Muli Ben-Yehuda's journal

July 8, 2003

Gidi Aharonovich and Shoshannah Forbes talking about accessibility at IBM HRL

Filed under: Uncategorized — Muli Ben-Yehuda @ 1:15 PM

I’m writing this while sitting in a colloqium talk at the IBM Haifa Research Lab auditorium, where I work. Shoshannah Forbes, of linux-il fame, and Gidi Aharonivich, who’s blind from birth, are giving a talk on website and otherwise accessibility. As far as I’m personally concerned, they’re preaching to the converted. However, I never write websites and shy away from writing any sort of non textual user interface, so anything I write is (not?) accessible by definition.

Later today I have the second algorithmics class, which I’m looking forward to (see last week’s entry).

LOL, Gidi just mentioned that many sites that specifically cater to the blind are actualy not accessible to the blind!

Good talk, too bad my laptop’s battery died in the middle. *grumble*.


Filed under: Uncategorized — Muli Ben-Yehuda @ 1:09 PM

Shachar Shemesh, Hamakor board member and all around good guy, has a new blog on pcplus. Sadly, it’s in Hebrew, but still, good stuff there.

Gilad Ben-Yossef, another Hamakor board member, used to have a very enjoyable blog, but no longer updates it. Shame.

Haifux python talk

Filed under: Uncategorized — Muli Ben-Yehuda @ 1:04 PM

On Monday afternoon, I gave the from python import lecture talk to Haifux. About 20 people showed up, which was considerably more than I expected, considering we’re in the middle of the Technion’s exam season. The talk went rather well, if I may say so myself. I made the usual mistakes of talking to the more knowledgable subset of the audience, but I also made sure to explain even things that seem obvious to me and that subset, because they weren’t necessarily obvious to the rest of the audience.

Giving this talk was harder than usual, because I’m no python expert. I gave it for the first time a year and a half ago, in order to have an excuse for learning python, and yesterday I gave it again in preperation for moshez‘s advanced python talk at the next club meeting, but I’m not a python guru for any stretch of the imagination. We have moshez for that. During the lecture there were several questions I had to answer with “I don’t know”, but all of them were answerable with 10 seconds in front of the python interpreter.

All in all, an enjoyable evening, even though I was very tired. Next semester I’ll be studying Algorithms on Monday evenings, so no Haifux meetings for me after September. I’ll miss the club, the clubbers, and the talks.

Registerd for my last class for the winter semester

Filed under: Uncategorized — Muli Ben-Yehuda @ 10:56 AM

On Sunday afternoon I registerd for my fourth class for the upcoming winter semester at the Open University. Previously I registered for Infi I, Compilation, Algorithms and on Sunday I registered for Mathematical Logic, an advanced math class. I studied logic in the Technion, but never quite got the hang of it. I have since learned many things and expanded my (mathematical) horizons, and I’m hoping this time to be rather more educational.

Beethoven’s 9th at the Haifa Symphony Orchestra

Filed under: Uncategorized — Muli Ben-Yehuda @ 10:50 AM

On Sunday evening, Orna, my mother, my little sister and myself went to hear the Haifa Symphony Orchestra perform Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. I was under the impression that it will be a short concert, composed solely of the 9th, which was a blessing as both Orna and I were after long days at work. As it turns out that there were two other compositions on the menu. The concert started with Yosef Tal’s 1st Symphony, which Orna enjoyed, but I found rather simplistic (“plink”, said the violins, over and over again), and Brahm’s Raphsody for Alt, which we both found rather soothing, to the point of falling asleep. By the time the (long!) break finished and the orchestra started playing the 9th, Orna and I were both ready to fall asleep in our seats. The 9th was great, as usual, and I managed to wake up a little towards the end, but all in all, next time I’m sleeping before a concert!

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