Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Thigs you never though of doing with a golf ball...

Nike has a new golf ball on the market, which they tout as having amazing capabilities. To demonstrate this, they have posted a series of seriously cool videos of the golf ball being shot into random objects - viewed in slo-mo, of course.

Check it - http://www.nike.com/nikegolf/juiceball/index.html

It's been a while....

Yes yes - it looks like life has gotten just way too crazy, and I just forgot to blog! Let's see if we can get this going again....

Monday, January 16, 2006

A good start....


I wanted to thank everyone for reading my stupid posts. The stat counter (statcounter.com for all you bloggers who need a hit counter) is way up, thanks! It's good to see everyone who reads the blog. US, Israel, UK, Australia, France, and...... Malaysia?!?!

I didn't think anybody really cares about this stuff, but apparently you do! (And you have as much free time as I do! Haha!)

No really, I just blog at work when the boss isn't watching ;)

Anyway - how about some comments from everyone? Just a quick "hi" will do fine - let's get to know each other!

The World Is Now Officially Flat.....


This is great -

Yahoo News:

WASHINGTON - Blacks are more likely than whites to commemorate Martin Luther King's birthday, an AP-Ipsos poll found. They're also more inclined to harbor doubts about progress toward his dream of racial equality.

Riiiiiiiiiight......

Macinsoft!


I've decided my next computer will be a Mac - running XP.

Yep!

Check it out - we'll be able to boot XP from the new Intel Macs soon enough. Ahhh... just think of the possibilities.....

http://www.apcmag.com/apc/v3.nsf/0/64E7EA353646669ECA2570F50012430B

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Tendler Update

Unfortunately for all, this whole debacle seems to get worse by the day.

95% of Tendler's shul (Kehillat New Hempstead) are apparently against him keeping his position as a Rabbi. This led to speculation that he would take a leave of absence from his post for an unspecified amount of time .This did not end up happening last week, as many expected.

Apparently, Rabbi Tendler has been stumping for new board members from the remaining mespalelim to bolster support in his own Kehilla.

Shuffle RAID



I told you guys I was a techie!

This page shows how to take a few iPod shuffles, and RAID 'em up.

Innovative!

http://www.wrightthisway.com/Articles/000154.html

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Lipa Schmeltzer

I don't get something.

On many of the blogs, or message boards, there are people who post in the comments using the name "Lipa Schmeltzer". Is there something I'm missing - is it some joke that everyone else knows about?

(And don't post comments as Lipa now, smart-aleck!)

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Mom?

This is just a great story. Did the guy even look at her???



A series of errors led to a man holding vigil at the bedside of a woman he wrongly believed to be his sick mother.

Nurses called the man to the Conquest Hospital in Hastings, East Sussex, last March, saying his mother was dying.

He identified the wrong patient and sat with her as his real mother lay dead in a nearby room. Another family was wrongly told their mother was dead.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Don't Smoke!

The Geiger iPod

Now this is just creative stuff...!

http://flickr.com/photos/javamoose/sets/1815336/

Moscow Massacre...

Wow -

Apparantly some skinhead-type went on a rampage in a shul in Moscow, and stabbed a few people, including Michael Mishulovich, son-in-law of the synagogue's Rabbi.

I am posting a link to some pics, but be forewarned - they are not for the weak stomach...

http://www.col.org.il/show_news.asp?16835

Monday, January 09, 2006

Tendler Development.....

My sources tell me that there will be big news regarding the Tendler case sometime this week.

Stay tuned for details.

(On a side note, the anti-Tendler camp seems to have taken the letters sent and made a blog out of it - check this out.

http://rabbinicintegrity.blogspot.com/

Blue Screen of Death in HD!

This is great stuff!!

How incompetent can you be to launch HD-DVD at CES and have it freeze???!?!

Blu-Ray rulez!

LAS VEGAS (AP) - It was supposed to be the grand unveiling of a new generation in home entertainment when Kevin Collins of Microsoft Corp. popped an HD DVD disc into a Toshiba production model and hit "play."

Nothing happened.

The failed product demo at this week's International Consumer Electronics Show was hardly an auspicious start for the HD DVD camp in what's promising to be a nasty format war similar to the Betamax/VHS video tape battle.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Fascinating...

I just stumbled on this piece. If you thought cloning was bad, get ready for this!


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The Globe and Mail is reporting on another group of researchers delving into the field of 'synthetic biology.' The project stemming from the efforts of two biology labs in British Columbia and Maryland is attempting to create the first synthetic life form. From the article: 'The project is being spearheaded by U.S. scientist Craig Venter, who gained fame in his former job as head of Celera Genomics, which completed a privately-owned map of the human genome in 2000. Dr. Venter, 59, has since shifted his focus from determining the chemical sequences that encode life to trying to design and build it: "We're going from reading to writing the genetic code," he said in an interview.'"
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The "Letter"

Last week an anonymous mailing was sent out - an unbeleivably detailed 37 page booklet addressing the Tendler issue.

The information contained in this mailing was, for lack of better term - APPALING.

The writers obviously have their agenda, but to mail information so sensitive to families with kids is simply irresponsible. The writers themselves understood this, and even wrote on the outside of the (large manilla) to keep the sensitive material away from kids.

So if you were a kid, what would you have done when you got the mail and saw this?


Right.........


The mailing starts with a letter from Rabbi Wosner basically saying in very strong terms that he must be removed as a Rav. He expresses outrage at Tendler's practices, such as anulling marraiges in the name of his grandfather, R'Moshe's psak, and the fact that he hugged women and preformed "other immoral acts". R'Wosner states that he personally interviewed the men and women involved.


The next part of the letter is simply astounding.

