Wednesday, December 25, 2013

@christoperj:

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

Dakotah with a Sonic Screwdriver

@christoperj:

Have yourself a merry little Christmas. . .

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

@christoperj:

Sure it's December 24th -- but the Christmas cards have now been mailed (finally). . .

Monday, December 23, 2013

Now Hexatriaconta-Certified with GCWN Goodness. . .

From the SANS Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) on December 23rd, 2013:

Christopher J. Marcinko -- GIAC Certified Windows Security Administrator (GCWN)
"GIAC presents this certification to Christopher J. Marcinko who has met the necessary requirements and demonstrated a mastery of the subject matter and security skills to earn the GIAC Certified Windows Security Administrator - GCWN."

Christopher J. Marcinko @ AcclaimDate of Certification:
December 23rd, 2013

Expiration Date:
December 31st, 2021

Certificate Number:
2832

Friday, December 20, 2013

@securityguy23:

Back from both a Vulnerability Assessment and a separate HIPAA Security Policy review in Tampa -- returning to regularly scheduled programming, already in progress. . .

Sunday, December 15, 2013

@securityguy23:

Back from Palo Alto training -- returning to regularly scheduled programming, already in progress. . .

Sunday, December 8, 2013

@securityguy23:

Back from executing a HIPAA Security Assessment in New Jersey -- returning to regularly scheduled programming, already in progress. . .

Christmastime at the Fort (Part 2)

Thanx to a rare early December ice storm, it's looking more like Christmastime at the Fort. . .
All those LEDs glowing against the ice
All those LEDs glowing brightly against the ice



From the driveway
From in front of the driveway
The wreath had a light layer of ice on it too, as did all the bricks above the garage doors
The wreath had a light layer of ice on it too, as did all the bricks above the garage doors
Closeup of the lights reflecting in the ornaments hanging from the big tree
Closeup of the lights reflecting in the ornaments hanging from the big tree




Looking towards the glow of the bushes
Looking towards the glow of the bushes


There's a sidewalk under here somewhere. Sleet/ice sheet was about an inch think in most places.
There's a sidewalk under here somewhere.   Sleet/ice sheet was about an inch think in most places.
Bottoms of the bushes were buried
Bottoms of the bushes were buried
The lights made for some intriuging shadows against the ice
The lights made for some intriuging shadows against the ice

Up against the house, the sleet/ice drift was closer to 6 inches
Up against the house, the sleet/ice drift was closer to 6 inches
Mr. Peabody standing knee deep in sleet/ice
Mr. Peabody standing knee deep in sleet/ice


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Icebound Commute Home

Four hours earlier, I was in Philly where it was dry and 50 degrees. Get back home to find it's 26 and everything is covered with an inch of ice. Something doesn't sound right with that.

Getting out of the Remote North Parking lot ended up being the easy part as what normally takes 45 min to get between the airport and north to Denton/Fort Marcinko -- took every bit of 3 1/2 hours. Roads went from slick to rough/rutted/ice holed with no warning. Never saw any evidence that anybody had thrown down sand or salt. And never went more than a couple of miles without seeing (at least) one car in the ditch or a spun-out big-rig. Nearly fishtailed off at least a dozen times myself.

Good times
DFW Remote North parking lot was completely iced over
DFW Remote North parking lot was completely iced over
And walking up to the car -- this was the exact point when I realized how much this was really gonna suck. My ice scraper is in the trunk, but the ice has frozen it shut. . .
And walking up to the car -- this was the exact point when I realized how much this was really gonna suck.  My ice scraper is in the trunk, but the ice has frozen it shut. . .
About 1/4 inch of ice built up on the rear window. Took about 10 minutes to scrape off this much with my handy dandy emergency window breaker tool.
About 1/4 inch of ice built up on the rear window.  Took about 10 minutes to scrape off this much with my handy dandy emergency window breaker tool.
Accumulation was much heavier on the northern facing side of the car
Accumulation was much heavier on the northern facing side of the car
And for some reason, even more so on the northwest side as it kept me from being able to get my driverside door open. Was able to get in from the passengerside (thankfully).
And for some reason, even more so on the northwest side as it kept me from being able to get my driverside door open.  Was able to get in from the passengerside (thankfully).
Yea, a little too much for the defogger to handle
Yea, a little too much for the defogger to handle
Parking lot lights through the driverside door window
Parking lot lights through the driverside door window
Obligatory foot on the ice shot
Obligatory foot on the ice shot
An hour later, finally had a hole scrapped out in the front window ice
An hour later, finally had a hole scrapped out in the front window ice
The Remote North bus drivers should be getting quadruple pay tonight
The Remote North bus drivers should be getting quadruple pay tonight

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Christmastime at the Fort

Got into the sprit a little early this year. . . Only 28 days to go. . .
Looking at the house from the sidewalk
Looking at the house from the sidewalk
Last year, only had the flood lights, multi color strings, and a few red lights leading up to Mr. Peabody. Everything else is new for the 2013 season.
Last year, only had the flood lights, multi color strings, and a few red lights leading up to Mr. Peabody.  Everything else is new for the 2013 season.
From a little farther down the sidewalk
From a little farther down the sidewalk
Several thousand LEDs seem to give the front yard a nice warm glow on a cold night
Several thousand LEDs seem to give the front yard a nice warm glow on a cold night
Really happy with how the front tree turned out, but didn't have enough warm white strings to finish it out. That'll be next year's addition to the display.
Really happy with how the front tree turned out, but didn't have enough warm white strings to finish it out.   That'll be next year's addition to the display.
Closeup from the street
Closeup from the street
From the driveway
From the driveway
Wreath over the garage is new for this year as well
Wreath over the garage is new for this year as well
As is the 18 foot of garland and white lights around the front door. Also changed out the multi color string from the door wreath to match.
As is the 18 foot of garland and white lights around the front door.  Also changed out the multi color string from the door wreath to match.
Reflections in the storm door
Reflections in the storm door
Mr. Peabody still standing guard
Mr. Peabody still standing guard
Looking out towards the street from the front door
Looking out towards the street from the front door
Also put the Christmas tree up in the front room where it can also be seen from the street.
Also put the Christmas tree up in the front room where it can also be seen from the street.