October 20, 2016

Round-up - October 2016

Of interest from the past few weeks...

5 Things You Need to Know About the Threat of Election Hacking

Fascinating story of a white nationalist who changed course.

Seth Godin: Anxiety Loves Company

On the urban vs rural political divide:
"The rural folk with the Trump signs in their yards say their way of life is dying, and you smirk and say what they really mean is that blacks and gays are finally getting equal rights and they hate it. But I'm telling you, they say their way of life is dying because their way of life is dying."

OlderGeeks.com - a software download site without ads or embedded "crapware".

CloudFlare, SSL and unhealthy security absolutism. This is a dive into cybersecurity nerd land, but is really interesting.

Musicians may be the key to cybersecurity talent shortage.

Security Design - Stop Trying to Fix the User.

How to build your own Amazon Echo with a Raspberry Pi.

Terry Jones of 'Monty Python' diagnosed with dementia - more specifically primary progressive aphasia - which is what my grandmother had (and the first time I've seen it mentioned outside of her diagnosis. It is pretty awful - so my thoughts are with his loved ones.

The Problem with Leaving a Gun in Your Car

Trump Criticizes Flint Pastor - But Misstates Key Facts About The Encounter. The made pretty big news a few weeks ago, just posting it for my own archival sake really. The pastor is question - Rev. Faith Green-Timmons is a friend of mine and has my utmost respect. She handled a difficult situation beautifully - prior to his public remarks they had agreed he would only speak about the water distribution work in Flint and thank the volunteers for their work. When he veered off topic, she held him to account, and when people began to heckle him, she stopped them as well. In the weeks that followed she had to have a security detail and change her kids schools, because of threats being made against her and her family. 

The Blue Man Group visits NPR:

August 24, 2016

Round-up - August 24

Back at it...

Seth Godin: Uninformed Dissent

How Garrison Keillor United America

The Adventures of "Donald and Hobbes" - as someone who loves Calvin and Hobbes, it pains me how well this works.

New music from Leonard Cohen on the way! While you are waiting, check out Malcolm Gladwell's Revisionist History podcast on Cohen's "Hallelujah" and how some works of art (and artists) take time to grow. (I'd actually recommend subscribing to Gladwell's full series of Revisionist History podcasts).

Making art makes you mentally healthier, even if you aren't good at it

Trump, Preachers and the Crying Baby Test

How American Politics Went Insane

The Red Cross and the Racist Pool Safety Poster

If the IRS asks, this theme park is a nursing home

A helpful guide to lesser-known religious affiliations

What Stephen King (the Iowa politician, not the author) doesn't understand about Harriet Tubman

Magician explains transgender bathrooms:

New music from Dinosaur Jr:

May 24, 2016

I've got family, I've got friends and I will love them to the end...

How long since I've last posted?!!

Links of interest over the past couple months:

Why Perfectionism and Burnout Go Hand in Hand

Garrison Keilor: Where two Corinthians gather:  "I love my neighbor as myself, but only because I don’t much care for myself."

Turns out, if you the Dire Straights' song "Walk of Life" serves as the perfect ending to basically every movie (via)
For example, The Truman Show:

The Lion King:

The Matrix:

and The Birds:

(probably should apologize for the fact that "Walk of Life" will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day, but it is such a good song, I really can't).

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Fire (seriously have to try this with the kids this summer)

Top 10 Tech Security Basics - in general, a fairly decent summary. As noted social engineering is probably the biggest - in general don't click links in email asking to update account information. I tend to be of the camp that extra anti-virus and anti-malware software generally isn't necessary - assuming you are using a Windows machine, I recommend the built-in Windows Security software and generally don't go clicking links or downloading software you aren't 100% certain about. For a Password Manager, I recommend LastPass.

It's Time to Design for Aging (yes, I deliberately cut out the beginning of the original title "Just turned 40? It's time to design for again").  The point about the importance in fostering and maintaining community is what I find to be really interesting.

Love this idea: All of Star Wars is being told from R2D2's perspective.

Tony Hale on trying to be present.

The TSA fails at cyber-security.

Impostor Syndrome in InfoSec

Seth Godin: How to use a microphone - stop shouting, start whispering.

CV of Failures

2016: Smartphones are Destroying Our Culture. 1795: Books are Destroying Our Culture.

Having just binged on Seasons 2 and 3 or The Newsroom, I especially appreciated Jeff Daniels recent words on Trump.

5 Prayers Whispered by a First-Year Teacher as the School Year Comes to a Close

Why singing in the car makes you happier and healthier.

What I've been listening to (and singing along with in the car) recently:
Bob Mould - Voices in my Head:

Also love this song Mercy by Eric Bachmann, especially for the line:
"I've got family, I've friends,
And I will love them to the end,
Despite all the bit-sh**-crazy things they sometimes say."