August 23, 2011

For the Next Little While...

I shall be posting at my Posterous site when I have a chance to post that is...

BTW - looks like my sidebar comments are fubar.  That's usually what I use to see who posted a comment.  And my backend comment page is not any better.   Not to mention the spam inundation.  Ah well, it will get fixed at some point in time.

Of course the spam commentage may be better than anything I've been posting lately. heh.

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August 18, 2011

Laughter

I don't know why, but I've been on a kick this week to find stuff that makes me laugh. I have to work at that. I so wish I had a talent for humor, but no, that (like most other talents) has passed me by.

So I was browsing over at the Evernote Trunk because I look through it once in a while to see if there are any fun things. I found a couple of apps that were exactly what I wanted. A waste of time maybe, but fun.

First I found NotableMeals which is a finalist in Evernote's developer contest. I hope they win! I've been playing with it. Even emailed the developer when I couldn't quite figure out the restaurant search. He got back to me within an hour! Amazing. Soon I shall have a great database of restaurants where I've eaten and what I think about them and even photos. Cool!

Then I found Wonderful Days which, silly as it is, I love. I have no idea why this thing caught my eye, but so it did and I decided I needed to play with it. You'd think with this blog, my posterous blog, facebook and twitter that would be enough stuff. But this is my very own - I can take pics and write entries just for me. I love it!

Last of all, I've been sending this link out to people today because my blogless friend Mirmie sent a link to the funniest thing I've read in ages. I will be giggling about this for days I think. It's a post from back in June and a followup in July.

So be warned... drinks down... (and if you have language filters at work, wait til you get home - ha) before you pick your battles. And after all that, you may still need a learning tool.  (oops second link fixed now!)

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August 17, 2011

Don't Mean to be Neglectful

Not sure where the time is going. I should start watching minutes like other people watch calories.  Except, the reason I could never watch calories is that I get bored after about 15 minutes and move on to something else...

Anyhow, maybe it's the end of summer, or I'm trying to think of too many divergent things at once.  I  haven't had much impetus to write longer posts lately.  

Add to this, I will be heading to a photo workshop soon. While I'm there, I can't post here, not even comments.  My ipad does not let me post on my own website... go figure... and I am NOT hauling a regular computer with me when I have to take photo gear too!

So, if you want to check and see if I've got short posts (let's call them postlets), head over to my Posterous site.  It's much easier to take a pic with the iphone and throw a few words at it than it is to spew out longer pieces ... at least for now.  I'm sure I'll be back to posting more stuff soon for those who still check in. 

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August 12, 2011

The Latest Catch Phrase

Well, it's been around for a few years, but it seems that lately I'm running into it more and more and it makes me want to scream.  It's the

Give yourself permission to....

Fill in whatever blank you want after that.

Can I tell you how much I hate that phrase. I want to take the person, smack them, and say "I'm not 3 years old!  I don't have to give myself permission to do things!"

It's a cop-out, but oh so very easy for self-help types. They only have to say something like:  all you need to do is "give yourself permission" and you'll be able to do "X" (whatever "X" might be).  How easy is that! 

If you can listen to that trite stupid phrase and then suddenly "X" is accomplished, they can say "see it works".  If "X" doesn't work for you, they say "it's because you aren't letting yourself do this".

Heads I win, tails you lose. I wonder how long we'll have to live with this particular bit of "wisdom" before someone finds a different catch phrase to snare the masses and sell their schtick.  Geeze.

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August 11, 2011

A Riotous Time Was Had By All

Observations on the riots in England.

-- Someone was bound to be caught flatfooted (so to speak) by the advances in communications technology. It happened to be England.  It was quite evident that they were unprepared for mobs that sent out messages to each other to decoy and out maneuver the  police. For that matter they didn't look prepared for any kind of riot at all. Even a small one.

-- It's been quite a few years since we've had significant rioting in the US and the more recent examples have been contained not spreading all over the city where they are happening.   Of course we also have not yet disarmed our police.  I'm sure this plays a role.

