Digital Memory Blackouts

The Google Photos Rediscover This Day feature felt I needed reminding of today five years ago. It is true that I took some photos (1,2,3) while on a beach trip. And it is also true that I cherish these photos. But it is also true I cherish them because they make me weepy and sad.… Continue reading Digital Memory Blackouts

Collected Quotes Jan 2017

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. ― Martin Luther King, Jr. There are books, that one has for twenty years without reading them, that one always keeps at hand, that one takes along from… Continue reading Collected Quotes Jan 2017

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Stress and decisions

Someone in Athens found some pipe bombs. They took it to the police headquarters to report having found it. People question how he could do something so dangerous. My reaction is I can easily see someone thinking of the police and taking them there. The reason why we train people how to conduct themselves in dangerous… Continue reading Stress and decisions

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Gotcha Jerks

Part of the political content that lately makes me uncomfortable about discussing political things are the gotcha posts. Someone makes a mistake and another person on the “good side” catches them in that mistake and cuts them down in epic style. (We call  it “owning.”) The one I saw prompting this post was a name redacted… Continue reading Gotcha Jerks

LastPass feature request

There is no enforced standard for passwords for a web site, so they can be all over the place for requirements. Nor do sites typically explain what are the exact standards before a failure. And then most will state the minimum and types of characters. But, too many leave out the maximum number of characters allowed so… Continue reading LastPass feature request

Email Changes

Ran across a site where if one changes the email address associated with the account, it sends the confirmation email to the new address. Say, I am a Blackhat and used a phishing attack to get the password for the account. Having legitimately logged in, I then change the email address associated with it from victim@outlook.com… Continue reading Email Changes

5 Books: Mindset and Outlook

What are the “Top 5 Books” that have molded your mindset and outlook on life? Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness: introduced me to behavioral economics and helped me learn how to disrupt obsessing over indecision. Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection: counter-intuitively it exposed me to figuring out that… Continue reading 5 Books: Mindset and Outlook

Quasi-Mandatory Voting

Yesterday, in Mandatory Voting I wrote: In the end, I think finding ways to lower the costs of voting is the best approach. A low participation rate suggests there are problems. Solving those problems would be better than simply punishing people for not overcoming those costs. Additionally I mentioned: Certainly, I am in favor of things… Continue reading Quasi-Mandatory Voting