Saturday, August 15, 2009

500 Days of Summer

Went to see this last Friday with RM.

This is a story of boy meets girl. The boy, Tom Hansen of Margate, New Jersey, grew up believing that he'd never truly be happy until the day he met the one. This belief stemmed from early exposure to sad British pop music and a total mis-reading of the movie 'The Graduate'. The girl, Summer Finn of Shinnecock, Michigan, did not share this belief. Since the disintegration of her parent's marriage she'd only love two things. The first was her long dark hair. The second was how easily she could cut it off and not feel a thing. Tom meets Summer on January 8th. He knows almost immediately she is who he has been searching for. This is a story of boy meets girl, but you should know upfront, this is not a love story.

summer move forward and paint me the fabric of fall...

No, without the death and darkness of Vienna Teng's Drought -- it is the remedy for that sort of thing -- a source of perspective, an enlightened* film about dismantling the myth of 'the one' (and basically taking a vivisecting approach to all the well-established clices of the romantic comedy genre) in the context of modern love. All set to an awesome soundtrack. (Officially on my wishlist, that is, after a backlog of other acquisitions.) If you dislike romantic comedies for any of the usual reasons, this is for you. If you like romantic comedies, you've probably seen too many of them, and you need a good dose of this.

* enlightened := broad in scope, applying picasa's 'i feel lucky' to a zoomed out photograph. meaning it rings true.

Current music: Trifonic - Good Enough

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Wanted: dogsitter for a week-ish

Must love dogs. This dog here doesn't know he's a dog. He thinks he's a midget human.

see more Coco pix

Compensation: $100 (negotiable) for one week-ish (8/29 - 9/6) of puppy love.
Actual tasks: 3 walks a day, refill (dry) food and water as needed. Multiple hugs and snuggles required. He might want to play fetch sometimes or stalk squirrels. More often than not, though, the squirrels get the upper hand. But he's pretty happy napping in a sunny window too.

Current music: Aimee Allen - Calling the Maker

Thursday, August 6, 2009

oh my deer

"See, there you go with that head-tilt thing. You know, you think you're all badass but whenever you need something it's all, 'hey'."

"Just be glad I don't flip my hair. I'd own you."

From oh my deer

Current music: Immortal Technique - The Illest

Saturday, August 1, 2009

how to choose secure passwords

"I need to change the password on my email account. Someone managed to figure out the old one."
"That's why your password should always include numbers as well as letters. Everyone thinks its fun to use the name of your dog or boyfriend, but that actually makes it easy to crack."
"My old password was Gj7B!X."
Greetings from a former RCC. This post exists because a friend fell for phishing, and it worked due to universal password usage. Universal passwords are bad, bad, bad. *finger wagging*

Guidelines for password selection:
  • use at least one number and one letter.
  • use both upper and lower case letters if possible.
  • also use at least one special character or punctuation mark (if permitted).
  • be at least seven characters long.
  • do NOT use dictionary words (especially in English), names of people/pets, addresses, birthdays, SSN's, driver's license #'s, passport #'s, variations of your usernames/aliases, or phone numbers. or for that matter, fundamental constants (e, pi, the speed of light, square root of 2, sequences of perfect numbers, fibonacci sequence, or if you do choose one of the irrationals, don't start in the first five digits or so)
  • do NOT use patterns on the keyboard (i.e., qwerty, ;lkjh, or 2468)
  • And change your passwords every three months.

You might ask: how the hell am I supposed to memorize a unique something like Q34jp$s! for every account I have? and change it every three months?! Who do you think I am?  River Tam?  Veronica Mars?

Actually, it's easy. Pick a novel, movie, or a book of poems. Pick a page/passage/quote at pseudo-random. Pick a sentence with a number in it. use the first character of each letter, preserve punctuation, use actual numbers to represent the numbers or constructions like "some1" If you're really desperate for numbers.  (Okay, fine, you can take every prime-th decimal digit of pi.  I'll allow you that.)

Now you have secure passwords. Remember, passwords are like underwear. Change often, don't share.

Current music: Slow Runner - Make you love me