I quote -

"FACT: A group of leading distinguished leading Rabbis of Monsey have now seen the evidence based on halachically competent witnesses with corroborating forensic evidence proving unequivocally that Mordy Tendler had sexual intercourse with a Jewish woman who was someone else's wife"

I belive this is the first time that this actual allegation has been leveled, and been made public.

The letters also reference on numerous occasions to the fact that there is audio of Tendler available to prove their points. It says that if Tendler tries to let it known that Monsey Rabbonim are on his side, the will release the audio tapes to the general public

It looks like wer'e in for a battle to the bitter finish....

Disclaimer

Okay - this is a hard topic to approach, but let's go there.

Any J-blog runs the obvious risk of becoming an unbelivable source of Loshon-Hora, by the nature of what we do.

I just want to make it clear that it is my intention to do my best to simply report facts that are well known, or will be made known in the near future for all to know.

It is not my mission to expose, defame, or otherwise hurt anybody. I simply wish to explore the different angles of the issues which are at hand in the Jewish commmunity.

Now, let's get down to business....

Friday, January 06, 2006

Lakwood Stadium Shelved...

Well, the early reports are in that the Devil stadium deal is off -


Lakewood, NJ - A $40 million to $50 million proposal to build an arena for a New Jersey Devils farm team has been put on ice.
Two Devils owners — who confirmed the project is shelved — said lack of support from the Orthodox Jewish population stalled the proposal.
Positive reaction from the Orthodox community was critical because the arena was to be built on seven acres currently under contract to Cedarbridge Development Corp., the for-profit arm of Lakewood's Beth Medrash Govoha, the country's largest rabbinical college.


What a mess.

BMG has lost every shred of credibility in the past month or two. From the election, to the auction, to the stadium deal - it's become abundantly clear that the leadership needs to get a grip on the fact that Lakewood residents aren't zombies who will just do what they are told.

The blogs are really a testament to this. I mean, look at Yeshiva Orthodoxy - what a great blog! You really got a sense of what Lakewooders felt about the stadium deal from all those comments. Who knows? Maybe that played a role in killing the deal? It's too bad he had to close shop because of the pressure, though.
Allright, this is getting out of hand - 3:15 AM, and still blogging. I'm having too much fun for myself! Allright catcha' later.....
Now this is something that drives me crazy -

I'm reading this new JE Magazine, and they have this interview with the "infamous" Abie Rottenberg.

Yeah, he was part of Pinochet's crew.

I mean, does anybody actually edit these things? They made the same exact mistake in their first mag talking about someone's album.

The rest of the magazine is a hoot as well - get a copy!

It's almost as good as the "JEEZY ROCK N' ROLL" on the Satmar-Lipa proclamation :)

Quote Of The Day


"Dyslexics of the World Untie" !!!


Ok, I'll admit it - I'm a tech head.

There I said it.

So now you can join my celebration!

Oh yea - 15,000 RPM, NCQ, 150 GB - RAPTOR!!!

Check it out - www.wdraptorx.com

This thing is going to burn like a Ferarri, I can just tell by looking!
So let's get started.....

Metziza B'peh.

Two very inflammatory words nowadays, huh?

I have a few questions about how the whole thing is being handled. First off let me make it clear that I am an ardent supporter of keeping the mesorah intact, and preserving an important part of a very symbolic mitzvah.

That being said, there are many things which are being left out by both sides. Why isn't there any statement from the Board of Health as to what exactly the problem is? I mean MBP has been performed for at least the 50 or so years that we've all been living in America. Right? How many cases of infantile herpes were recorded in that time period among MBP recipients (ouch! IS that a scary way to refer to them or what?!)

I would venture to say that it wasn't much of an issue. I mean, if a baby would have died of herpes in 1985, they would have made a big deal about it then, right? But it didn't happen then, it happened now. So I wanna' know -

If Metziza B'peh is such a dangerous activity, show me the cold, hard numbers from the past years that SUPPORTS the fact that it is a dangerous activity. If 95% of all adults have had oral herpes (which IS true), and it is a risk, you would have seen many cases over the years. But we did not.

So what changed?

On the other side of things, I find the ads from the supporters of MBP (like the one in this weeks' Yated) to be pretty insulting to the intelligence of the target audience. (Actually the whole PAPER is like that - but that's a story for a different time ;)

The Health Dept. obviously has concern about the procedure, hence the repeated warnings. So apparantly there is something to be concerned about. So why not refute them by issuing a clear explanation as to why there is nothing to worry about?

But in typical fashion, they just come out and make it into a political thing, about some sort of "holy war", and how we should all just blindly trust them that MBP is the way to go.

Do they really think that the Health Dept. gives a *%#$ about abolishing MBP?? For heaven's sake, this is America 2006, not Eastern Europe 1850! The guys at at the BoH just want to go home and watch their damn football game, just like everybody else. Trust me, waging "war" on MBP is the last thing they really care about.

There is obviously a legitamate concern there, and that's why the statement was issued. So why not talk to us like adults, and address the problem?

blah, blah, blah, blah.....

{{{{ I promise to mix it up! This is not just a moaning and bitching blog ;)...}}}}

Wow - Another J-blog!



Yes, I know what you are thinking. Another one of those blogs where the content is similar to all the other blogs out there, and the blogger is bent to one political direction or the other.

Not here my friends!

My goal is to have a blog where the news is fresh, the truth is sought, and most of all - to have a good time! I find that many blogs have a specific 'direction', whether it's an ideology of some sort, or a dislike for a particular group of people, there always seems to be an underlying 'agenda' if you will.

I feel that a blog should be informative, stimulating, and fun at the same time!


So kick back and enjoy the show!