Jew or Not Jew – The App!

It seems that Apple is again in some hot water for approving an app that offends some religious sensibilities — and a few laws:

PARIS (AP) — A French anti-racism group has threatened to sue Apple over an iPhone application called “A Jew or Not a Jew?” that allows users to consult a database of celebrities and public figures to determine whether they are Jewish or not.

SOS Racisme said the application, sold for 0.79 euro cents ($1.07) on the Apple Store France, violates France’s strict laws banning the compiling of people’s personal details without their consent.

via the Associated Press.

Winter Art

We had quite a storm here yesterday, followed by bitter cold sunshine today.  Here’s how Hipstamatic saw it on my iPhone.

True Love and Homegrown Tomatoes

As Guy Clark wrote, “Only two things that money can’t buy / That’s true love and homegrown tomatoes.”

I arrived home from a vacation/brother’s wedding last night, and it was too dark and buggy to venture out into the garden. So first thing this morning, out I went and found a bounty of tomatoes on the vine, plus the last few beans of the season.

It’s been said before — many, many times by Garrison Keillor — that one of the wonderful things about living in a place like Minnesota is that we don’t take things like homegrown tomatoes for granted.  There’s a short window of time when they’re available.  That window has just opened, and it will slam shut in about a month.  Then all that will be left in my garden is the squash and pumpkins that I hope will last into the fall.

We’ve started the long descent into autumn.  It may be 95 and humid out, but my kids are talking about school everyday.  We’ve got our plans for the State Fair.  Grandma just bought them all back-to-school jeans.

But, we’re not quite there yet. For now, we’ve got homegrown tomatoes.  Here’s Guy Clark’s homage to them:

Get you a ripe one don’t get a hard one
Plant `em in the spring eat `em in the summer
All winter with out `em’s a culinary bummer
I forget all about the sweatin’ & diggin’
Everytime I go out & pick me a big one

Homegrown tomatoes homegrown tomatoes
What’d life be without homegrown tomatoes
Only two things that money can’t buy
That’s true love & homegrown tomatoes

Homegrown Tomatoes by Guy Clark

Photo taken on iPhone 4 with Hipstamatic; lens: Jimmy; film: Ina’s 1969