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From Gichin Funakoshi to Hidetaka Nishiyama and Moshe Rokah: My old love story with Karate

December 3, 2007

In my late teenage years and early twenties I used to practice Karate in a group named Fujiyama. It was a non-profit group of friends so we didn’t have any place of our own to use as a Dojo. Thus, we used this helicopter landing facility in Gan Saker park in Jerusalem, just a few […]

Jeremy Mayer: Cyborg robotic figures from disassembled typewriters

November 29, 2007

I have always been fascinated by robots and even more by Cyborgs so this fellow got my attention in just about two seconds. Living and working in Tahoe City, California in USA, Jeremy Mayer disassembles typewriters and then puts them back together as those amazing full size cyborg robotic figures. He also does that using […]

From Columbine to Kaarst: the new nihilistic terror wave

November 23, 2007

We, the real people who send our children to school don’t have any ECHELONs, CTUs, SD-6s or 8200s units to inform us when a new type of threat emerges, but we still have to realize the sad news: As if we didn’t have enough of them already, a new form of anomic or nihilistic terror […]

Reveal Your Dream: Separation of church and state

November 19, 2007

Thanks to Leena from ConceptisAddict who encouraged me to reveal a personal dream of mine by tagging me for this meme by Neil of the neilsattin.com blog titled Reveal Your Dream: A Personal Development Challenge. According to Wikipedia the phrase “separation of church and state” is derived from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson in […]

Plants and Humans: Chemical substances vs Voice communication

November 9, 2007

I always knew plants are smart and use chemical communication methods but never before thought of these methods as in fact better than those we people use. Thus, I particularly liked the last paragraph in this excellent article on wired.com picked up at the mega-hot environmental blog TreeHugger. Stefano Marcuso (shown above), a professor of […]

Mediasnackers age: an unsnacked observation

November 7, 2007

“It’s time to acknowledge that in a truly multimedia environment of 2025, most Americans don’t need to understand more than a hundred or so words at a time, and certainly will never read anything approaching the length of an old-fashioned book. We need a frank reassessment of where long-form literacy itself lies in the spectrum […]

Traffic data analysis: patterns for October

November 2, 2007

You may say I am a control freak but one of the reasons I tend to prefer the online environment for the disconnected one (the things usually referred as “world”) is that using the right tools you can have a pretty good idea about what is really going on in the online one. and with […]

BuddyMapping: map-based guestbooks supporting Google Earth

October 17, 2007

In the old days, when there was only Microsoft, software were always closed in the sense of not having an Application User Interface (API) for other developers to have their own software “talking” with them. Then came Google with their very different approach leaving everything open and inviting developers from other companies to join in […]

Criticker: Movies taste better and It’s scientific (kind of)

October 12, 2007

Mike Powell and Juergen Horn are based in the small fishing village of Killala, in Ireland’s picturesque County Mayo. Other than this they are also fearless entrepreneurs and the creators of Criticker, a film recommendation and community website that matches people who share similar taste in film. By using the Taste Compatibility Index (TCI), Criticker […]

The story of Brad Will: Journalism out-of-service of justice

September 14, 2007

Keeping an understated ton of voice I would say the story of Brad Will is a ‘very disturbing one’ for every blogger as it involves the documented death of a photo journalist while his photographed murderers are still walking free, drinking Mexican beer. They were never arrested just because the journalist they killed was representing […]