Archive for February 2016

Apple shouldn't unlock the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone for the FBI

By now you have likely heard that the FBI wants Apple to unlock the iPhone that belonged to one of the San Bernardino shooters (who is now dead). Apple has refused to unlock the iPhone, and I fully support them. This debate is far bigger than one act of terrorism or even the group that... Read more »

Alexandra and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Zero-Day Day

This morning I woke up to a text message alert. It was my boss saying a critical vulnerability was announced that impacts our systems. There is no patch to fix the bug, but there are some workarounds. He said everyone needed to go into the office right away. It was only 4 a.m. I could... Read more »

Standardized tests: They aren't just for kids anymore

Standardized tests: They aren't just for kids anymore
There is an on-going debate about standardizing testing in schools. I certainly do not agree with eliminating arts, music, and physical education in order to spend inordinate amounts of time preparing for and taking standardized tests. However, I can’t honestly say that standardized tests don’t prepare kids for the real world. Kids who grow up... Read more »
Advertisement:

20 super short love stories

20 super short love stories
In an effort to fight my writer’s ennui I decided to play with one of my favorite writing exercises: forced brevity. Previously, I’ve written lists of very short scary stories and very short silly stories. This time I tried my hand at being romantic. Here are 20 super short love stories: When he arrived at... Read more »

Support Donna Day for more birthdays, less childhood cancer

We celebrated my daughter’s 5th birthday this weekend, which makes this an awkward time to write a Donna Day post. Donna Day is a day to celebrate a young girl named Donna, but Donna never got to celebrate her 5th birthday. Donna died when she was four. Donna had cancer. Yes, this is a post about... Read more »

The Valentine's Day Alibi

The Valentine's Day Alibi
“If anyone asks what we did on the 14th say we went to a nice restaurant. Or is that too boring? What do you think?” “What are you talking about?” “We have to get our story straight.” “For what?” “For Valentine’s Day.” “I thought you didn’t want to do anything for Valentine’s Day.” “I don’t.”... Read more »
Advertisement:

11 reasons Halloween is better than Valentine's Day

11 reasons Halloween is better than Valentine's Day
It’s almost Valentine’s Day. Although I don’t hate Valentine’s Day as much as some people do, I’ve never found it to be that much fun. There are a lot of other holidays that I enjoy a lot more, most notably Halloween. Here are a 11 reasons why Halloween is better than Valentine’s Day: You don’t... Read more »