The joy that only Ultima 0 can bring

Date: Mon, 23 Feb 1998 17:35:21 -0500
To: “Elijah Kaufman”
From: “Amir Lopatin”
Subject: Re:

Nu what? did you send me a letter? the last letter I got from you was… requesting that I ask out Sara ___. I did it too. Me and sara went out last night. SHe was nice and all, but… I had a pretty good time though.
I have to go now. I just got my Ultima collection in the mail from Origin.
It has every ultima in it from 0-8 . All for 35 bucks!

On the life of an artist

To: elijah_kaufman
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 1998 23:43:10 -0500

Be realistic man, you are not going to be happy beign a professional sculpture. YOu will be too poor. You will be very hungry and cold all the time. Get your parents to pay for the MS course and pass it and live like a king!
shalom habibi,

On the value of a college degree

Date: Sun, 01 Feb 1998 11:48:01 -0500
To: “Elijah Kaufman” <>
From: “Amir Lopatin” <>

Hey Eli,
Its great that you are going to graduate. Not that that is really worth much these days. You probably would have done just as well to become a Microsoft certified engineer right out of college, worked 9 to 5 for 50 -70 grand a year and spent the rest of your time sculpting. As for me, I am not looking for intellectual fulfillment in my career. All I want is a good salry and time off to pursue my real interests, like computer games, driving fast cars, and making itwith short girls who have ambigously indian names. I think that is the smartest route someone can take.
Everybody here at brown thinks that there job has to be the road to self fulfiilment, but not me, I look forward to a life as a peon for corporate america. Besides though, the truth is that computer work is a lot less drudge than most jobs people take right out of college. So I think becoming a systems engineer, is a great idea. DId you know there are 190k free jobs in the computer industry. The things is that it looks very good to be able to program as well so you should stick with you c++ book. Are you learning Windows programming or just conventional dos like programming? So Whats Eireann like? Why do you only say “kinda with”? Anyways, check out this Sarah girl for me. THe truth is that I have no time to meet women anymore.
I am taking a graduate level cs class that I am too stupid for. I worked about thrity hours on a program that I couldn’t get working last week. I am well on my way to failing and it is only two weeks into the semester. Oy vay!
p.s. Thanks for saying that I am good-looking.

Law School Graduation Card From Amir

From Amir
Congratulations on Your graduation Shoshana!
I am very proud to say that I have a sister who is a harvard law school graduate! I must say your academic successes have made you a very hard sister to compete with. You really should slow down a bit and give your less talented brother a chance to catch up. Aw, who am I kidding? Uri doesnt stand a chance compared to the two of us. (Just joking;) Really I am very proud to have such a smart and accomplished sister. But dont rest on your laurels, I am eagerly awaiting your nomination as the first female jewish president! On that, i am not joking. I look up to you in much more ways than just for your academic accomplishments. Yo are honestly one of the most helpful and selfless people I have ever me. I cannot thank you enough for all the great help you have given me over the years. I love you! Thanks for being such a great sister.
p.s. I am sorry this present is so late. Blame Mobshop. Now that you have the skills I think you should sue them

From an IM Conversation (

through the wonderful power of Google desktop search tool (I know Amir would love it!), I discovered this little snippet of our IM conversation when I was in Europe a couple of years ago:

Wed Oct 30 21:49:47 2002
[21:55] ibarmash: i’ve noticed myself strangely attracted to eating burger king here
[21:55] AmirLopatin: dont eat beef!
[21:55] ibarmash: i began to understand america’s obsession with fast food
[21:55] ibarmash: hehe
[21:55] AmirLopatin: they have mad cow diesase!
[21:55] AmirLopatin: in europe
[21:55] AmirLopatin: u wil go crazy!
[21:56] ibarmash: too late!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
[21:56] ibarmash: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
[21:56] ibarmash: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
[21:56] AmirLopatin: :)so one cow says to the other
[21:56] AmirLopatin: did you hear bessie?
[21:56] AmirLopatin: the rancher over the hill discovered mad cow disease
[21:56] AmirLopatin: in his cows
[21:57] AmirLopatin: they are all going to be killed
[21:57] AmirLopatin: so the other cow replies,
[21:57] AmirLopatin: “good thing we are ducks”!

To Shosh Re. Shoes

—–Original Message—–
From: amir lopatin
Sent: Thursday, February 19, 2004 12:45 PM
To: Shoshana Lopatin
Subject: RE:

>”Lopatin, Shoshana” <[email protected]> wrote:
>did u get the shoes

Yes, I did! I am wearing them right now and I love them. They are light as a feather but ever so supportive! How are you doing?

