Chișinău Jewish cemetery

Two years ago I visited Chișinău (Kishinev), the city in Moldova where I was born and where I grew up until the age of fifteen. Today I saw a post with photos from the ancient Chișinău Jewish cemetery and recalled that I too, took many pictures from that sad place. Less than half of the original cemetery survived to these days. The bigger part of it was demolished in the 1960s in favor of a park and a residential area. If you scroll through the pictures below, you will be able to see how they used tombstones to build the park walls.

Another notable feature of many Jewish cemeteries is memorial plates in memoriam of the relatives who don’t have their own graves — the relatives who were murdered over the course of the Jewish history.

Tips on making remote presentations

Today, I made a presentation to the faculty of the Chisinau
Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science. The audience gathered in a conference room in Chisinau, and I was in my home office in Israel.

Me presenting in front of the computer

Following is a list of useful tips for this kind of presentations.

  • When presenting, it is very important to see your audience. Thus, use two monitors. Use one monitor for screen sharing, and the other one to see the audience
  • Put the (Skype) window that shows your audience under the camera. This way you’ll look most natural on the other side of the teleconference.
  • Starting a presentation in Powerpoint or Keynote “kidnaps” all the displays. You will not be able to see the audience when that happens. I export the presentation to a PDF file and use Acrobat Reader in full-screen mode. The up- and down- buttons in my presentation remote control work with the Reader. The “make screen black” button doesn’t.
  • I open a “lightable view” of my presentation and put it next to the audience screen. It’s not as useful as seeing the presenter’s notes using a “real” presentation program, but it is good enough.
  • Stand up! Usually, we stand up when we present in front of live audience. For some reason, when presenting remotely, people tend to sit. A sitting person is less dynamic and looks less engaging. I have a standing desk which allows me to stand up and to raise the camera to my face level. If you can’t raise the camera, stay sitting. You don’t want your audience staring at your groin.

Auditorium in Chisinau showing me on their screen


Graffiti from Chișinău, Moldova

I’ve stumbled upon a nice post by Jackie Hadel where she shared some graffiti pictures from – Chișinău, the town I was born at. I left Chișinău in 1990 and first visited it in this March. I also took several graffiti pictures which I will share here. Chișinău is also known by its Russian name Kishinev.

Graffiti in Chisinau. Kishinevers, put your all efforts to rebuild your native city

This is a partially restored post-WWII writing that says “Kishinevers, give your all efforts to rebuild [your] native town”. Kishinev was ruined almost completely during the World War II. Right now, after the USSR collapse more than 25 years ago, the city still looks as if it needs to be restored.

Graffiti in Chisinau. Pythagorean theorem.

Being a data scientist, I liked this graffiti for the maths. It’s the Pythagorean theorem, in case you missed it.

Swastika on a tombstone in Chisinau

Swastika on a tombstone in the old Jewish cemetery. One of the saddest places I visited in this city.

Graffiti in Chisinau. Building-size graffity.

A mega-graffiti?

Graffiti in Chisinau. Writing that says "I love Moldova" (in Romanian)

“I love Moldova”. I love it too.

See the original post that prompted me to share these pictures: CHISINAU, MOLDOVA GRAFFITI: LEFT IN RUIN, YOU MAKE ME HAPPY — TOKIDOKI (NOMAD)

15july17 Chisinau, Moldova 🇲🇩