Santa Clara County Voter’s Guide

There are a bunch of initiatives on the ballot for the upcoming California and Santa Clara County election. Here is my slate:

1A – yes

59 – yes

60 – no

60a – no

61 – yes

62 – no

63 – yes

64 – no

65 – no

66 – yes

67 – yes

68 – no

69 – no

70 – no

71 – yes

72 – yes

A – no

B – no

C – yes

I – yes

Whatever you do, be sure to vote no on Prop 62. It would screw over the smaller political parties.

SMC7004AWBR Barricade Printer Setup from Mac OS X

I finally got Ariella’s iBook to print to our Brother 1440 printer via the SMC Barricade 7004AWBR print server. Here’s what I did:

System Preferences > Set Up Printers…

Add > IP Printing

Printer Type: LPD/LPR

Printer Address:

Queue Name: LPT1

Printer Model: Brother HL-1440 series CUPS.gz

I found some other pages on the Net that suggested using “lp” for the Queue Name, but that didn’t work. I finally ended up downloading the “How to install a LPR printing port on WinXP” document from the SMC support site, and that told me to use “LPT1” as the queue name instead.

Westminster Leningrad Codex Tanach

I was reading YudelLine today and was intrigued by a pointer to The Internet Sacred Text Archive, and started following some links until I stumbled across the The Westminster Leningrad Codex (WLC) Tanach. It’s an incredibly well-annotated copy of the Hebrew Bible, and this online copy is easy to navigate.

From a technological standpoint I’ve long been skeptical of XSLT and DHTML. They promise a lot of functionality but bring with them a ton of complexity, and I’ve never been convinced that the tradeoff was worth it. This is one of the first applications I’ve seen that’s clearly more powerful than the good ol’ 1994 Web (all of the logic on the server-side) but isn’t too complex to understand. I need to stare at the code a bit to learn what they’re doing, but on first glance it looks like really simple XML with a sprinkling of XSL and the sarissa Javascript library to control the display of parts of document at runtime.

Funny what you end up learning when you follow a few random links…

Amy’s Kitchen Kosher Certification

amys-vegetable-lasagna.jpg I’ve often seen Amy’s Kitchen vegetarian frozen meals at supermarkets but haven’t purchased them in the past because they didn’t display a hekhsher. Ariella sent email on Sunday to ask if they’d consider getting rabbinic supervision and they replied back with some good news:

Amy’s Kitchen’s Kosher certification is from Rabbi Dov Hazdan of Ner Tamid K in Staten Island, NY. Amy’s became certified in November of 2003. With one exception, Amy’s products are certified as Kosher Dairy or Kosher Pareve as noted below. The Low Sodium Marinara is the only Amy’s Kitchen product that is not certified Kosher due to the presence of non-kosher red wine vinegar.

I guess they haven’t updated their packaging yet, but they did put a note in their FAQ. I guess it’s been asked frequently enough that it deserves a spot in the FAQ!

The consumer relations rep went so far as to send us a list of their kosher products, which I’ll post here.

These products are Kosher Pareve. They contain no dairy or meat ingredients:

  • All American Veggie Burger
  • Apple Toaster Pops
  • Asian Noodle Stir-Fry
  • Bean & Rice Burrito – Non Dairy
  • Black Bean Enchilada Whole Meal
  • Black Bean Vegetable Burrito
  • Black Bean Vegetable Enchilada
  • Breakfast Burrito
  • Brown Rice & Vegetable Bowl
  • Brown Rice, Black-Eyed Peas Bowl
  • California Veggie Burger
  • Indian Samosa Wrap
  • Mexican Tamale Pie
  • No Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Non Dairy Vegetable Pot Pie
  • Organic Alphabet Soup
  • Organic Black Bean & Corn Salsa
  • Organic Black Bean Chili
  • Organic Black Bean Vegetable Soup
  • Organic Butternut Squash

    Biking to work

    I rode my bike to work today for the first time in 4 years. It felt pretty good. I really love that Italian steel frame.


    After staring at the Santa Clara Valley Bikeways Map for several hours, I decided to take Middlefield Road for most of the way, and then hop on the VTA Light Rail for the last mile. Total trip time was just under one hour (versus about 20 minutes by car).

    I had considered biking the whole distance, but Mathilda Ave isn’t very bike-friendly. Then again, the Light Rail wasn’t the most convenient option either. I probably could’ve made it here in 45 mins if I didn’t have to wait for a train. I’ll have to find a different route.