Archive for August, 2006



Made Me Cry – Leaving on a jet plane

Fucking Armageddon is on loop in the labs here.

Buscemi in a space suit. Affleck and Buscemi in a space suit singing “leaving on a jet plane.” Owen Wilson complaining about people who think that Jethro Tull is a person in a band.

Liv talking Japanese (i heard that she had trouble with Quenya, and Japanese is harder as far as i know. Whatever.) Liv making Aharoni cry:

— “Promise me you’ll come back!

— “OK.”

— “Say it!”

— “I promise.”

Boo-hoo.

The President of the United States of America making Aharoni cry:

— “I address you tonight not as the President of the United States, not as a leader of a country, but as a citizen of humanity. … And yet, for the first time in the history of the planet, a species has the technology to prevent its own extinction.”

Yeah, now that Aharoni is submitting patches to Perl 6, it should better have. Ya mama.

— “Ahh! Ahh! The door’s gonna blow!”

Repeat.

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The cages and the cages

I submitted a patch for Parrot and it was even accepted.

Parrot is the codename for the central part of the next version of the Perl language, Perl 6 (it’s a dynamic registered-based virtual machine, if you’re technically inclined). Because it is called Parrot, there’s a role in the development team called “cage cleaners” – the people who do all the little work without diving deeply into the magick algorithms. So i am one of them.

This patch doesn’t do much except aligning some spacing and indentation in a Perl file. But i’m still insanely excited. It is not functional for Parrot, but it helps developers write code without bugs.

More to come … i hope.

Bargain buildings, part 1

There seem to be some strange problems since i moved to the new and “improved” beta Blogger platform.

We apologise for the inconvenience.

Not the Same

Ceasefire. At first i didn’t buy it, but now i see photos of the official Lebanese army entering villages in the South, so it’s probably good. I still think that it must be some trick, but i hope that i’m wrong.

Refugees from Galilee are returning back to their homes (my parents never left). Hotels in the North are reporting that the tourists are coming back. So what, is it like … Peace?

Still, it’s not the same country. Nasrallah is still alive, and as long as he is, he’ll say that he won and a lot of people will believe him; Ironically, Israelis are the first to believe him – i don’t think that any of us actually has a feeling of victory. And as long there’s no victory, the war is not really over and can come back any minute.

Moreover, well over one hundred Israelis and much more Lebanese were killed in this pointless bloodshed. Questions are being asked. Was the army ready to this war? Why did the chief of staff reassigned senior commanding officers in the middle of fighting? Did we have to kill so much civilians to reach almost nothing?

Most importantly – i hear the Israeli journalists, “the keepers of the etrog”, carefully asking the greatest questions of them all: Those people that we supported so strongly before the elections – Prime Minister Olmert and Defence Minister Peretz – are they capable of doing another war? Didn’t they lie to us about the Disengagement? Why did we mock Effie Eitam when he said that after the Disengagement Kassam rockets will fall on Ashkelon? Why didn’t we even try to listen to him? (They know the answer – because he has a beard and wears a kipa, but they are still afraid to admit it.)

No, it’s not the same country as it was a year ago. And it’s for the good. It’s always for the good.

People Speaking – Tired

— “Why aren’t you going to sleep?”

— “Because I’m tired.”

Booze

“I decided to visit it and was reading all the nasty stuff he said about Jews and Booze. Then I found out I was on Mel Gibson’s blog by mistake.”

(A comment on a Slashdot post about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s new blog. Thanks to L. Roz Hubbard for the link.)

Testing

This is the “Contact us” page of the website of the Israeli Testing Certification Board (ITCB is the Israeli branch of ISTQB; see here).

Can you see any problem with it? Hint: You don’t need to know Hebrew to find it. Remember that this is no less than the Testing Certification Board.

Although it is unlikely that they will ever fix it, i made a screenshot – just in case. Click to enlarge.

ITCB contact


Oh (edit): 2007-05-22, it’s still there …


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