Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Explorer Destroyer

I saw this a couple of days ago, and as a gag decided to add it to our site as at level 3. So, if you have Microsoft Internet Explorer, you would probably Not be reading these lines. Tee hee.

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Saturday, November 26, 2005

Canaan in Palestine?!

Looking at the definition for Canaan, I noticed their definiton specifies Canaan's location in Palestine. I promptly emailed them and brought to their attention the foundation of the State of Israel. I hope they will correct their dictionaries soon, as they seem to have been outdated for more than half a century now!

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Friday, November 25, 2005

WoW cards being sold!

Finally some good news about the Geekim Store. We started selling WoW Game Cards last week (friday), and since we had No orders until Thursday I decided to post an enquiry about it. It's not that I wanted to cry about no-one ordering; I was just frustrated because me and Dima (my partner) worked really hard to make these cards available and even though we didn't expect a rush for gold, we expected at least some positive response. What we got instead was a slap in the face in the form of forum comments saying that the price is too expensive, it's not worth ordering,etc. This was upsetting because we already discussed the target price and the chance of ordering with them, and they seemed happy about it Before we started the whole procedure.

So I made that post at the forum yesterday noon, and today we have 3 orders already. I am excited! We're really not going to make a fortune out of this - But the people who came in looking for the WoW cards practically scanned through the whole store. Our benefit was not only the ordering - It was mainly the publicity our products got.

I just hope this marks the beginning of a wave of orders.

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After seeing a lot of Lorem Ipsum blah blah blah on many web pages and even in Pages I decided to google for the term and found this.

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Incredible. The page even contains a Loren Ipsum Generator!

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Monday, November 21, 2005

Flat on the market

I just put my flat on the market. If you have £130,000 you can buy it. (I know, that's ridiculously cheap for London.)

In a way this is scary. Change is scary. But if nothing changes then you die not knowing what's out there or only having seen different things on a TV screen whilst you stuff your face with Cheeto Doritos. Pushkin wrote that habit is a gift from Heaven, it's a substitute for happiness, Привычка свыше нам дана/ Замена счастию она.

It's like skiing (no really, it is - skiing is analogous to lots of things) - you stand at the top of a snow covered mountain with bits of plastic strapped to your feet clutching two little spiky poles thinking JUST WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING and you're cold and frankly terrified and then you just let go and you're flying and the sky is blue ice and crystals and you're so close you can touch it.

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Saturday, November 19, 2005

Two tickets please

Going to my parents' for the weekend, I had to take the bus. It was too crowded, so I had to somehow squeeze myself in near the driver.

Looking above him I saw a few labels, some asking passengers to move into the back of the bus (unfortunately, this was not possible at all), some saying that smoking is prohibited, and one of them saying what requires pay. Obviously grown people (aged older than 5 years) are required to pay, but the list named:

  • 2 children (5 years or below)

  • Foldable Children Cart

  • Suitcase sized 60cm or more

  • A radio receiver

  • Two points about this: First, it looked genuine. More than that, I know that a friend of mine, carrying a parrots' cage, was charged a special passenger's pet seat (which cost the same as a regular passenger). Second, why the hell would they charge for a radio receiever? I can understand the other stuff... They're relatively big. But a radio receivers??

    My assumption is that it was a really Really old label, and was printed when radio receivers were the size of a house. Or slightly less - Probably a seat or two. It's amazing what you can find on old buses, really.

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    Tuesday, November 15, 2005


    Amazon gets patent on customer reviews.

    "User reviews are a hot new content area, being used by Google, Yahoo and MSN to sweeten their local search results. But as of Thursday, such consumer reviews could put search providers, as well as thousands of e-commerce sites, video rental or review sites and online booksellers, in the sights of's lawyers."

    This is crazy. It's like me patenting the way I laugh and then suing anyone else who laughs the same way. If we'd had this ridiculousness previously we would not have evolved. We would still be living in caves, scared to go out and hunt woolly mammoth, in case Amazomammoth's lawyers called and sued us for using their patented spear. You can imagine the uproar when Fire (R) (C) (TM) was discovered.

    Why don't we just give in and have one giant company doing everything? We could call it Amacolabucksmart.

