Category: Personal

More Power To Yuter

In the past week I had two peculiar discoveries:

  1. Someone made a Wikipedia page dedicated to the Yuter Family
  2. It will likely be deleted.

So much for our fleeing chance at Wikimmortality. Wherefore the purge?

The article does not assert the significance of the Yuter family, but acts as a genealogical article; Wikipedia is not a genealogical database. If there are multiple people notable enough to have articles on Wikipedia with the surname Yuter, then this should act as a disambiguation page. A quick Google search (Google should not be used in articles as Google links are not considered appropriate for an encyclopedia), however, yields little.

Given that I’m currently in the lead for google searches it’s hard not to take it personally that I am the “little” which is yielded. Maybe I need to get involved in some sort of scandal to bump up my Q rating. Heck, I didn’t even make the cut for my own family’s Wikipedia page!
Anyway, the page’s history shows that it was written by someone with the screen name “Yuter1 who also administers the website, which according to a whois search is owned by Crescent Square Apartments of Herndon VA.
The sad part is this sort of absurdity is oddly typical for my family.2
Fortunately, the great Yuter tradition has been preserved by my great-aunt Elinor who happens to be a genealogist. In lieu of the fleeting Wikipedia page, anyone who *really* wants to read up on my family lineage can pick up a copy of her book The Yuter Family: Our Common Ancestor.
Because after all, isn’t there a little Yuter in all of us?

1. For the record, my Wikipedia login is JYuter.
2. As entertaining as a “Classic Yuter Stories” blog theme would be, I’d never be able to get away with it. Plus it would take way too many entries just to cover my immediate family.

Pesach 2007 Recap

I’m a bit pressed for time at the moment (what else is new) so we’re going to do an abbreviated recap of Pesach. Fortunately Pesach was somewhat less eventful since this time since as opposed to last year I went with a completely cleared schedule. This allowed for a slightly more relaxed and disorganized trip best recapped in the Bullet Points of Randomeness below the jump:

New Beginnings

I’m officially back from a much needed few weeks off while I was literally between jobs. Since leaving Information Builders I’ve had the opportunity to do some traveling and reconnect with several old friends. Without getting into the details right now, it was a physically, emotionally, and spiritually rejuvenating experience. That and with a newly upgraded “business casual” wardrobe I’m pretty much set to start the new job tomorrow.
Given JPMorgan’s internet policies (and thanks to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act) I will be less accessible during business hours. This means no IM during the day and it will take me longer to read and respond to your e-mails.1 On the other hand it could be very beneficial for myself personally not to have the same outside distractions.
The blog will continue to be active – at least relatively so – and based on how I’m feeling right now I’m actually curious to see how it will develop over the next few months.
Let’s get started, shall we….

1. For all you who said I couldn’t be slower….

The Last Day

I am officially “between jobs” since this past Wednesday was my last day of work at Information Builders.
Way back in 1998 I was a junior in college and looking for a summer internship. I stopped by Yeshiva University’s placement office to browse through their Big Book of Jobs. I sent out my resume to all reasonable places for jobs in web design and programming.1 I sent out about 20 or so resumes, and the first callback I got was from a place I haven’t heard of called “Information Builders.” I remember the sensaiton of exhilieration at the interview. In fact I was unsually confident because the way they put it I shuold come in to see if I wanted the job.2 When I got back to my dorm room after the interview, I had a message on my machine with the head of the department apologizing that they forgot to formally offer me the job and asked if I was interested. Naturally I accepted mostly because it was the first thing that came along.
Since then I had been working at Information Builders off and on through smikha in what turned out to be a very mutual benificial relationship; they were happy to have me and I was happy to come back.
I’m not sure how other companies work, but in Information Builders so much depends on your department. Mine happened to have been generally relaxed with several talented people. Given the relatively small turnover, most of the department has been there since before I started initially.
The point is that even though it was necessary to move on, it still wasn’t easy.
So as a parting give to the company (in addition to the Krispy Kreme doughnuts to the department) here’s a farewell hakarat hatov gogglebomb for the industry leader in business intelligence and enterprise reporting.

1. Keep in mind that in 1998 web design was not terribly sophisticated and neither were the design tools: either you knew how to code HTML or you didn’t have a web page.
2. Also remember that in the time of the internet boom the job market was in favor of the techies.

Catching Up Is Hard To Do

One of the many frustrating things about blogging is that when life gets in the way of blogging there’s usually way too much stuff up on which to catch when everything finally calms down. In fact due to the recent convergence of events, lack of sleep, stress, and change in temperature, I was sick for a few days and unable to speak normally. Thankfully I’m fine now, but it was not a pleasant experience.
The big news is that I recently gave notice at Information Builders – a company with which I have had a relationship since a summer internship way back in 1998. Given my history with the company, this was not an easy decision to make. Information Builders, and specifically my department has been very gracious and supportive over the years and I am grateful to have been able to work with a fantastic and talented group of professionals.
After some time off I will be starting a new position at JPMorgan Chase where brother-in-law Avi started out not long after their merger with Chemical Bank.
In other news…

  • For the next few weeks I will be filling in for R. Bloch at the Bridge Shul, including the Tu Bishvat Luncheon. Details to follow.
  • Roommate Yonah first introduced me to the Martin Luther King commemoration at HIR. If you ever have the chance, I highly recommend you go one year for a really amazing experience – if not socially and spiritually than at least musically.1 Regardless, I find it reassuring to know that there is at least one shul which attempts to capture the spirit of unity promoted by Dr. King.

