November 13th, 2005

Andrei in the office

Three cheers for research!

So, despite the name change and estrangement from my family, I do continue to do research into my family's origin.

I am building a fairly extensive website on our families.

Today, I got mail from the Ellis Island organization. They have put a new search mechanism together.

Well, my Great -great grandfather (dad's dad's dad) has always been elusive. To this day, I'm not sure how he got into the country. But I tried again to find his wife.

Today I found something.

Line 2 of the Manifest of the Pretoria (Please note this is a big jpeg)

fiannaharpar has been helping me read the horrible hand writing. jnanacandra really helped by fixing the contrast on the graphic.

So... if anyone wants to take a stab at helping us read this... I'd be more than happy.
Of most interest are columns 2, 6, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 16

Comments concerning the details are in the comments section. Feel free to try to interpret before looking at the comments so as to not be influenced on initial interpretation. :)
Andrei in the office

Hitchhiker's Guide DVD

Well, I haven't in fact WATCHED the DVD version of Hitchhiker yet. No... I had to start with all the extras.

One especially pleasing extra is marked "Improbability Drive". The first time I hit it, the screen scrambled, turned into a rubber duck, and then gave me a sing along for "So long and thanks for all the fish."

I went thru all the extras. The extras include deleted scenes and "Really deleted scenes" which are fake deleted scenes kept for the DVD.

I also listened to the commentary for one of the scenes. The TV Marvin that appears in one scene is not a reproduction. They had in fact found the original Marvin from the TV series in a box in a BBC warehouse in pieces. It took them a few days to reassemble him, but it is in fact the real and original Marvin from the old series. (Shiny!)

Then after discovering the Sing along is an extra... I realized that the improbability drive takes you randomly to one of the extras.


Love it. Will watch the film again soon :)
Andrei in the office

Memetime: I've been tagged

I got tagged. This seems to be the process where someone does a meme and then lists 5 people who must also do the meme. I tend to avoid the process of tagging. I think it has something to do like feeling like I'm either performing a pyramid scheme or worse a chain letter. (shudder)


1. Go into your LJ archive
2. Find your 23rd post
3. Find your 5th sentence (or closest to it)
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions
5. Tag 5 people on your friend list

I'd even gone so far as to get engaged to her.

Hrmn. Button.. button... who's got the button?


You have been tagged.