Software and Programming


State of Decay provides a scientific scale for measuring Cruft. Hilarious link found in another UI rant by Matthew Thomas.

Software and Programming


IBM is hosting a Free Software and Open Source Event at Tel Aviv University on the 8th of January, with Richard Stallman as a featured speaker. Since I’m not working that day (or that week, or probably that month…), perhaps I should go.


Monks and Ministers

A Photo Gallery showing the monks and monasteries of Egypt. Also, a page on the history of the Coptic church in Egypt. For Aya (and Kareem).

Another nice and unrelated resource is World Statesmen, which lists the heads of nations, colonies, international and religious
organizations, and other polities mostly since the year 1700.


Look what Santa brought

Warren Ellis’ Die Puny Humans blog is where he practices his photo-captioning skills, among other things. One I really liked was this alternative Christmas Card, featuring a well-known comics writer…

Update: Since the original page is gone, here’s the content, copied via the amazing services of the WayBack Machine:

“Look what Santa’s brought for you, you bad little fucker.”

Alan Moore

Caption and image (probably) by Warren Ellis, used without permission.



Going over my C.V., I get a creepy feeling about my spelling of “web-site”. Google gives only 7.46 million hits for web-site and in fact asks me Did you mean: website? (66.2 million hits!).

But spelling matters aren’t really something you should settle with a popularity contest. The online dictionary suggests web-site or Web site, but actually offers a “usage note” which seems more like an apology for recommending the less common form.

So I go back to Google and look up the site of that copy editor with strong opinions Bartov enjoys reading. This person turns out to be Bill Walsh from the Washington Post, and on his site,
The Slot, he’s perfectly clear what he thinks you should use:

With dictionaries and other mainstream publications tripping over their feet to use “website” and “email” in an attempt to look like Techie McTech to their readers, I find it deliciously amusing that the excellent PC Magazine, of all publications, continues to stick with “Web site” and “e-mail.” I guess that’s the difference between being secure in your knowledge of the subject matter and being a big, fat poseur wanna-be.