Congrads! To Shoshana Rivka Safir on her Engagement to be Married! This Chol Meod Passover, 2014 Menachum Klein has proposed Marriage to her! Mazal Tov Shani!
Shani and Me on a quiet birthday in happy times
Esther Wallace, my beloved Grandmother who all but raised me, died on morning of July 12th, 2011 (Tammuz 10). May her soul join all of Israel in Jerusalem..Who is Ruben Safir? Good question.
Born into a poor Jewish Canarsie family in 1963, Ruben is a life long Brooklyn resident from a long line of Brooklyn Residents. Currently a father of 6 children, all from the same wife, divorced, and a huge Free Software advocate. He is a published author, programmer, teacher, speaker, political activist, Pharmacist, and father. I've reached 50 now so I've decided to go to graduate School for an MS on Computer Sciences. The kids have grown and they are gone. It is a bit lonely. Growing old is lonely.
I have a long New York heritage this is a photo of the family just before coming to America.
The Post Family from 1905 - Ruben's Great Grandmother Rose Post (later Rose Barcan) is the second from the left on the top row
There is also the Safir side of the family. Many of the Safir's are spread far and wide in the country. There are close relatives who he's never met on the father's side of the family. If your related to Morris Safir or Nathan (Emile) Safir email me and He'll share with you some decent lost photos.
There are also some Ginsberg's, Barcan's, and Postofsky's floating around the family tree. Email if interested.
His Children's names are:
Fishing in Brooklyn
BROOKLYN GETS IT AGAIN FROM CITY
That being said the love of Ruben's life was, aside from the kids,
his 94 year old Grandmother, Esther Wallace, of blessed memory, who we
couldn't say enough about. Her 90th Birthday was January, 2007. This is
by far the most beautiful women on earth, and she made great oatmeal.
If your were ever lucky enough to be around her kitchen table at 7AM, you
had a once in a life experience. She was by far the most insightful,
intelligent conversationalist I'd ever met, and had 90 years of archives
to which she exploited as a teacher, friend and confident. Here is
a movie of
It it you can give you a small sense her compasionate charm and
loving touch. About half way through, you'll hear a frank,
unflinching, conversation about her age and death. At the end
she pulls out a surprise. There is a companion movie as well,
which covers more of her personal collection.
Ruben has a fettish with computers. A life long programmer, he began web design in 1995
for his own website the now defunct Jewish Billboard.
He then began writing for
Along the way he help many Brooklyn based small businesses get their first feet on the web. Recalling back to those days, it was a very hard sell to get businesses to invest in internet presense. How the times have changed.
He helped businesses such are Medical Arts Chemist, Brauners Bakery, Judaica Tressures, Rosenzweig and Maffia, and TMM.NET get themselves up and running on the net.
There contines to be a lot of Brooklyn material on this site, perhaps the greatest repository on the net. One needs
to have the patients to walk through the galleries of photo's, texts and movies. There is a near complete
documentation of Williamsburg in the photo directories.
Cobble Hill Brooklyn on Bastille Day July 2007
The New Developing Coney Island Web Site
Ruben remains active in a number of important political and educational organizations. He founded NYFairUse. He founded NYLXS, was, at one time, one of the important Free Software organizaions in the nation. He teachs computer programming, once for the New School and then for NYLXS. He has particular expertise in Perl, C and GNU/Linux.
Occasionally he gets to take in a Pharmacy Conference in San Francisco. And when he does he gets a chance to combine Medical activities with Computer Activities.
|Richard Stallman and Friends at Rick Moen's House in the Bay Area|
|Shoshana Safir testing the One Laptop Per Child Prototype.|
Ruben's Quotes that others have Quoted
The Library of Congress has put together this incredibile collection of color photographs the earliest color photographs that I'm aware of, which show Russia just before the revolution. What is ironic about this is that the technology used to create these photos required projection and the film materials were preserved, even though that it is completely customized technology because it wasn't protected by any copyright and had the ability to be preserved.
Today, the it will be impossible to preserve anything as historically important as these works because the restrictions that copyright holders can put on any work destroy the publics right to preserve such works. In addition, because Copyright is now so long, anything done today could not be displayed even 100 years into the future. This work escaped copyright control mostly do to the fact that its owners, the Russian Tzars, were shot dead.
With the death of the VCR and the Video Tape this past month, how can the history of the last 20 years be preserved?
This is a wonderful project that shows just what we could do if Congress finally wised up and ended the blockade of the Digital Revolution by a few special interests and the DMCA. See The Art of Pitching from 1887.
These videos, which very unforunately are wmv files are video on demand and together compose the best lecture series to be found in any published form. Weber and the Met prove how theusage of information can enlighten and add depth of understanding to the public at large. Weber starts with pre-history and goes well beyond the who where and whats, but exposes how human technology affects society continually through history, from the beginning of writing to the era of video and eletronics. For those who use Free Software, try mplayer http://www.mplayerhq.hu for playback. The streams exist at mms://cate-annenberg.cate.buffalo.edu/annenberg/Western_Tradition_03.wmv and so forth in numeric order.
Many times while teaching Ruben Safir has tried to describe our the digital revolution is changing the society we live in at rate of change greater than any time since the formation of writing and then the advent of modern print in the 1500's. Weber makes this much clearer and this series should be mandatory for all politicians and 'bloggers'.
Learn about the industry and enjoy!.
Free Stories! The Devil and Tom Walker A story of a man and his wife.
Vornado would replace the Hotel Pennsylvania at 15 Penn Plaza (7th Ave and 33rd St.) with what would be the city's third-tallest building. The proposal requires approval of both the Planning Commission and the City Council. Testifying at the commission hearing, Tri-Stater's Kate Slevin said that "the proposed office tower's proximity to Penn Station makes it an excellent location choice. There is no better place to encourage development than above transit facilities that provide easy access to Amtrak, NJ Transit, LIRR, PATH, and fourteen subway lines."
It is a mistake to think this is a left/right issue. The new bill is not a left leaning bill. Nor is it a right leaning law. It is pure PORK and gives away the public interest to private parties.
Horse Racing at Sheepshead Bay