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Re: RIP/BDE Master Thread "Judo" Jack Hatton - 24, Member of the US Judo Team -

Very sad.

September 25, 2019, 03:39:11 PM
Re: MLB Master Thread
Sounds very middle school-esque, but also sounds really fun. It'll get tons of coverage and interest, that's for sure.

Here's the idea, assuming that there are 8 teams that make the playoffs:
- Teams 1 gets to choose from teams 5-8. Team 2 picks from the remaining 3, and team 3 from the remaining two, and the last team goes to team #4
- The 8th place team might not necessarily be the best matchup for #1, so they get to pick
- Team #3 kind of has the option to help themselves or screw over team #4 - i.e. get them the farthest opponent so that they have to travel more.
- It makes positioning more important - i.e. even if we've qualified for the playoffs, we want to guarantee a better place
- It gives the last weeks of the season a little more intrigue - it's not just about who's in, but speculating who they might play.
- The betting aspect would be interesting as well.

October 10, 2019, 11:57:48 AM
Re: Jokes Master Thread A physicist, an engineer, and a statistician go on a hunting trip, they are walking through the woods when they spot a deer in a clearing. The physicist calculates the distance of the target, the velocity and drop of the bullet, adjusts his rifle and fires, missing the deer 5 feet to the left. The engineer rolls his eyes. 'You forgot to account for wind. Give it here', he snatches the rifle, licks his finger and estimates the speed and direction of the wind and fires, missing the deer 5 feet to the right. Suddenly, the statistician claps his hands and yells "We got him!"
November 12, 2019, 11:51:33 AM
Re: PC friday question of the day.
How is this PC? It is also dated that it came from a quote in 1995 - not sure that this was when it was actually said.

This definitely hit a chord. I probably grew up in an era where spanking started being phased out (I was in elementary school in the 80s). As the class clown and trouble maker, I was definitely hit quite a bit, starting as early as 1st grade. More so by my teachers than by my parents. Understand that spanking in schools wasn't limited to Jewish schools - many of my catholic friends have told me about their run-ins with the Ruler-wielding nuns.

This hit more of a chord, because there was one particular Rebbe who essentially followed along the lines of what R' Miller said. If you misbehaved, he'd call you up to his desk, and take out a book of tehilim (psalms) and tell you that he was reciting chapters of tehilim as a prayer that the punishment he was about to dole out was for the appropriate reasons. He'd then stand up (ask you to remove your glasses if you were wearing them) and smacked you full force across the face. Not once or twice, but at least a handful of times, sometimes more (the top 3 in the class were me and two other kids, each hit 20-25 consecutive times). He was not a small man either - he was about 6'2"-6'3" and about 220 - he wasn't fat, he was solid.

In those days, there was no ADHD, no learning disabilities, limited drugs. Kids were just lazy and slow, and if you didn't fit the square peg they tried to put you in, it was because of one of those two reasons, and they'd beat the living snot out of you until you were less lazy or a little faster. 

I'm sure that there are those of you who would argue that I was probably behaving poorly to deserve it, and that it's appropriate. But as an adult, 30+ years removed, the only thing it beat out of me was any desire to learn limudei kodesh. It took me 3 more schools to find my true love of torah. It came in my third school, not because the educators were so great, but because it was so small they had the time to answer my questions, and foster my love of learning. 

November 15, 2019, 12:49:30 PM
Cute little DIY Hack - Wireless Magic Charging table ~$25-30 On my day off yesterday I hacked together a little "magic" wireless charging table. What's the "Magic?" You mount the Wireless Charger under the surface of the table so that you can put your phone on top of the table and still have it charge wirelessly.

Here is what you need:
-This ikea wireless charger: (LIVEBOJ) ($5)
-This ikea small table: (LACK) ($10)
- A USB-C Wall charger and cable (You can buy this - and this from ikea for one-stop shopping).

All 4 ikea parts cost $26+taxes

A brief note about wireless charging:
Many modern phones offer wireless charging (iPhone since iPhone 8, Pixel 3,4, Samsung Galaxy since S9/Note 9) - it's not as fast as wired charging, but if you put your phone on the charging pad you don't need to plug it in. You also don't need to directly contact the charger (although the phone needs to be properly aligned) so you can mount it inside the desk to give you the illusion that the desk itself is charging the phone.

A brief note about why this ikea table specifically:
IKEA's Lack and Linnmon series are cheaply made. Instead of being of solid chipboard they have thin wood veneers on top, bottom and sides; a chipboard frame that's 1-2in long, and hollow space between the top and bottom veneers that's filled with carboard to help give it some structure. Because of this, you can mount the wireless charger just below the surface of the tabletop veneer and it won't have a huge impact on wireless performance.

