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This is what happens when the photo I'm trying to upload won't work. I get frustrated, need to go act, and put any random image up.

As luck would have it, I’m filming the final episode of Coversity today in Maryland. I’d landed in NY from Burbank via stopover in Phoenix after burying my grandpa, and hopped on a bus to DC this morning where I was picked up and driven to the set in Rockville, Maryland.

Now, I’d grown up with certain things being romanticized. Such as film, LA (thanks mom), and…earthquakes. I’d heard countless stories of earthquake drills my mom had in school, where they would climb under their desks. In Israel, children do this out of fear form terror attacks. Here it’s from earthquakes.

I’d never felt one tho. My mom would always try to simulate that (more…)

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sometimes, change can be a good thing

Traditions can sometimes be nice. Rules helpful. Both meant to be broken. Some were never meant to be made in the first place. Such as:

1. Poking.

I’m referring to Facebook poking of course. The other type of poking should be avoided at all costs. (Even if it means showering without soap.) I mean, if you’re too shy to message that girl you haven’t spoken to in a while, you think poking her will help? It’s like typing a “period” when a girl hasn’t texted back, so she’ll see you texted her. Then you pass it off as an accident. Lame. C’mon we know you do that.

Bottom line: It’s old, pointless, and should definitely go!

2. “Please listen closely as our menu options have changed.” 

I don’t call you that often. And even if I did, I certainly wouldn’t memorize (more…)

I’ve pasted an article from the NY times.

I guess Muslims, like Jews refuse to believe that one who leaves religion is a rational person. I’ve put that which I thought important or similar to the Jewish OTD, in blue.

QALQILYA, West Bank — It is hard to imagine that a dingy Internet cafe buzzing with flies in this provincial Palestinian town could have spawned a blogger who has angered the Muslim cyberworld by promoting atheism, composing spoofs of Koranic verses, skewering the lifestyle of the Prophet Muhammad and chatting online using the sarcastic Web name God Almighty.

But many people in Qalqilya seem convinced that this Facebook apostate is none other than a secretive young man who spent seven hours a day in the corner booth of a back-street hole-in-the-wall here. Until recently the man, Waleed Hasayin, in his mid-20s, led a relatively anonymous existence as an unemployed graduate in computer science who helped out a few hours a day at his father’s one-chair barber shop. Several acquaintances described him as an “ordinary guy” who prayed at the mosque on Fridays.

But since the end of October Mr. Hasayin has been detained at the local Palestinian Authority intelligence headquarters, suspected of being the blasphemous blogger who goes by the name Waleed al-Husseini. The case has drawn attention to thorny issues like freedom of expression in the Palestinian Authority, for which insulting religion is considered illegal, and the cultural collision between a conservative society and the Internet.

While Mr. Hasayin has won some admiration and support abroad — a Facebook group has formed in solidarity, along with several online petitions — others on Facebook are calling for his execution.

In his hometown, the reaction seems to be one of uniform fury. Many here say that if he does not repent, he should spend the rest of his life in jail.

“Everyone is a Muslim here, so everyone is against what he did,” said Alaa Jarar, 20, who described himself as not particularly pious. “People are mad at him and will not respect the Palestinian Authority if he is released. Maybe he is a Mossad agent working for Israel.”

Aside from his Facebook pages, which have now been deleted, Mr. Husseini, the online persona, also posted essays in Arabic on a blog called Noor al-Aqel (Enlightenment of Reason) and in English translation on Proud Atheist, identifying himself as “an atheist from Jerusalem — Palestine.”

The essays offer some relatively sophisticated arguments in a blunt and racy style. In one, titled “Why I left Islam,” Mr. Husseini wrote that Muslims “believe anyone who leaves Islam is an agent or a spy for a Western State, namely the Jewish State.”

He added, “They actually don’t get that people are free to think and believe in whatever suits them.”

He went on to describe the Islamic God as “a primitive, Bedouin and anthropomorphic God,” and Muhammad as “a sex maniac” who bent his own rules “to appease his voracious desire.”

It all seems a far cry from Qalqilya, a conservative low-rise town of more than 40,000 people where horse-drawn wagons plied the streets this week and the market was bustling ahead of the Muslim holiday marking the end of the annual pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

The arrest of Mr. Hasayin has caused a sensation since it was first reported by the independent Palestinian news agency Maan. But there are also some who question whether he could have written all this material alone.

Mr. Hasayin’s father, Khaled, was reluctant to talk. Clearly upset and ashamed, he said that his son was in treatment and had been “bewitched” by a Tunisian woman he had met via Facebook.

Before shooing reporters out of his barber shop, where a framed Koranic verse hung on the wall above tubs of hair gel, he said that his son’s literary Arabic was not at a level where he could compose fake Koranic verses.

