Archive for August 2012

Why I Made a List of Shooting Victims

Why I Made a List of Shooting Victims
I started this blog as an alternative to making a list of “40 things to do before I’m 40.”  I decided instead to make a list for each of the 40 weeks until I turned 40 on any subject other than that. I had a few ideas for lists but hoped that enough inspiration would... Read more »

List 7: Chicago Shooting Victims

List 7: Chicago Shooting Victims
Shootings in Chicago have increased compared to last year. Most of the shootings are not in my neighborhood. That doesn’t make it okay. Most of the victims are not white. That doesn’t make it okay. Some of the people shot were criminals. Even that doesn’t make it okay. Normally I do lists that are 40... Read more »

Mommy's Day of Selfishness

Three years ago I longed for more time with my son, so I started working part time as I described here. Three years later I have two kids in daycare for the same 50 hours a week that made me so depressed back then, and it mostly doesn’t bother me. And that bothers me. When... Read more »
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Mommy Track Flashback

Mommy Track Flashback
In a week focused on my evolving career goals I can’t ignore how having children has changed my professional life. Below is something I wrote 3 years ago on a long since neglected and no longer public personal blog. At the time I only had one child. When I wrote this he was 5 months... Read more »

Judd Nelson Made Me a Business Major

Judd Nelson Made Me a Business Major
Of all the things I wanted to be when I grew up, the aspiration that was strongest from elementary school to high school was the desire to be a teacher. I even collected recipes with inexpensive ingredients figuring I would need them since teachers don’t make much money. My love of reading and writing meant... Read more »

List 6: What I Want(ed) to Be When I Grow Up

List 6: What I Want(ed) to Be When I Grow Up
As a child I did not aspire to be an IT project manager, yet that is what I am. Below are 40 other things I’ve wanted to be in my lifetime. Many are childhood dreams long outgrown. A few are more recent aspirations. A lot of these careers were fleeting daydreams, but other thoughts have persisted for... Read more »
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Combatting Twitter Spam and Facebook Leaks

Although my list of 40 information security tips may seem long, there were many things that had to be left out, so to close out my security-themed week here are some additional tips for Twitter and Facebook. In my original list I addressed not clicking on links in suspicious email. The same goes for direct... Read more »

A Suitcase Full of Email

A Suitcase Full of Email
Item 20 on my list of information security tips is “Keep some paper records.” Still, I was shocked when I saw the picture in this tweet: Does printing every email and organizing them by relationship seem extreme to you? Do you think this picture would make a great application to be on the show Hoarders? Is... Read more »

List 5: Information Security Basics

List 5: Information Security Basics
If you haven’t heard about how Mat Honan’s digital life was erased by hackers in less than an hour, you should read his story here. It’s chilling. He lost data saved on the Internet (that venerable cloud) and on his iPhone, iPad and MacBook, including irreplaceable pictures of the first year of his daughter’s life. He... Read more »
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Gallery: Lollapalooza 2012 Day 2 Weather Evacuation

Rumors were circulating even before this message was displayed.
As described in my recap of my first Lollapalooza experience, I had a good vantage point during the weather evacuation and the storm. I only had my phone, but I was able to capture a few key images (and do so without dropping my phone out the window).