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Sun, Feb. 12th, 2012, 11:03 am
Blog Reboot, as well.

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You may be wondering where the heck that last post came from if you are one of the five people who still has this in your RSS feed. Well, I figured it’s time to do a blog reboot as well. Having seen the amazing outpouring of creativity around me recently amongst my friends and peers and people I observe, both in the traditional creative arts and in those fighting the good fight in the infosec world, I’ve often felt humble and insignificant. Words are the only real creative tool I’ve got — be they written or spoken, it’s my weapon of choice, but as time has gone on, they are more and more unused on the public stage (outside of work, that is). So I’m just going to start putting them out there again. This blog used to be specifically focused on a few things, and some of them ended up being things I couldn’t really talk as much about as I wanted to — so it eventually silenced itself. I’m going to repurpose it for all things me (though Infosec is still high on the list).

I caught myself the other day giving a profound, eloquent, two hour synopsis of the state of internet consumers with regards to information security to someone’s aunt when we were sitting at the dining room table in their house. It came naturally, almost as a gut reflex — but at the same time, it required precious time and energy. I regarded it (and still regard it) as important to have done, but I wish I had recorded myself. I’ve always been a believer in thinking globally and acting localy — having a blog has always seemed an act of supreme ego — who really cares what you have to say — but if I’m going to put out that level of effort, why not try to communicate more broadly? Hell, if so many people who have useless things to say will do it, why not join back in as at least a voice of mediocre quality?

Words are my tool, but so few people really read for real anymore — that too bears consideration. It takes effort to create real words (even bad ones), and it takes effort to really read them as well. It’s easier to create and consume bite-style media in all forms, and be a living router in the meme-flow than to stop and voice or parse a true opinion. Or you’re doing it in a reflexive, responsive, spur of the moment forum in a media that forces the rules of ad-hoc conversation without preparation, but is asynchronous, and communicates non of the signals and nuances that come with in person conversation. People misinterpret, mischaracterize, act like asshats with impunity via the shield of distance and anonymity, Godwin’s law is revoked, and you move on to the next think to “like” or dislike.

WordPress seems the tool (for my words — get it?) to stick with for now — it’s amazing where this phenomenal framework has gotten to in terms of being a poor man’s content management system — empowering the internet masses who will spend the effort to learn a bit more than the average facebook user to make truly amazing things in a time frame that is actually practical to undertake in the modern world if you are not a full time developer. But really, I’m still attracted to the name — blogs are where real words go (in addition to a lot of crappy ones, yes) in the modern era — that or more archaic forms. But the power of new media can’t be ignored, so I probably need to jazz this thing up a little bit. We’ll see what comes. We have many conferences, projects, and trips ahead this year at our little household, hopefully there is room for some more words amidst it all.

Sun, Feb. 12th, 2012, 11:02 am
Genesis Reboot at Synetic Theater

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Last night, we had the privilege of seeing Genesis Reboot at the Synetic Theater. In one word, it’s brilliant.

The mention of Synetic often brings up superlatives amongst those who love them in the DC theatre community — and sometimes antipathy in those who don’t, who decry their theatre without words as being dance, not theatre (though I really argue that dance can tell stories just fine — as Synetic always proves. You see my side in the argument). Well, toss that argument aside, because theatre parents extraordinaire Paata & Irina have allowed Ben Cunis, his brother Peter Cunis, and other co-conspirators (such as Clint Herring from Hamilton Carver fame, among many other things), to do something that no one can argue is brilliant, original, theatre. And it even has words.

It was unsettling, after three seasons of going to see shows there, hearing actual dialog coming from that stage. It almost seemed a taboo being broken — you could almost feel the audience shifting with discomfort — that this was not right, that this was not what they came here for. But as it unfolded, and the discomfort of dialogue faded away, what came to life was amazing. Ben (who authored the script with his brother as well as directing the show) and his actors and designers took the power of the tradition of Synetic (there was no way, outside of the dialog, of ever thinking this was NOT one of their shows, from the staging, to the lighting, music, costumes, and of course the breathtaking ability of those actors to speak in the language of movement), and built something mighty on top of it with their words.

And it was not a small project – just re-imagining the creation myth of one of the worlds largest religions, that’s all — and doing so in a manner that portrayed that initial death of innocence in a manner many times more gut-wrenching than any church scripture could ever be. You leave the theater holding back tears, feeling punched in the gut, and yet grateful for having seen such a great creative transformation and journey. And, obviously, you want more.

This play is part of an experimental series by Synetic Theater. As such, it is only running for a VERY short time. I urge you to stop what you are doing right now, look at your calendar, and buy tickets immediately. Due to other bookings, I don’t think there is any way that they can hold it over, and after the crowd reaction last night, I’m hoping that it will be sold out for most of the run of the show. Do not miss this.

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Tue, Sep. 21st, 2010, 11:03 pm
getting towards the top of the first big hill

The fall roller coaster is starting. Got one hell of a ride between now and November, when AppSec DC 2010 will be occurring (

This weekend is full of cheerful distraction however. Renfest on Saturday with Sonny, and then Norton Juster, Jules Feiffer and William Gibson ALL at Politics and Prose in DC on Sunday.

Sun, Jun. 13th, 2010, 11:03 pm
You want to know about the future?

This is potentially so staggeringly important to many facets of foreign affairs in the next decade (via Jack Whitsitt):

U.S. Discovers Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan . . . Possibly worth One TRILLION dollars.

Thu, Jun. 10th, 2010, 11:04 am
Interesting Weekend in the City

It's going to be one heck of a weekend in the city. A group of promoters (who brough you the Dupont Circle Snowball Fight) have managed to pull of a legal showing of World Cup games in Dupont Circle this saturday afternoon, from 7A-4P.

It gets really interesting when you realize that the Gay Pride Parade starts up shortly thereafter . . . (and we are supposed to work and/or view apartments all day . . . riiiiiiight).

Sun, Jun. 6th, 2010, 11:11 pm
New Phone

Since several people have asked about it -- I picked up an EVO (Sprint 4G phone) this weekend. So far, it kicks ass and takes names.

Using at as 3G phone, the battery life seems pretty comparable to an iPhone 3GS. I used it today at the puzzle hunt, and about 5 hours after pulling it off the charger, using it pretty liberally (phone calls, texting, looking things up online, taking a five-minute video, snapping a few pix, updating Twitter and Facebook), at the end of that, it was at about 50%.

It's definitely much more of 'for nerds' phone, the iPhone is probably better suited for your average consumer, but so far, extremely pleased. Light years beyond the Pre . . .,2817,2364659,00.asp

Tue, May. 18th, 2010, 05:39 pm
coldwave anyone

Greetings the five people left on LJ -- anyone going to go see 16 Volt this evening?

Fri, Sep. 11th, 2009, 03:46 pm
For the gun nuts out there

Or those of you who just like to drool over tech pr0n:

A single person carry-able, fire from the shoulder weapon . . . that shoots 20mm ammo with manageable recoil.

Thu, Sep. 10th, 2009, 05:23 pm
Warren Ellis pollutes the intarwebs

For he is responsible for this being x-posted everywhere now.

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