To Shosh Re. Flag Colors

—–Original Message—–
From: amir lopatin
Sent: Monday, March 24, 2003 7:27 AM
To: Shoshana Lopatin
Subject: Re: Hi

>”Lopatin, Shoshana” <[email protected]> wrote:
>Amir I neeed advice on an important legal matter.
>What are the colors Of the american flag?

Dear shoshi! what do they pay you for?!!!! That is the first thing they teach in law school!!!!! red, white & yellow!

Personal Statement Draft

—–Original Message—–
From: Amir Lopatin
Sent: Thursday, August 15, 2002 4:01 PM
To: Shoshana Lopatin
Subject: personal statement

Hi sho, here is my personal statement. I am not quite sue how to end it. Personal Statement I started programming in high school and fell in love with how it enabled me, an artistically challenged person, to create all sorts of things: pictures, stories, games. It was a natural choice for me, upon entering college, to pursue Computer Science as my main concentration and ever since graduation I have worked in the field of software development. At Teachers college I would like to continue along this path by Pursuing the E.E.D Program in the Department of “Communication, Computing, and Technology in Education”. There, I would like to focus my studies on educational software and more specifically on the many possibilities computers present to enhance a child’s educational experience through project based learning.

This is a degree course for which I fell I am well qualified. I have been working as a software engineer since graduating graduating Brown University in 1999: first as a software engineer with the Evans and Sutherland Computer Corporation in Salt Lake and since then with Visible World in New York City. At Evans & Sutherland, I worked in simulation systems and was responsible for implementing a head tracking system for tank simulators. At Visible World, I have been the lead programmer for a tool that visualizes and analyzes MPEG-2 transport streams, which is the format by which television programs are broadcast on digital cable systems.

My first exposure to teaching was during my junior year through a volunteer organization in which specially selected children were paired up with college-going mentors. This program, more than anything else, impressed on me the tremendous challenges that the field of education presents. Until then, I had looked at the core problem of instruction as being one of simple articulation: I knew things that my student did not and all I had to do was tell these things to him and he would be fascinated and enlightened. Of course, this turned out to be a naive assumption and Allie Yu, my student, taught me to appreciate just how difficult it is to bring a child to the point where he is willing to just listen. In other words, I learnt that the main challenge of teaching is one of inspiration rather than articulation.

I believe that computers and technology hold great potential in helping teacher’s meet this challenge and this is where I feel I can make a contribution. It is my belief that there is potential in modern computer technology to make elementary and high-school education far more engaging [should I remove this last sentence? its kind fo redundant] . At Teacher’s college, I would like to use my technical skills to explore these possibilities. I have already begun in my own small way. During college, my senior project was devoted to the development of a piece of educational software that would allow non-programmers to program a computer through the use of graphical widgets. As a Teaching Assistant for the Introductory class in Computer Systems, I helped design the projects and problems sets through which the students learned how computers worked by actually designing small pieces of primitive microchips. Most recently, I have been applying myself in Project Live, a volunteer mentoring program run by the Children’s Aid Society of New York, where I have worked with my current student on building small electrical circuits and creating movies of microscopic organisms using the Intel computerized microscope. This work, which until now has merely been my avocation, has turned out to be just as rewarding to me as my main vocation in software engineering. The possibility of merging these two aspects of my life in the doctoral program of the department of “Communication, Computing, and Technology in Education” is extremely appealing to me and …

The Hebrew Talks…

I guess this one will be clear only for those of you who know a bit of Hebrew…
Amir and I used to have lots of conversations that sounded like this email that I got from him.

—–Original Message—–
From: amir lopatin
Sent: Monday, March 31, 2003 10:15 PM
To: Shelly Hermetz
Subject: shalom

Giveret hermetz,

shamati she at tagiah l’artzot habrit. tagid li matai v’ im zot emet? Ani
mitgaageah lasichot shelanu B’Ivrit! … Ani mkubal le’ Stanford ph.d. b’shvil hashana sh e ba.


“Everything will be alright…”

The following is an email from Amir to his sister, Shoshana.

Subj: dont worry
Date: 3/12/2004 3:24:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: “amir lopatin” [email protected]
To: “shoshana lopatin” [email protected]

Hi shoshi,
Dont worry so much! Remember that no matter what you decide everything will be alright.
Love you, Amir