Opinion, Uncategorized

What the heck is an Ophiuchus?

Buzzing in the news this past week was a story about the change in Zodiac signs. The change not only completely readjusts the order of which sign you fall under, but it also introduces a completely new sign called Ophiuchus.

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, “the ancient Babylonians based the zodiac on which constellation the sun appeared to be in when a person was born. Since then, the moon’s has exerted a gravitation pull on Earth, causing a “wobble” on its axis that has shifted the stars’ alignment by about a month.

“Because of this change in the tilt, the Earth is over here and the sun is in a different constellation than it was 3,000 years ago when this study of the stars began,” astronomer Parke Kunkle told the Twin Cities’ KARE-TV.

Here are the new signs below:

Capricorn: Jan. 20-Feb. 16
Aquarius: Feb. 16-March 11
Pisces: March 11-April 18
Aries: April 18-May 13
Taurus: May 13-June 21
Gemini: June 21-July 20
Cancer: July 20-Aug. 10
Leo: Aug. 10-Sept. 16
Virgo: Sept. 16-Oct. 30
Libra: Oct. 30-Nov. 23
Scorpio: Nov. 23-Nov. 29
Ophiuchus: Nov. 29-Dec. 17 *My Birthday is Dec 16
Sagittarius: Dec. 17-Jan. 20

Now personally, I could care less about this hogwash, but having learned that I was no longer a Sagittarius but now a word/thing I can’t even pronounce properly, I have to admit I was a slightly protruded by this news. I mean think about it, it’s like one of those “Guess what, you thought you were a Gentile? Nope you’re Jewish!” stories that rabbis tell in dvar torahs… except in this case it’s for something completely useless and inconsequential.

And it’s not like I was reading the wrong sign for all years… How could I, when my sign never existed?

Or even worse: I could be one of those crazies who decided to get a tattoo of their sign, when guess what? It wasn’t really my actual sign anyway… (oh shucks…)

That’s what I like about the Torah – Unlike other fads/religions/followings, it doesn’t change. And if you really care enough to understand what the Torah is all about, you too will come to learn that while it doesn’t change, it remains relevant regardless of time and circumstance.

(Oh and for those who do care, Ophicuchus comes from the Greek  word “serpent-bearer”, and it is commonly represented as a man grasping the snake that is represented by the constellation Serpens. Meh… its no different than a centaur shooting arrows into the sky… except when you add an “N” to the start of the word, it sounds like “Nosepickius“…hardy har har har…)
Awesome, Judaism, YouTube

The Definition of Awesome: Frummies Dancing on a Highway

This video reminds of the good ol’ days in Israel… except we danced inside our vehicles (the bus) and didn’t cause a scene managing to get on TV. And the weather was nice… When the snow hit Toronto yesterday morning, I took one look and groaned. Then I closed my eyes and remembered I was reading the Torah at shul that morning and eventually had to face the snow. I almost got into an accident within the normally 5 minute drive, then extended to 10+ minutes due to the whitewash outside. Definitely not an occasion to bust out the Rebbe Nachman mix…

Nonetheless, this video makes me laugh 🙂

Loser List, Random, Uncategorized

Loser List #11- Clumsy Reporters

Now I usually reserve this nomination for someone (or something) current and politically relevant, particularly relating to Israel-bashers or anti-Semites, followed by a rant of some sort. But when I saw this video, I couldn’t help but shake my head, and therefore deemed worthy of Loser List distinction. And I’ve even found a way add a small rant on it as well (in addition to simply saying “FAIL”).

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Awesome, Random, Sports

The Definition of Awesome: Gold medal game delays flight

It’s a short article and that’s because the point is made quite quickly. And in the words of my cousin, who works for Fox News in Washington D.C., can you blame them?

Here’s the story from the Ottawa Citizen:

Flying fans refuse to walk out on game

Air Canada was forced to delay a flight from Vancouver during the 2010 Winter Olympics because passengers watching the end of men’s hockey final on airport televisions ignored repeated calls to board. “We incurred a flight delay for a reason Air Canada had not yet encountered in over 72 years of existence,” Air Canada chief executive Calin Rovinescu said.

If I were on that flight, I’d be right beside those passengers glued to the TV screen, hanging on every moment of the gold medal in the waiting!

Props to Cara Schayer for the post on Facebook!

Facebook, media, Random

Watching Twitter when Facebook goes down

So I’m on Facebook at around 5:30 last Thursday (Dec 10) afternoon (5:21 to be exact – you’ll see why later), when all of a sudden the server goes down and nothing is responding.

