June 29, 2011
I posted one of these photos the other day on my Posterous blog. But wanted to add a bit more to that small post.
Last Sunday we went sailing. In Boston Harbor you could see the masts of this ship - it was huge!
Here’s the shot I took from the water. (click to make them bigger)
It’s the Eos one of the world’s largest sailing yachts. And quite a beautiful site. I haven’t yet posted other pics I got that day.
This is the bowsprit which is impressively big in person.
Then we have the main part of the ship. Look at all that lovely wood. It’s just gorgeous.
The masts are downright enormous!
The sails (like all the large sailing ships) are likely computer controlled. I think what I love is that it’s got such wonderful lines and looks so graceful. It’s all very proportionate even if it is large. I would love to see how it’s sailed. However, I’m just glad we got a chance to see it and I have to thank Mr. Diller for having it built. Beautiful things are always good to have in the world.
June 24, 2011
June 21, 2011
June 20, 2011
On Saturday my husband and I (and a few other people) headed to Fenway for a Red Sox game. It’s the first time I’ve ever been to Fenway. We decided to take the train to avoid the parking hassles… then the fun started.
First of all the Bruins did this little thing called winning the Stanley Cup. The Powers That Be decided to hold the victory parade on Saturday. (can't blame them - it was a great day for a parade)
However, this moved the start of the baseball game from 1:10pm to 7:10pm (it was a TV thing). They had added extra trains for the day, but everything was running late. And the majority of the parade goers were headed back as we were headed into the city.
We had to do a train change at one of the stations because the MBTA in their infinite wisdom does NOT have all trains stop at Yawkey (the Fenway Park stop) on game day… Geeze.
This was one of the first amusing things seen that day. Just click it to make it bigger.
I’m wondering why handicapped people have to wait out in the shrubbery…
So we get off the first train and we’re all thinking we just stay where we are and the next train will take it from there… but no! That would be too easy. They decided since it was such a crowded day, that the train we needed would arrive on the outbound tracks. This meant the entire crowd of people headed to the ball park had to cross over… yep - up the steps over and down again. Older, less able people had to use elevators so it took a while.
The rest of the trip in was uneventful. We now arrive at Fenway Park.
Of course we wanted to eat dinner first. So we jumped into line at the Boston Beer Works. It was horrendously loud in there (next time I’m bringing earplugs!) but the food is excellent. I had a fantastic Steak and Cheese sandwich with the most awesome fries.
We arrived at the game after Milwaukee had already gone up by 2 runs in the top of the first. This was about the last out of the inning. Yep we were up in the bleachers in the second to last row. It's a unique vantage point. Not to mention Boston fans are definitely entertaining - almost more than the game. Fun.
The kids sitting in front of us were riveting all by themselves. The chick with the red hair (the back of her head seen in the pic)… is this a new style I missed out on? She was not the only person who had her hair standing on end - a saw an elderly lady with brown hair, but the exact same style!
The blonde chick sitting next to her was even more um… entertaining. As I told one of the guys who came with us… all you need to know is that she is - blonde, has a waterfall ponytail, talks in a baby voice, is waving a foam finger, and has a gangbanger BF next to her. The fact that she had multiple belly button rings and was wearing a belly shirt along with short shorts and a rhinestone belt - was merely icing on the cake. The BF had the flat brimmed baseball cap with the sticky tag on the bill and the droopy pants…
Yes, all in all a fun night at the baseball game. Very memorable. Tomorrow you’ll get the story of the ride home. No pictures, but it was nearly as fun as the rest of the day combined.
June 16, 2011
Massive Gmail phishing attack hits top U.S. officials
They've gotten gmail users, Sony, Citigroup, the IMF, the US Senate, the CIA, and oddly enough writerspace.com (an online website service for writers), probably a few more I'm not aware of or forgot after reading all this. But I think this conveys the idea... they are prolific, proficient, and they have an agenda.
Today I received an email purporting to be from someone concerned because my email address was in the list of those that had been compromised. I was sent several links where I supposedly could check for myself...
Ooookey dokey... I'll get right on that.
While anything is possible. It's highly unlikely that the email was real. First of all, I have to go through major contortions to get at my gmail password... I don't know it so I can't just type it out. I use 1Password and I never have to type my passwords once they are stored, the passwords are long and random. I don't have them memorized and I have not gone to the trouble to find any password and pass it on. Along with other safety features and 1Password, I am pretty sure I'm covered so far.
So, unless I missed something, I have not been "phished".
It's always possible that someone broke into the gmail servers and managed to steal data. Google claims this did not happen, but in the world of 1's and 0's anything is possible.
What I did NOT do is respond in any way to the email I received. I did not click any links, I did not write them back. I trashed it. I also changed my password as a precaution and I'm keeping an eye on my sent email box to make sure nothing is going out that I did not send.