I think there’s more, but that’s all for now.

1. Carlebach done by a gospel choir is something to behold. Although from the comments made, it seems that not only is there a CD in the works with Neshama and the Green Pastures choir, but also that Neshama is a shrewd businesswoman.

P.D.Q. Bach In Business

Loyal readers of the blog may have picked up on my interests in shtick and music, so it not come as a surprised to know that I would enjoy some of Peter Schickele’s work on P.D.Q. Bach.1 Last night I was fortunate to have attended my first P.D.Q. Bach Concert at Lincoln Center.
The best way to describe the experience would be to combine the music of classical composers, the irreverence of Frank Zappa, and the audience of Rocky Horror (though thankfully, without the drag). I’m not sure how else to explain the surreal and seamless synthesis of balloons, bicycles, basketballs, power outages, the hokey pokey, and a bagpipe vibrato.
If you find this sort of thing appealing or happen to be completely drunk, then check out come clips and the upcoming concert schedule.2

1. Many thanks to Ben Resnick for the introduction.
2. Though I doubt I can attend, I’m loving the fact that the April Fool’s concert will be held in a place called Fredonia.

Weekend Updates

I was at a wedding in Brooklyn last night which was an eclectic mix of hassidish, yeshivish, and bucharian sephardi. Some interesting tidbits which get their own bullet points:

  • I counted at least four different dialects of Hebrew spoken under the huppa.
  • It’s apparently not frum to order a “Sex on the Beach” in Brooklyn. Instead you have to ask, more appropriately, for an S.O.B.
  • Incidentally, there were at least 3 gallons of vodka.
  • The band was split between Ashkenazi and Sephardi musicians for a very interesting mix of musical styles.
  • On that note, the hatan walked down to Stairway To Heaven, and I’m debating whether or not it merits being listed as a Weird Wedding Song. On one hand, a resonable interpretation of the lyrics might warrant its inclusion. On the other hand, Robert Plant, who has come to hate the song, refers to “Stairway” as a “bloody wedding song.” For now I’m putting it in with a footnote.

And in other news:

  • I can understand people not being familiar with P.D.Q. Bach, but it doesn’t seem right that I need to compare him to Weird Al or Shlock Rock. If you’re interested, he’s playing at Avery Fischer Hall January 3rd.
  • Prime Grill just opened a new store in Beverly Hills. I’m guessing business has been going well enough to justify the investment. Plus I give them credit for steadilly improving their health code records up to their most recent perfect inspection. Well done, indeed.
  • On the flip side, Circa Meat just closed last week.
  • There was some positive feedback from the devar torah, but I inadvertently telegraphed the Rabbi’s derasha. I went to hashkama and missed what was said exactly, but it was supposedly amusing. (It happened last time I wrote as well, but then at least it was Parashat Shelach where it’s hard to avoid talking about the meraglim). In any event, I’ll be speaking this week at seudah shelisit and I’ll have a backup drash just in case.

Welcome Home!

Thanks to everyone’s concern about the new nibling. Avi just e-mailed that everyone is home, and since the bris can be bizmano, he has 48 hours to prepare. Fortunately, my mother is en route to help out.
Of course most importantly, the most recent picture fresh off the family e-mail list:

Baby Nibling

UPDATE: We have a name! From Avi:

His name is Netanel Moshe. Netanel was a name we liked. Moshe was name after one of Esther’s Grandma’s relative (Muni Distenfeld — we decided that Muni was Moshe, but there isn’t any way of really ever knowing). He is very cute and awake right now :)

Incidentally, if Muni does mean something else it’s too late now.

Niblings In November

One of the local Shop-Rites in NJ was giving out free Jewish calendars. Through a series of amusing connections, a relative of the Niblings from the other side thought that the picture for November looked familiar. Sure enough, it was Eli (right) and Shelomoh (left). Though I can personally attest that they would *never* say anything so insipid as the caption.

Niblings in November

New Nibling!

Just got called this morning that Esther gave birth to Nibling #4 (boy number 3) about one month earlier than expected. No details or pics just yet, but Mazal Tov to the Rosenfeld’s, Yuter’s, extended families, and anyone else who wants while we’re at it.
Update From Avi:

Esther is doing basically ok, but the surgery (c-section) will take a few weeks to fully heal. The baby has a condition called TTN (see for details) which sounds bad, and the baby looks a little blue in the hands and feet, but they say will be ok (so does the website). Anyway, if you can say a mishbayrach, I’d be appreciative.