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What makes a democrat?

February 28th, 2009

Zombie in the political realm

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Yeager, The Lonely Sky

February 28th, 2009

I’ve been on a bit of a book tear this week, reading a couple of books about test pilots, both really interesting. I have some more autobiographies in my queue, Colin Powell and Jack Welch.

Yeager was a good book, although I’m sure some in the Air Force were a bit dismayed by Chuck exposing the Air Force as a very political organization. Yeager at least realized he was stepping on toes during his active time, and didn’t discount the effect it had on his career.

The Lonely Sky was more focused on the testing at Muroc (later Edwards AFB) of the successors to the X-1 reaching for Mach II.

An amazing time for aeronatics…and America

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Media bias

February 23rd, 2009

Accept the fact that no media outlet is with out some bias – they all color the news to some degree.

Just understand the coloring is there and adjust your perception of the truth.

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SANS CWE top 25

February 23rd, 2009

If you do programming – you need to be aware of the most common programming vulnerabilities.

The SANS Common Weakness Enumeration (CWE) list is being used to write software specifications and compliance is required as a function of performing work under contracts.

SANS CWE top 25

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Pearl Harbor & 9/11

February 22nd, 2009

I watched an old movie tonight called “Tora, Tora, Tora” about the attack on Pearl Harbor, which reminded me of the feeling I had watching 9/11. Sixty years apart but the two sneak attacks on America probably were very similar in the reaction among Americans.


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Watched the Tour of California race finish

February 22nd, 2009

Lots of fun being at the finish of the race – glad to have something cool in the neighborhood.

Watching the race on the web before I went down for the finish I was impressed by the tracking web site. Live video feeds, course map with positions of the peloton and main riders, and course hill profile all in real time. That’s the kind of web application I’d love to work on.

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Food Network

February 11th, 2009

Well, I’m swearing off the news for a while – I’m going to have the food network going when the TV is on.

Today’s highlights were Senator Schumer of NY saying American’s don’t care about our government wasting money on pork and/or earmarks, the Banks charging us millions in fees to accept the billions in bailouts, and a few sellout senators enabling the spendulus bill, which has no earmarks according to Obama.

I think I need about 4 years without news at this rate.

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Windows Key

February 8th, 2009

I realized as much time as I spend on a computer I wasn’t taking advantage of the Windows Key and the shortcuts it provides.

Here’s a nice reference.

Win Key reference

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