June 1st, 2009

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Shavuot

This past Friday and Saturday marked the holiday of Shavuot on the Jewish calendar. Although Shavuot is one of the Biblically mandated holidays, it isn't as well-known as some of the other ones, such as Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, or Pesach (Passover). Thematically, though, it's still rather important, as among other things it commemorates the giving of the Torah.

This year, Nomi and I spent the holiday at the home of Nomi's sister's in-laws, who in many ways have become something of another set of parents for us. (They had also invited Nomi's parents, so we got to spend time with them as well.) Because we were guests, we had a chance to relax more than we would have had we stayed at home. If we had stayed at home, not only would we have done cooking and cleaning, but in my role as a gabbai at Kadimah I would have helped organize the services. Instead, I got to enjoy services organized by others at Congregation Shaarei Tefillah. I even got an aliyah, as a guest.

The one disappointment was that our hosts had invited 530nm330hz, introverte, and their family to join us for one of the meals, but in the end they couldn't come because the kids had gotten sick. Still, we got to see many other people in the Newton community, and it was a nice way to spend the holiday.
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Apex Author Lottery

Boosting the signal here...

Apex Publications, the publisher of I Remember the Future, is holding a lottery with a cool premise. The Apex Author Lottery consists of a variety of prize packages centered on specific Apex authors or staff members.

My author's stack consists of two books. The first is a hardcover, signed copy of I Remember the Future, of course.

The second book is a hardcover, signed copy of The Coming Convergence by Stanley Schmidt. Stanley Schmidt is the editor of Analog, and he wrote the introduction to my collection. I blogged about his book last year; it's very thought-provoking and a logical companion in the prize package.

Tickets for any lottery prize package are $1 each, and if you choose to buy ten tickets for any one package, that's only $8. Or, if you want to try your luck on all 19 prize packages, for $15 you can buy 19 tickets, one for each package.

Click here for details on the Apex Author Lottery.

Click here for a list of all prize packages.

Click here for my own prize package.