Monday, November 21, 2005

I thought

November 21 was Talia's birthday, but since none of her siblings blog-wished her a happy birthday, I must have been wrong.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Life is Good

Mike's sports life has probably never been as bad as it is now. The Packers are 2-7, as are the Knicks, and while the Yankees had a decent year the ChiSox won it all. Boo-yah

Disclaimer: Tobie consulted in the creation of this post.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Yosef's New Book

This is a alphabet book with pictures, but I'll describe it for you

A from asparagus
B from bologna
C from carrots
D from dill pickles
E from eggs
F from fish
G from gefilte fish
H from ham
I from ice
J from jelly
K from ketchup
L from licorice
M from maple syrup
N from nuts
O from olives
P from pears
Q from quiche
R from red peppers
S from salt
T from taco chips
U from ugula (?)
V from vegetable called a potato
W from watermelon
X from extra cheese
Y from yellow yogurt
Z from zucchini

IROT DBOO KMHO AR (I wrote the book ?)
IMA DLE ETRS DART OFF OO (I made the letters out of food)
DASH AR (?)
Picture of our family.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Yosef's Book

1SS PNAT TIM
TAIRW AZAB C - AN DOEN O
EFG HIAND JK LOOK ATLM
NOANDOP LOOKA TQAND RTOSTO TLOOK VTOVTO WXYZ
BOOM BOOM
OWAR
HELR UZUP LEND ABCD EFGHI
NEXTUP DANO EALL OART OF THGE
SEPTO EFAN DGHI JKLM
NOPQ RSTU VWTY 1MOR LEETR ZTHA

See if the codebreakers can figure it out. Otherwise, look below for a translation.

A Difficult Political Question

Yesterday, Governor Blajoyevich (?) signed a law giving ridiculously cheap health insurance to all Illinois kids. Basically, any parents earning less than $100,000 get access to health insurance from $40-$70 per month for the first two kids, and free for any kids after that. He is claiming that is will cost only $500 per kid per year, and he can cover the costs by cutting Medicaid costs. I don't know where they got the number $500, but health insurance costs 3 or 4 times that per child, so the number is probably just pulled out of thin air. Catastrophic health insurance, with a minimum deductible of $5,000 costs more than $40-$70 per month. Obviously, this is going to be an expensive fiasco, because any business that continues offering coverage to kids is just throwing money out the window. So, this program will either have to be shut down when too many kids join, or it will have to cover every kid in the state eventually.

None of this is difficult economics, so I have no problem saying the plan is stupid and wasteful. But, this plan will be a huge benefit to me personally. It's a large subsidy to people who a)Have kids, especially if they have more than two kids; b)Are willing to take their kids off health insurance temporarily, so they can get cheap health insurance for life. So, I'm deeply torn. At least this billion dollar boondoggle will benefit me personally.

Monday, November 14, 2005

A Strange Survey Question

Today, I got an e-mail from the University of Chicago asking me to participate in a Student Health Survey. I want prizes as much as anybody else, so I agreed. Guess what the first question was?

What is your Gender: a)Male, b)Female, c)MTF/FTM, d)Other.

I'm amused that they thought the transgendered were a large enough group to get their own survey question. But I'm completely puzzled about what the other category is. Do you think there are amoebas attending school?

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Hello? Hellooooooooo?

Anybody out there? Anybody reading this thing?
Mmmmhmm. I thought so. In that case WHY aren't you posting?
Am I supposed to fuel two blogs, by myself, with only the patheticness of my everyday life?
Cuz I can't.
What about you, David, when did you last post? Or Joe, for that matter?
I'm getting the uncomfortable feeling that this blog is dying, and only YOU can save it.

My Life etc.


Hey everyone! So I haven't blogged in a while, but then again I'm one of the most frequent bloggers. So classes have begun. For Tobie's count of hours my schedule for the first half of the semester is Sunday: 12-5 Monday 9-10;12-16;18-20 Tuesday 8-18 Wednesday 8-20 Thursday 8-18 Friday 8-12. But luckily after 6 weeks I don't have my 8-12 lab on Wed and Thurs mornings. (I hope this counts as exciting news and not boring litany.)
My article got published this week in the Journal of Chemical Physics. Note the beautiful histograms of the TEM data.
The top picture is the view from our apartment at sunset. It almost makes the eight flight of stairs on Shabbos worthwhile. The white tower in the foreground is the Bar Ilan tower whose two purposes are 1) to smile and look pretty 2)for donors to ride up to the top and point prophetically to a part of the campus saying "upon that land will I build my building" The white buildings all the way in the back are the Azrieli center. In between is a lot of Tel Aviv.
Its a lovely apartment. We just got an internet phone that has a US number. Shmuli says its not safe to post numbers so you can get it from Mom.
Well I better get back to my gallavanting as my apartment lines in shambles. Feeling pretty ubiquitious yet? (Don't worry I'm earning points for all those words)