28 July 2013

rolandopujol:

This subway sign ever so helpfully explains what the bench is for. #subway #nyc #mta

21 June 2013

rolandopujol:

Among the most thrilling vistas in NYC? The view down 42nd St. from Tudor City.

21 July 2012

Fantastic coffee roasted in the Noga section of Tel Aviv. I barely even knew that was a neighborhood.

25 December 2011
A Billion Indians Can’t Be Wrong…

A recent trip to India for a friend’s wedding revealed absolutely nothing. India is a fascinating mess with huge potential (that’s what they all say). In a way, it’s like Israel, in that some things make absolutely no sense whatsoever, but yet still seem to work. But India is much more of an extreme. Quite amazing that the country somehow functions with the mass of rickshas, cows, motorbikes and people competing for the same ground.

What’s certain though is that India is a very photogenic country. Even in Delhi, which is disgusting and overcrowded and smells rank, there’s tons to see in the everyday milling about of the populace.

25 September 2011
Israeli Streets Finally on Embedded Google Maps
After years of seeing blank maps whenever you zoom into Israel, finally you can see street names and all other map data that you could see only on maps.google.com. This is a great step forward for Israeli consumer-facing websites, which can now use the industry standard map API instead of horrible YNet Maps and AtlasCT.
Mazal Tov.

29 June 2011
A Better Apartment Search for Israel

Why is it that with such an advanced tech sector, the Israeli consumer web industry is so underdeveloped? 

Every time I go to one of the Israeli classifieds/apartment listing sites, I’m always shocked by how horribly unusable they are. You always hear that “location, location, location,” is the most important factor when considering where to live, and it’s even more true in Tel Aviv than anywhere else… There are a couple of major listing sites (Homeless, Yad2, WinWin) and even one aggregator, Zeh V’Zeh. Zeh V’Zeh is the best one and most usable, but still doesn’t provide any sort of useful API, or even an RSS feed… Even map search is hard to come by, with the most notable Kan Garim being pretty poorly executed.

Basic things to look for:

  • Better quality data
  • Search results on a map
  • Easy way to filter/update results (think kayak.com)

I’ve been thinking about this problem a lot lately, and it seems that the biggest issue is data quality. After all, what use is a blurry picture of the bathroom sink? 

This warrants some further investigation…

25 December 2010
A Billion Indians Can’t Be Wrong…

A recent trip to India for a friend’s wedding revealed absolutely nothing. India is a fascinating mess with huge potential (that’s what they all say). In a way, it’s like Israel, in that some things make absolutely no sense whatsoever, but yet still seem to work. But India is much more of an extreme. Quite amazing that the country somehow functions with the mass of rickshas, cows, motorbikes and people competing for the same ground.

What’s certain though is that India is a very photogenic country. Even in Delhi, which is disgusting and overcrowded and smells rank, there’s tons to see in the everyday milling about of the populace.

9 March 2010
Only in Israel…
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Quite possibly my favorite thing about working in Israel. The minibus drivers just let you off on the side of the highway and you walk down to the street. Why get stuck in a traffic jam?
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8 March 2010
Winter Fishing in Tel Aviv
1 February 2010
Working in Herzliya Pituach
It might as well be Palo Alto*, with a few distinctively Israeli touches. The best one is getting off the shared taxi on the highway before the bridge, where the passengers climb over the guardrail and climb down to the road in order to reach the main street.

* Not that I’ve ever actually been to Palo Alto…