What to do:
- Cut a hole in the bottom of the table, about 2" from any side. (I used a circular hole-cutter for my drill, but you can drill a small hole and use a small saw). The hold needs to be big enough for you to insert the charging pad.
- Using a drill, drill a hole from the side of the table into the spot where the pad will go. The width of the hole needs to be wide enough to accommodate the head of the USB-C cable (the smaller end).
- Thread the cable through the drilled hole into the area where the pad will go.
- Attach the charging pad to the cable, and tape if (from the bottom) to the surface of the table (you may have to move the cardboard out of the way
- If you'd like, you can tape or fasten the veneer you cut out from the bottom of the table back to the bottom to cover the hole. You can also use glue or something else to hold the cable in place so it doesn't get pulled out of the pad
- Plug in the pad into an outlet, and put your phone down on top of the spot where the pad it. Voila - you're magically charging.

I hope to get some video/pics up soon and will link to them.

December 26, 2019, 02:03:28 PM
Re: Its Open Season on Jews As usual, late to the party, but sharing my $0.02:

@deltastubs  - that was a great comment with you 100%

As far as security is concerned, as both a martial arts practitioner and shul security volunteer. I highly recommend both. Please don't misunderstand, I am not suggesting that every shul have 25 people on duty every shabbos that are trained in MMA and Carrying AR15's, what I am saying is, we should all be doing something.

- Shul entrances need to be limited, locked and monitored. I realize that this is much easier for some shuls than others, and in some situations than others, but we need to take reasonable steps to make sure that someone's watching the door. I daven at a small shul where I know 90% of the people who walk in the door shabbos morning, and among the 10% I don't recognize are guests who can be verified otherwise.

- I can't promise you that learning martial arts will help you fight off an attacker - especially considering that most of the attacks are surprises. (It's kind of hard to block a punch  to the back of your head that you didn't know was coming). But what if you are able to see it coming? Block a punch? Give a quick kick to the groin? I am willing to suggest that without even the slightest martial arts training you might not even try. Even just a little training will help you build the confidence you need to maybe swiftly hit back and get away.

- Every shul needs to build a rapport with their local police. The police need to know who you are and vice versa. Invite them to kiddush, show your appreciation for them (my shul bakes them cookies on 12/24 and delivers in to the local police, fire, and ems stations - again, something in a small town that works, but might not in NYC).

- I am not a gun control nut, nor do I have the 2nd amendment tattooed on my chest. I've met several armed Jews. Some of them are former or current Law Enforcement or Military, and I'm happy to daven with them knowing that they'd protect our shul in a shooter situation. Some of them are random people with permits and guns, who I worry will be more likely to accidentally shoot me than save me when push comes to shove.

As much as we try to sensationalize the good guy with gun narrative, my favorite tale of a thwarted terror attack was the one in Germany on Yom Kippur - where the attacker was not allowed in the building, and only managed to kill two people on the street. Yes, their deaths are tragic, but better 2 people than 20 or 30.

I don't think anyone can stop anti semitism. Its galus. It's part of life. It has been and always will be.

What I do want is Jews to be more role models, more to go out of their way to be better people, to have better ethics, proper manners, just go above and beyond, to define and live up to our title as role models, as a light unto the world.

I want when there is a attack for regular sane people (-not only politicians and people on tv) to be able to confidently say that there really is no reason for the attacks. As opposed to now where I'm sure we have all seen the jersey city people talking after the attacks and go on any community facebook page where people are ok with it for various reasons... right or wrong, as long as they can rationalize it, we have to do better and live up to our jobs in this world.

If there is a attack, I need any rational person to be able to say this is senseless anti semitism, vs now where on tv people say that, but on facebook and peope talking not on the news, some are ok with it for fill in the blank reason...

Do better, go out of your way. Greet people, be friendly, hold a door, be a good neighbor, have stellar ethics in business, in life etc etc  -You're different. You're dressing differently, you're representing something, you stick out like a sore thumb, and you need to stand up for it, you need to live up to it every single day. You need to be the best person you can be not only in your community, but to anyone who even gets a glimpse of you at any point in the day.

This way if something does happen, no one in their right mind can say oh them, figures blank blank blank...

December 30, 2019, 10:25:23 AM
Re: What Were Your Favorite DansDeals Of The Decade? I have to go with the ElAl Deal from 2012 for two reasons:

- First the deal itself, it enabled me to visit my brother in Yeshiva AND take my oldest for his first trip to E"Y
- Secondly, it was the way I originally discovered DD, and all of the other benefits I've derived over the years not just deals - but the fun discussions here on DDF. (Incidentally, because of the myriad of sign-up bonus posts that I've taken advantage of, I am now taking my second son to E"Y.)

