don’t
think Jews, by virtue of their victimization in the past, have any right
to expect exemption from the usual rough and tumble of opinion. And I
don’t consider it a mark of ill will towards Israel - indeed it might
well denote the very opposite - to oppose its policies when they are

Boycotting Israel: the uses of history Stephen Howe - openDemocracy

A good background article:

(thanks, Imshin

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Lessons from Brazil

Brazil has decided to force all its public sector into open source. Microsoft reacts by offering it a $40 version of windows. Brazil not impressed:,39020390,39196592,00.htm,289142,sid39_gci1081255,00.html

And, while we're at it, the Guardian compares MS office and OpenOffice:,,1471339,00.html

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

You brought the boycott upon yourselves: Gush Shalom letter to Bar Ilan University, 26 April

Now, Bar-Ilan is a different story:

The University of Haifa is saddened and not a little outraged by this attempt to erect barriers and obstruct the flow of ideas

The University of Haifa is saddened and not a little outraged by the
utterly unjust and unjustifiable decision of the AUT and by its attempt
to erect barriers and obstruct the flow of ideas within the
international academic community

Grant Robinson : Guess-the-google launcher

After creating Montage-a-google, several people wrote
to me suggesting I make a game based on the same
technology. Montage-a-google is a simple web app that
uses Google's image search to generate a large gridded
montage of images based on keywords (search terms)
entered by the user. Guess-the-google reverses this
process by picking the keywords for you, the player
must then guess what keyword made up the image - it's
surprisingly addictive.

Ubuntu - Linux for Human Beings

Yet another CD bootable linux, but with a nice spiel and an installer:

"Ubuntu" is an ancient African word, meaning "humanity to others". Ubuntu also means "I am what I am because of who we all are". The Ubuntu Linux distribution brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the software world.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Armenians Mark 90th Anniversary Of Start Of Massacres

(24 April )
Armenians from around the world today commemorated the 90th anniversary
of what they call "Genocide Day" -- the start of mass deportations and
killings of their ethnic kin during the final years of the Ottoman
Empire. For decades, survivors of those events and their descendants
have lobbied for international recognition that "genocide" occurred. But
successive Turkish governments have denied the kllings were aimed at
exterminating the Christian Armenian population.