- Would Esther really have kept quiet?
- Why did Esther make a second party?
- Why do we publicize the miracles differently on Purim and Chanukah?
- How should we teach the violent parts of the Purim story to children?
- Can you reject others' friend requests on Facebook?
- How do we survive the zombie apocalypse?
...and more. Go, download, read, share. And for that last section, maybe have a drink to put you in the proper frame of mind. :-)
Celebrity Death Watch: Harold Ramis was an interesting comic actor. Sean Potts played the tin whistle and was one of the founders of The Chieftains.
Retiring Celebrity Watch: Carl Kassell of NPR is retiring. I am not sure what impact that will have on the value of my Carl Kassell doll. Not that I was planning to sell.
Non-celebrity Death Watch: Leslie Perry had been suffering from ALS for the past five years, so his death is not surprising. He was a mainstay of the Los Angeles storytelling community and a great builder of community, as well as a fine storyteller. I remember, in particular, a letter he once sent out that pointed out the need for storytellers to support one another, attending and advertising other tellers’ programs, for example. He also talked about the need for tellers to tell the difficult stories. Both of those triggered discussions that have influenced how I try to deal with storytelling. After he became ill, he had two books published, had a play produced, and was the subject of a documentary. He may not have been a household name, but Leslie was a celebrity in my community and in my life. He was a good man and I will miss him.
Weather: We got about 5 inches of snow on Monday. This had been predicted, so I had brought my laptop home and was productive. But it is proof that I don’t live in Camelot, where winter exits March the second on the dot.
Washington Jewish Film Festival: Because of the snow, the showing of The Herring Queens (a documentary about Lower East Side appetizing store, Russ and Daughters) on Monday night was cancelled. So the only WJFF event I made it to was not a film, but a Yiddish music program on Tuesday night. That featured Cantor Sara Geller and was a mix of concert and sing-along. She has a fine voice, but the songs she did started out with art songs, which are not really what I was expecting. The sing-along part was fine but consisted entirely of overly familiar songs. Can we please have some Yiddish music event someday that does not feature "Oyfen Pripitchik," "Rozhinkes Mit Mandlen," and "Tubalalaika?" The rest of the concert part was somewhat more to my taste, since it was largely theatre music. My favorite piece was "It’s Tough" (sung in English), which tells of the tragedy when Izzy Rosenstein loves Genevieve Malone.
In Other News: Between various work and non-work commitments, I am stressed and frustrated and grouchy. It is a good thing I am not a violent person.
And now I am all caught up. Of course, the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament is this weekend, so I will be behind again. And my non-LJ to-do list is the length of my arm. But I’ll take what small victories I can.
"He cupped his hands, shouting down to the oblivious skier, “Look out for post!” He waved frantically. “Look out for post!”
The skier, who had no idea that the 14th incarnation of the Bodhisattva of Compassion was crying out to save his life, made a crisp little check as he approached the pylon, altering his line of descent, and continued expertly down the hill."
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The Board has appointed a subcommittee to revise regulations for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC) as well as the Ethical Codes and Standards of Conduct for all Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professionals at 230 CMR 2.00 and 230 CMR 8.00. To facilitate the development and implementation of these regulations, the Board invites all interested parties to attend a public meeting.Read the PDF for more info.
The meeting is intended to serve as a listening session for interested parties and stakeholders to provide information that will be helpful to the Board and the subcommittee in drafting regulations governing LMHCs as well as the Ethical Codes and Standards of Conduct governing all Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professionals.
At this meeting, the Board is seeking general input from interested parties and stakeholders on these two topics and specifically:
• Education and Experience Requirements for LMHC Applicants
• Supervision Requirements for LMHCs
• Record Keeping
• Client Relationships
• Termination of Clinical Treatment
Date: Friday, March 21, 2014
Time: 11 AM
Location: 1000 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts, Room 1D
As a practical matter, most of the etrogim I've handled are too big for me to hold in alone one hand. I can't imagine holding two modern etrogim in one hand. Granted that the rabbis are talking about men (if I recall correctly, women aren't obligated in this), but even so, some men -- and 13-year-old boys for that matter -- have small hands. It appears anecdotally that R. Yose won this one in the end. (And I understand that modern ones are cultivated to be large because big = better in some eyes.)
Harvard just sent notice that most of Harvard Sq will be closed to cars 4-6:30pm tomorrow. Major traffic issues expected.Obama driving through.
An anon there comments:
The announcement sent to Harvard employees mentions JFK Street between Memorial Drive and Mount Auburn Street; Eliot Street; Bennett Street; University Road; parts of Winthrop and South Streets next to JFK Street; and part of Memorial Drive near JFK Street as the streets that will be closed. Mount Auburn Street, Brattle Street, and Mass. Ave. are NOT among the streets mentioned as being closed. So it sounds like the main portion of the square will be open, except, of course, during the few minutes when the dignitary actually passes through. The real pain will be the closure of JFK Street; no word on the Anderson Bridge.
I've read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RuneSc
Today’s lunchtime news chum brings together the makings of an Italian Western: the good, the bad, and the ugly….
- The Good. Know a woman interested in Information Security? Then point her to the Scholarship for Women Studying Information Security (SWSIS), sponsored by ACSA, CRA-W, and HP. In fact, HP has just made a sizable donation to support this scholarship.
- The Bad. Carl Kasell is retiring from “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me!“. Evidently, he will be Announcer and Judge Emeritus, and occasionally show up and still record voice mail messages for winners. I wonder if Legendary Announcer Bill Kurtis will take over; he’s filled in for Carl enough.
- The Scary. Here’s an unspeakable fear for you: What if a big rig carrying your mail went up in flames on the highway? Hyptothetical? Nope, it just happened. Think of those bills you paid… that will never get the check, ruining your credit rating. Think of those bills you thought you would receive… and thus will never pay. Tax returns. Amazon shipments. All gone, and you’ll never know. MWahahah.
- The Really Scary. As scary as that last one was, how about this: One in ten Americans thinks HTML is a sexually-transmitted disease. Expect to see this one on Wait-Wait, but it really highlights how little people understand about technology. Other findings of the same study: 27% identified “gigabyte” as an insect commonly found in South America;42% said they believed a “motherboard” was “the deck of a cruise ship”;23% thought an “MP3″ was a “Star Wars” robot; 18% believed “Blu-ray” was a marine animal; and 15% believed “software” is comfortable clothing. Oh, and just think, these people are voting in elections, commenting on news articles, and (ummm) watching “Honey Boo Boo”.
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I'm 5'3". This has to be an even bigger problem for people who are much taller than me, right? So... what's the secret? Are there long-handled shovels out there? Do tall people just crouch more when shoveling? Inquiring minds want to know.
(In case you hadn't heard: Russia just invaded Ukraine to seize Crimea.)
I think this is important for all Americans to read and think about. Because it is not just a description of one country invading another: much of this approach would apply to a canny state putting a rebellious modern, technological population under sudden martial law.
I think you should read this.
How to Annex Another Nation's Territory: The Crimean Invasion in 6 Steps
Invasions are tricky things. It's not always shock and awe—waves of precision bombs pounding targets or foreign troops flooding into cities. Russia's intervention—no matter what blatant violation of sovereignty it might represent, has so far been well-run and strategically intelligent.
Think about it: On Thursday, the Ukrainian Parliament formed a government. By the end of the next day, they had lost control over a vital 10,000-square mile-province with nearly 2 million people in it.
Things could go badly for Russia in the long term. But in the short term, the operation seems to be the kind of success that geopolitical types will pore over for years. So how did Vladimir Putin do it...