Posts Tagged ‘great’

SFO airtrain

April 2, 2010

The SFO airtrain is a big savior

What a change from their previous dumb buses

Connectivity to terminals is, well, not european: you need to go up, then down, then an elevator, then you can feel as if you are in a civilized, mass transit aware urban center. while you are going to the 5th floor of the parking lot  thru the basement the signage system is also, well, american. not consistent, not fun to look at, not obvious.

i still love the airtrain.  I love the vocals and sounds
‘Please hold on. Please set luggage carts brake to ‘on”
For me, its a lullaby


the road from slavery to freedom

March 28, 2010

a great holiday is coming. hag sameach. passover. what a misnomer. you can not just pass-over the subject of the path from confinement to liberty, from slavery to … is freedom the word? i was hoping salvation, but no, freedom is a good fit.

( btw tried to find a picture for freedom. this is what google images gives you. scary)

but this is the photo i choose

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i was trying to think what does  it really mean to go from bondage and servitude to freedom. the idea was not easy for me. i decided the steve jobs captures the idea quite nicely:

“Your time is limited,

so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.

Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.

Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice.

And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.

They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

– Steve Jobs

if you have not seen SJ’s stanford’s graduation speech back in 2005, please do so now. before the holiday. it is a bit long, but worth your time. you will enter the holiday a different person; one in charge of your destiny.

i was trying to see if the word salvation can replace freedom.( it is a better play on letters with slavery) and decided it is not appropriate. below is wikipedia’s explanation. in a nutshell, it has too much to do with sins and after life. (גדול עלי).

since this is the holiday of freedom, i thought it is also appropriate to mention one of the greatest documents i have ever read. the US Constitution and its declaration of independence. its firsts real sentance (other than we the gathered here….) states:

We hold these truths to be self-evident,

  • that all men are created equal,
  • that they are endowed … with certain unalienable Rights.
  • that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness

i like it a lot. i think pesach is the holiday of equality. i also like the fact that it does not say we have the right to be happy, but the pursuit of Happiness



In religion, salvation is the concept that God or other Higher Power, as part of Divine Providence, saves humanity from spiritual death or Eternal Damnation by providing for them an eternal life (cf. afterlife). The world’s religions agree that humanity needs salvation from its present condition. However, they hold irreconcilable positions on what it means from an eternal perspective to become saved, the actual way to get saved, and the resources needed to attain salvation.

The theological study of salvation is called soteriology. It covers the means by which salvation is effected or achieved, and its results. Salvation may also be called “deliverance” or “redemption” from sin and its effects.

Some religions claim that salvation can be attained by using only inner human resources such as meditation, accumulation of wisdom, asceticism, rituals, or good deeds. Other religions teach that humans can be saved only through the grace granted by an external personal agent (God, a bodhisattva, an avatar, etc.) One’s duty is to recognize the impossibility of being saved by one’s own efforts, and therefore accept grace unconditionally.[1

airlines, indications of the future

March 25, 2010

want to see the future?

airlines are not just an indication of the past, but also of the future

On the way back from the USA had  a short connect in CDG. suitcase did not make it with me. but across the gate from my flight to TLV, there stood in its majesty, a dream. the A380. next to it were a boeing 747 and a 777.


the size of the thing. its tail is almost twice as high as the Jambo 747, a dream of the past.

every time i see a plane take off i think: what a marvel of engineering. 200 tonnes up in the air. and a victory of the human spirit. to think that we could build machines that would fly. man, i do not see me having had that vision 200 years ago.

Now, planes, flights and service are a thing of the past. a routine we do not think about. in the past 10 years i hae used an airplane much, much more than a bus

speaking of service, on which airlines do you get the best service?
American ones, not so much
European ones? Better
Asian ones? Great

Shows you in which direction the world is going

atame – bind me

March 14, 2010

saw this beautiful collection of jewelry by barbara bui in a magazine advertisement on a plane from paris to detroit. the name atame, bind me , is the name of the new jewelry line

the snake here represents, i am told, rebirth, reproduction and wisedom.

i would add passion, bold, beauty, fear?

interesting jewlery collection. not sure too many girls i know would where it

anyhow, would love to know who is the photographer.

