How to get from New York to London, According To Google

Google Maps: New-York to London Map

1. Go to http://www.google.com/
2. Click on "maps"
3. Click on "get directions"
4. Type "New York" in the first box (the "from" box)
5. Type "London" in the second box (the "to" box)
6. When directions appear, scroll down and see how Google Maps suggests you cross the Atlantic Ocean.

Google Maps: New-York to London Directions

Separated Twins: Shimon Peres and Cosmo Kramer

Shimon Peres declared today his candidacy for the ceremonial post of Israeli president. I thought this might be as good a time as any to post the following evidence, supporting the conspiracy theory that contends that the following two people are, in fact, one person, and if that is true – will the next president of Israel greet his fellow citizens with ‘Giddy-Up!’?
Seperated Twins: Shimon Peres, 1943 and Cosmo Kramer, 1990's

Left:
Shimon Peres, currently the Vice Premier of Israel, in a photo taken in 1943 when he was 20 years old.
Right:
Cosmo Kramer, AKA Michael Richards, the weariless character from Seinfeld, in a photo taken in the 1990’s.

Basic Computer Hygiene

This is what I call basic computer hygiene: firewall, antivirus and anti-spyware programs are the computer world’s equivalent of toothbrush, soap and deodorant. I know some people don’t use deodorants and I know some people do not use a firewall, and I think both of them stink and are offensive to their fellow citizens. Most of the spam and viruses of the world are spread by bots – tiny programs that infiltrate these people’s computers and spread unsolicited emails or viruses.

Here are three free programs to get you started on being a decent human being: ZoneAlarm Firewall, AVG AntiVirus, Lavasoft Ad-Aware.

Engbrew Flavored Potato Chips

We all misspell, no doubt about it, even more so when using a language other than our mother tongue. But lately it seems there is an inverse relationship between the Israelis’ infatuation with the English language, and their actual interest in mastering it. An excerpt from the TV ad for the Tatoomania campaign It always dazzles me how companies spend piles of money on advertisements without spending a minute to check for spelling errors. Israeli food company Elite backs its snacks campaign with a website for kids, where they can start their own blog and get popularity votes for it. I can only speculate what is the effect of a kid typing daily www.tatoomania.co.il and then going off to the world wondering why everyone is spelling it with three T’s.

And don’t get me started on sticker tattoos for kids, kiddie blogs as pedophile hangouts, the unnecessary rating system on that website, or the fat contents in the snacks you need to buy to get the tattoo.

Then We Came to the End: A Novel by Joshua Ferris

Just watched the author reading excerpts from his book on CNN's Global Office. It is amazing how corporate life in Chicago, Illinois is exactly like corporate life in Nes-Ziona, Israel. Sounds like a wickedly funny book. Here is an excerpt:

Then We Came to the End: A Novel by Joshua Ferris"We thanked each other. It was customary after every exchange. Our thanks were never disingenuous or ironic. We said thanks for getting this done so quickly, thanks for putting in so much effort. We had a meeting and when a meeting was over, we said thank you to the meeting makers for having made the meeting. Very rarely did we say anything negative or derogatory about meetings. We all knew there was a good deal of pointlessness to nearly all the meetings and in fact one meeting out of every three or four was nearly perfectly without gain or purpose but many meetings revealed the one thing that was necessary and so we attended them and afterward we thanked each other."

Of course, in this day and age, a book is not just printed and sold – it gets a website, a MySpace page and even a trailer on YouTube.

You Gotta Love IP-Based Advertisement

Sexy Girls in Kefar HabadThis is a screenshot of an ad for 'Sexy Girls in Kefar Habad' (photos blurred by me), supposedly trying to lure me for some pr0n by an IP-to-city query. Nevermind that I do not live near Kefar Habad, but I doubt there are many sexy girls looking for fun there – as it is an all ultra-Orthodox Jewish village in central Israel.

 

 

Jaffa Gate, Summer 2006

I participated in a group exhibit called ‘Postcard City’ (a pun in Hebrew), in which each artist designed a postcard for the city of Jerusalem on its 40th year of reunification. The actual print size of the work is 80×60cm, which is important as it looks different from a distance and up close. Use the + zoom option to have a similar experience.

 

The photo is of Jaffa gate in Jerusalem, created using a mosaic of photos of the 119 fallen Israeli soldiers during the 2nd Lebanon War.