Saturday, May 21, 2016

The Golan Heights

This is the only video I took in Israel, except for a time lapse outside of our hotel window in Tel Aviv.
If I know an area I like to take shots that will be tomorrow's "then" to some future date's "now." but I can't really do that if I am in a strange location. My other option is to somehow tell a story with the video. I would have missed most of the tour if I tried to do that with the video camera. Sometimes it is easy to do with a still camera, as I did on our trip. I took several hundred still photos (thank goodness for digital cameras or I would have put my retirement off to age 119 just to pay for the processing).
This video is of a former Syrian emplacement in the Golan Heights. It is now part of Israel.

Israel...Just Because

Things that make you go "Huh?" one of which is hairdryers in Israeli Hotels. These are they. Yes, really. Even in the 5 Star Tel Aviv Hilton Hotel. The hairdryer was a vacuum hose attached to the wall. I do not get it.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Saturday, May 14, 2016

It's A Puppy Pinwheel!

This is so freaking adorable that I just had to share it with you all.

Friday, May 13, 2016


Thanks to selsey.steve for bringing this wonderful story to us. Warning: Have lots of Kleenex on hand.


Noah Gundersen - Family

Recent threads reminded me of this song - I don't think I've posted it before but I might have. This song was featured on an episode of Sons of Anarchy. Pardon the profanity in the first line of lyrics; the song as intended as a kind of "thought bubble", thinking things not normally said out loud. Genre: call it "emo folk".

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

In the Forest of Families

Researching your family can be fascinating pastime -- not for the faint of heart, but fascinating. Sites such as Ancestry make it easy to discover new facts, or even fill in the blanks of things you have heard.

The official story was that my father’s mother died when my father was a baby. I had no reason to question it. When my oldest brother got married in 1970, he asked my father about his mother in order to fill in the family tree in the wedding book. My father seemed to not hear the question, so my brother asked a couple more times. Then my father gave my brother a look that would kill and said – in a seething tone of voice – “Mary Ward.” 

It's Raining Cousins

So, I've had a weird week. I started out with a family x-number of big, and ended up with a family bigger and even more convoluted than it already was. It was nothing as shocking as Fay's family surprise, but it was weird just the same.

I have an uncle who died back in '64. Some say suicide, some say homicide. Who knows, it was a long time ago. There was a lot going on in his life at the time.

Anyhoo, he had two kids by his first wife. They divorced, the ex remarried, and Uncle signed away his parental rights to the new guy (a very nice man, by the way. When the ex-wife passed on too, leaving my cousins orphans, this man raised them in a good home with lots of love). ANYHOO, the family lost touch of these kids, what with all the hulabaloo and drama and whatnot. I've been trying to find them for many years.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch....

A young man contacted me through Ancestry, and said that he believes his mom to be my Uncle's daughter. Er, what? I replied to him that I didn't think so, as I know the names of my two cousins who were Uncle's kids.

My mom has a lot on her plate right now, so I got in touch with my aunt, and presto! Uncle married a second time before he died and had a daughter., thanks for sharing THAT 50-plus years later.

AND, while I'm corresponding with this young man about his mom, my cousin that I knew about and have been searching for responds to a note I left for her on a genealogy board.

Holy smokes! It's raining first cousins! And first cousins once removed! And their spouses, and step-sibs, and half-sibs, and...and...and...

Whew. My little brain is shot. What a week.

If you didn't understand all that, don't feel alone. A part of me is happy, and a part of me wants to crawl under the couch. Who are all these people?

They seem nice. There's that.

They seem very nice indeed.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Public Service Announcement re: the Recent Comment feed

Vikram here - some of you may be noticing that the "Recent Comments" feed is a little flakey right now.

I'm actually amazed it still works at all - it was over five years ago I wrote that code and it's survived innumerable upgrades to the Blogger platform. Kudos to Google that blogger works as well as it does, to be perfectly honest.

And now Google is rolling out HTTPS for all Blogger sites - not that we keep a lot of secrets here at the Table, but "HTTPS everwhere" is a very good thing for the web generally.

What I've determined is there seems to be some misfiring when the server that connects with HTTPS tries to fetch the comment feed and the server it connects to isn't yet updated to support HTTPS yet.

TMI, I know... OK TL;DR I think it all might just either "fix itself" soon or become "completely broken", in which case I might have a chance of fixing it. ("Sometimes broken", which it is now, is almost impossible to debug.)

You patience is appreciated. That is all. Vikram will now go back to building his rockets.