Archive for January 2014

Even on the Internet some people prefer privacy

Despite being a blogger and being active on social media I still consider myself to be a private person. A common definition of privacy is “the right to be left alone” as written in an article by Samuel Warren and Louis Brandeis in the Harvard Law Review. That’s still a pretty vague definition, which is... Read more »

Buyer's remorse

This is part of my Fiction Friday series of very short stories. After weeks of being held hostage by heavy snow then brutal cold then heavy snow again then brutal cold again she had been thankful for the excuse to go out. She’d done enough time in solitary confinement for which she had been equally thankful for... Read more »

The smelly stuff

The smelly stuff
This is part of my Fiction Friday series of very short stories. I’m not good at remembering dates. I’m also not good at frequently checking the calendar like my wife would like for me to do. Luckily, I’m observant enough to figure out when something is coming up, then I check the calendar for the details. Like... Read more »
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25 most used passwords of 2013: Have people lost faith in Jesus?

SplashData has released their annual list of the “worst passwords” based on which passwords appeared most frequently in password files obtained by hackers. As an information security specialists these lists always make me feel happy about my job security but also despondent about how security awareness efforts still aren’t changing the behaviors of many computer... Read more »

Dirty Dancing: 3 reasons everybody should put Baby in the corner

This has bothered me for a long time (decades), so it’s about time I blogged it out. First, SPOILER ALERT! This has to do with a detail near the end of the 1987 film Dirty Dancing starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. If you don’t know how that movie ends and don’t want to know... Read more »

Someone who looks a lot like BD Wong

Someone who looks a lot like BD Wong
Oh, my god. It’s BD Wong. Don’t be stupid. It can’t be BD Wong. Why would actor BD Wong be here? OH, MY GOD! I’M RACIST! I THINK EVERY ASIAN GUY LOOKS LIKE BD WONG! No. I’m not racist. That guy does look a lot like BD Wong. Sometimes people look like other people. That... Read more »
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Bob Fosse grew up in Chicago, but why should I care?

I’ve been reading Fosse by Sam Wasson. This biography of acclaimed dancer, choreographer, and director Bob Fosse includes several chapters about his childhood years in Chicago. Bob Fosse grew up very near to where I live now, and I felt a little tinge of something (joy? pride? recognition?) whenever a familiar landmark or intersection was... Read more »

Antisocial Media: short fiction based on a true story

“Come on. Absolutely everyone does it.” “If absolutely everyone jumped off a bridge does that mean I should too?” “Maybe. If everyone came back from jumping off the bridge alive and uninjured and continued to jump off bridges, sometimes for hours, and they told you that jumping off bridges was a super fun way to... Read more »

Snow days for grown ups are different

Snow days for grown ups are different
Today wasn’t exactly a snow day. The nearly 3 feet of snow that fell in Chicago since last Tuesday finally stopped late Sunday night. Today was a day shut down due to extreme cold. A freeze day? The polar vortex-inox? (Please don’t call it Chiberia) Regardless of what you call it a lot of people... Read more »
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5 more fascinating true stories

5 more fascinating true stories
I previously made a list of 40 fascinating true stories, great documentaries uncovering the details of interesting lives and activities. Below are 5 more documentaries I recommend. Many films from both lists are available for streaming via Netflix or Amazon Prime, which is particularly good news for those who will trapped inside avoiding a “polar... Read more »