24 September, 2007

Jews in China

Filed under: Current affairs by Joel @ 8:21 am, 24 September 2007.

On Saturday, China had its first Car-Free Day. It strangely coincided with a regular car-free day in Israel.

Is the Chinese transport minister Jewish?

PS: His name, Li Shenglin, doesn’t sound so Jewish… but you never know these days. It could just be a corruption of Lior Shenkin. Or something.

23 September, 2007

Personality and extended silences

Filed under: General by Joel @ 12:46 am, 23 September 2007.

I recently took a Jung personality test as a subject of Nic(k)’s research work. It classes me as an ENTP, one of sixteen boxes for each the 6.6 billion people on earth.

Now, everyone has something different to say about ENTPs. And let us just ignore the bias caused by it being me that answers the questions, and me that reads the description of my type (and being able to just ignore statements that don’t quite match). Nonetheless, the description page Nic sent me got me right in stating:

ENTPs are less interested in developing plans of actions or making decisions than they are in generating possibilities and ideas. Following through on the implementation of an idea is usually a chore to the ENTP. For some ENTPs, this results in the habit of never finishing what they start.

I’m part of that some. I have numerous half-finished blog entries. Some never make it to the web. Just as many projects off the blog are floating around my mind, or with planning documents on my computer. But nothing or very little by way of implementation.

Implementation is indeed a chore. And sometimes I do it, if there’s some motivation, or if I’m just in the mood to do a chore. (You know, like the days you just feel like cleaning your room, or bringing in the washing. Or is that just me?) Or, if it’s for someone else’s benefit more than mine, then I actually get around to doing the thing.

All in all, this (and the high frequency of High Holidays and flights to and from the Gold Coast recently) might explain why I’m not a very good blogger and, although I have many half-baked posts open in my Opera browser, you haven’t heard from me in a while. And this happens on a regular basis.

I’ll get there. When I feel like a chore.

6 September, 2007

Opera alpha very exciting

Filed under: Opera by Joel @ 12:43 am, 6 September 2007.

Opera - The Fastest Browser on Earth I had to write about it some time, and it’s just too hard to avoid now. The Opera web browser, which I have been using dedicatedly since 2001, on Tuesday released an alpha version of their upcoming version 9.50, codenamed Kestrel. I’m very excited.


5 September, 2007

Experiment: toffee apples for a sweet new year

Filed under: Food by Joel @ 12:18 am, 5 September 2007.


Toffee apple general pic While considering something exciting instead of the usual apples-dipped-in-honey to celebrate Rosh Hashana on campus, I suggested the idea of toffee apples. But full apples would be too expensive to hand out to passerby students, and too much effort to make. So I set out to find out if I could toffee-coat sliced apples. The web had nothing, as far as I could Google. I would need to conduct an experiment…


To determine if toffee apples can be made with apple slices.


2 September, 2007

Praying for the sick

Filed under: General,Judaism by Joel @ 1:11 pm, 2 September 2007.

Praying for the sick is deeply instinctive. Divine petition is closely tied to hoping for and requesting the recovery of the sick. And yet, when emails are forwarded with names of the ill, and occasionally a description of their affliction, and we are expected to add them into our prayers, I usually delete the email. Heartless? Perhaps. (more…)

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