Rocket Man

This morning’s targeted killing of Islamic Jihad‘s loose cannon, Baha Abu al-Ata, generated not only the inevitable rocket barrage response, but a flurry of social media funnies.

One wit shared a mock announcement from Tel Aviv Council that the public bomb shelters would be open, with a 20 shekel charge for the first hour, then 7 shekels for every further 15 minutes…

Another asked that since schools and businesses were already closed, wouldn’t it be a good idea to have the next election today?

And then the Times of Israel delivered this journalistic jape:

Sometimes, you just have to laugh!

Amazon prepares for zombie plague

Source: WikiMedia. How to Survive a Zombie Attack, by Acey Duecy.

Source: WikiMedia. How to Survive a Zombie Attack, by Acey Duecy.

Somebody at Amazon has a sense of humor. I have proof: here is section 57.10 of the service terms for its beta release of Lumberyard, a free game engine and development tool:

57.10 Acceptable Use; Safety-Critical Systems. Your use of the Lumberyard Materials must comply with the AWS Acceptable Use Policy. The Lumberyard Materials are not intended for use with life-critical or safety-critical systems, such as use in operation of medical equipment, automated transportation systems, autonomous vehicles, aircraft or air traffic control, nuclear facilities, manned spacecraft, or military use in connection with live combat. However, this restriction will not apply in the event of the occurrence (certified by the United States Centers for Disease Control or successor body) of a widespread viral infection transmitted via bites or contact with bodily fluids that causes human corpses to reanimate and seek to consume living human flesh, blood, brain or nerve tissue and is likely to result in the fall of organized civilization.

You can see the whole document, here.

First seen at the Register.

Contemporary conversation

[Background: We received our first extended session of heavy winter rain. It started last Friday, lasting in fits and starts all the way through to this Tuesday. It was so wet, I even had to wear a rain jacket some of the time! (Hello, Glasgow. Are you jealous? It’s also been raining there since last Friday; the last Friday of August…) But today and yesterday have been clear, bright, wonderful days. Weatherwise that is. So, here is a conversation that took place today on the short walk between buildings, as I headed for the canteen at lunchtime.]

Me: “The sun is out again.”

Friend: “A lovely day for November.”

Me: “Yes. Everybody seems very happy it has stopped raining.”

Friend: “It has stopped raining. But instead it’s raining missiles…”


In these difficult times, and forever, may we never lose our sense of humor.