Friday, January 30, 2009

Jacobowitzes in Brazil

My great grandfather Wolf's brother Bernath had children who moved to Brazil.
Barbara Jakubovic Canejo is my third cousin twice removed.

MeNorman Jacobowitz my father Elias Jacobowitz his father Wolf Jacobowitz his father Bernath Jacobowitz his brother Fany his daughter Josef JACOBOWITZ her son Jiri JACOBOWITZ his son Suzana JACOBOWITZ his daughter Barbara Jakubovic Canejo her daughter.

Who knew?

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Leah Kreinik Jacobowitz's Birthplace

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I'm putting more details in the genealogical software.

I couldn't insert the link or the map directly over there.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Mel Looks Thinner These Days


Eli got Mel as a kitten in about 1989. She was always self-assured and assertive. She would face down dogs who dared to pass the house. She and Philo were great friends, though. He came to our house as a puppy, and Mel took to him right away.

Mel has a kidney disease and had lost a lot of weight. We put her on a special renal diet. She also can't hear very well, which means that she speaks very loudly when she is looking for us. Being thin she needs to seek out auxiliary heat -- mostly Linda's lap and our bedclothes at night.

Here she is last summer on the lawn:
From Family_Photos

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Re-Retired or Just Tired

I left the Census today. I'm a poor fit in the kind of military organization that is the Census.
"Management by Humiliation" seems to be the norm. My emotional reaction gets in the way of doing a good job and feeling that I am actually retired.

Pyrophones, Fire Organs

Jessamyn must have noticed my previous post, because she expanded on the topic at MetaFilter.
I'm still getting used to this kind of communication.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Fire Organ/Pyrophone

Linda and I were in Bristol, Vermont, on New Year's Eve for "Best Night." Linda's music group, Full Circle was playing at the Baptist Church on the green. On the way across the green we saw Antoinette Jacobson playing her Fire Organ.

Antoinette's sister Nora made a film, Nothing Like Dreaming, about some Vermonters that featured the Fire Organ. She showed it at Colby-Sawyer in 2004. This review explains that Antoinette and Michel Moglia built the large organ used for the film and a series of smaller organs like the one we saw on the Bristol Green.

There is an interesting history of musical instruments that use fire, heat, or explosions to vibrate tubes or pipes. Physicist Georges Fredric Eugene Kastner created one in 1875.