Scribe, ut possis cum voles dicere: dices cum velle debebis (Pl. Ep. 6.29)

Thursday, October 27, 2005


The epilogue to "So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish" is a fine piece of writing, but not a good example for a way of life.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

It's not OK, but it's OK now

No! I order the voice who tells me this to shut up.

The Hebrew Blush

Blush and Lure, my current favorite rock-band-that-no-one-knows, have changed their name to Haivrit, which means "The Hebrew" in Hebrew and started singing - guess what - in Hebrew. I've seen them twice since that switch and they seem serious about putting their English past behind. Which is curious, because they already had some amount of success abroad. Anyway, the new songs in Hebrew are very good and i would even say more focused than some of the English stuff.

The show last night was already quite packed; they said that they were shocked by the reception and the demand for encore. The secret is quite simple - they write good songs, they play them well and they have character.

I like to encourage those who deserve it.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

People Speaking - Dirty

A drunk Russian woman was very nice to me yesterday.

— "Where can I eat something?"

— "It's Yom-Kippur, no-one eats today."

— "And who eats you?!! You are bald and your shirt is dirty! I shall cut you to pieces and eat you! You are ugly! I shall annihilate you! You are disgusting! I shall destroy you!"

I went away, she kept shouting. Poor thing, she was probably hungry and couldn't find any grocer to give her leftovers.

לאן הוא ממהר

לאן הוא ממהר
על מה הוא מדבר
מה יש לו לספר
את מי הוא מסנוור

כל נסיעה כמו אחרונה
יוצא נפסד מהשכונה

הולך כמו בריצה
ושח במליצה
לאן הוא ממהר
על מה הוא מוותר

Saturday, October 22, 2005

I am a toolbar

Download me as a toolbar, version 0.1alpha.

It is only a bit less useful than Google Toolbar (no "Up" button ... yet), and it will get better. I'm quite sure that there is no spyware there. It's quite harmless and it has "YA MAMA" written in large friendly letters on it.

Works on IE and Firefox.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

He heweth him down cedars

Thank God for the rain.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Intellectual Property - Question Mark

— "They need some sort of thing to represent the number you're trying to figure out. X is a question mark, like your butt."

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Important works for the beginning of 5766 - just a note for myself.

  • מתרגש - שמח 84
  • בדיעבד - עצבני
  • משיח - תפקיד חשוב
  • רואה שחור - סבבה
  • גוף מכני - דרמטי 10
  • חדש - דרמטי 21

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Intellectual Property - And There Was Nothing But Darkness

This entry is stolen from another blog, which is probably abandoned.


I jumped over the river of white
into a paddle of green.

I hope the author forgives me.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

A Strange Phrase Written by a Female Teenager of Polish Descent on a Russian Typewriter

лове крове лове бык

People Speaking - Fear

— "When your wife is going to give birth, it is very important to go to a God-fearing physician. Because, you know - physicians very often practice murder. It's well known that they practice murder. It's very common. That's what they do."

The Advil Mystery

I found a pack of four Advil tablets (expired in 2003) on the floor of my office. Mystery.

Monday, October 10, 2005

You Know What You Are

I met him thanks to Eran Gitara. His name is Miron Tsabari. He's a songwriter. His home is a dirty little mound of cement and concrete next to Tel Aviv's Central Bus Station, with shapeless walls and hardly any lighting; there is no proper kitchen or bedroom, but there are at least 5 guitars, several basses, an oud, a sitar, MIDI keyboards, 2 microphones, amps and preamps, pro soundcards, and a computer without Internet connection (he's afraid of a virus that will erase his music files), but with 2 monitors (so he can see Cubase screens better).

We met a few times in the past and i appreciated his songwriting skills - it is essentially Israeli indie with oriental and electronic elements, reminds a little of Amir Benayoun, but with much less flare and completely original. We haven't seen each other for a few months and then he called and said that he really wants to play live and needs a keyboard player. We decided to meet a few days later.

When i called him, his girlfriend answered and told that he had a workplace accident and is in a hospital, half unconscious. I won't tell the long story here - i don't have time and i respect his privacy. Anyway, he survived, he returned home and now he wants to play live more than ever. He wanted it so much, that he, in fact, already did; he tried to reach me on the phone to ask me to come along, but i was abroad. Bummer. But he will play again. And then i will come along.

He's a songwriter. A very talented one. He's gonna be a star. I don't need honors for myself; it will be an honor - and a pleasure - to give a little help to a great songwriter such as Miron, to play on a stage next to him, even to a crowd of fifteen people, thirteen of which are our friends. That's a dream i can make true without much effort.

I really need to overcome my web addiction

I surf way too much.

עכשיו יש דאגה

מכאן זה יתחיל
ולא ייגמר
כותב כמו כולם
מה שיישאר
יהיה לטובה
אולי לרעה
עכשיו יש דאגה
חוני ונחום
אתם האגדה

Beta Israel

Seems that i'll have to learn Amharic in the U. If i learn Chinese, as i planned, it won't count towards my Linguistics degree.

Sunday, October 09, 2005


All day i dream about sleep.

All day i dream about dreaming.

Monday, October 03, 2005


21 - enter, scared, drunk, beautiful inside

22 - no kremlin for you, lenin and marx, chuchela, pizza, butman talk talk

23 - cdh, stalin, bohr and einstein, red october, saviour, alex II, sweet sweet

24 - jerusalem, dacha, mushroom mushroom, mastodont

25 - dacha II, skate, cheapo basses?

26 - moskovski, propaganda, hunt for bass, hunts for gifts, domovoj, obereg

27 - gzhel, cookies, short kremlin, zolotoj moj, jagannath + reichel, washburn vs. warwick - warwick it is, gematogen, new age

28 - kolomenskoe, honey, saint petersburg train

29 - saint petersburg, bad bathroom, nevski, anichkov, dom knigi, teremok, kazanski, dvorcovaja, peterhof, eyfo eyfo eyfo eyfo eyfo hauga, rubinstein 13, panki hoj, lapsha, free coconut, rubinstein 23 - no dovlatov, macaroni - no napolitana but matchbox, mollies grenki, 5 corners beer and bread, but no guitar, metro, way back

30 - caricyno, squirrels, paradise lost, 10 rouble kolav, esthetic education, 16 ton strippers

01 - the big gzhel crisis, dacha 2, bg

02 - the box crisis, the window crisis, the way back