Saturday, September 29, 2012

@christoperj:

Oy. A 101.4 degree fever. Been a long long time since that's been an issue. . .

Friday, September 28, 2012

@christoperj:

Ahh, Gangnam Style, the Macarena of 2012 has arrived. . .

@securityguy23:

Back from New York City and returning to regularly scheduled programming, already in progress. . .

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

@christoperj:

Back from Phoenix, returning to regularly scheduled programming already in progress. . .

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Repost, Repost, Repost!!!

Urgent! All my contacts! Highest importance!

People you do not know are trying to take advantage of your innocent gullibility! Many many messages are being posted about new facebook functionality, viruses, charities, political stances, health/safety concerns, missing people, celebrity deaths and much much more. Its scary "oh crap I better run and save the kiddos and hide underneath the staircase" kind of stuff.

Also oh so NOT true!

The people who are sending this stuff out DO NOT care about YOU. They want you to blindly forward the fake warning to all your friends without spending the 5secs+/- verifying the claim in the Google. They sit back and laugh at their work. You look like a fool. And you don't want to look like a fool, DO YOU? Of course not.

So if you get one of these scary posts -- check it. And check it again. PAY ATTENTION! If it's not true, just delete it and you'll be safe from the mocking. Eezy pezzy stuff. Dont let them win!

Many thanx for your help. Paste this on your wall so all your friends won't be made fools of either. That is, unless you want to be able to mock your friends too. . .


My Official Response:
Urgent! All my contacts! Highest importance!
Um, what?

People you do not know are trying to take advantage of your innocent gullibility!
I really do not believe you. . .

Many many messages are being posted about new facebook functionality, viruses, charities, political stances, health/safety concerns, missing people, celebrity deaths and much much more.
Oh, wait, then it must be true. Cause it's on the internet, right?

Its scary "oh crap I better run and save the kiddos and hide underneath the staircase" kind of stuff.
Aaahhh, save me Batman!!!

Also oh so NOT true!
Sigh, whew. . .

The people who are sending this stuff out DO NOT care about YOU.
But, but but, they said they did. They spoke of saving puppies and protecting my privacy and all kinds of spiffy stuff I care about. . .

They want you to blindly forward the fake warning to all your friends without spending the 5secs+/- verifying the claim in the Google.
Those bastards!!!

They sit back and laugh at their work.
I really hate it when they do that. . .

You look like a fool. And you don't want to look like a fool, DO YOU? Of course not.
Who does? I sure don't! Where do I sign up? Oh wait, what are we talking about?

So if you get one of these scary posts -- check it.
Check!

And check it again.
Ok, bored now. I wonder what's on youtube?

Pay attention!
No need to shout there. . .

If it's not true, just delete it and you'll be safe from the mocking. Eezy pezzy stuff.
No problem!

Dont let them win!
I HATE it when somebody ELSE wins. . .

Many thanx for your help.
No problem. It's what I do. . .

Paste this on your wall so all your friends won't be made fools of either. That is, unless you want to be able to mock your friends too. . .
I plead the fifth. . .

@christoperj:

It be talk like a Pirate Day

Saturday, September 15, 2012

@christoperj:

If you spam me in to a Facebook group without asking -- only to complain/unfriend me when I respond by punting you into my "I spammed Christopher into a FB group without asking" group. . . Well hell, you just made my point.

Thank you! Your help is much appreciated.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Yard Dog

Ace has been around for 6+/- years, but I never noticed until I was messing with a yardstick tonight that he is literally one yard long. Not an inch longer or shorter. Exactly one yard.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Always a Nice Addition to the Day

Ahh, rain. Very nice. . .

Sigh, I'm getting old

Trying (and failing) to remember where I got the fish paperweight on my desk.

Marcinko's Fish Paperweight

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Now Enneadeca-Certified with Symantec ASC - Enterprise Security Goodness. . .

