Monthly Archives: July 2007

Harry Potter Family Tree

Genogram of the main characters from the Harry Potter series of books.

(Doesn’t, yet, as I can see, include spoilers for Book 7. But I don’t know when they will update it.)

There are actually several references to genealogy made in the final book.

predictions

my lousy record on making predictions continues. (this applies for pretty much everything: elections, sports, or fantasy novels)

So, Where Did you go to Nursery School?

In St. Louis it is a common question to ask someone you’ve first met where they went to high school.

Some people claim this is just a way to see if you might have any shared acquaintances — as a means of finding something to talk about. Of course — asking them where they live and work now, as opposed to where they lived 5, 10, 20, 30 years ago might be better for this purpose.

The only thing the question really does well, at least in St. Louis with people who have always been St. Louisans, is classify your parents by socio-economic or religious background. Of course, few people who like asking the question want to admit that that is what it is best for.

I think a better question would be “So, Where did you go to Nursery School.” Not better in the information gleaned, but I would just like to see the reaction on someone’s face as I asked that question.

I went to The Ethical Society. At least, I am told I did. I have no recollection. Interestingly, I live closer to The Ethical Society today than I do to any other school I have ever attended.

Later this month I will write a post about high school. Several other St. Louis area bloggers will be doing so as well. It’s my fault. I started a Blog Carnival at StlBloggers.com, and I made High School the first theme. It seemed appropriate for St. Louis.

I may or may not mention in my blog post that I went to Clayton High.

Friday Not-So-Random Five

Five names from various census databases at ancestry.com
Some may think the names sound somewhat familiar.

Louis Malfoy
Scotland, 1871
Age: abt 12

Arthur Weasley
US, 1920
Age: abt 25

Peter Voldemior
US 1900
Age 56

Septima Snape
England 1891
Age 24

Harry Potter (father named James)
England, 1901
Age: abt 1

Update: Changed a couple of the names because I liked them better.

Apple Tree

Due to my recent interest in genealogy, you can imagine my glee to discover a recent exposé of the Apple IPhone’s 1983 ancestor, along with a photo album containing pictures of several family members, courtesy of the son of Hartmutt Eslinger, who designed the Apple IIc.

(Yes…this is real. Don’t expect funny pictures. Expect geeky pictures. Though the 1983 SmartPhone has its humor due to age.)

This is my favorite Apple family member. A 1984 wireless phone design they apparently considered…but of course never went through with. I remember the size of the early wireless phones, and consider the people walking around today who look like cyborgs, and I think *damn* this is amazing. 1984?!

applephone1984.jpg

And no…the idea of categorizing this under genealogy wasn’t my brilliant idea. It was the brilliant idea of Buzztracker. (Which I am sure did it without the aid of any human mind.) You might note in this link that Buzztracker likes me. I have no idea why, but I’m not going to complain.

the flavor of pork…

Due to Scalzi I learned about the new Bacon-flavored salt that is vegetarian and certified kosher. Also, with a little research, I discovered Betty Crocker’s BacOs is also vegetarian, and certified kosher.

Back when I ate pork, I never liked bacon much, due to the high proportion of fat to meat, and I’m not a big fan of crispy things. But bacon flavoring could be good. I always loved the taste of pork in sausage, pepperoni and canadian ham. Now I’m stuck with BBQ chicken pizza, pineapple, or hamburger. (I don’t keep kosher; I just don’t eat pork.)

the flavor of pork…

Due to Scalzi I learned about the new Bacon-flavored salt that is vegetarian and certified kosher. Also, with a little research, I discovered Betty Crocker’s BacOs is also vegetarian, and certified kosher.

Back when I ate pork, I never liked bacon much, due to the high proportion of fat to meat, and I’m not a big fan of crispy things. But bacon flavoring could be good. I always loved the taste of pork in sausage, pepperoni and canadian ham. Now I’m stuck with BBQ chicken pizza, pineapple, or hamburger. (I don’t keep kosher; I just don’t eat pork.)

Coincidentally…

If you found the information about my family surname interesting, you might find these blog posts interesting as well. Apparently there’s a “Carnival of Genealogy” where bloggers who blog about genealogy post thematically twice a month. Who knew? (maybe me). My favorite of the bunch so far is Cow Hampshire’s post on the surname: LNU. At first glance it looks like an unusual surname, but it is really quite common!

It seems my blog is the only one of the bunch that is Genealogy only part of the time. But that doesn’t seem to be a problem. Probably because I am writing posts in this category during the rest of the month, too. At the beginning of the month the theme was on Independence Day, which was the impetus for my post on Independent Thinking.

So some of you who have followed some of the above links and learned the theme for the next carnival, may be expecting that in a couple weeks you will see a family photograph of some sort on this blog. I’ll try not to disappoint.