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    Friday, November 11, 2005

    WoW cards

    We've been trying to get WoW time cards to our store, to no avail. I contacted Blizzard, which directed me to Hed Arzi (who have no site), which, after more than a week of checking, decided they're not going to distribute these cards At All.

    Unacceptable to us, we're now trying to get these cards from Blizzard themselves (or rather, their French distributers). I hope it works out - I really want the store to start selling these. Even if we barely make a profit, it's a good service to the WoW community in Israel - And the store is all about Israeli geeks and gamers, after all.

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    Wednesday, November 09, 2005

    recreational impossibilities

    If I had to give this week a description, it would probably have to be something like "The Indomitability of the Human Spirit & You: Dealing With a Ridiculous World". Or possibly something less pretentious but along the same lines.

    Banal, banal things like having to read my electricity meter located in a cupboard outside the back door of the block, and finding a man in vest and flip-flops smoking drugs leaning against it, at 8 am of all times. And sitting squashed on the 253 bus from Manor House with tides of Polish workers eating Chicken Meal Deals with Zingy Wings and reading Polish language newspapers that declare "In London, the Streets are Covered in Money", which is not true, they are covered in dog crap, it's the Cloaca Maxima here. And trying to phone my bank. Who don't answer. And then having to speak to some robot like call centre operative and say over and over again DON'T SEND MY CREDIT CARDS IN THE MAIL THEY WILL GET STOLEN whilst they say Thank you for your patience Ms Para...Para...Para...Para...Are you interested in a lifestyle check up. A lifestyle check up. LIFESTYLE.

    And the sheer craziness of spending TEN MONTHS asking with increasing desperation to be allowed to do what I am paid to do, i.e. supporter development for a charitable cause, not write stupid papers for committee after committee, and just before I have to quit I find myself in creative meetings with marketing agencies and doing chi-squared sums on data.

    And people being phobic of potted plants.

    And the Regent Street X-mas lights. In November. Which are decorated with characters from the Disney movie Ice Age. Hello, incongruity. Welcome to consumerville.

    I want to go to a stupidly expensive bar and drink gin martinis.

    And I miss Aviad like hell. Which is the main and only point.

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    Tuesday, November 08, 2005

    Hebrew Reinforcement Project

    I found out that, apparently, the Jewish Agency have Hebrew classes on Sundays. So far, no-one from the Jewish Agency has answered the telephone, but I remain hopeful that they will before next Sunday.

    I also learned that there is this radio programme in Hebrew, with explanations in Russian. It's run by the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption (I always get a mental image of a giant sponge when I hear the word "Absorption") and you can hear it online. A guy tells you about verbs in Hebrew, then a woman calmly explains them in Russian. It has the title of "Hebrew Time" and the project is called "HEBREW REINFORCEMENT", which is too brilliant to be true. YOU WILL SPEAK HEBREW!

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    Sunday, November 06, 2005

    Joah has left the building

    Joah has left Israel again... It's a sad time again.

    It's time for waiting, finding flights - We can't be apart for too long, after all.

    Already we have a flight planned for this Xmas. Luckily, all the Xtians are busy with their trees so us jews can wander around for our Hanukias! And our Joahs!

    I miss Joah..

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    General public opinion of stuff and things

    I get really annoyed with general public opinions. I will give the newest rant about it, as an example, and about one of my favorite topics, the iPod.

    After I bought my iPod, a lot of people asked me why I bought the iPod for. I said that it's a really good device for listening music with and that it wasn't expensive (I got it 25% off price on a sale) and that it did everything I wanted it to do. So then they asked if it can show pictures and show movies, and asked if it was colourful and gave an example of the iriver as an example for a colourful interface music player that could show photos.

    When, around half a year later, iPod Photo came out with the ability to show photos and with a graphical interface, do you think people said to themselves "Wow.. So now it's good to buy.." ? Obviously not. What they would go on to do is claim that "This is just a gimick and it's useless". So what was so exciting about the iriver, I ask?

    Let me just refer you to the "Top Seller" list of Amazon, both in Computers and in Electronics Audio & Video, and you could notice how the people vote with their wallets which is the better product.

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    Wednesday, November 02, 2005

    Make Stupidity History

    In a surprise report today the BBC noted that despite the Make Poverty History campaign and the amazing success of the Live 8 concerts, poverty still exists in Africa.

