Archive for October, 2015

“In addition to actually killing people, they are killing us all. No one is going out. No one is taking taxis. No one is buying anything. This is bad for all of us.” – Arab taxi driver who drove me this week (who will remain anonymous)

Truer words… May we all have peace and the security to make our living without fear.

Though it may be dark now, the rays still break through the clouds

Though it may be dark now, the rays still break through the clouds.

A bit early but I won’t be able to post Saturday and I forgot to schedule 😳 😀

Have a great week!

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone

I haven’t been in a mood to read new books lately, I’ve been sticking to old favorites – comfort books. But I did read this gem.

On the back:

” ‘Errand requiring immediate attention. Come.’ The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. ‘He never says please’, she sighed, but she gathered up her things. When Brimstone called, she always came. In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she’s a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in ‘Elsewhere’, she has never understood Brimstone’s dark work – buying teeth from hunters and murderers – nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn’t whole. Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.”

This isn’t exact, but it does express the general concept of the book. However, it doesn’t do justice to the witty writing style, the depth of the characters, and the laugh out load moments. I admit to a certain disappointment when I realized that this wasn’t a fantasy with romantic overtones but half fantasy, half romance; but this was more than made up for as the story unfolded and additional mysteries were revealed. But be warned: It’s the first of a trilogy.

In short, read it. 5 stars.

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He was younger these days, also. Not so much in the physical sense, to be sure. [..] It was his way of thinking”

by Issac Asimov, “Pebble in the Sky

I’ve been thinking of this quote a lot in the past week. I recently changed my job and started studies to be a physics teacher. This is affecting the way I think. New challenges, new things to learn, new things to do… and yes, I feel younger. Even with three kids 🙂


Have a great week!

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“The definition of insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result.” – attributed to Albert Einstein

Compare this to parenting advice on getting a toddler to stay in bed: “… midnight visitors get walked back to their rooms, tucked in, kissed and left behind […] as many times as it takes…. Keep this up until the new rules sink in.”

So… parenting equals insanity? 😛

Have a great week!

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But I set fire to the rain,
Watched it pour as I touched your face,
Well, it burned while I cried
‘Cause I heard it screaming out your name, your name!

Adele, “Set Fire to the Rain”

Can’t say it better than that 🙂

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Obviously, there are a lot of differences, like the culture, language and the amazing amount of blond people, but these are the ones that affected me most.

  1. Bathrooms. Almost every women’s bathroom comes with a disinfectant you can use to clean the toilet seat and then sit like a queen. In addition, we were in a gas station toilet in the middle of nowhere, and not only did they have toilet paper and soap (rarely found in gas station bathrooms in Israel) they had two real towels for drying your hands. Really.

    Not this good, but close.

    Not this good, but close.

  2. Weather. I used to complain about the weather in Israel, because it annoyed me that we could have snow one week and 35°C the next. But in Germany, this happens over one day.
    It was 35 °C. We heard thunder, at which point we noticed half the sky had gone black. By the next peel of thunder, it began raining, fat drops. Half a minute later, started hail the size of ping pong balls (I am not exaggerating!). Half an hour later it was 35°C again and the weather was going, “Who, me?”

    Close enough

    See? Hail (though the picture is from pixabay)

  3. Air conditioning. Israel is hot. To deal with this, most structures are built so that opening two windows passes a breeze through, and if necessary there is air conditioning – on busses for example. Germany probably doesn’t think it will get that hot, so structures are built to keep heat in, and very few structures are air conditioned  – busses are not.
  4. Forests. Israel doesn’t have forests, with tall stately evergreen trees and dappled shade. There simply isn’t enough water. Israel has green brush. It’s beautiful, but not the same.

    I can finally use the word "dappled"

    I can finally use the word “dappled” 😉

  5. Celiac. The Israel Celiac Association has been around a quarter of the time the German Celiac Association has, but has managed to do so much more. Being a Celiac in Germany is very hard. In Israel every food is marked also with what it might contain, so it’s much easier to be gluten free. In Germany only what is contained on purpose is marked, which is not always reliable. Restaurants and hotels also have never heard of it or have really bad tasting gluten free stuff. Sigh. My children ate a humongous amount of french fries.


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Lopen: “…you should buy her something nice…A nice plant, maybe, or a new hat…”

Kaladin: “That’s the most ridiculous piece of advice I’ve ever been given.”

Lopen: “You should rub yourself with curry and go prancing though the camp singing Horneater lullabies.”

Kaladin: “What?”

Lopen: “See? Now the bit about the hat is only the second most ridiculous piece of advice you’ve ever been given, so you should try it.”

From Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson

I laughed out loud at this one 🙂

Kaladin and Syl, by Sarctic at deviant art. Now you understand why buying a flying light spirit a hat would be ridiculous….

Have a great week!

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I’ll tell you something in confidence, just between us. I hate epic series.

I hate the waiting for the new book; I hate that by the 4th (or 5th, or 10th, or…) book you can’t remember what the point  was to begin with; I hate that authors loose their way and begin making up new people and problems that weren’t planned; I hate the endless quality of epics, where things just keep on happening and happening and happening…

In spite of this, I did read the Way of Kings, because it’s Brandon Sanderson. And I was stunned with the depth and texture and general wonderfulness of Way of Kings, so I also got this second book, Words of Radiance.

And while I still hate epic series, I love the Stormlight Archive. Each book so far could double as a door stopper, and still it’s gripping, and funny, and sad, and opens a completely different and new (though not necessarily brave) new world. The genius of Sanderson (so far, at least) is that he knows where he’s going, and he knows why he’s mentioning this scene in this place, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it won’t disappoint me like all the other epics.

In short: so far, so amazing. Go read it. 5 stars.

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