# Thursday, 12 January 2012

Mazel tov Nechoma Bryna and Yoel

We are delighted to announce that Nechoma Bryna became a kallo early yesterday evening. The chosson is a wonderful young man called Yoel Josephson from Stamford Hill, and is currently learning in Mir yeshiva. We made a l’chaim last night, and are IY”H making a vort on Tuesday evening.

Nechoma Bryna and Yoel

And just to prove that no Jewish simcha is complete without a bit of cake, here is a picture of some cake, with Nechoma Bryna and Yoel in the background!

Nechoma Bryna and Yoel with some cake

Mazel tov chosson and kallo!

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# Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Gittel in a ball pool

A while back, we bought some play balls to make a ball pool for Chaya Devoira. As real ball pools are quite expensive (or so we thought at the time), we bought a small inflatable paddling pool to use instead.

Sadly, the paddling pool wasn’t very good, and deflated itself fairly quickly, leaving us without a ball pool. Still, the balls came into good use as we used to throw them at each other! This was one of the younger girls’ favourite pre-breakfast games, which usually ended up in “Let’s all pelt Daddy with balls” until the Boss came in told us to tidy up as it was time to get dressed!

Anyway, we recently discovered that Argos had some modestly priced ball pools, and so bought one of these as a replacement for the now-forgotten inflatable pool. This was a great success, mainly with Gittel. However, our 200 balls only covered the bottom of the pool, and didn’t really give enough depth for some serious play. So, we decided to invest in some more.

We proudly took possession of 300 more colourful plastic balls today, which almost filled the ball pool to the top. I plonked Gittel down into it, where she sank to her shoulders. However, she enjoyed it tremendously, and even managed to grin for the camera, whilst wearing Chaya Devoira’s new hat, which the Boss had decided to try on her to see how it fitted.

Gittel in a ball pool, wearing Chaya Devoira's new hat

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# Thursday, 01 December 2011

Major developmental milestones reached

We are proud to announce that both Chaya Devoira and Gittel have reached major milestones in their development.

Chaya Devoira has learnt to blow raspberries, and Gittel has learnt to suck her thumb!

We are proud Smile

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# Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Free program to search Chumash

Following on from the enormous success of my free fancy word program Loquacious (OK, so my brother liked it!), I have decided to release my Chumash Search program on the unsuspecting world. I wrote this some time ago, but never did much with it. Having been asked about it by a few people, I decided to release it.

Chumash Search

Full details of how to download, install and use the program can be found on the Chumash Search page.

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# Wednesday, 09 November 2011

Gittel giggling

Whilst the Boss was taking Gittel and Chana Liba upstairs to bed last night, Chana Liba started jumping around (nothing new there), which set Gittel giggling (nothing new there either). For some reason, Gittel started giggling even more than usual at Chana Liba, so I grabbed my camera, resulting in the following short video…

She was giggling a lot more than this, but she had calmed down somewhat by the time I managed to get the camera. Still, very cute all the same

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# Sunday, 25 September 2011

Are you a lover of fine words? If so, read on my sesquipedalian friend!

A pointless, but amusing program for those who like long words

Those who know me are used to the fact that i find it hard to use one word when ten will do, or a short one when a long one is perfectly sufficient. I blame my mother who gave me all manner of fine books to read when I was a boy!

Anyway, I have long enjoyed peppering my speech, and indeed e-mails and blog posts, with unnecessarily long and obscure words. This amuses me, and confuses others! Being a programmer by profession, and a tinkerer by nature, I decided some time ago to write myself a small application for my computer, which could pop up with ease and help me insert lovely words into whatever I was typing. This gave me great (if childish) satisfaction.

Perhaps I’m foolish for doing this, but I decided to release this little program to the unsuspecting world. If you would like to spice up your e-mails, you can download it from here (Note that this works on Windows only). It consists of two files, the program itself, and a file that contains the words. Put these two files somewhere safe, for example in a folder called “Loquacious” in your “My Documents” folder.

When you are typing, and you want a nice word, call up the program and choose one from the list. When it is selected, click the Enter key and the window will close. If your e-mail (or whatever) was the last window open, then the word will automatically be pasted in. If not, go back to your e-mail and click Ctrl-v (or choose Paste from the Edit menu if you prefer).

The main Loquacious window

Note that as I am a keyboard fan, and use the mouse as little as possible, I wrote this program to be keyboard friendly. This means that it doesn’t really use the mouse, and if you try double-clicking a word, nothing will happen. I know this is easy to do, I just never got around to it!

