Ramblings of a computer security architect, who also likes to referee sports.

Friday, October 29, 2004


Well I always thought this is where I would end up

Want to Get Sorted?
I'm a Gryffindor!

Sunday, October 24, 2004

Parker Links

This link points to my wifes fathers genealogy. Hopefully sometime in the future we will find his ancestors target="_blank">001

Friday, September 10, 2004

Loss of the MSM

This has been an interesting few days. Watching the RatherGate show go down on the Internet. As I've watched and read, I have started to look at how I get my news. I now realize that I don't get the news by watching TV. I get it from the Internet. I look at a variety of sites and follow for sources.

The huge difference with the web is the sourcing. If someone makes a claim, there had better be a source. Normally more than one. I saw someone yesterday claim that more kids drowned in 5 gallon buckets then were shot at home. The author was quickly challenged and the author brought up the CDC documentation to prove their point. When you watch the network news all you have is their word that things are fine. Given the last few days that is no longer true.

I don't watch the local news, 2 crime stories, 1 local interest, 10 minutes of weather, and maybe some sports. I don't watch the national news as they haven't a clue on real issues. I do watch SportsCenter, but even then I'm normally watching FoxSportsNews so that I get the soccer results in europe.

I do check out ABC, CBS, Fox, and the like on the web. but then I get to pick from a much wider view of the events and I might even pick out some RSS feeds. I get the news I need and not from some partisan filter. I have to watch who wrote what, but I least I get to see what is happening.

Interesting week the day the MSM died.

Thursday, June 03, 2004

Getting older

Last night sure made me somewhat older. Watched my middle son graduate from High School. I now have more out of HS (4) than need to go through (3). The sad part is that the youngest is just going into 5th grade next year so it is still awhile till we watch the final walk.

The band director is a huge (make that HUGE) Star Wars fan, so the processional was the tune from Part IV where Luke and Hans get their medals. It was fun and my son walked out with a light saber.

This son is a little older (we didn't start him when he was young) so he already has his mission papers in. He was hoping to receive them yesterday but that didn't occur. Today he travels to Washington to visit his brother and sister-in-law and catch the midnight showing of Harry Potter.

Friday, May 28, 2004

Genealogy and lost ancestors

I've been doing genealogy for many years, on some of my lines I have pretty much gone as far as one can as their are no other written records (like in Norway). But others have avoided my attempts to find them for over 20 years. Why is that? I would love to understand what the clue I've missed is.

Sunday, May 23, 2004

Iron Blob

I'm really into the Iron Blog. It's a really neat idea. The second battle was about marriage.

The challenger raised an issue and then didn't follow through. If we allow gay marriage why isn't polgamy allowed. Opinion Journal Trarranto makes the case that the 14th amendment already started the slope and that many cases have already used the 14th to require changes.

Somehow we need to resolve this issue. Marriage is great and should be protected.

Why Cryptoref

Cryptoref is a moniker that some have put on me in the past.

The crypto comes from my dealings in security. I daily work with cryptography and apply crypto to my solutions for security problems.

Ref comes from referee. For many years I reffed football, basketball and soccer. My wife told me to pick one and I settled on soccer. I was pretty good having done some finals at various levels.

My start at a blog is just that a start. Who knows if I can keep this up.