Today is the 33rd day of the ‘Omer (LaGh ba‘Omer), which celebrates the end of the period during which most of R. ‘Aqiva’’s students died and the anniversary of the death of R. Shim‘on ben Yoha’y. For some reason, this has ended up as a day of picnics and bonfires.
I’ve got a whole bunch of weird political stuff on my desktop, which is the closest I’m getting to a bonfire, so those will be today’s weird things.
- “Man Arrested for Wearing Grinch Mask” (I cannot make stuff like this up.)
- “Judge's ruling fuels DeLay's ethics woes” (Can’t they just impeach DeLay and get it over with?)
- “Thai anti-corruption commission corrupt: court” (No commentary necessary.)
- “US rabbi talks peace in Syria - publicly” (I cannot make stuff like this up either.)
- “Intel CEO Extols Patience; Yahoo Stresses Personalization; Bloggers Take Center Stage”, in which the interesting part is the paragraph:
Pressed about security by Mr. Mossberg, Mr. Otellini [CEO of Intel Corp.] had a startling confession: He spends an hour a weekend removing spyware from his daughter's computer. And when further pressed about whether a mainstream computer user in search of immediate safety from security woes ought to buy Apple Computer Inc.'s Macintosh instead of a Wintel PC, he said, "If you want to fix it tomorrow, maybe you should buy something else."
Translation: Even Intel’s CEO admits that the Windows/Intel computers used by too many people are insecure.