One relative of Mr. Hasayin said, “It is true he studied computers, but he is not a philosopher.”

At the local intelligence headquarters, officials seemed to be treading carefully. Speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the case’s potentially explosive nature — Salman Rushdie’s “Satanic Verses” led to riots and death threats in the 1980s, as did cartoons of Muhammad in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in 2005 — the officials said they could not release any details since Mr. Hasayin was still under interrogation. They said they had to act fairly and with sensitivity in case the suspicions proved false or exaggerated.

They said Mr. Hasayin had not been allowed any visitors and told them that he did not need a lawyer. Mr. Hasayin, they added, was being detained partly for his own protection.

Palestinian human rights groups in the West Bank have so far remained silent about Mr. Hasayin’s arrest. But Majed Arouri, a human rights expert in Ramallah, said he believed that the way in which Mr. Hasayin had been detained and his correspondence recorded “contradicts human rights principles and existing Palestinian laws” regarding individual privacy.

If Mr. Hasayin is to be tried, Mr. Arouri said, it would be according to a 1960 Jordanian law against defaming religion, still valid in the West Bank.

Some bloggers are already comparing Mr. Hasayin, or Mr. Husseini, to Kareem Amer, an Egyptian blogger who was sentenced in 2007 to four years’ imprisonment for insulting Islam and the Egyptian president.

At the Internet cafe that Mr. Hasayin frequented, youths played online billiards and looked at pictures of girls on a recent afternoon. The owner, Ahmed Abu Asab, said that six weeks ago he discovered that Mr. Hasayin was “not a regular client.”

Mr. Abu Asab had grown suspicious because Mr. Hasayin would not let anybody come close and see what he was working on. Mr. Abu Asab said: “At first I thought he was looking at pornographic sites and chatting with girls. That would be normal and none of my business.”

But Mr. Abu Asab said he used software that allowed him to check what the client was up to, and among other things, he came across the Facebook page on which Mr. Hasayin appeared to be speaking in the name of God. Mr. Abu Asab said that he and three friends knew what was going on and that “maybe somebody” informed the authorities.

Mr. Abu Asab kept copies of the pages, and Palestinian Authority officials came and downloaded the material. Next, they came for Mr. Hasayin, who asked for a moment to close what was on his screen.

Birthdays. For years, birthdays would evoke memories of family gatherings, birthday cakes, and presents, along with cards sent from distant relatives. As we entered into the technological era, the party venue has evolved into something of an entirely different nature.

People today seem to feel an obligation to write on the Facebook Wall of the person whose birthday it is. And people expect it.

Gone are the birthday cards, cakes, and warm family parties. In its place is a long line of people well wishing against a now-familiar blue backdrop we spend most of our life on. Many times this place can become drama-filled, cold and unwelcoming. Especially on your birthday.

I always like observing the different wishes people send over Facebook and have divided them into 3 categories:

1. The Friend.

Typically someone who knows the person well. Comfortable in their relationship, not trying to prove anything. Simply wishing a happy birthday.

A typical example would be:

“Happy birthday!! Many many more!”

2. Best Friend. Typically someone who spends all their time with the person, shares alot of jokes with them.

A typical example would be:

Girl2Girl: OMG HAPPY BDAY GIRLY! ur finnaaaaaaaally 18!!!!! my yummy bearlovegirl is growing uppppp! cya tonite mwaa!!!

Guy2Guy: yo duuuuuude wtf man we gotta party. btw its sikkkk ur finally 21 we gonna partyyyyyy!

I left out the Girl2Guy and Guy2Girl, just because.

3. The Acquaintance.

Someone who sees the person from time to time. Likely wants to be polite or just not fall off the radar. They may like to prove their social status by showing using the birthday wish to show that they’re acquainted. A certain level of awkwardness is to be expected.

A few examples would be:

“happy bday”

That translates into the guy who is an acquaintance but is just saying happy birthday. Nothing more.

“Happy b-day :)”

This is the acquaintance who feels to awkward just giving a plain “happy bday” so ads a smiley. Likely it’s a girl2guy or guy2girl comment.

“happppy bdaaaayyyyy!!

This is the acquaintance who feels the need to prove to himself, the world and whoever else he feels is listening that him and the birthday-wish recipient are tight!

4. Facebook Friend Only

This person doesn’t care about the recipient of his wishes at all. He is friends with them because they bumped into each other once, they have mutual friends and so one friended the other, or he simply wanted to see that guy’s friends list. (no I don’t friend people to see their friends list. Ever.)

