Th’ Rev. Mercury, part 2

For the first time i uploaded my own recorded concert as a torrent to Dimeadozen. The Mercury Rev show, of course.

The recording quality is not that bad, but actually i hope that someone more experienced will download it, improve the quality (noise reduction, whatever). I really believe in the collaborative power of the Internet; when it works, it works beautifully.


Political Compass, part 3

Time to check my political compass again. Read about the previous one here.

This time it is:
Economic Left/Right: -1.88 (2005-07: -2.50; 2004-09: -2.75)
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -2.97 (2005-07: -2.10; 2004-09: -3.13)

The flux is first and foremost due to the fact that i choose Agree or Strongly Agree differently each time. To the death penalty question i always say “Strongly Disagree”, but to the “Mothers may have careers, but their first duty is to be homemakers” i sometimes agree and sometimes strongly so. It all depends on the moment i’m answering and millions of moments that lead to it since the last time. My answers are honest and reflect how i feel.

Apparently i steadily keep moving away from Communist towards the economic right. It may have something to do with the fact that i slowly started to make real – albeit still modest – profits on the stock exchange. And in the social part i’m going back from Fascist to Libertarian, although the changes are not too significant (and i’m still on the Libertarian side).

I’ll test myself again a few months after the elections.

Drop the Debt

I finally handed all the long-overdue papers for the previous semester. Technically nothing’s finished till i get the grades, and frankly i hardly deserve to pass; and i pray that the professors will be merciful about this almost endless procrastination. Still – i haven’t felt so good in almost a year.

But my hand was made strong
By the hand of the almighty
We forward in this generation triumphantly
All I ever had is songs of freedom
Won’t you help to sing these songs of freedom
Cause all I ever had redemption songs,
Redemption songs.

People Speaking – Miracle

— “So, do you know what was the miracle of Chanuka?”

— “Well, there was the oil miracle in the Temple.”

— “Nah, that’s not a miracle. The real miracle was the victory over Hellenism. The oil miracle is nothing – go live with a wise righteous rabbi for a week, and I promise that you’ll witness at least one miracle of that proportion.”


Blogs by two of my friends from the university:

They are both in Hebrew. I love Hebrew, but i have a variety of reasons to keep writing in English. But a few things that are common to me and them is that they both like:

  1. Good XHTML (although i kinda neglected mine lately).
  2. Being too clever about writing with weird non-English scripts.

Linguists have some things in common.

Oh (edit): Dan commented that calling scripts, particularly the Hebrew script, “weird” is not so nice. This marks the first time that i used the <del> tag for its originally intended purpose and not just for funny humorous crossing out.

I Can Spell It

If Arik Sharon really wants to break some new ground in statesmanship, he should go out and tell the world the whole truth about Israel’s nuclear capabilities. And no, i don’t know anything about Israel’s nuclear capabilities. There are two reactors, in Dimona and in Soreq, and for all i know they are both civilian. And maybe not. I don’t know. But if Sharon wants to prove the world that he’s so fucking special and to do something new about the Iranian nuclear program, he should just call Iran to direct nuclear talks. But of course, he should tell the world that he’s ready to accept international observers in the Israeli reactors, on condition that the same kind observers will go to Iran. And sign the non-proliferation treaty. And then proceed like Reagan and Gorbachov did. Now that would be a revolution.

I hate nuclear weapons. Even if i am the one who has them.