Archive for September, 2012

WoD – Smartphones Smartphones, Everywhere

We all know phones are everywhere now.  But it’s always a bit unnerving when you’re driving on the highway or in traffic and you look to your left and see driver after driver (after driver) glancing downwards as they are supposed to be looking upwards.  It is obvious the phone is just below, in the lap, on the dashboard, or in their hidden hand.  And it is almost every single commuter on the highway.

I’m on an on-ramp right now, and I literally see almost every single person looking down, or worse, typing down.  Hey, I should use that Panorama feature on iOS 6 to take a picture of all the cars in my horizon, just to show everyone glancing downwards.  Yeah!  But wait, then I’d be doing the same thing as everyone else…

Sent from my, err, umm, iPhone.




To get under one’s skin

Those drivers all not looking at the road – that can really krikh arayn in de beyner.  


WoD – It’s a Brave(?) New World

Happy Rosh everyone!  (It wouldn’t be all that yiddishy without a WoD on the new year, now would it…)

Ripped from the headlines – saw this one this morning:

US Judge rules school violated First Amendment by demanding Facebook password from 12-year-old girl

September 14, 2012

On September 6, US Judge Michael Davis ruled that the Minnewaska Area School District in Minnesota violated the First Amendment (freedom of speech) and Fourth Amendment (unreasonable search and seizure) rights of a 12-year-old student by forcing her to hand over her Facebook password to school officials who in turn used it to search for messages they deemed inappropriate.  If the alleged facts are proven to be true, the school will likely have to write a settlement check, and will also be subject to claims of invasion of privacy (claims for “intentional inflection of emotional distress” were dismissed by the judge). Read the full story at The Next Web.

TWO constitutional rights, violated!  I am just glad I don’t have to rule on it or figure it out — from a Con Law perspective, this one is hard!  Imagine the Founding Fathers, drafting our amazing Constitution, trying to contemplate Facebook passwords of 12 year-olds.  What a conundrum…



A naive person, a goof

I felt like such a shmoe, trying to pay with cash in the credit card only line.

WoD – on Politics

As you know, I try to make the word of the day very a-political.  And this is not about either political side.  A few weeks ago, I was listening to reactions to the Supreme Court decision on ObamaCare, both Democratic and Republican.

And I almost threw up.  

This is not about the issue of whether it’s constitutional or not, or whether it is even good law or not.  Rather, why do we have to take such opposing sides to everything?  Why is politics so black or white?  In one of the retorts, I literally heard things said as complaints that are exactly what that party would typically want and has typically argued for!  There is so much misinformation it is unbelievable.  And more importantly, incredibly divisive.  

So today’s word of the day is just on that… Why?  Why does everything have to be so divisive when it comes to an issue?  This to me is more about human nature than anything else.  (I guess that’s why I made it a word of the day.)  What happened to civil discourse?  How can we as humans somehow not hate whatever the other side says, just because they said it.

I have no answers to this.  I wish I did.  

All I know is, it kind of pisses me off.




CHAP A GANG!  (khap ah GONG)

Beat it!

Remember that song from the 80’s, “Bang a Gong (Get It On)”?  [which I always thought was Robert Palmer but apparently it was a UK band called T. Rex.]  

They should have said, “Get it on.  Chap a gang.  Get it On…”  The song would have been much better.  


WoD – “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus”

Have you heard of Jeff Bethke yet?  

Over 22,300,000 people have watched this now.  (Perhaps it will soon be 22,300,026).

Am I going to comment on anything he says or raps?  No.  Perhaps for another day.  

The quirky WoD point in all this is… 22,300,000 people.  That is more people than in all of New York.  Or Florida.  Or all of Australia.  Or, more than Jesus himself ever had following him, 1,979 years ago.  In fact, it is tens of millions more.  Think about that.  

Perhaps if Jesus was alive today, he’d use a YouTube channel instead of a church pulpit to get his message out.  Maybe, he’d even rap it…  




Kindness is better than piety.

[This is an old Yiddish expression, apparently.  I wonder whether Jesus (who was Jewish) would agree with gutsayt is beser fun frumkayt.  Probably…] 

WoD – Doctors. Stop. Shaking. Hands!

I had to go see an Orthopedist the other day.  And in the process of seeing him, I had to shake hands with 4 medical professionals – first a Research Fellow, then a Resident, then his Resident Aide or some such, then the Hand Surgeon.  All these people are greeting, and talking with, and examining very sick people, all day long.  So, why do they still insist on shaking everyone’s hands?!  If they just waved at me, I’d be happy and we’d all be way better off.  

While maybe (emphasis on maybe) they washed their hands at some time during the day, I am sitting there in the examining room, staring at my now-contaminated hand, infected by who knows what.  Doctors, for the love of God, stop shaking everyone’s hands in a bacterial and viral-laden hospital…



KOKOSHES (kohKOHshehs)


Don’t forget to grab some kokoshes on your way to the movie.  [by the way, did they even have kokoshes back in the Old Country when Yiddish was created and spoken?]

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