Thank God For DST

The last post was a kvetch about Daylight Savings Time (particularly Amtrak’s idiotic reaction to it), but here’s an example of DST saving lives (scroll down)!

In September 1999, the Palestinian West Bank was on daylight saving time while Israel had just switched back to standard time. West Bank Palestinians prepared time bombs and smuggled them to Arab Israelis, who misunderstood the time on the bombs. As the bombs were being planted, they exploded—one hour too early—killing three terrorists instead of the intended victims—two busloads of people.

Close call… Thank God!


Amtrak Doesn’t Like Free Time

My coworker E pointed out this very weird Amtrak policy to me. Apparently, when the clocks change from Daylight Savings Time back to normal time (“Lousy Farmers”), and everyone gains an hour, Amtrak trains everywhere just… stop. For a whole hour. You’d think they’d at least pull up to the next station so people can, I don’t know, NOT BE STUCK IN A FRICKIN’ TRAIN FOR A WHOLE FRICKIN’ HOUR FOR NO GOOD REASON. Here’s a link with more info (and more links). Or finish existing runs, and push off departures.

And yeah – they discuss what happens when Amtrak loses an hour. As you suspected, nothing intelligent.


787 Dalmations… I mean Clip Arts

Via Table of Malcontents comes Oliver Laric’s 787 Cliparts: “787 individual pieces of clip art are displayed sequentially, creating a shifting, mesmerizing animation in which a housepet seemingly morphs into a wrestling opponent, then a dance partner. Even more clever, the resulting movie is set to loop, so that you can watch it forever.”

Cute :-)


The Nasrallah Song

Someone sent me this music video made in Israel “dedicated” to Hezbollah leader and arch-terrorist Hassan Nasrallah. Definitely a good way to lift the gloomy mood throughout Israel these days…


Miniature Gold Diggers

Via Minding the Planet: “Eureka! Bacteria Have the Midas Touch”.

Wow! Huge news if true…


Funny Photos

Factum – Face the Fact. I don’t know what that means, but there are some really funny photos there…


Best Video Ever

If you’re bummed about current events, I’m quite sure this will cheer you up.


News From the North

I got this e-mail from my mom’s cousin (and clearance to share it, but I initialized names, since some of them are on active duty over there):

Hi Cousins!

Just wanted to update you all on what is really going on in this part of the hemisphere… I mean, you can’t always trust the CNN (Certainly Not News) channel!

I guess the only word to describe this situation is W-A-R. As you probably have realized, the Hizbollah is a front for greater threats—Syria and Iran.

My sons D (now a captain in Givati) and A (in Golani) are in Gaza. S (Border Police) was brought to our area with the reinforcement troops. And T, who is a combat rescue and biological warfare officer, is guarding a “sensitive” location “somewhere” in the Haifa vicinity.

I left my home yesterday (that was still standing as I pulled out) and drove by myself to B’s. I had never driven this far by myself before, but terror and fear can do wonders for all those little phobias I seemingly developed over the years. Did you know that Mazda 3’s really do go up to 140 kmh??? :-) Especially when I drove past Karmiel and Meron… With one eye on the road. and the other fixed on the sky, I felt like I was in some science fiction movie during an alien invasion. :-0 Beam me up, Scottie and Warp 10 me outta here!!!

I had stayed home in Avivim until yesterday, despite everything, until it became really too dangerous to do so. I mean, I thought it would be over – or at least a bit better – in a few days, like always. Was I ever wrong. The Bad Guys shoot over mortars, anti-aircraft, and katyusha rockets. Most miss but they come close enough to shake you up a bit! And then we retaliate by shooting from tanks (the ones next to my house!!!), and live fire from Blackhawk helicopters (thrilling), and more. You get to be an expert after a while and can distinguish the different types of fire, but you still can’t catch much sleep even with the TV turned way up!

But, I HAD to leave beacuse the electronic fence that guarded the border was down and the attempted infiltrator (and we know what his intentions were) were shot dead opposite my house, before my eyes. The terrorist was wearing a UN uniform and drove a UN vehicle. I performed the actions I had drilled so many times with the kids, in case of an infiltration. The next morning (was it really only yesterday???), a katyusha landed almost in my back yard. It was time to go! I can take a hint!
It is so nice to be with B and G during times like this. (I am writing this email from Bev’s computer.) I feel as though I am on a different planet. People work, sleep, take showers, etc. I am so lucky to have such a great family. S and C have called several times, and B and D have sent encouraging email letters. We appreciate them!!! Thank you!!!

In the meantime, let’s continue to pray that this will be over soon and not escalate into something even larger Let us pray for all the soldiers’ safety, and for the state and nation of Israel.



Spammed :-(

A spam spider hit my blog a few minutes ago, leaving a cloying remark (“Very pretty site! Keep working. thnx!”, or “Your site is on top of my favourites – Great work I like it.”) on each post, with a link to some casino semi-visible underneath the butt-kissing (so I won’t delete the comment, which I will, of course). It looks like the comments are there to increase the site’s “link weight” on the search engines, as opposed to get you to click on it. Unfortunately for the spammer, I will not be made into his bitch.

So what do you think? Should I turn off anonymous commenting? Or turn on Captcha (the thing where you have to enter the letters from a picture – although I’m not sure how secure that is anyway)? Or both?



Involuntary WHAT Machine?

Involuntary Dance Machine… Oh…