I"H the 2020's will be just as great.

December 30, 2019, 03:55:32 PM
Re: Its Open Season on Jews
Arrested the very next day for another assault & walks free again. Insane!!!
... and another $50 in her pocket, a new pair of shoes, a new coat, a new phone, heck, she might even try to get arrested in april to get some mets tickets -

This explains why many people are afraid to file a report. Absolutely crazy

This BS is ridiculous. Someone can break into your home in middle of the night, assault or rape you, and then not only be given your personal information, but also be granted access to your home as part of their investigation?

I'd prevent them from coming in, and allow them to arrest me. I'd like to meet the judge that would put me in Jail for doing that!

Better yet, I'd just kill the perpetrator right then and there. I'd claim Insanity because having the burglar in my home again made me relive my nightmare and trigged my temporary insanity. Then I'd sue the Judge for causing mental distress.

December 31, 2019, 10:10:39 AM
Re: Its Open Season on Jews A bunch of years ago, I got into an argument with some relatives of a friend of mine. For context, these relatives were a)politically liberal and b)Jewish but not religious. The argument was about an NY times article about the Ramapo school board elections. They asked me if I felt the article was biased and I said completely, and we then argued over it.

They couldn't understand why I thought that. I pointed out that the author used the phrase "Stuff the ballot boxes", which implies electoral malfeasance - I then asked them how is it stuffing the ballot box if you represent over 75% of the board's population? They then argued that since the Chasidim don't have kids in the district, they shouldn't be allowed to sit on the board - I asked them what about retirees who are on fixed incomes - if they make up a sizeable percentage of the community shouldn't they have a say in limiting their own taxes? They asked about how the school district is being shafted, I pointed out that when a full 2/3 of the kids in the district go to private schools, it increases the amount of bussing, meal assistance, and other Special Ed services that are given to private school students throughout the state.

The bottom line, not one of their arguments had a true leg to stand on.

Please don't get me wrong. There are most definitely bad Jews out there, who try to work the system - just as there are bad members of EVERY minority and ethnic group. One of the key tests I find my self doing is anytime someone says anything bad about the Jews, I replace the word Jewish with Black, or Latin, or Asian to see if it sounds just as racist.

If NBC reported on blacks taking over what was previously a white neighborhood, I would still find it to be just as offensive.

This is also goes both ways - I once got an e-mail from someone railing against "Black Hats" - I removed the word "Hat" and sent it back to him, and asked if he thought it was racist?

No, I absolutely am not. There has been nothing civil about the "sparring", it's been virulently anti-semitic for DECADES at every level of local government and community discourse. And linking these decades-long issues which have been exacerbated by slanted and dehumanizing media coverage is beyond atrocious. There have been hundreds of attacks against Jews in the NY/NJ area in the past couple of years, and a handful have been in the areas with the so-called "civil sparring". The most recent Monsey attack was done by someone living HALF HOUR away, he was googling "Zionist Temples near me" not "East Ramapo school board politics." The Jersey City attack was committed by Black Supremacists, nothing to do with gentrification.

Jews are moving into Jersey City BECAUSE they are being gentrified out of Williamsburg.
Thousands of Jews have moved to East Flatbush, Upstate, East New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, etc. because they were gentrified OUT of Crown Heights.

When was the last time you heard of a Jewish guy attacking a typewriter using kombucha sipping yoga pants sipping, New Yorker bag toting mustached hipster because a one-bedroom apartment costs $2,000 to rent? Or because the white newcomers fought to have separate swimming hours that had been going on for decades for local women stopped?

Imagine having an article a few days after the Charleston Church shooting saying, "Dylan Roof's comes after civic sparring about confederate flags and statues, talking about how white residents are upset that the blacks are ruining their way of life by *buying houses*.

I'm so freaking tired of this.

January 02, 2020, 12:59:57 PM
Re: Siyum Hashas Favorite Speech/Inspiration Regretfully, I didn't go, but I am blown away that within a few weeks of seeing terrible attacks on Klal Yisroel, 100,000 people in the NY Metro filled up 2 stadiums to show that we're still here. We've survived anti-semites far worse than the perpetrators of Pittsburgh, Poway, Jersey City and Monsey, and we're still learning Torah. Chasidish, Yeshivish, Litvish, Modern - it doesn't matter, we're all united by our common heritage and together, along with hashems help, we will remain strong.

January 03, 2020, 01:05:12 PM