October 17th, 2011


Steve Jobs,1955-2011

A lot of people impact the world in many ways...but some also have that elusive quality...charisma. One such, I think, was Steve Jobs.

One of the best accounts of Jobs' life that I've read was in Time magazine:

click here to read it

Portrays him well, warts and all. The photo essay in the same issue is also stunning. I suppose all of you would have read it, and seen it...but still....

At almost the same time, Dennis Ritchie's death didn't seem to make many waves, though it must have been a loss to many geeks.


A great loneliness sits upon me.
The world seems a vast desert tract
Where exists no human being
That I can call friend,
I am alone...I cannot attract
A single living thing
To myself....I see
Only a thorny path without end.

Don't worry about my writing in this sad strain...
It's only because of my awful migraine!

Today...one friend rang,
And another called on me;
Through my headache, my heart sang
I had a chat with one, with the other, some tea.
Several comforted me on Facebook;
As soon as they took a look
At my status update.
They all comforted me...early or late.

This is the millionth time but I'll say it again...
Whether I'm hale or fighting a migraine....
Men or women, boys or girls,
Friends are like shining pearls.
No one can be luckier than me...
I have enough pearls for LOTS of jewellery.

I am so lucky...if just a headache makes me feel this way, how must people with chronic pain feel, how difficult their lives must be! I cannot fault any ill person for being crabby or irritable.

The subject title? Add a "he" to both sides of it!

Excellent procedure!

No racial profiling in Israel. Israelis are developing an airport security device that eliminates the privacy concerns that come with full-body scanners at the airports.
You step into an armoured booth that will not X-ray you, but will detonate any explosive device you may have on your person.
Israel sees this as a win-win situation for everyone, with none of this crap about racial profiling. It will also eliminate the costs of a long and expensive trial.
You're in the airport terminal and you hear a muffled explosion. Shortly thereafter, an announcement: "Attention to all standby passengers, we now have a seat available on flight 670 to London. Shalom!"