Sunday, March 28, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I hope this message finds you all in good spirits and hopefully you’re not too high from the toxic fumes emanating from your Peasach cleaning products. In case you don’t already know, feeds are slightly dangerous. Sort of like chum for sharks… maybe. It can’t be that SIS and I are the only bloggers who are wary of rss, so here goes my little tirade.
I was first informed of the rss problem by SIS. At first I was skeptical and thought she was slightly paranoid; why would a feed be more vulnerable than an actual blog? Both can be ripped, crawled, and indexed with relative ease. But that is hardly the issue and clearly I was wrong, she isn't paranoid at all, she is 90% right. The problem with rss feeds is that certain readers, such as Google Reader, archive all posts forever. Now at first glance this may not seem to be a problem, since who cares how Google stores and delivers my rss feed. The one caveat with this method is that a blogger can never delete a post from the feed. Due to the fact that deletion is subsequent to archiving, when you hit that delete button in your blogging interface, you are only deleting the post from your blog but you are not affecting the permanent cache in Google Reader. Now you would think that Google in its infinite wisdom would simply check for deletions, but alas they do not. Why? I have no idea!
The only reason I mentioned this is because after some digging I was able to find some interesting posts, including all the test posts that I thought I had deleted.Go ahead and try it out, see if you can find your deleted posts in your feed. Anyways, if any of you have (had) any plans on hiding or deleting your posts, you might want to be aware of this problem. This seems to be a known issue, (why didn’t anyone tell me this earlier…?) and yes, there is workaround, but it’s not exactly intuitive. Oh right, I forgot, because Google reader is indexed it also full searchable too, making all those posts even easier to find. Yay!
So next time you hit post, you might want to double or triple check your work first. Remember; use this info for good, not evil. Send this post to 10 other bloggers and something cool will happen. Okay probably not, but you might want to inform them of this, especially if you know they have a deleted post or two.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Okay, I understand if you’re the type of person who is irresolute and would prefer an extra date to figure things out, or even if you’re decisive, but you would like a second date to elucidate all doubts, fine. My quandary is with those people who are decisive, unwavering, and experienced daters (hopefully, I’ll write a post to define this someday) who are able to ascertain their interest in the other party by half-time of the first date, yet give a second date regardless. Why is this?
To me this seems illogical. If after going out on a first date you feel a second date is warranted, then say yes to a second date, if not, do not. It goes without saying I mean this within reason; the objective is not to find some insignificant fault to either overanalyze or nitpick about and say no, that would be counterproductive. There is nothing wrong with going on a second date to clarify your doubts. But if you’re relatively certain that in the end it just won’t work out between the two of you, or even if you’re just not that interested in the other person, what are you waiting for? Do you really believe that delaying the inevitable by one date is doing the other person a favor?
I hope you have enjoyed my arguments and I encourage you to disagree and form your own opinions. I should inform you that after some preliminary real-life campaigning I have convinced a few people to join the ranks and now they are extolling the virtues of the “one and done.” Nonetheless, like everything else in shidduchim, use common sense and utilize whatever method works best for you, except where the rules dictate otherwise ;). If you’d like you can join the crusade to abolish the sympathetic second date and raise the flag of “one and done” or not. However, if you intend on practicing as a shadchun guided with the notion of second dates for everyone, you better be prepared to put up a good fight. (As an aside, some shadchunim have and I have lost a few battles, unfortunately the fight continues.)
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
That was last week. This week I stumbled upon the National Institute of Mental Health website which said otherwise. (Self service style, slightly better than snopes). “An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older — about one in four adults — suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year.” “Even though mental disorders are widespread in the population, the main burden of illness is concentrated in a much smaller proportion — about 6 percent, or 1 in 17 — who suffer from a serious mental illness.”
*(Just kidding. No seriously, I am just kidding, stop looking at me like that. You know I am only teasing. Friends?)
Monday, March 8, 2010
But there is a flip side. Good Times. Yes, good times are awesome, especially when they come together in clumps. It’s the feeling when someone asks you “how was your day?” you tell them “My day? Dude, I am having a great week!” Or the feeling when you wake-up and say “I can accomplish anything I put my mind to (like write a new post) and nothing will get in my way (sans fictitious holidays).” It’s that feeling when you wake up a second before your alarm clock and proclaim “I win!” Okay fine, the last one never happened, but one can dream.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
I am so lazy today. So in honor of National Procrastination Week I’ll make a new post… tomorrow. I love these convenient made-up holidays and weeks. I am looking forward to next week, it's National Words Matter Week and National Sleep Awareness Week. Followed by Act Happy Week and International Brain Awareness Week. Who comes up with this stuff?
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
I recently read an interesting article titled Ignore Expiration Dates. While I am sure this article would make for a great “Food Foibles (4).” I imagine it could also be used either as a good first date discussion topic or conversational springboard, but that’s not the direction I intended to take it. Although please do, I am curious to see what can be cooked up.
- Besides, as University of Minnesota food scientist Ted Labuza explained to me, expiration dates address quality—optimum freshness—rather than safety and are extremely conservative.
Monday, March 1, 2010
Sorry if this post is slightly incoherent, still in the recovery stage.
Purim was awesome. It was all I wanted it to be and more both in ruchnies and gashmies. My costume and shalach manos accomplished their desired effects and were warmly accepted. I don’t think I hit that state of inebriation where I would do or say something absolutely crazy, although I am still holding out for that one email or phone call to inform me otherwise. I know I texted and emailed a few people, but according to my sent folders, nothing too crazy. Good thing I didn’t post anything. ;-) Sorry, no shadchunim stories this year. I learned my lesson from the last time. As far as costumes go I did see a few cute ones but nothing really amazing or even noteworthy.
Now I just need to retrieve, destroy, and bury all the photos that were taken of me. Then all shall be well. :-p Oh, and get rid of this pesky little headache. :-(