    I always enjoy reading the BBC Readers' Comments, as they are often a source of deep insight into many world problems. Like this one from Peter in Nottingham.

    "This article repeats the line that "fair trade will eliminate poverty". Sadly most Africans don't make anything that I wish to trade for. When Sierra Leone makes a good small car or a DVD player I'll be it stands I just don't want millet or sorghum, regardless of how great the trade deal is."

    So, Peter, what you're saying is that if you go down to your local Sainsbury's and millet is on a two for one offer, you wouldn't buy it? Because it's not what you want? And that's why Africa's poor?

    I guess that's why Cambodia is rich, because it makes Nike and Gap clothes in its local sweatshops, and Westerners want to buy Nike and Gap.

    Steve, from London, questions what Jesus would do - looks like there's a theological conundrum here for X-tians...

    "Its intersting isn't it, the paradox of churches being on the front-line of MPH when Jesus said that the poor will always be with us."

    Our own MPH event was cancelled recently because it was supposed to coincide with International Cuisine Day in our restaurant but they decided to have a British Food Day instead.

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    Awful, awful songs

    There are a number of songs of such abysmal taste, which, when they are played, put me into a raging fury.

    Here are the worst offenders.

    If You’re Not The One by Daniel Bedingfield

    This emetic is what inspired this particular rant – someone chose to have this as their ringtone, as a result of which it’s being running through my head all afternoon. I hate this song because not only is it utterly, utterly pathetic, the lyrics are terrifying, and clearly have been written by a psychopathic stalker. Hey, Daniel, obey your restraining order already.

    If I’m not made for you then why does my heart tell me that I am?
    Is there any way that I can stay in your arms? (NO)

    If I don’t need you then why am I crying on my bed? (WHAT)
    If I don’t need you then why does your name resound in my head?(BECAUSE YOU’RE A SCHIZOPHRENIC)

    Lady in Red by Chris de Burgh

    I've never seen so many men ask you if you wanted to dance
    They're looking for a little romance, given half a chance
    I have never seen that dress you're wearing
    Or the highlights in your head that catch your eyes I have been blind


    You Say It Best (When You Say Nothing At All) - by Boyzone

    OK, let’s think about this one. This guy is saying that his ladyfriend is best when she is silent. You know, when she’s not talking. How is this a good thing?

    You say it best when you say nothing at all
    You say it best when you say nothing at all
    You say it best when you say nothing at all

    There’s a London radio station, called MAGIC FM, that plays these things all the time. Makes me want to weep.

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    Tuesday, November 01, 2005

    Hair by...who?

    I'm poor because I spend all my money supporting this worthy cause, but lately I realised that I really need a haircut.

    I asked around and discovered that people spend around £60 on a haircut. £60 is an insane amount to spend just for having some incredibly thin guy named Dieter or Sascha snip bits of your hair, saying "Oooh love I think you need to use more serum on the ends, darling...I did Kylie's hair once", whilst a chain smoking Russian or Polish chick dressed in footless tights, a denim mini skirt, and an impossibly thick belt reads Vogue and scowls at you.

    So on the recommendation of someone who wasn't actually bald, I went here. That's right. Hair by Fairy. Fairy.

    Now, in spite of being a centre that has a unique vibe and attracts all the very latest fashion aficiados, and is reported regularly in the German and Japanese press, it costs only £12.50. Works for me. Even if the website boasts Bob Geldof as a client. Now, I don't rate Bob's hairstyle.

    Hair by Fairy was populated by Polish and Russian chain smoking women and had the obligatory Sascha/ Dieter type, but was run on very different lines to other salons.

    "Take your seat for the washing", I was told on entrance. No coffee, no glossy magazine, no complimentary biscotti. A woman with latex gloves scrubbed my head, then it was over to a hyper trendy Japanese girl brandishing scissors. Some of our chat was lost in translation, in particular the question: "I chop you with lazer?" (Turns out she didn't want to attack me with a light sabre, merely add some interesting textures to my hair with a razor blade).

    I would recommend HAIR BY FAIRY to all those wanting a salon experience but not an extra mortgage to cope with paying for it.

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