A typical example would be:

“Hey happy b-day whens the party????”

or

“awesome ur 21 now we can party” – followed by a text “so wheren’s the party dude”

In reality I feel that Facebook is becoming a warmer place than it had been, as more an more of our lives become integrated with Facebook.

But this one card says it best:

NOW THAT I AM NO LONGER AT THE PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT ABOUT WHICH THIS POST WAS WRITTEN I CAN FINALLY POST THIS AGAIN. LAST TIME I HAD IT UP FOR 10 MINUTES THEN CHANGED MY MIND. LIKE I SAID – I STARTED A BETTER NEW JOB A FEW DAYS AGO.

The last year and a half I was in Yeshiva I was constantly jumpy. Couldn’t sit still for a moment. There was a reason behind it, but one of the reasons was I simply hated what I was doing. Besides doing nothing. I mean there were interesting times, we did crazy stuff…

I started working a few months ago as a real estate agent while I’m in school, figured it was better than flipping burgers, so to speak.

It was. I got to meet and become friends with some of the most amazing people. I got to know one of America’s most popular TV stars. Met two of the biggest names in Hollywood styling and son of one of the 3 big Cable companies. Another guy I met was a founder of Skype, another woman a  founder of an extremely high end woman’s accessories company. Another guy was probably the most popular actor of the 60’s. The list goes on a bit more. Most of these people I met while showing them stupidly expensive Manhattan apartments. Fun times.

A short while later I went on to be the Human Resources Manager; it afforded me steady income, however small. One day while sitting in my office I overheard one of the agents mention she was looking for an assistant. I approached her, found out she could pay me more, and began working for her. Actually I began not working for her. Let me explain.

This woman knows how to meet people and has her hand in a few multi million dollar deals involving the big players. She’s kind of playing office tho. She never really made too much money herself. Everything she asks me to get done I make sure to take care of. Thing is sometimes there simply is jack shit to do. I can spend 6 out of the 8.5 hours at work blogging, killing time on Facebook, or reading up on whatever. And then I get my paycheck at the end of the week. Her money is all family money; between her boyfriend and Dad, she’s well covered. 

Sounds like the life. Get to do nothing and get paid for it. Well it isn’t. It’s intensely boring and extremely depressing. I’m not depressed, don’t get me wrong. I have my hobbies, my goals, my friends, and am in school. But I think it’s time to actively look for another job.

I mean,  there are things I need the money for. As I mentioned I’m working on a project which requires me to have a private coach once a week. That costs. Cell phones, going out with friends, clothing, vacations etc. all cost money. But it’s gotten too boring.  I feel like I’m back in Yeshiva, what with sitting in one spot the whole day doing absolutely nothing…

And with America being the way it is until I graduate, I’ll have a hard time finding a job. Which is silly, because although I value education, and am pursuing multiple degrees and skills, half the jobs out there can be done by anyone with decent intelligence and a desire to succeed.

I do believe that creativity …


and your own style…

can get you far in life.

So of course I hope my boss isn’t reading this. If she is, she might fire me. For what? I dunno. I get everything done that needs to be done, thing is she simply doesn’t have things to get done. Either way I wouldn’t mind all that much. It’d be like getting in a fight with the Rosh Yeshiva. See, because she, like the Rosh Yeshiva, have titles, and are undeserving of having them. Difference is, she’s a good person and the last Rosh Yeshiva I had, wasn’t.

** as mentioned I no longer work there. My new job will hopefully be far more interesting and innovative- not to mention financially rewarding…

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My friend posted on facebook asking where she should move. I said “Gaza, I heard they have an awesome beach”. She responded it was too far. I said “I heard there is another ship headed out, you can hitch.” This dude comments ” Don’t listen to that communist jew bastard! Miami is where it’s at!” I right away wrote ” noone. calls. me. a. communist. jew. bastard. You have something to vent, i’ll give you my address.” A few people called that guy out.

He later responds: “Sorry I just got offended by jokes being made about the nine people being killed in international waters trying to provide humantarian aid to 2 millon displaced refugees. I just didn’t think that was very funny. Israels greatest threat is knowledge I guess I’m a loser because I read books!” I responded to him: “It’s a naval blockade during which they could have followed directions and had the supplies delivered after they had been checked by security yet they intentionally chose to be confrontational.”

What I really wanted to say was: My cousins- the ones evacuated from Gaza 5 yrs ago are the displaced refugees. The people who moved in their place- they unfortunately have leaders who shelled sderot and the beach where people were trying to relax on. They also blew up the bus my cousins father in law was on, killing him. So we, Israel, locked them in and cut off supplies. Its called an embargo. Noone tries to bring aid of any sort there. If they do- we stop them. And we do feel sorry for the activists we killed, but they tried to smash our brains out as we turned the boat away.