From the Symantec Technical Accreditation Program on September 11th, 2012:

Authorized Symantec Consultant (ASC): Enterprise Security Specialization (November 2010)
Designation:
Authorized Symantec Consultant (ASC): Enterprise Security Specialization (November 2010)

Date of Certification:
September 11th, 2012

Remembering

Eleven years later. . .

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Reality Show Realities

Wonder if the those who 'star' in the majority of the 'reality' shows realize that people are laughing at them, not with them.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Why Do So Many Non-US Facebook Contacts Have Strong Opinions about this Election?

Following up on Tuesday's observation about so many international Facebook contacts (re)posting political memes, I picked out three of the most vocal of the moment and privately asked why they had such an interest.

All three have now un-friended me, and one decided to take it further and also pushed the block button.

Really wasn't expecting that. I'm used to being 'un-friended' when I explain my own political opinion, that's just part of the unfortunate current political theatre of anger and wedge issues. But I've never seen this when I ask somebody else about their opinion.

All of the inquiries were basically the same. This was the one I sent to the third contact in this list. He was posting 10-15 political memes a day in favor of the RNC candidates and ideals. . .
Benito,

I cant help but notice you are taking such an interest in US politics, even though you're in Sydney.

This intrigues me. Please do not misunderstand, I am not trying to be rude, but rather, finding out what drives people to do one thing or another is fascinating to me. Particularly in this matter as Australian politics do not draw the same level of attention from US based citizens. I have in fact noticed quite a few of my FB contacts exerting strong political opinions on the US election (for both parties) despite not having any apparent stake in the result.

Do you mind if I ask you why you have both such a distinct interest and strong opinion towards the RNC candidate?

Feel free to politely decline if you wish. I ask only out of curiosity and I will not disclose your feedback to anybody except for maybe my wife if she's looking over my shoulder.

Christopher

He could have just said go away. But he didn't. He was the one who blocked me instead. Apparently he thought it was warranted. I disagree with that.

But my question remains the same. If you're not in the US, but have a distinct stance on the US election, I'd be curious to understand the reasons why that would be. Feel free to send me a direct message.

To be clear, I am not looking to debate talking points or the rhetoric from either political party. Only want to understand why so many of those who have no vote in the US election are taking such a polarized stance in it.

And of course your feedback will remain private.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Am I Doing Better Four Years Later?

In all honesty -- yes, I am doing better today than I was 4 years ago. And I am doing better 4 years into the current administration than I was 4 years into the last.

There are a plethora of reasons for both observations. Only some (and definitely not all) the direct result of political directions of either particular moment.

But if that's the "benchmark" question to asked in the here and now -- well that's the reality for me.

@christoperj:

With 2004 so deeply focused on the politics of fear, 2008 the politics of hope, and now 2012 being the politics of anger -- I wonder what will be left for 2016. . .

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

@christoperj:

Just found out the new Denton Animal Shelter will be built basically two streets over. Should make things far more convenient when the Minions get out. . .

Lunar Tribute

It was just pointed out to me that Friday evening's rare 'blue moon' occurred the same day as Neil Armstrong's private memorial service. A very fitting tribute from the universe. . .

Off By a Day

Sigh, been thinking it has been monday all morning -- and have been a few minutes late to my re-occurring Tuesday meetings as I think are actually starting tomorrow and not 5 minutes ago. . .

@christoperj:

Surprised to notice that so many of the political memes being (re)posted in my Facebook newsfeed this election cycle are actually being done so by those who are outside the US and do not have a vote on the matter.

Very intriguing. . .

Monday, September 3, 2012

A Moment of Silence

Saddened by the death of Michael Clarke Duncan. . .

Sunday, September 2, 2012

@christoperj:

Thinking that you can no longer call yourself "TLC/The Learning Channel", if you're trying to make money off a show called "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo". . .

Saturday, September 1, 2012

@christoperj:

"But now and then there are Saturdays. Big temporal tipping points when anything's possible."