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Post Rejected by the Company Blog [Jul. 2nd, 2008|11:28 am]
Ran Arad
I've been writing for some time for my company's blog, here. Its a blog about protocols and protocol design. The more universally interesting posts can be found under the behavior tag, they are about human behavioral protocols. Do the thing with the RSS - really, I'm lagging behind the other blogs.

While they do allow me my little oddities (like Monty Python references), one post was a little too raw for them. Since I think it's a shame to let it go to waste, I decided to post it here.

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Smile Often [Sep. 5th, 2007|01:34 pm]
Ran Arad
I'm writing this because I don't want to forget this thought:

Five years ago, I used to smile a lot. I realized that it's a good thing because in days I felt depressed, I would stop smiling, and people around me would immediately know I'm in a bad mood, and some would come over and ask what's wrong. That was when I realized that being usually happy attracts people, not only when you're happy, but also when you stop being happy, because people want you to keep being happy (maybe it's just the familliar state of things).

Just a few minutes ago I was happy, and I tried to think when was the last time I was happy at work, and realized that was some years ago. So people got used to seeing my unhappy, and if I'm depressed, no-one notices.

So smile even if you are unhappy, so people will notice when you are really unhappy.

This doesn't make sense, does it?

That's why I wanted to write it.
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Fatherhood [May. 21st, 2007|05:46 pm]
Ran Arad
Eleven months (minus a day) into fatherhood, and I wanted to share this cool feature of fatherhood: there's this whole reflex and reaction upgrade. It's like living in the Matrix movie. Baby looses grip - time slows down - dad jumps for it - baby is safe. It's not just with the baby: I dodged spilt coffee last week, just moved out of its way. Now I know how martial artists do it - they are in this frame of mind where things can go horribly wrong in a split second, so they can react just as they do. Don't take this as a promise, because some dads get the upgrade, and some don't, but it's so cool if you do. Moms, by the way, get precognition, which is also cool. And this is just a perk over the simple joy of feeling a small body in your arms, of making that small person laugh, or stopping him from crying. The knowledge that "I can make my own people"! If I had known it's so cool, I'd have had children sooner.

Is anyone still reading this? Please let me know.
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(no subject) [Sep. 13th, 2006|04:04 pm]
Ran Arad
I ranted a while ago about Sam & Max sequel being cancelled. Joystiq informs that the Evil has been vanquished (some of it, at least) - Sam and Max will return as an online game. See videos here. Also, an online comis, starts here - I love the mouse-over effect.

Also, if you, like me, have been watching two seasons of Battlestar Galactica in the span of three weeks, and are now suffering from withdrawal, the Sci-Fi channel has a few bites from the coming third season, called The Resistance. They don't seem to work, but who knows, maybe they will soon.

Is this becoming a link blog?
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Conversation with Tsahi [Jun. 19th, 2006|09:02 am]
Ran Arad
Tsahi: What's the status?
Ran: Done - I sent you the files yesterday.
Tsahi: I meant your WIFE
Ran: oh. nothing new, still pregnant.
Ran: and she does not have a status. she has health, well-being, stuff like that.
Tsahi: so should I ask "what's the health?"
Ran: yes. like in Ultima 4. you can write "heal" "job" "mantra" and "avatar". that's it.
Tsahi: ok. next time 
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(no subject) [May. 24th, 2006|02:54 pm]
Ran Arad
New posts in my Hebrew blog, about Iran and 4X4.
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Content like Water [May. 8th, 2006|07:00 pm]
Ran Arad
On the future of independent gaming longCollapse )
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(no subject) [May. 1st, 2006|07:29 pm]
Ran Arad
We (Lital and I) moved to Ashdod. On the way, we sold or gave half of our furnishings, discovered that the rest are still more than enough, managed to loose mental and physical capacity several times, and to have several discussions about the goings on in my life.

I developed a slight depression right before the move, but I think the move was just a trigger. My life seems to be empty right now, filled only with things I would like to do but never get around to doing: thesis work, role playing, writing, learning, diet, exercise - I better stop now, before depression hits again. Recently I had faced the fact that I am neither responsible, reliable nor a man of my word, as I have previously imagined, at least, not when it is an extensive effort to be. Now I have to either come to terms with the notion that I am lazy, unimaginative and dull, or do something about it (interesting cause and effect there).

(A few more posts in my Hebrew blog)
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(no subject) [Apr. 10th, 2006|11:24 am]
Ran Arad
I'm moving back to Ashdod.

Why does that seem like I'm moving back in life? As if I've decided that I can't make it on my own, and that I'm moving back with my parents? I'm not, of course. I'm going to live close to my wife's parents. I'm not sure it that makes it better or worse. I walked in Ashdod a few days ago, and not much has changed in the last 20 years. It grew, yes, but the old quarters remained almost the same. I realized that the sites, the streets, even the people my son will see in the first years of his life will be much the same ones I saw in mine – we will live just a block away from my parents' old house. It's a strange feeling. It is comforting, I guess I grew up ok, but at the same time, I would like to give my son something better. I'm not sure what that "something better" is, but it can't be the very same thing, can it?

We're still contemplating a name. The sad thing is that we like "Fetusi", his tummy-name, the best. What's with us and silly names?
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(no subject) [Apr. 9th, 2006|10:59 am]
Ran Arad
Two new posts on my Hebrew blog. Chinese Microwaves and Road Survival guide, part 1.

As for me - I'm moving back to Ashdod, at the beginning of May. More on that later.
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