Archive for June 2015

Rumpelstiltskin and the NSA

As she spent her days in a windowless room analyzing classified data she sometimes thought about the girl in the old fairy tale. The one who was locked in a room and told she must spin straw into gold even though she possessed no such magical powers. Unlike the girl in the story she was allowed... Read more »

I'm good at coming up with ideas

I'm good at coming up with ideas
I’m good at coming up with ideas, particularly ideas for things to write. Blog posts, plays, short stories, books. I have so many ideas I’ve largely stopped writing them down. I’ve always been this way. I remember being in a creative writing class my sophomore year of high school (a.k.a. a really long time ago).... Read more »

The Goldfinch and the adventure of reading a book I knew nothing about

The Goldfinch and the adventure of reading a book I knew nothing about
I recently read The Goldfinch: A Novel by Donna Tartt. All I knew about The Goldfinch before I read it was it won a Pulitzer Prize and a bunch of my friends had read it. I had no idea what the book was about. For the first couple dozen pages or more I didn’t even... Read more »

10 reasons why living with children is like being in a haunted house

Ah, the pitter-patter of little feet. Sure, it could be the sound of adorable children coming to give you hugs, but it could be the sound of a group of hell creatures coming to eat your soul. Some nights it can be hard to tell the difference. Is there a difference? Being a parent is... Read more »

Social media and a friend from college who was not my college friend

Last weekend I got to spend time with a friend from college. To be specific, she is a friend I know from college, but we were not friends when we were in college. There was no dramatic reason why we were not friends. She was a few years ahead of me. We were in the... Read more »

HTTPS does not mean your data is safe

More and more websites are using Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) by default. Recently, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) declared that all public-facing websites for U.S. government agencies will use HTTPS by the end of 2016. The increased use of HTTPS instead of unencrypted HTTP is great news for data security... Read more »

3 books I don't want my children to read

“Growing up, we were allowed to read any book in the house,” writes Maria Casale in her essay for the New York Times titled “This Book is Too Old for You.” The piece has prompted some online discussion about whether or not parents should censor what their kids read. Reading those comments prompted me to... Read more »

It's public parenting season

I consider myself to be a pretty involved mom. I read with my kids. We bake cookies. We go to the park. We make pictures and write journals. We snuggle a lot. However, because of my work schedule there are certain things I do not do. I rarely drop my kids off or pick them... Read more »