reminds me of richard avedon’s photograph of  natasia kinski and the snake for a 1981 vogue magazine shoot

and also

rachel weisz for esquire 2004


February 24, 2010

rudyard kipling, i believe, is best remembered for the jungle book and for wining the noble prize

if you did not receive this poem on a fake parchment skin (קלף עור) for some birthday in the late 70’s. perhaps it is a good time to read it

Kipling is said to have written the poem ‘If’ with Dr Leander Starr Jameson in mind, who led about five-hundred of his countrymen in a failed raid against the Boers, in southern Africa. The ‘Jameson Raid’ was later considered a major factor in starting the Boer War (1899-1902).

a great movie about the boers  war is breaker morant which i think of often in regards to the goldstone report

And on a different subject, here’s a demonstration of the power of your own brain, which makes a jumbled use of Rudyard Kipling’s inspirational poem ‘If’.

‘if’ by rudyard kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master,
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

from businessballs:

Rudyard Kipling’s (1865-1936) inspirational poem ‘If’ first appeared in his collection ‘Rewards and Fairies’ in 1909.

‘If’ is perhaps even more relevant today than when Kipling wrote it, as an ethos and a personal philosophy. Lines from Kipling’s ‘If’ appear over the player’s entrance to Wimbledon’s Centre Court – a poignant reflection of the poem’s timeless and inspiring quality.

The beauty and elegance of ‘If’ contrasts starkly with Rudyard Kipling’s largely tragic and unhappy life. He was starved of love and attention and sent away by his parents; beaten and abused by his foster mother; and a failure at a public school which sought to develop qualities that were completely alien to Kipling. In later life the deaths of two of his children also affected Kipling deeply.

Rudyard Kipling achieved fame quickly, based initially on his first stories and poems written in India (he returned there after College), and his great popularity with the British public continued despite subsequent critical reaction to some of his more conservative work, and critical opinion in later years that his poetry was superficial and lacking in depth of meaning.

Significantly, Kipling turned down many honors offered to him including a knighthood, Poet Laureate and the Order of Merit, but in 1907 he accepted the Nobel Prize for Literature. Kipling’s wide popular appeal survives through other works, notably The Jungle Book (1894) the novel, Kim (1901), and Just So Stories (1902).


February 21, 2010

i think handball is a great sport

a lot of the beauty of football(soccer), with the action of basketball. could be a great family outing.

all of the guys i ever met who played handball seriously were great fun and with wide shoulders.

why is it not more popular?

when you youtube “handball” you get theiri henri’s handball vs Ireland to qualify for the mondial. sad.

here is an amazing goal i urge you to watch (45 seconds. at least watch from 30th second).  it is in the african cup 2010 semifinal game between Baharin and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). game tied 25 each.  last few seconds. KSA has the ball and is attacking.the clip start post game

if you watched only the last 15 seconds, now is the time to replay from start


ולפאר מדינת ישראל – peer to peer

February 19, 2010

how about shachar peer!

wonderful results

alone, in a foreign country, with 16 body guards.

last year Dubai authorities did not let her in

this year, the event organizers tried to sideline her – but she is the Center of attention

no fake passports, and she is still executing

her ability to take the hostility of the crowd and organizers and turn it to positive energy is incredible. an important skill every entrepreneur should desire. and in my opinion a skill that can be learned.

60 years in 60 seconds

February 11, 2010

yoram taharlev is a prolific genius, a kind man and takes the path less traveled

take a look also at some goodies and oldies

apologies that this is in hebrew

when the saints, go marching in

February 9, 2010

a few thoughts about superbowl XLIV:

