Thursday, February 27, 2020

From the words of my 5th-great-grandmother

Source: Ancestry. Statement of Manuela Flores. 5 June 1852.
While checking to see if there were any new records on Ancestry mentioning some of my ancestors, I stumbled onto a new-to-me document in the Informacion Matrimonial for Josefa Calles, daughter of my 5th-great-grandparents Joseph Manuel Calles and Manuela Flores. The document includes a statement by Manuela on behalf of her daughter, granting her permission to marry Juan Fernandez in Hermosillo, Sonora. Josefa was 18 at the time, putting her birth year about 1834. Josefa's brother, Juan Bautista Calles, also appears as a witness in this record. He married Antonia Campuzano, a daughter of my 3rd-great-grandfather Vicente Campuzano.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Vermeer at the Mauritshuis

Photo by Patrick Jones. Vermeer's View of Delft.
On Friday 14 February, I had an afternoon lecture at Leiden University in The Hague, Netherlands. In the morning I was able to visit the Mauritshuis, a museum featuring Dutch masters paintings which is very close to the university. The one above is titled View of Delft by Johannes Vermeer, painted between 1660-1661. The painting is currently opposite Vermeer's famous work, the Girl with a Pearl Earring.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring.

Friday, February 21, 2020

A visit to EPIC

Photo by Patrick Jones. EPIC Irish Emigration Museum. 18 Feb 2020.
On Tuesday, I had a 24 hour stopover in Dublin on my way back to the US. My hotel was next door to the EPIC Irish Emigration Museum, so I popped in for a quick visit. The museum tells the story and impact that 10 million emigrants have had on the world after departing Ireland. I've covered before on the blog the story of my own Irish emigrants - John O'Brien and his wife Bridget Dooner. The museum is very interactive and a cool experience for both kids and adults. I didn't have a lot of time there, but perhaps on a future stopover in Dublin I can visit the neighboring Irish Family History Centre.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Blending into art at Disney

Photo by Patrick Jones. Standing in the painting, 31 Jan 2020.
While at Epcot over the weekend, our visit coincided with the Epcot International Festival for the Arts. Scattered around the World Showcase were a series of chalk murals and paintings that you could step into. The one above allowed Allison and the kids to become part of Pierre-Auguste Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Chalk art at Epcot. 31 Jan 2020.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Visit to Galaxy's Edge

Photo by Patrick Jones. Millennium Falcon at DisneyWorld. 31 Jan 2020.
Over the weekend the kids and I joined Allison at DisneyWorld following the end of her conference. We had a few days to park hop across Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. The new Star Wars immersion experience Galaxy's Edge was a highlight for us. This section of the park is so detailed, it really drops you into a spaceport with the feel of a movie set. We weren't able to ride the newest attraction, Rise of the Resistance, but we did ride Smuggler's Run and the Star Tours ride was also cool. Allison & Silas liked the Indiana Jones stunt show.
Meeting Chewbacca was pretty cool. 1 Feb 2020.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Gone too soon

Source: LA Times, 20 June 2000. NBA Finals.
I'm still processing the losses from the weekend. One I had the good fortune to work with early on in my career in LA, an Internet pioneer named Bill Manning. He passed away early Saturday while awaiting a heart transplant. This seems to have been a sudden loss, and I'm sad to hear he's gone.

I was staff support on our Nominating Committee in 2006 & 2007, and Bill served on those committees as a representative from the Root Server System Advisory Committee. He had an office in a building we shared at the time with the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute, and sometimes I would run into him on his way into the office. I participated with Bill on a number of tech policy working groups in DC, and later when he was on the first Security Stability and Resiliency Review Team. We had a number of interesting conversations over the years in random locations, he had an interesting taste in music and was a former roadie with the Grateful Dead. For a long time, Bill ran the B root server operated by USC. He will be widely missed by the Internet community, friends and colleagues around the world.

Yesterday the tragic helicopter accident in LA took the lives of nine people, including Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. As someone who adopted LA as my West Coast home, my heart aches for the families left behind in this terrible crash, and for the City of Los Angeles. I admired Kobe as a basketball player even when his Lakers beat my Indiana Pacers in the 2000 NBA Finals. We saw him play the Pacers during his career and he will be remembered as one of the League's all time greats. His post-basketball career was just beginning to take off. The loss of his daughter adds to the tragedy, along with the other parents and children. They have been taken too soon.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Friday, January 24, 2020

Year of the Rat

Photo by Patrick Jones. CNY decorations, Changi Airport. 15 Jan 2020
The Lunar New Year/Chinese New Year kicks off this Saturday. The photo above shows decorations for Year of the Rat at Singapore's Changi Airport. Decorations were starting to go up around Singapore while I was visiting the office in mid-January.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Year of the Rat decorations.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020


Photo by Patrick Jones. Ola Beach Club, Singapore. 12 Jan 2020.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Tanjong Beach Club. 12 Jan 2020.

Monday, January 20, 2020

View on the Sunrise Run

Photo by Patrick Jones. Sunrise, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. 13 Jan 2020.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Reggie Miller Mural

Photo by L. Jones. Reggie Miller Mural, Indianapolis. Jan 2020.
The photo above was taken by my Frequent Traveling Sister during a quick trip to Indianapolis over the weekend. The mural by Pamela Bliss of Pacers great Reggie Miller is located in downtown Indy. We were lucky to catch quite a few Pacers games back in the day when Reggie played for the team.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

The Sphinx & Pyramids, 1987

Photo by L. Reid. Sphinx & Pyramids at Giza. 1987.
I'm at the end of a long Christmas break and looking again at slides converted to digital images. The photo above was taken by my Granny during a trip to Egypt in 1987. I'll try to share a few more of these tomorrow. Travels pick up really soon and time will be limited to go back through these for the next month.

The Old Tavern

Photo by Patrick Jones. Washington, Virginia. 28 Dec 2019.
The building above is the Old Tavern in Washington, Virginia. This is one of the oldest buildings in the town, dating back to 1740. George Washington surveyed the town. We stayed in "Little Washington" for a special dinner over the Christmas break. I had forgotten that distant Thornhill ancestors also lived in this area of nearby Fauquier Rappahannock County around the same time the town was surveyed. I need to pick up the family history research again in 2020.