Most of the time it’s just a computer problem, but I’m at school and the Internet usually runs smoothly (unlike at home, where using a certain phone kills the connection… of all the technology, they can’t avoid that problem…sigh)

Trying to figure out what’s up, I log on to Twitter and see if there’s an answer. Why not? That’s where everyone seems to find out everything right away, including Michael Jackson… I have an account and I don’t use it often, partially because I’m too drawn to Facebook and to me Twitter still has that loserish stigma of people posting stupid moments like “I just flushed the toilet!”

At about 5:23, I type in “facebook” into the search engine and see who’s included the word in their tweets. I’m surprised to see only two tweets, only one of them about what’s wrong with facebook.

20 seconds later a notification pops up on the screen telling me there have been “25 new tweets since I started searching.” I click the link and now it gets fun.

What’s wrong with facebook?

Ahhh! facebook isnt working = end of world

no facebook ugh

Why isn’t facebook working????

#Facebook is down for the count.

Another 20 seconds later comes another notification tells me of 100 new posts since I began the search. Which means more comedy.

facebook moving slow. time to get on omgpop.com

Twitter’s dead and Facebook is slow as Christmas. It’s the most wonderful time of the year 🙂

Facebook Is Totally Down

stupid evil facebook! its gone downhill in my opinion.

Another 20 seconds pass, another 100+ posts. And repeat the cycle… (inhale, read, laugh, exhale, new notification…)

I love how people migrate to Twitter now over everything. It’s kind of like that engagement post I did not too long ago, except to larger scale and about not so important things (i.e. facebook going down).

Too me it’s just comedy, but it is interesting to see the trends of people resorting to another social networking site when another one goes down.

Here’s my tweet @ 5:24:

it’s funny when i check twitter when facebook is down… now there’s a tidal wave of tweets coming in

I would’ve posted the screenshots at the time but work came first at the time…

Nuff’ said.


Cool Birthday Facts

This was taken from a site called eventagram.com. I found it interesting and appropriate since #22 for me is coming up very soon. (Actually my hebrew birthday begins this friday, spanning saturday). 

  • Did you know nearly 1 million Americans celebrate their Birthday each day?
  • August is the month with the most Birthdays – February the least!
  • More babies are born on Tuesday than any other day – Saturday the least!
  • The average American receives 8 Birthday Cards & 4 Birthday Gifts!
  • The average American claims to ‘know’ and interact with about 194 people a year. Guess what? Each one has a Birthday … Surprise them …!
  • In a crowd of 50 you can safely bet it is someones Birthday today, almost always works!
  • The Birthday Paradox defies statistics stating in a random gathering of 23 people the odds are 50:50 at least two share the same Birthday!
  • Kentucky’s Mildred Hill writes the “Happy Birthday Song” in 1893.
  • 75% of American women make Birthday wishes – only 17% of men.
  • The most common Birthday in the USA is October 5.
  • The least common Birthday in the USA is May 22.

Nuff’ said.

Random, Uncategorized, YouTube

Rappers sample Jewish boys choir track

I can’t decide whether to dub this awesome or an strange disaster. At first I thought it was the Miami Boys Choir but after a little background check, I discovered the sampled track was from the The New York School of Jewish Song Vol.2, an album that was released back in the seventies. Permission to sample and copyright issues aside, I wonder if the rappers have an idea what the lyrics are to that track… The words are from Eishes Chayil, a prayer said every Friday night in honour of a righteous Jewish women.

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A reason why there are so many November birthdays

Here’s something that seems pretty obvious but haven’t really thought about it.

I’m checking my Facebook account and I’ve noticed that many people have their birthdays around this time of year. And I always wondered how that came to be?

Then I realized something very obvious. And even though I needed a friend to figure this out, who in fact just celebrated his birthday on November 14, a day after my dad had his, it all made sense to me.

If you either on November 14 or a little bit after, chances are you were conceived around on Valentine’s Day.

It’s logical really – exactly nine months after is November 14. That doesn’t necessarily mean you were conceived on Valentine’s Day. Pregnancy normally about 38 weeks after conception while The World Health Organization defines normal term for delivery as between 37 weeks and 42 weeks. The calculation of this date involves the assumption of a regular 28-day menstrual cycle.

This pretty much means that if you were conceived on Valentine’s Day and all goes to plan, your birthday should be between November 14-31.

I also read somewhere that the most common birthday in the USA is October 5, whereas the least common in the USA is May 22. The first fact translates into a New Year’s Day conception while the second one gives up a mid-August conception.

Nuff’ said.

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My mom is partially responsible for this video winding up online (Over 1 Million views!)

The video is infamously known as “BMW parking failure” or “Worst Driving Ever…”No my mother isn’t responsible for the failed parking; rather she happened to be in the right at that time to see firsthand the damage done. In fact, the greenish/grey car directly besides the parking BMW (behind it in the background) – is actually my mom’s car!!
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