From the Editor

Save the Picture

 

One of the things that I admire about the generation that came of age in the world of digital photography is how many pictures they share, on “bad hair days.”  You know, those days when what you are wearing is not exactly flattering, or the camera has captured more than you would have liked, but you are in the moment and savoring life, so you snap the picture!

I am guilty of deleting or not sharing photographs where I do not like how I look.  In fact, my brother-in-law jokes about how far back Kate and I will stand in taking pictures that involve us – the smaller we are in the photograph the less you can see those flaws that I do not want to capture for eternity.  However, I do also like to put my pictures in context, it is not just a photo of me on say a good hair day, but a photo of me on a good hair day in Paris, standing in front of the Eifel Tower – context does matter.

Nevertheless, when sorting through photographs, often taken moments apart, in the same light, with the same outfit, and in the same context, I do choose the picture that I think I look best in, to share.  I also do this when sharing pictures of others, as well.

I remember, as a child, watching my Mother tear up photographs, and asking her why?  She would tell me that she did not like how she looked in the picture.  Now, in looking back, I find that an odd response, from my Mother, who was not a person one would consider vain, in any way shape or form, as they say.

Perhaps, this behavior is not just about vanity, but also history.  How will we be remembered by future generations?  Maybe the future generations will be okay knowing that we had bad hair days, and will instead focus on when and how and why we were in Paris?  I do not know, but I certainly wish I had more pictures of my Mother, bad hair day and all.

Lately, I have been wondering if perhaps, as a Nation, we cannot look at our history through eyes that recognize that there are moments we are not proud of, actions that break our heart, but accomplishments that are worthy of remembering and recognizing, despite the flaws involved?

History should not be processed through a narrow lens; context matters . . . wait, if context and a wide angle are useful tools when analyzing historical figures, might they also be useful when looking at the people in our lives?  Yes, I think I need to work on this at a much more personal level; that is all for now.

Holiday’s

Happy Easter

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“After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.’”

~ Matthew 28: 1-10 ~

Christ has risen!  Wishing you a happy and blessed Easter!

 

Poet’s Corner

Daddy and Dino

 

I have nothing to say,
except that I really like the picture.

I am not sure why.
No,
I know it is him,
but also,
I kind of wish I were her.

He reminds me of him.
He always did.

I miss him
I miss what we had
I miss what we did not have
I miss that we did not have enough time.

I wish I would have had him at least ten more years,
when I could have been grown up and sophisticated,
and not little and hurt.
(I so dislike that word.)

Maybe nothing would have changed
but maybe we would have had more happy road trips.

“I would like to see him,” I said casually
and without the slightest expectation
of it being possible.

But he had his moments
when nothing was impossible
in his world.

!Vamos!

He said,
and off we went.
I miss him.

I would like to be in that picture;
but mostly,
I would like him to be with me.

 

~ Cristina Jill Mosqueda ~

 

Rest in Peace Daddy – February 1, 1929 – April 1, 1986

 

Connected

Data Integrity

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I have been interested in cyber security since the late nineteen nineties.  One of the first things that I learned about was the three tenets of information security, which are confidentiality, availability and integrity.  These three building blocks are at the core of every cyber security practice.  While there has been debate over the years as to the three tenets being able to stay relevant with the new technologies that are emerging, I personally believe that it is a good foundation.

When I think about the latest cyber security events, I look at the three tenets and wonder which tenet was not applied?  For example, if you look at Facebook, I would claim that integrity was not part of their process.

When a cyber security person talks about integrity, what do they exactly mean?  For us, integrity means the integrity of the data throughout its lifecycle.  When the data was created, who created the data, and has it been changed, if so, who changed the data.

Why is data integrity important and in my opinion, the most important component of security today?

First, there is not one digital system today that does not rely on data, and it is becoming more integrated every day.  This means that if data is corrupted in the first process, as the data spreads, it will continue to corrupt the whole process, thus making critical decision based on data useless.  For example, weather patterns are made up of data.  What if all the data that makes up a weather pattern is actually corrupted?  What if you could change the data that a sensor is collecting in the middle of an ocean to show a possible hurricane, or the opposite, what if you could change the data, for all the sensors in the ocean, to not show that winds were increasing.  You could change a weather computer model that could possibly kill thousands of people.

 

Second, data integrity could fight off disinformation.  Disinformation campaigns are serious.  Not only has disinformation impacted the elections in the United States, but also in England, and with our other allies.  Disinformation campaigns can be extremely dangerous and can even cause civil unrest.  Example, there has been a disinformation campaign by Russia against democracies in the West.  Evidence has shown that foreign policies have been manipulated and that there is a long term goal to weaken democracies by taking away the trust we hold in our Government and her institutions.  The Russian disinformation campaign has also set out to cause division and distrust with each other.  And many of us have become willing participants in their campaign through social media.

Third, data integrity of personal identifying information; your data will strategically rise in importance to bad actors whether it can be sold, or manipulated for someone else’s campaign. Check your profile, not only on Facebook, but on the Internet.  To check your profile on Facebook, go to settings under your account, and click download a copy of your Facebook data.  They will send you an email with your data.

Integrity of data is a cornerstone for a good information security practice.  Data will only be increasing as we continue to digitize our life.  Make sure your digital life is in order, and stay safely Connected.

Film’s Recommended by Marcial

 
 
This is a trading world and men, women and children, who cannot live on gravity alone, need something to satisfy their gayer, lighter moods and hours, and he who ministers to this want is in a business established by the Author of our nature.  If he worthily fulfills his mission and amuses without corrupting, he need not feel that he has lived in vain.
 
