Saturday, July 26, 2014

Book: We Are the Romani People




This is an excellent book from a erudite Linguistics Romani (Gipsy) scholar, telling whatever can be reasonably told about the origin of the Romani people, the evolution of their language, the horrific history of slavery, pogroms, porrajmos (Nazi killed at least 1 million Romani, but since they don't have a powerful financial lobby in NY, you'll never hear about that, and they never got neither a compensation nor a "Promised Land" stolen from its previous occupants), expulsion, prosecutions, discrimination etc.

It also narrates the attempts made to form a Romani Nation, and even to get some land to settle permanently (grotesque the request made to Mussolini to get part of Somalia....grotesque? I think another Nation got some land in 1948, and not many people found it grotesque...)

Once you read this book you will really get a better grasp of this great civilization of artists, merchants, traders whose history is so similar to the Jews

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Eclipse: creating a weblogic-enabled project

When you create a Java project, it's NOT faceted

This project is not configured to use project facets. Converting this project to faceted form will allow you to easily control the available technologies.



and its .project file contains:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<projectDescription>
 <name>WLExtensions</name>
 <comment></comment>
 <projects>
 </projects>
 <buildSpec>
  <buildCommand>
   <name>org.eclipse.jdt.core.javabuilder</name>
   <arguments>
   </arguments>
  </buildCommand>
 </buildSpec>
 <natures>
  <nature>org.eclipse.jdt.core.javanature</nature>
 </natures>
</projectDescription>


if you click on "convert to faceted form" you get an extra builder org.eclipse.wst.common.project.facet.core.builder in the .project, and an extra org.eclipse.wst.common.project.facet.core.nature nature

Once you have a faceted project, you can associate it to a Runtime:



which allows you to enable WebLogic System libraries:



Let's be frank, it could be simpler. Even because NOT all WebLogic classes are available in the System Libraries, often one has to hunt right and left for the right jar.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Open letter to John Kerry

Dear John Kerry,

we love America - you set us Italians free from Mussolini - and we love Jewish people, who gave birth to geniuses like J.Christ, K.Marx, S.Freud, A.Einstein, N. Chomsky . Top people. Love them.

BUT I think our IDF friends have gone a bit too far in Gaza. Maybe the pictures of dismembered Palestinian children, pregnant women torn apart and medical staff being shot at don't make it on your laptop, but they make waves around the world and they tarnish the compassion that humanity has for the Jews.

You are a great, good man and I think you should get on the front line and set things straight, reestablishing the confidence that humanity has in America and in Judaism.

So this is my offer: I will pay you a first class flight to Tel Aviv, private limousine picking you up from the airport and bringing you to Gaza City, visit to a couple of Gaza hospitals where you will be able to assert the job done by IDF, night in 5 stars hotel in Tel Aviv and flight back to America.

I don't expect you anything in return, no public declarations, no "let's stop Gaza attacks now" decisions..... just watch with you eyes the horror created by the war, see the Palestinian children disemboweled and agonizing, then go back to your family. I am sure you know this horror, back from the time you served in Viet-Nam.

If you accept, just contact me on this blog, I will immediately wire you the funds.

Ciao

Pierluigi