Archives November 2010

Informado neniam malutilas

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

If I were an Esperantist (instead of a guy who just happens to have an Esperanto-English dictionary lying around the house), I would kvell (how do you say kvell in Esperanto?) to hear that a nationally famous cable-TV host, even a frenezulaĉo, considered the language worth denouncing.

Know when to walk away

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

One of the most important things I learned, reading about negotiation theory, is the acronym “BATNA”.

BATNA stands for Best Alternative To a Negotiated Agreement. For example, if you are currently employed, are offered another job, and start negotiating your new salary, your BATNA is to keep your current job. If you are ...

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Infosec: the early years

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

As part of my wife’s heroic renovation of our basement, she provided each one of our children with a little cabinet to keep their Lego creations and similar valuables. She screwed a hasp onto each cabinet and gave each child a padlock with a four-letter combination, so that each could secure his valuables against ...

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In honor of National Novelette Writing Month

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

One reason I haven’t been blogging much recently is that I’ve been trying to spend more time working on my fiction writing. I got so many helpful comments on my last submission that not only am I prepared to revise it and look for a publisher, but I wrote something else, and I am ...

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Breaking in my sleep

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Mishnah Bava Kamma 2:6: “A human being is always mu‘ad [strictly liable; see Exodus 21:36], whether he behaves accidentally, deliberately, awake, or asleep….”

Bartenura: “If someone is sleeping and another comes and sleeps beside him, and the second one damages the first, he is liable. And if the first damages the second ...

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