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
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
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.
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.
It seems this past couple
of years has been a banner years for political newspeak. We are reaching
a dangerous time for Democracy and Individual Freedom
There has been an effort of late to rehabilitate
the image of David Dinkins. David Dinkins was an extemist racist dispite his
veneer of gentility. After the Crown Heights Riots he was quoted in the
NY Times as saying:
''I found that out during the days immediately following Crown Heights, They said in effect to the Park Avenue Jews, 'You all have abandoned us.' That wasn't true, but that's what they said.''
This statement, quoted in the NY Times, has so many levels of deep racism and
misconceptions that it is impossible to go through them all. But on the top of this list
is that somehow the Jews who were attacked and in a violent riot by Blacks who lived in
Crown Heights and came into the neighborhood from Brownsville and East New York, somehow
complained to coreligionists on Park Avenue, because there is some kind of conspiracy there.
Did he really think that people who live on Park Avenue care about Jews living in the ghetto of
Crown Heights? Secondly, what does that have to do with the fack that he created the environment
that allowed for the riots in the first place, and then tied the hands of the police force when the
riots started, and then left Bill de Blasio to handle the riots while he went to see the US Open Secondly, what does that have to do with the fack that he created the environment
that allowed for the riots in the first place, and then tied the hands of the police force when the
riots started, and then left Bill de Blasio to handle the riots while he went to see the US Open..
Barak Obama -
The "broader point we need to stay focused on," he added, "is what we have is
a disaffected Sunni minority in the case of Iraq, a majority in the case of
Syria, stretching from essentially Baghdad to Damascus. ... Unless we can give
them a formula that speaks to the aspirations of that population, we are
inevitably going to have problems. ...
...This President has been sniffing too much glue...
OK, more to the point, you have to have ignored 5,000 years of human
history to believe any sort of capitulation can resolve the violent social and
political upheaval of political Islam.
Obama again ..
"If people can't trust not only the executive branch
but also don't trust Congress, and don't trust federal judges, to make sure
that we're abiding by the Constitution with due process and rule of law,
then we're going to have some problems here."
...where is Dan Quayle when you need him. It is the very premise
of any sane political constitution and democratic body of law that first and
foremost, you can not trust the government. Therefor government must be
LIMITED and never trusted.
On Michael Bloomberg
"She noted that police made 4.4 million stops between 2004 and 2012, and frisked over 2 million people. "In 98.5% of the 2.3 million frisks, no weapon was found," she wrote"
Why does our mayor need to be told that he can not stop and
frisk MILLIONS of people? He is gone now, but his replacement comes with his
own troubles, starting with a fundamental lack of desire to pick up the trash.
I feel like NYC is living on a yoyo, bouncing from one form of insanity to the
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.
Here is a small Gallery of Esther's Art 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
writing and designing the vast majority of that website until about 2003 after which a dispute with the sites owner, Brett Wynkoop, errupted over Brett's domain name squating and other unsavory activities. You can see his work with the pages on Coney Island, Historical Houses, many communities, news, the Aquarium pages, the Prospect Park Zoo, Brooklyn Archeology, Marine Park and Floyd Bennet Field pages and MUCH MUCH MORE. Chances are if you see kids on that site, they're mine
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.
This is a lost section for Williamsburg which has been removed and is now
a part of history.
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
Richard Stallman and Friends at Rick Moen's House in the Bay Area
Shoshana Safir testing the One Laptop Per Child Prototype.
Ruben's Library Archive of Resourses of news stories and research
Nearly 10 years of News Clippings from around the world. Lots of Local Brooklyn
issues and writings. A lot of copyright information, Fair Use and DRM
Some amazing things Ruben would like to bring to your attention
Windsor McCay is likely to be the most important American Artist of the early 20th century and yet his work is largely awaiting rediscovery. As a comic artist, he doesn't get is due, despite the advanced psycodelic work which he did more than 6 decades before Peter Max. In addition, thanks to Google Video we can expereince McCay animation. McCay was one of the very first animators in early film including:
Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii Early Color Photography 1905-1918
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.
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'.
Buy a peice of history as the Odyssey company make available the guenuine articles from deep water ship wrecks the world over.
Nearly 500,000 colonial era silver coins were found in the lastest wreck in 2007.
currently under development. This site will be built out with Pharmacokinetics
Data, Healthcare Software and Issues. Pharmacist Job Sites, and Pharmacy
Continuing Education are also to be developed on the site.
Brooklyn Living is the new place to put all my pented up Brooklyn
material that was originally created for other sites, along with a but of new material. This will likely be very soon
the largest Brooklyn Information Site on the Web because I have gigabits of material.
How can a Major NYC Landmark be slated to be destroyed without a SINGLE Local Paper printing a word!
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."
was today due to activities involving what I can only describe as nearly heroic
efforts to provide a Jewish Education to every needy child.
The issues he tackled and the problems he faced are problems the entire
Jewish Community face, yet just ignore. There is something very wrong about
how we fund Jewish Education in the US, and we all share whatever guilt Rabbi i
Balkany was proven guilty of in the courtroom. I personally will be fasting
on Tuesday out of an act of Tchuvia.
NY Times author and writer, as well as a respected friend. She dabbles into many areas of social and scientific news, putting a personal perspective on
new technology issues. Her latest work has focused on Aspergers resulting in the break through novel "Asperger Love". Take a look.
Obama Heatlhcare "Reform" is just PORK and needs to be repealed
This is a must read. It is the single, most rational, and pointed article that explains, without distracting politics over
abortion and hyperbole, why the Obama Health "Reform" is neither reform, nor helpful in obtaining any possible positive outcomes.