Archive for July 2017

Celebrating my first 10 years in Chicago

Celebrating my first 10 years in Chicago
June 10th was the 10th anniversary of my moving to Chicago. I meant to write about this milestone earlier, but the weeks of this summer have slipped away as quickly as the years of my Chicago tenure. It doesn’t feel like ten years, but there is much evidence convincing me this is true. I now have... Read more »

Please don't let the bad of society overshadow the good

I try to be optimistic. I try to assume that things will be turn out okay. I even tried to believe that when Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. I knew there would be bad things that would happen, but I felt that we as a society would survive it. But every... Read more »

If I can manage to go the beach I can achieve anything! (Maybe)

I live about a mile from Lake Michigan. The beach is right there. Still, in the past we rarely went. I wrote last year about not going to the beach very often over the summer, and I wrote last month about worrying this year would end up the same. Luckily, that has not been the... Read more »
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Go back in time with the Internet Archive Wayback Machine

Go back in time with the Internet Archive Wayback Machine
The Internet is forever. That’s what I warn people from a privacy perspective. But the Internet is only forever until it’s not. Websites are redesigned or deleted all the time. Bookmarked links become dead ends. But if something you were looking for online doesn’t appear to there anymore you may still be able to find... Read more »

How conferences and training events can better support moms (and dads)

How conferences and training events can better support moms (and dads)
Going to conferences and training events can be vital for sharpening your skills and maintaining a strong professional network. Unfortunately, many mothers avoid conferences and multi-day training courses because of parenting-related challenges. When I asked about this on Facebook I was flooded with women (and a few men) sharing reasons they didn’t attend professional events,... Read more »

Why using a fake name won’t keep you anonymous online

There is a lot of chat online about whether CNN (or anyone) should reveal the identity of an offensive meme generator who uses the online name of “HanAssholeSolo.” Whether or not this person’s identity is revealed remains to be seen, but it reminds me of something I wrote for the now-defunct website PrivacyTest.com. Since the... Read more »
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My 25 most rewatchable movies of all time

Over the weekend* I saw a post from FiveThirtyEight supposedly listing The 25 Most Rewatchable Movies of All Time. They polled people and come up with a list that was topped by Star Wars, The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, The Lord of the Rings, and Gone with the Wind.  As tends to... Read more »