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Saturday, February 21, 2015

It's 4:00AM

Up since 4:00am...

Strangest  time for me...so many thoughts...so many feelings...so much sensory input...so little capability to filter it all. For the gifted man, a time of inspiration...for the regretful man, a time to wallow in the actions and inactions of his past...for the mournful man, a time of despair and to weep the tears of sadness for things lost, both real and imagined.

Life is full of so many potentials. Our paths through this life, were they to be laid out before us at any given time, would be in appearance as the roots of a massive Banyan tree. Each root a possibility...a choice made, with both rewards and consequences attributed to each.








We may never know what path, what choice, what root is better than another, so we do our best...we choose our best choice, well, what we think is the best at that moment. Typically, we would never know what those other potentials may have had in store for us had we chosen them, but sometimes, in those special sometimes that come our way via the paths chosen by others, we get a glimpse of what could have been as they overlap into our current path.

W. H. Auden, may he rest in peace...was like many of his time and originally thought to pursue the 'physical sciences' at university. However he made a course change that led him to become a poet, a decision we reap the benefits from. Some of the thoughts he shared over his life, still ring true today.

"Most people call something profound, not because it is near some important truth, but because it is distant from ordinary life. Thus, darkness is profound to the eye, silence to the ear; what-is-not is the profundity of what-is."


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Life With Purpose Is A Life Well Lived...

...but remember, never let the world determine the validity of your purpose...

Personally, I thought it was great!
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Carry on, my wayward son
For there'll be peace when you are done
Lay your weary head to rest
Don't you cry no more

Once I rose above the noise and confusion
Just to get a glimpse beyond this illusion
I was soaring ever higher, but I flew too high

Though my eyes could see I still was a blind man
Though my mind could think I still was a mad man
I hear the voices when I'm dreamin', I can hear them say

Carry on, my wayward son
For there'll be peace when you are done
Lay your weary head to rest
Don't you cry no more

Masquerading as a man with a reason
My charade is the event of the season
And if I claim to be a wise man, it surely means that I don't know

On a stormy sea of moving emotion
Tossed about I'm like a ship on the ocean
I set a course for winds of fortune, but I hear the voices say

Carry on, my wayward son
There'll be peace when you are done
Lay your weary head to rest
Don't you cry no more

Carry on, you will always remember
Carry on, nothing equals the splendor
Now your life's no longer empty
Surely heaven waits for you

Carry on, my wayward son
There'll be peace when you are done
Lay your weary head to rest
Don't you cry (don't you cry no more)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

IMPORTANT SECURITY TECH NOTE CONCERNING THE POODLE ATTACK

IMPORTANT SECURITY TECH NOTE:

To all my friends and beyond:

There is a new vulnerability out there that you can take proactive steps to protect yourself from. The attack is known (for reasons I do not know) as the POODLE Attack (and no, I am not messing with you).

It exploits a weakness in OpenSSL .v3 and it is not to be taken lightly. Below are some simple steps you can take to safeguard your browser:

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Disable SSLv3 in your browser:

 ■ Firefox:
SSLv3 will be disabled by default in Firefox 34, which will be released on Nov 25.  In the mean time, an Add-On has been released to enable configuration of SSL options:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/ssl-version-control/


■ Google Chrome:
Add the following after the command line in your shortcut:
 --ssl-version-min=tls1

So for example, if you right click the icon on your desktop and select 'properties', or in your Taskbar right click the Chrome icon and then again right click the, 'Google Chrome' option shown just above the, 'Unpin this program from taskbar' and select 'properties'. then select the 'Shortcut' tab and change the target as follows:

Before change
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"C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"

After change
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"C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --ssl-version-min=tls1

Note: if you are in Windows 7 or 8.x your target may read:

C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe

Just add the above listed edit as so:

C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe --ssl-version-min=tls1


■ Internet Explorer:

Enter the following into your 'Run' command (If you do not see a 'Run' command search for it):

Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Internet Options

Alternatively, you can manually navigate to Control Panel and choose 'Network and Internet', then select 'Internet Options'. Once there, do to the, 'Advanced' tab, scroll to the bottom of the list and uncheck the "Use SSL 3.0" box.

Now click, "Apply", and then click "OK"

You are now DONE
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Let me know if you need any assistance.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Words Paint Their Own Picture

So I decided to try something. I wanted to see what a word cloud based on this blog might look like. It's kind of funny because, honestly, I thought the biggest word in the cloud would likely be 'Pain' or something similar. I was pleasantly surprised.


Friday, May 30, 2014

If Only It Were True...

So, I just woke from this kewl-krazy ass dream where I was a scientist working on a government backed research team in an alternate universe we had reached by using a trans-dimensional doorway we discovered in a protective dome under the Greenland ice sheet.

While working there, we had discovered advanced equipment that allowed for a complete backup of a persons entire mind and personality and provided almost continuous incremental storage of said information via an implanted device that allowed for synaptic duplication and storage.

While working in one of these machines, a coworker inadvertently tripped an alien fail safe device which resulted in a massive and complete, nearly instantaneous incineration of all living matter within a ten mile radius of the base.

The kewlest part was that the synaptic monitoring devices, which remain undamaged, also allowed for suspension of all pain reception to the brain milliseconds before the incineration, so no pain was felt.

However the absolute best part was when I awoke in a previously undiscovered facility a few mikes outside of the incineration zone, in a new synthetic body that was stronger and more advanced that my old human body was....but the best part of that 'best part' resurrection? I was no longer in constant and viscous pain...

...then I woke up...here in bed...back in my massively pain riddled body...but for a moment there...I was FREE!!

Now, to see if I can get back to sleep.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Life in A Nutshell

We all die eventually and although it is my hope to live a very long and happy life, the real deal for me is that I am still making a difference in people's lives all along the way.

To me, the parameters that tell me that my life and my work is what will make me happy can be loosely summed up in two simple, yet far reaching (at least for me) things:

1) I am happy doing what I am doing...

2) I am wanted andappreciated by those around me.

3) that I am making a difference in the lives of the people around me.

Simple does not have to mean shallow and a full life does not have to mean a life that is stuffed full of activities.