Jon's Random Links
Yes, it's possible to be a Jewish atheist.
I don't believe it is possible to be an atheist and
accept the Jewish religion,
but a Jewish atheist can accept or even relish being
one of the Jewish people and being a part of the Jewish culture.
An atheist is liberated from the religious commandments
that don't have a humanistic basis, but
nevertheless can embrace those traditions that are meaningful or useful.
Personally, I celebrate a few of the holidays, fast on Yom Kippur,
and rarely eat anything called "bread" on Passover.
I try to leave some raspberries in my raspberry patch
for my neighbors.
My rabbi has encouraged me to consider finding a way to keep the Sabbath.
While I would not consider keeping it in the traditional way, I'm
thinking about it! Certainly the idea of having one day a week
that's somewhat special is appealing.
Computers in Education
Charitable Organizations I Like
Random Businesses I Like
CedarWorks, maker of very high quality natural cedar swingsets. They really stand behind their work!
East Hill Farm, Troy, NH
Vicki Blier Window Treatments/Design. Okay, I wouldn't know a window treatment if it sat on me, but Vicki Blier is a very cool person with integrity and good taste.
- The Listful Thinker My sister Dena's amazing collection of lists to organize your life.
- The Java Room in Chelmsford MA, an elegantly understated cafe with unbelievable coffee, great food, a gorgeous grand piano and often great music. I'm a bit biased because I play gigs there.
- Lexington Photo Scanning a Lexington father-and-son company with a great reputation.
- The Art of Roasting, a coffee roastery that roasts delicious coffee in small batches, run by a friend/coworker/all-around cool guy
- Multicultural Book World, Bob Romanow's inner city book business
- Bollywood Cafe in East Lexington.
An easy walk from my house and great Indian food.
Food blogs I like
If I ever wrote a cook book, it would be something like, How To Survive On Raw Vegetables, Random Frozen Foods, and the Occasional Stir Fry but some of my favorite people have food blogs, so I might as well link to them.
- Dates specified in the form YYYY-MM-DD (e.g. 1999-11-10) are unambiguous, international, lexically sortable, y2k-compliant, and complies with ISO standard 8601.
- McMaster-Carr catalog.These guys
- Apparently, if you want real Gifford's Ice Cream, including, one hopes, the sublime Swiss Chocolate, you need to go to York Castle at 827 Hungerford Drive in Rockville MD. Here's more on that. On the other hand, they say they are in Silver Spring.