If you happen to receive anything similar, I highly recommend you do the same. Unless you have a computer you feel like trashing along with an email address you'd like to abandon, it's not worth the problems to pursue trying to find out what's at the other end of the links.
Consider this your email safety tip of the day. Watch what you click! Before you hit that link, think about what might be at the other end.
Yes, you can receive emails from the email box (or return email address) of a person you know. This does NOT mean it comes from that person. Their email account may have been hijacked OR someone may be "spoofing" the return address so what you see looks like someone you know.
Here are some things to look at when deciding whether or not to click a link or respond:
Does it look suspicious?
So one of your friends sends you a link that ends in .ru - all it says is "Watch this". Really? Are you going to click it?
Does it even begin to sound like someone you know?
You get an email from a friend but it's spelled strangely, it's not at all how they usually write, and the link looks strange (or is one of those compressed urls). Are you going to click it?
Do you know the person?
A "good Samaritan" sends you an email telling you to "check here" to see if there is a problem. Are you going to click the link?
If you answered yes to any of the above - you are already or soon will be in trouble. At the very least, if it's a friend, email them back and ask if they sent the link. Better yet, just give it a miss. Trash the email. There is very little out there that you will miss by doing this. And you will keep yourself a little bit safer. (No you won't see the latest naked celeb... what a shame)
There are more I could add here, but I hope this is a nice little sample to get you thinking. Even if I mentioned every type of phishing email I've seen, I'd still miss one. The real point is think before you click.
Oh yeah - never ever ever give your password out to anyone. If you ever find that you have given out a password - even for what seems to be a good reason... change it as soon as possible.
If you use gmail - you may want to enable their new 2 factor authentication. They explain it here.
That's just a few little things. I didn't want to write a book so do not consider this to be complete. Just something to jog your elbow and make you pay attention.
June 15, 2011
Only problem... the games have to be played and the Bruins decided to play.
So here's your victory dance!
They'll have to add a verse to the song I think.
June 14, 2011
Over the weekend we finished our sailing classes. It was a wild and crazy final - we sailed around Long Island (no not the one in NY, the one in Boston Harbor - ha). I'm fairly certain our instructor had a bet on with the others as to who would finish first. So we booked it around that island - most of the time heeled over at a 45 degree angle. I managed to fall twice (once with the tiller in hand) but didn't go overboard. Nuns and cans figured heavily into the final day of sailing...
I think we'll be sailing at a more sedate pace and sticking to the inner harbor until we are way more comfortable when we go out on our own. It was instructive if only to show what the boat was capable of doing. But it's damned hard to do that when you don't have a good feel for how you need to brace to keep yourself in the right place.
Oh yeah, it was raining most of the time too. This cut down considerably on the harbor traffic which we were very happy about. We'll make our share of mistakes, but I think we'll be okay. We'll certainly be doing things much much more leisurely.
In other news, Microsoft released a big patch blob of code today so do update your systems if that's your flavor of OS.
Now I'm off to read for a bit. Have I mentioned lately how much I love my Kindle? Well I do. I love all my toys, but the Kindle has made reading easy for me to do again.
I only got a few pics over the weekend - none from the boat. I was too busy trying to sail it, or pick up our "man overboard" - we called him Pete - and answer questions. All in all fun, but lots of work. My knees will take a while to recover, they are very bruised up. heh.
June 09, 2011
Here’s a fairly decent one of Boston.
This is less, clear but with more white caps!
The view from the floor. heh. You can see it’s a bit wet where the water has been splashing over the bow.
Coming in for a landing at Logan
Last of all we have this lovely boat that sailed by. It was a beauty. Wish we’d gotten a better pic of it.
Hope you enjoyed the virtual sail.
June 08, 2011
Vermont boating season off to slow start
That would be because they are all sailing around Boston Harbor. All of them.
You may not know this but the tides in Boston Harbor are around 9.5 ft on average. That’s a lot more than I thought it would be. (no idea why that information surprised me but it did) I got some pics at low tide when we arrived for sailing on Sunday morning. Then again at mid-day. We missed high tide because we were out on the boat. You can see where the high tide marks are on the piers and on the walls, but it’s fun to see the difference in pictures.
Here’s the dock at the Boston Sailing Center. (as always you can click to make ‘em bigger).
The boat named "Katrina” is a Soling the one named "Alex" to the left is a J24. The Soling is the type of boat we’ve been sailing.
Low tide - you can see the corner on the right is not under water at all:
About mid-tide you can see the water is half way up to the high water marks.
This floating dock is pretty cool. We think it belongs to some condos but not sure:
Later it is definitely riding higer.
Fun with tides. Tomorrow I might have boats.
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