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September 7th, 2009
05:31 pm

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Taking the risk of sounding more-than-a-bit strange

[x-posted on b.org]

I'm going to do the "in the risk of sounding even more than a bit strange" thing again, if you don't mind, OK?

As b.org's "Beep Me" knows, I am getting married (no, it still doesn't seem real) in exactly one week. Which makes me (nope, totally not real) a bride.

Now, as it happens, in Judaism there is a lot of credit given to prayers by a bride. The idea is, since the couple starts a new life together, it's like they're sorta born again, like all their past sins are being erased, and they can start fresh, a completely clean slate. And so, their prayers are "easier" to filter through, to G*d or the universe or whichever you wanna call it. The hour of the actual ceremony is even nicknamed "an hour of willingness and mercy".

So a bride, sitting there, wondering what she was thinking about when choosing her dress, more often than not gets to have a list of people to pray for, to bless with good things (lots of singles asking for husbands/wives, of course, but also wishes for good health, or pretty much anything, really). Sometimes, people write down names of complete strangers, just because they believe in the strength of the prayer at that time, in that situation.

Now, I don't know what I think about all this, but I do know that if there's a way to spread joy and good will, then why turn it down? And then it occurred to me, if people may ask me to do it for strangers, I'm going to ask my friends (um, that's y'all, for the record, among others) if there's anything you want me to wish for you.

I'm not sure how to ask this - profile address? It's customary to say the name of the person, the name of their mother, and of course, what the prayer for them is about. If any of you think this may be a good idea for them, I would love to do it!

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January 18th, 2009
11:58 pm

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Wanna help me help my little sister?
(Re-posting from b.org)

So, my very lovely and brilliant sister (and her very lovely and brilliant husband) came up with an appropriately lovely and brilliant idea, their very own online application, making its first baby steps in the world: an internet application which is a virtual fitting room.

All you have to do is upload your own image, and see how different outfits would look on you. No need to fight the weather, annoying salespersons or the crowds at the malls, just in order to see how the clothes look on you. No need to be disappointed when the online-bought clothes look completely different than on page.

You can check this application out on their site, or add this application to your Facebook profile.

Of course, even if you don't upload your own image, you can still find my image under the "Friends' Images" tab (what won't I do for my sister) and even play dress-up with me (what won't I do for my sister, yet again).

I hope you enjoy this! Um, even though it's just the Beta version and in its very early stages. Oh, and if you wanna pass it along, then it's even better! And, of course, lots of thanks!

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August 15th, 2008
01:45 pm

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Asking for help in editing my dissertation's abstract
Re-posting from b.org:

Would any of you clever with-actual-knowledge nice people like to be brutally take-no-prisoners-ly nitpicker-ly honest in tearing apart my abstract so that I can improve it? Any sort of remark is more than welcome - obviously, the language and grammar, as well as sentence and paragraph structure, but of course I'd love any comment on pretty much anything and everything you find is lacking.

It's still somewhat at a draft stage, considering I've written and re-written and deleted and tweaked and went back again and lather-rinse-repeat so much, I can't see anymore what works and what doesn't. I know I have some crazy long and convoluted sentences in there, and that I have to cut it a bit, but I am too close - technically - to all this mess right now to be able to properly edit. So I turn to you guys.

Instead of bogging Natter down with too much meMeME, I posted it here. Comments there, here, e-mails to my profile address, smoke signals or little paper airplanes are all not only welcome, but deeply appreciated.

(I will only see them after shabbat, though, so my actual corrections and questions for clarification and returning small paper airplanes will be delayed. It's not that I'm not filled with gratitude, it's just that I'm sleeping.)

Here goes:

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