A quick way to start the program

If you are using Vista or Windows 7, you can make this even easier. When the program is running, look for the icon on the taskbar, it looks like a yellow submarine…

My taskbar, showing the Loquacious icon fifth from the left

Right-click on the yellow submarine, and from the little menu that pops up, choose “Pin this program to taskbar” (I know, they missed out the word “the” in that sentence. Don’t blame me, I didn’t write Windows!).

The pop-up window that allows you to pin programs to the taskbar

This will leave the Loquacious icon on the taskbar, even after you close it. Now, when you want to start Loquacious, you can click the little yellow submarine on your taskbar and it will start. Much quicker eh? But wait, it gets better…

An even quicker way to use it!

Now, here’s a little–known, but jolly clever trick for Vista and Windows 7 users (no, it doesn’t work in XP, I tried it!). If you hold down the Windows key on your keyboard, and press the number 1 on the numbers across the keyboard, it will open up which ever program is the first one pinned to the taskbar. in my case, that would be the program with the red icon with the two plus signs you can see above. If you choose Windows+2, you get the second icon (mine would be the purple and white “N”0 and so on. This is a great way to open your favourite programs quickly.

Now, if you drag the Loquacious icon towards the left end of the taskbar, so that it is one of the first nine icons (ignore the Start button, that doesn’t count), then you will be able to open it by clicking Windows+5 (in my case, your number will depend where you put the little yellow submarine).

The benefit of all this is that inserting words becomes very quick when you are typing. For example…

  1. Whilst typing an e-mail, you want to insert a nice word, so you click Windows+5. Up pops Loquacious.
  2. You use the arrows keys to move up and down, or type a letter to jump to the first word that starts with that letter. Do this until you find the word you want.
  3. Press the Enter key on your keyboard. Loquacious closes, and inserts the chosen word in your e-mail.

Can’t get much easier than that eh! If you decide not to insert a word, press the Esc key (usually in the top left corner of your keyboard) to close Loquacious without inserting.

Adding and deleting words

To add a new word, just open Loquacious and press Ctrl-a. This will pop up a small window where you can add a new word and its meaning. To delete a word, choose it in the main list and click either the Del key or the BackSpace key (often just has a left-pointing arrow).

I hope this program amuses you. If so, please leave a comment and tell me (politely) what you thought of it. Just click the “Comments” link below.

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Speed of light

Apparently, scientists have now decided that they may have managed to accelerate particles to a speed that exceeds the speed of light – something that dear old Einstein stated was impossible according to the laws of physics.

Now, not wishing to embarrass the eminent scientists around the world, and especially not at that august institution known as CERN, where it all seems to have originated, so I will refrain from commenting on the subject directly, but will merely quote an appropriate little ditty…

There was a young lady named Bright
who could travel much faster than light
She went out one day, in a relative way
and came back the previous night
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# Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Gittel in a new dress

The Boss bought Gittel a new dress, and we had a Grand Trying-On session today. Here is the result, with Gittel almost sitting up on her own (but not for very long)…

Gittel in her new dress

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# Monday, 19 September 2011

Nice story that probably isn’t true, but is cute enough to be true!

Charley, a new retiree-greeter at Wal-Mart, just couldn't seem to get to work on time.

Every day he was 5, 10, 15 minutes late. But he was a good worker, really tidy, clean-shaven, sharp-minded and a real credit to the company and obviously demonstrating their "Older Person Friendly" policies.

One day the boss called him into the office for a talk. "Charley, I have to tell you, I like your work ethic, you do a bang-up job when you finally get here; but your being late so often is quite bothersome."

"Yes, I know boss, and I am working on it."

"Well good, you are a team player. That's what I like to hear.”

Yes sir, I understand your concern and Ill try harder.”

Seeming puzzled, the manager went on to comment, “It's odd though your coming in late. I know you're retired from the Armed Forces. What did they say to you there if you showed up in the morning so late and so often?"

The old man looked down at the floor, then smiled. He chuckled quietly, then said with a grin, "They usually saluted and said, Good morning, Admiral, can I get your coffee, sir?

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# Thursday, 15 September 2011

They didn’t really mean that did they?

I went across the road for mincha yesterday, and someone showed me an old siddur that had been left there. being interested in old seforim, I took a look, however, I wasn’t quite prepared for what I saw! The title page looked innocent enough at first glance…

An old siddur

Now you probably can’t read the small line of print above the word “Radelheim” (which I assume was the town where it was printed), so here’s a close-up of that bit…

A close-up of the small print

Well, at least they were honest about it!

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