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The Omni Alps July 22, 2007

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Over the weekend I had the fab fab fab experience of touring the Swiss Alps compliments of an OmniMax Theatre.

There were breathtaking views of impossibly cozy villages & the Swiss countryside, heart stopping pans over peaks and faces of 13,000 foot high elevations and sudden camera drops into miles long vastness ending in jagged snow covered rock.

But the story behind the documentary The Alps was awe instilling.

It was about John Harlin III’s ascent up the North Face of the Eiger in 2005. Editor of American Alpine Journal, Harlin was nine-years-old when his father John Harlin II fell to his death climbing the same path in 1966.

The Eiger’s North Face is treacherous because of its crumbly, limestone face & unpredictable rockfall. More than fifty climbers have died attempting to climb it and accordingly, the Germans have nicknamed it Murder Face.

In any event, no spoilers. The North Face no longer translates to retail for me and I clearly walked away with enthusiasm. If you live near an IMAX theater showing this film, get ye to the cinema!


Professional Life

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Thanks, Noorster, for this humorous take on not toiling unnecessarily…


The Future July 19, 2007

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This is my nephew’s view of my future senior citizen life. I’m flattered.


Fun with Science July 18, 2007

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This fab cartoon thanks to xkcd web comics
And this funny/condescending/still very funny map thanks to my teenage nephew…


Romeo & Juliet

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A few days ago the southern Israel town of Kiryat Gat held an emergency city conference urging young Israeli girls NOT to date Bedouin boys living in nearby villages.

Reason being, according to the original story gleaned here, that girls have the habit of falling in love with the boys and then they leave home to co-habitate with their new beaus in their villages. No problem until the relationship goes south and then the boys won’t let go. LITERALLY “until death do we part”.

“One of the reasons for the conference was the 2006 murder of 16-year-old Mika Dabab, whose body was found burned near the Bedouin community of Rahat. An investigation revealed that Dabab was romantically involved with a young Rahat resident, and tried to break up with him several days before she was murdered. The young man refused, kidnapped her from a discotheque and murdered her.”

Conference organizers showed attendees a film titled Sleeping with the Enemy and presented quotes they say appear in the Koran. Like: “a woman can be beaten as long as her bones are not broken and no blood is spilled.”

The Bedouin response…

“‘We in the Bedouin sector do not encourage romantic relations between Bedouins and Jews as well. It hurts our families just like it hurts the Jews. It causes a lot of difficult problems and internal conflicts which often end in violence,'” Rahat Mayor Talal al-Krenawi said in response to the Kiryat Gat conference.”

I don’t know what to think of the story or that conference. On the one hand, the conference smacks of blatant racism or prejudice or whatever you’d call it.

On the other, if this is a phenomenon, as the information disseminated at the conference suggests, how do you go about spreading the word and ‘protecting’ children?


Literary Corner and Stuff July 15, 2007

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While recently on holiday in the U.S., I made certain to stop by the local library and check out a book I had put on reserve from afar thanks to the handy dandy world wide web..

It was Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone, and it’s currently #5 on The NY Times’ Nonfiction Bestseller list; Next up I’ll be reading Christopher Hitchens’ God is Not Great, #2 on “The List”, but that’s for another entry.

I won’t give too much away about Beah’s book save to say that it’s the 26-year-old’s memoirs of serving as a child soldier in Sierra Leone. Revelatory, painful and a window into northwest African warfare, culture and the world of recruiting children to fight battles while robbing them of their youth. Difficult to read. More difficult to put down.

LATER: Here’s a clip from The Hour – an interview with the book’s author Ishmael Beah…

Speaking of youth or …well I don’t know exactly what category this next bit falls into.. this type family conversation is straight up Emily from SNL:

Do you remember years ago in Chicago when the eggheads were causing a lot of trouble? They were desecrating Jewish landmarks and creating a public nuisance? Well there was this one boy

Ma. Ma. Are you sure you don’t mean ‘skinheads’?

Right. Skinheads. Anyway, there was this one boy….



High Tide Heels July 13, 2007

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This image snapped “somewhere in Europe”….