Archives August 2004

Three o’clock, sharp

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

The brit milah for our new son will be held this coming Sunday, August 22, 3:00 p.m., at Congregation Kadimah-Toras Moshe, 133 Washington Street, Brighton, MA. Dairy refreshments will be served.

The sacrifices of the sick

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

(Sorry for falling so far behind in the weekly-drash department…things have been busy.)

The first chapter of Isaiah (the haftorah for Parshat Devarim) is famous for a passage where God seems to be dismimssing the sacrificial service that He instituted:

What are your many sacrifices to Me? says God. I am full of the burnt ...

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Pointy-haired officers

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

I will admit to being a complete ignoramus in military affairs—I couldn’t tell the difference between a brigade and a battalion if my life depended on it—but I can’t see how this is going to do any good for the recruitment of American soldiers.

“Hey, kids, join the Army, where your superior officers will order ...

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There’s a bris next Sunday afternoon, and you’re all invited

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Conversation between a nurse and my wife on Saturday night, shortly after she arrived at the maternity ward:

“You’re ten centimeters dilated, and the baby is at minus one.”

“OK. Screw natural childbirth. Can I have the epidural now?”

“It’s too late for that. The fastest way for you to get rid of ...

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I can call spirits from the vasty deep, too

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Conversation this afternoon with my wife:

“How are you doing?”

“I’m writing code!” [as opposed to plumbing the mysteries of WebLogic configuration, which occupied the rest of my week]

“Does it work?”

“I have no idea.”

“Well, I can write code…”

Annals of peaceful coexistance

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

A few weeks ago, the news broke that Palestinian businessmen had supplied cement for making the Israeli security wall. Now Mecca-Cola, a soft drink that was established as an anti-Zionist brand, is being imported into Israel and sold in Israeli Arab towns.

We are the Market. Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.

via Through ...

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Email to ropine.com is now even less reliable than usual

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

I am changing mail servers; the domain name will stay the same, but the physical machine and the IP address will be new. If you sent me email since yesterday afternoon and it seems to have vanished into the ether, it’s probably just sitting at your ISP’s server waiting for DNS to get its act ...

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The impossible parser

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

In Scheme, the Lisp variant that MIT nerds learn in 6.001, implementations must be properly tail-recursive. What does this mean? Suppose you have a the following two Scheme functions (cribbed shamelessly from the 6.001 textbook:

 (define (factorial n)   (fact-iter 1 1 n))  (define (fact-iter product counter max-count)   (if (> counter max-count)       product       (fact-iter (* counter ...

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Last week: Democrats demonstrate media savvy. Next week: Sun rises in west.

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

As an avid blog reader, I admit that the blog coverage of the Democratic National Convention underwhelmed me. But as a Democrat, I am overjoyed that the party gave bloggers this unprecedented visibility. Whoever suggested inviting bloggers to the DNC deserves a high-ranking position in the Kerry Administration’s media-relations office.

Think of all the blog-related ...

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