-- England should bring in Richie Daley - the recently retired mayor of Chicago. He's not doing anything right now and he would certainly be able to give them the low-down on stopping these things before they start.  I've been in downtown Chicago during a minor demonstration by some whacko group or other. You couldn't go 2 feet without walking smack into a group of cops. Cops everywhere.  With neon glow vests to mark them out and I'm sure there were unseen cops hanging around too.

-- If there is any police chief of a major metro area in the US who has not got a plan in place for dealing with modern technology in mob rioting - that person should be fired immediately.

-- For everyone's sake, I hope they have finally gotten things under control.  It's quite awful to watch the thugs running rampant in those videos and the police being backed down the street. 

BTW - that Theresa May character should be long gone.  But that's just my opinion - I suppose if she keeps busy enough to avoid meeting anyone, they'll just forget she's there until the next riot.
 

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August 08, 2011

Catch them young, Give them an interest, Chase the Boredom

This year at DefCon, the big news was DefCon Kids. A program for 8-16 year olds that sounds just fantastic. Here are some of the activities:

- wall of sheep
- solving ciphers
- meet the Feds

Details about these are in the article.

When this was first announced there was a major meltdown along the lines of "you're teaching babies to be criminals" or some such rot. Even in this article one of the lines was:

Are we introducing kids to computer security concepts too soon? Shouldn't we just let them be kids? Could these concepts be too much for them to handle?


Let me just smack my head against a wall here... sheesh. Don't we tell them to lock doors? Don't they get combination locks on school lockers? Aren't they admonished by teachers not to cheat on schoolwork?  You would think these kids are so simpleminded they can barely function and they should all be playing with Barbies and Transformers... BAH!

Now let me introduce you to CyFi... she's 10.

10-year-old hacker finds mobile game exploit

The California hacker - who revealed her discovery over the weekend at the DefCon conference - said she came across the vulnerability in January 2011 after she becoming "bored" with farm-style games.


There you have it - the bane of kidhood - boredom.  It causes more problems and leads to more crime than just about anything else. 

This girl is smart. She's figured out how to hack around a system all on her own.  Instead of wringing hands and wondering if she's "too young to understand" why not give her a peer group and people to mentor her and goals to reach.  She may one day be a totally awesome coder/cryptographer... you name it.  She's 10 with the entire world before her.  I can't tell you how happy I am to see DefCon reaching out to these kids and hopefully pointing them in directions that will help them and us as they grow up.

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August 06, 2011

Keep them in your heart

If you haven't heard the news yet, a Chinook was shot down in Afghanistan today.

Afghan Chopper Crash Kills 31 U.S. Troops, 7 Afghans

This will be a very hard day for many many people. 

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August 05, 2011

Chocolate... oh yeah...

Found the link via Instapundit

Chocolate Compound Epicatechin Boosts Exercise Benefit

Eat some dark chocolate (not the nearly worthless milk chocolate) and take a long walk.


Oddly enough my husband was given a Hershey bar in honor of the birthday of a coworker's little girl.  I haven't touched a Hershey bar in years, so decided to try one little square.  It was dreadful! Truly dreadful.   Sickly sweet and a metallic aftertaste.  My husband agreed.

We threw out the balance of the bar.  I think that's the first time I've ever thrown out chocolate... but honestly it didn't even taste like chocolate to me. Ick!

I need to stop and pick up an organic dark chocolate bar tomorrow!  Now I know it will make me live longer or exercise better... or something.  But at the very least it will taste really really good. heh.

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August 01, 2011

If You Aren't Chatty Cathy...

Looks like the latest thing in the world of airport security is oft touted but outwardly ignored until now - "behavior watch". 

New Security Measures Tested at Logan

The relevant bits:

Under the new program, behavior officers will ask passengers non-intrusive questions and look to see how passengers respond.  Those who exhibit suspicious behavior like avoiding eye contract and struggling with answers will be pulled aside for more screening.


So there you go. Not having a great day?  No sleep the night before a flight?  Fight with your significant other just before leaving home?  Well, suck it up and be prepared to have a nice little chat at the security checkpoint.  If you don't you may miss your flight - which would be even more annoying.  

While I think behavioral checks are the way to go on paper.  I'm wondering how they will work in actual practice. 

Grab your popcorn folks.  Should be a fun show.

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