  • it is a new American holiday. similar to thanksgiving 400 years ago. thank you for america, for capitalism, for sports.  my parents were hosting yesterday. my parents. sports…
  • in the ESPN international broadcast they said “from Miami, FL, USA”. not often you would hear Americans state a location  in the format of city, state, country. it is a sport with great international following. still, to call the winners the world champions. doesn’t the American champions suffice?
  • if you had to expand the brand how would you do it? a non US team? a longer season? NBA –  an 82-game season before a long playoff seem crazy too.
  • even if you wanted the saints to win, you did not give yourself a chance to believe in it
  • it is a great redemption for those seating in the stadium with bags on their faces a few years back. the saints winning a play-off game? just 2 in 42 years and i think both were in 2006
  • reminds  me of the stories 40 years ago of super bowl iv and how KC won despite the vikings being heavy favorites. sean payton is a bit like hank stram

sean payton superbowl XL IV champs head coach

hank stram superbowl IV champs head coach

  • no NFL season MVP has won the Superbowl.
  • manning in 4th quarter was not what you expected. the quarter started colts 17 saint 16, colts with the ball and manning completing a 15 yard pass to about mid field. drive ended in missed field goal. talk about change in momentum
  • wasn’t this the superbowl with the least turnovers (1) (and sacks – 1) in a long time?

answer: turnovers:

this one had 1. record is 0

Buffalo vs. N.Y. Giants, XXV
St. Louis vs. Tennessee, XXXIV

sacks – hard to find an answer

  • i did believe that if the saints will score 30 or more they will win
  • XLIV – some kids tell me they had to learn Roman Numerals
  • seems that to be a true champion, you have to adjust your game and to control momentum. momentum does not just swing wildly. champions learn to use it
  • drew brees was not good enough for SD chargers and a ‘maybe’ for Miami dolphins before the saints took a chance on him. they were 3-13 in 2005.
  • let Mardi Gras begin. it never really ends

when does spring start?

January 30, 2010

Spent the afternoon with Limor, her parents, and the kids

celebrated Limor’s birthday which took place this sunday (we did bazel, dizingoff, gordon, ben yehouda and back – mostly art galleries,  jewlery makers and off course, iceberg, the great ice cream store)

during our afternoon a few interesting discussions ensued. would love to hear your opinions

  1. when does spring start?
  2. when it rains, do you get more wet when you run, or walk?
  3. if you want your tea to chill down, when do you need to add the sugar

as far as everyone is concerned we are a nice normal family

when does spring start?

several answers came out:

  • when more days, the sky is blue then grey
  • when poppy flowers come out (and חרציות)
  • כשהחצב פורח. wait. no, no, no
  • כשהשלגיה פורחת
  • pesach. or purim. but wait, it rains every purim. so pesach? it is חג האביב, ל?א.
  • טו בשבת?
  • march 23
  • when the days start being longer, and you hear more birds

well for me, it is when the mango trees start creating their fruit. slow at first, then flowers, by august fruits. every day  a small progress.

the beauty for me is that the mango tree grow just ourside our bath window. i recommend this. plant a tree you love by your bathroom window. you will start every day with it. it is a love realtionship know one will discover.

the mangos started pushing sweet love out of their leaves this past week

welcome, spring

rain. walk or run?

running or walking during rain? when do you get more wet?

  • first, lets remove the element of time. you probably get there more quickly if you run.gil claims it does not matter, and in brainiac they showed that over the same path, the runner is wetter. how?
  • we decided it depends on the angle of the rain. if it is a steep angle, and you run, you cross more raindrops per second. if it is vertical, running is still wetter. got confused. help, can you? we decided it has to do with
  • the proportions of speed of run vs walk
  • the angle of rain/wind and
  • your body x section dimensions
  • alignment with wind speed

my advise:

“You get wet faster when you’re running, but you’re in it for less time.”

bottom line, do not get caught walking in the rain with you larger family, if you do not want this types of conversations. then again, maybe you do.

here is an interesting discussion favoring running.

read the answer, not the question

and another

look here as well (link is lost)

To stay drier, do you walk or run in rain? If you walk, researchers
say, you're all wet - Eric Sorensen, Seattle Times

and some more interesting links.
apparently an unsolved question:
a candian physicist point of view
a mathematician's 

Chill down

you want your hot tea to chill quickly

should you add the sugar first, or wait?

decided this depends on ΔT of the water and air. to the 4th degree.

so to chill down more quickly, keep the delta T high, add sugar later

still, when thinking of tea and cooling it. it think of my grandfather pundak, סבא ישעיהו , and his great ice tea

there is still the question of at which temperature it is best to drink your tea. and we have not added milk, yet…

for the Talpiot type readers, please, some help and observations

i guess i am rusty on my physics and the &# year old to 12year old threw too many ideas at me