Hope and other positive things
- This sort of thing gives me hope that we won't run out of energy and have to walk or bike everywhere 20 years from now. Cool cars! Also, I like the idea of having them all over the city for people to take and return. (They are doing this with bikes in Paris now.)
- I thought that this Jerusalem Post article ("When the body turns on itself") was interesting. Some folks in Israel are doing promising work on autoimmune diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, Graves' disease, pernicious anemia and others--things a lot of Ashkenazi Jews have) and cancer.
Side note of interest: The main person they interviewed for the article, Dr. David Naor, has a company called "Maimonidex." God, I love those Jews! (It's a good thing, too, given how much time I spend with them.) I don't know exactly if or how I can explain why knowing that an Israeli immunologist started a company called Maimonidex makes me oh so happy to be Jewish, but it does. I got the same feeling walking into Mt. Sinai Hospital in August and seeing the sign that said "Beit Cholim" ["hospital" in Hebrew] in the entrance.
- Ah, this brings back warm memories from high school and college [via thegameiam]! ASCII art! What could be more fun than that? Except that looking at these makes me a little bit sad, too, in a nostalgic sort of way, because that's the sort of thing that's never going to come back.
- Recent, delightful, discoveries (if by "recent," you mean last January, when I saved these but never posted them):
Extempore Effusions on the Completion of Masechet Sukkah (D'yo Ilu Yamey)
Beitzah: A Shakespearean-Miltonian Diptych (D'yo Ilu Yamey)
The Looky, Daddy! Limerick Challenge and finalists (Looky, Daddy!)
- This is a fascinating article and the American Indians and their pre- and post-Pilgrims history. I read this article in November 2005, at the doctor's office, and meant to post it right away, but forgot. It seemed less relevant after Thanksgiving. I was going to post it before last Thanksgiving, but somehow that got away from me, too. This is the oldest draft that I have hanging around, and I am glad to be posting it, finally. (The URL has changed twice since I wrote the original one-line post that never got posted!)