Friday, December 30, 2016

Veritography: An elaboration of the 2016 Moments

Picture 1: Zig and Zag

Boy, that was a cold day. The trail near my house follows a meandering creek, criss-crossed with bridges. Each bridge offers a different view of the moving water and occasionally a scene that merits a picture. On this cold January day, I liked the interesting pattern of dark unfrozen water moving between snowed over ice patches. I also have an affinity for the piece of blue plastic caught up in the brambles in the middle-right of frame. I gave my mom a framed version of this for Christmas this year and she loves it.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

On Becoming

Today is National Coming Out Day, October 11. Started in 1989, Wikipedia says the founding organization believes "...homophobia thrives in an atmosphere of silence and ignorance, and [...] once people know that they have loved ones who are lesbian or gay, they are far less likely to maintain homophobic or oppressive views."

In the early 90’s, I’m not sure my high school would have had a “coming out day,” or even an LGBT student group. It very well may have, but if so, it was underground enough that I don’t remember it. They certainly weren’t parading down the halls or decorating lockers during Pride Month. I remember there was one student people described as gay in hushed tones, but that was second- or third-hand information. He was able to give backrubs to girls the rest of us wanted to date. Perhaps I should be gay? Pretty sure you have to get one ear pierced though. It’s the rules.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Speaks About: Multi-Factor Authentication

In the previous entry, I wrote about passwords and our digital lives. Today we’re talking about passwords that aren’t words.

First, let’s define a some security terms about access:

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Speaks About: Passwords

I know that this won’t surprise you, but internet security is hard.

It doesn’t surprise you because you, my dear Reader, are consuming this knowledge on the internet right now.

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Stillness, If Not Peace

[This post was written on Monday, June 6th, 2016.]

The young woman, Caroline, was not a friend of mine. I don’t know if she played an instrument, or whether she had ever visited South America. I don’t know if she liked country music, or simply tolerated it as something endemic to this area. I don’t know if she liked KU basketball, or if she preferred bicycling on the shores of a lake in Ontario. I had never met her, nor her family, nor her friends.

In fact, I only know one thing about her. That thing is something I learned today.

Caroline committed suicide. A certain stillness, if not peace.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Unsought Questions

This flyer was posted on the cork-board in my mail room. I had a few thoughts in my brief seconds looking at it:

1. The company received a registered trademark for the phrase "It works!"

2. The company trademarked "crazy wrap thing."

3. There's a part of the design that says "Ask me how!" On a flyer. In a room. Without any people or contact information in sight. (To be fair, I didn't try to ask the flyer anything. Perhaps I should have!)

4. Whatever this is, I bet it's not fun.

5. The model, with her reasonably toned body, doesn't give me a very good picture of how this works. I assume it's something designed to constrain and tighten the motion of bits of one's person that move indecorously.

6. This has the marketers trick of showing you that the price is already LESS! In big red numbers! With the use of a coupon! That coupon comes from somewhere, I guess!

7. Also there's a coupon for trying it for free? A coupon for hosting a party? Maybe it's a different coupon than the one that gets you the RED NUMBER price?

I have questions. But I also have no interest, so my questions will be forever unanswered. There's probably a lesson in that, applying to life as we know it.