Silent majority?

Today’s print edition of the Jerusalem Post has the following headline (for a small story at the bottom of page 5):

TA rally against Israeli attack on Iran musters 24 protestors

Twenty four? Most people around here, when they hear 24 think of an all American action hero TV series. They may need to rethink: 24, the Israeli record for smallest attendance at a political rally. Come back the Judean People’s Front – all is forgiven! (Or was it the Judean Popular People’s Front?)

What’s the real conclusion? Is it that the overwhelming majority in Israel – silent or otherwise – agree Israel should attack Iran to prevent it acquiring nuclear weapons? Or, do those opposed believe the argument has been lost and there is no point in protesting? Or, are the rally organizers – including Combatants for Peace, the Israeli Disarmament Movement, and Pacifist Optimist Cardplayers and Knitters* – political irrelevancies and lightweights? Or, was there bad weather? And, regardless, will this report feature in the mainstream Western media?

It’s that old Chinese curse again: may you live in interesting times.

Shabbat Shalom!

*Joke. Well, I think it is…


Yellow to go first

[Also posted at the Ra’anana Boardgames Group site.]

One of the measures I have in determining if a game is a good game (in my subjective opinion) is whether I enjoy playing it, even when I’m losing. Since I get plenty of experience of being in this position, it’s a helpful measure.  As you may have guessed, in last night’s session – when we played another game of Age of Industry – I was losing, badly, and had ample opportunity of assessing the game. My conclusion: it’s a good game. Continue reading


Special Agent

My work environment is a cubicle. (Like many high tech business, where I work offices don’t exist and rooms are kept for meetings.) Today I moved cube. I am, officially, 008. So close. So close…


I don’t remember

The current issue (#1306) of Private Eye has an article about Google with a great opening line:

The world’s favourite substitute for having a memory, Google…

Now that’s funny. The article, however, is deadly serious. It highlights the concern of regulators about possible use of Google’s dominant market position to exterminate “squeeze out competitors.” The issue is unlikely to go away, and it will be interesting to see how it develops – and what media coverage there is.


Phantom Fury

The Second Battle of Fallujah

Iraq, November 9 2004

Game board

Overview of part of the board

This is a solitaire wargame from Nuts Publishing about the fighting by the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines in the district of Jolan, Fallujah. The designer is Laurent Closier. The player has to clear the board of enemy forces – Insurgents – against a strict deadline, and with limited resources. Continue reading