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Moving on again

I was not too surprised by Tuesday’s news, since I have pretty much been waiting for that shoe to drop ever since this shoe dropped.

Since last July I have anyway felt rather a fish out of water in the AOL development culture, and I am hoping that this will have the good side of getting me back into the open source world where I feel I belong.

So, what are the effects of being laid off for someone who hates writing about himself?

Highlights:I don’t have to do the annual self-assessment which would normally take up a large proportion of the man-hours in December.

Lowlights:I did have to update my resumé.

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Carob, anyone?

This Sunday to Tuesday the whole family was on vacation in L.A. for two days, doing all the obligatory L.A. touristy things. A great time was had by all: the kids especially enjoyed Universal Studios and I especially enjoyed the Getty Museum, but everybody enjoyed everything overall.

Coming back was quite a shock, though. After missing just two days at the office, I came back to an entirely new world. I felt like Rip van Winkle, or Honi Hame’agel.

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One in a million

The wise men of Chelm were discussing whether one would be better off to have been born or never to have been born. After seven days and seven nights they came to their conclusion: one would be better off never to have been born, but who is that lucky? Maybe one in a million.

Here is a quotation from Agnon with the same subtext, from the last chapter of Temol Shilshom:

קל להם לאותם שאינם טורדים עצמם בהרהורים יתירים, אם מחמת תמימות יתירה אם מחמת חכמה יתירה, אבל כל מי שאינו לא תמים הרבה ולא חכם הרבה מה יענה ומה יאמר?

My translation:

It’s easy for those who don’t trouble themselves with too much thought, either because they’re too wise or because they’re too simple. But someone who is not so wise and not so simple is left with nothing to say.

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Happy Birthday to me,
I am forty three.
I have four sweet children
And a wife who loves me.

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Reading Netscape Time by Jim Clark, I was struck by the following passage

After all, it’s monkish work to write line after line of instructions in arcane computer languages day after day, month after month. The task must be something like translating the Bible from Hebrew and Greek to English (or rather, the other way around).

I’m not sure what “the other way around” is in this context, but never mind that. What this irresistably reminds me of is the statement in the Jerusalem Talmud: וכל האוכל מצה בערב פסח כבא על ארוסתו בבית חמיו [eating unleavened bread the day before Passover is like sleeping with your fiancée in your father-in-law’s house], and my response to Jim Clark’s statement is the same as Smolenskin’s to the Talmud’s: ניסיתי את שניהם ולא מצאתי דומים [I’ve done both and I didn’t notice the resemblance].

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