~ Phineas T. Barnum ~
 

Castaway on the Moon, Korea, 2009, 116 minutes, Comedy

Eat Drink Man Woman, Taipei, 1994, 124 minutes, Comedy

Bride Flight, Netherlands, 2011, 130 minutes, Drama

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Sweden, 2009, 152 minutes, Thriller

Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi, Israel, 2003, 94 minutes, Comedy

Ladies in Lavender, UK, 2004, 103 minutes, Drama

Paper Moon, US, 1973, 102 minutes, Classic

Outsourced, US, 2006, 103 minutes, Comedy

Stranger than Fiction, US, 2006, 113 minutes, Comedy

Run Lola Run, Germany, 1998, 80 minutes, Thriller

Frida, US, 2002, 122 minutes, Drama

The Hours, US, 2002, 114 minutes, Drama

Garden State, US, 2004, 103 minutes, Comedy

American Beauty, US, 1999, 122 minutes, Drama

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, US, 2004, 108 minutes, Comedy

The Green Mile, US, 1999, 189 minutes, Drama

Rain Man, US, 1988, 103 minutes, Drama

Chicago, US, 2002, 113 minutes, Musical

The Upside of Anger, US, 2005, 118 minutes, Comedy

Scarface, US, 1983, 170 minutes, Thriller

The Notebook, US, 2004, 123 minutes, Drama

Million Dollar Baby, US, 2004, 133 minutes, Sports drama

Good Bye, Lenin!, Germany, 2003, 121 minutes, Comedy

Finding Neverland, UK, 2004, 101 minutes, Drama

Spanglish, US, 2004, 131 minutes, Comedy

The Aviator, US, 2004, 170 minutes, Drama

The Bridge on the River Kwai, US, 1957, 167 minutes, Action

Pulp Fiction, US, 1994, 154 minutes, Thriller

The Magnificent Seven, US, 1960, 128 minutes, Western

Zorba the Greek, Greek, 1964, 142 minutes, Classic

O Brother, Where Art Thou?, US, 2000, 106 minutes, Comedy

La Strada, Italy, 1954, 108, Drama

In Bruges, UK, 2008, 107 minutes, Thriller-Comedy

Whatever Works, US, 2009, 92 minutes, Comedy

Good Morning Vietnam, US, 1987, 119 minutes, Comedy

Awakenings, US, 1990, 120 minutes, Drama

Patch Adams, US, 1998, 116 minutes, Comedy

Captain Abu Raed, Jordan, 2008, 102 minutes, Drama

Bandits, US, 2001, 123 minutes, Comedy

Lucky Number Slevin, US, 2006, 110 minutes, Thriller

The Chorus, France, 2004, 97 minutes, Drama

Butterfly, Spain, 1999, 97 minutes, Drama

K-Pax, US, 2001, 121 minutes, Science Fiction

Winter in Wartime, Netherlands, 2008, 103, Drama, Suspenseful

Elling, Norway, 2001, 90 minutes, Comedy

Il Postino, Italy, 1995, 108 minutes, Drama

Under the Tuscan Sun, US, 2003, 113 minutes, Comedy

Les Comperes, France, 1983, 88 minutes, Comedy

Midnight in Paris, US, 2011, 94 minutes, Comedy

Moscow, Belgium, 2008, 102 minutes, Romantic Drama

Keeping Mum, UK, 2005, 103 minutes, Comedy

The Help, US, 2011, 146 minutes, Drama

Il Postino, Italy, 1995, 108 minutes, Drama

Mrs. Henderson Presents, UK, 2005, 103 minutes, Comedy/Drama

Memoirs of a Geisha, Japan, 2005, 145 minutes, Drama

Vitus, Switzerland, 2007, 123 minutes, Drama

Children of Heaven, Iran, 1997, 89 minutes, Drama

Volver, Spain, 2006, 121 minutes, Comedy

Rashomon, Japan, 1950, 88 minutes, Drama

Guantanamera, Cuba, 1994, 104 minutes, Comedy

Little Miss Sunshine, US, 2006, 101 minutes, Comedy

Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears, Russia, 1980, 150 minutes, Romantic Comedy.

The Pursuit of Happyness, US, 2006, 117 minutes, Drama

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, France, 2007, 112 minutes, Drama

Thank You for Smoking, US, 2005, 91 minutes, Comedy

Big Fish, US, 2003, 125 minutes, Drama

No Country for Old Men, US, 2007, 122 minutes, Thriller

Dirty Pretty Things, UK, 202, 92 minutes, Drama

The Edge of Heaven, Germany, 2007, 122 minutes, Drama

There Will Be Blood, US, 2007, 158 minutes, Drama

The Wrestler, US, 2008, 105 minutes, Drama

Bottle Shock, US, 2008, 110 minutes, Drama

The Truman Show, US, 1998, 103 minutes, Comedy

Stranger than Fiction, US, 2006, 113 minutes, Comedy

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, US, 2008, 166 minutes, Drama


Public Square

Public Square

Follow The James Thurber House     “Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.” ~ James Thurber ~ An Adventures Daydreamer Did you know that Mittyesque is a word? The word is derived from one of James Thurber’s most well-known shorty stories, The...

In Nature

In Nature

Follow Scattered Shells     There is little In Nature that...

~ Aristophanes~

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My Mother’s Favorite Verse

“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”~ Jeremiah 33: 3 ~

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