From the Editor

A Mop by any Other Name

Did you know there was such a thing as a Cuban mop? Well there is and it is fabulous. The T shaped mop is two pieces of wood that you wrap a rag around, to mop the floor; once you are done, you simple throw the rag in the washer, and the next time you go to clean the floors, you are starting with a very clean mop. I truly love my Cuban mop; though I did not grow up with a Cuban mop at home, and it did not enter my life until I was 40, however, I could not imagine having to go back to the other, shall we say American mop.

For whatever reason, humans like the familiar and we are drawn to the known; yes, I am the first to proclaim the allure of discovery, but when I saw a Cuban mop at Blanche and Christine’s home, I got very excited. I was intrigued that they had discovered the Cuban mop. As soon as I blurted out “oh, you have a Cuban mop”; Christine pointed out indeed it was a Cuban mop, but it had been adapted, and was now Egyptian!

It was true; they had added a squeegee to the opposite end of the T, not a feature on the traditional Cuban mop. But what further intrigued me was that they had called it Egyptian; the girls are not Egyptian, though they are from the Middle East. I stood there for a few minutes contemplating the mop, I know perhaps a bit silly, but I do a lot of mopping! What stuck with me was the notion of adaptability, in both humanity and in our nation, at large.

I believe it is natural to be apprehensive when dealing with change and the unknown. There are challenges that can feel overwhelming, when we must navigate unfamiliar territory. I happen to be a person who loves stepping off of a train or out of car or a hotel room, and hitting the streets of new places. The less encumbered I am, the better I am able to explore; and it is by foot that I most enjoy getting to know the unknown. I want to interact with the people who live or work there, I want to eat what I have not previously tasted, and hopefully from a street vendor or restaurant where the locals eat, and I want to consume both the natural and manmade sights and sounds; however, and this is a fact that has always been true, I also enjoy coming home. Regardless of how wonderful the road has been, there is something very comforting about walking into your home, climbing into your own bed, and eating your own food. For me, it is about finding the balance; but I am well aware that for many it is a desire to only have the familiar that drives their life, and for a few it is the exact opposite, but only a few.

Perhaps oddly, but the mop made me think about this dance between the familiar and the unknown and how in these days of such rancor, we need to find a way, to see and focus on what values, dreams, hopes, and desires we share with one another, instead of only focusing on our differences. Now, do not get me wrong, you have to mop your floor; I am not in any way comfortable with people deciding to let their floors go un-mopped, but what I am purporting is that how you mop them is not important; what matters is that they get cleaned.

There are beliefs and ideals that tie Americans, in the 21st Century, to those forebearers of hundreds of years ago; and regardless of when you arrived or where you came from, if you are planning to make this your permanent home, you need to embrace what it means to be an American.

For example, we are very big on the notion of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press; do not come to America and decide that you want to censor or control how we do or do not practice our religious beliefs, including trying to dictate your concept or morality to others, it will not go well. We believe in the notion of the “American Dream”, it is truly a wonderfully hopeful belief that says you can do and become anything you want, regardless of who or what your parents were, if you are willing to work, and work hard, your world really can be limitless. Also, we believe in lending one another a helping hand; Americans volunteer! We feel responsible not only for our own little world, but for our neighborhood, community, and even the stranger.

This is of course not an exhaustive list, but a place to start, however, it is also important to recognize that we have always made room, often starting at our table, like the Pilgrims, for new additions to our traditions. The clichés of Taco Tuesday and Pizza Party Night or Chinese for New Year are based in the fact that the descendants of those forebearers, have indeed embraced Mexican, Italian, and Chinese food, maybe not at once, and certainly not without a lot of work, on the immigrants behalf, and yes, maybe the food was welcomed before the people who brought the food; but who today would not include Mexican, Italian, and Chinese food on and “American” menu.

One of the things I most love about South Florida is the Cuban fingerprints that allow me to buy Cuban bread, Cuban coffee, Cuban pastries and Cuban foods, as easily as say White Castle burgers, in Columbus, Ohio. But thanks to the wonderful life I have had, filled with interactions with people from all over the world, I also love that I can easily buy things like Alwazah Tea or have the owner of the store come over to find out why I am buying Thyme tea, curious over who sent me – he was a bit suspicious, though I do not know why, as I have frequented his store since I first went to visit my Aunt Helen, over twenty years ago.

I am a person who needs and enjoys variety; I love tacos, but I could never have tacos every Tuesday, for the rest of my life. You may be different from me, and find great comfort in knowing you do not have to think about what you will be making on Tuesday’s ever again, that really is fine. I do not want to live in a country where we all have to dress alike, or worship alike, or eat alike, or mop alike!

We are fighting over so many non-issues; Cuban, Egyptian, American, or whatever else works for you has to be acceptable. America is a land of adaptability; we really do have room for more than one mop, what is important is that the floors get cleaned! That is all for now.

Free this Month

National Public Lands Day

And

Smithsonian Free Museum Day

 

I love September for many reasons, it is the start of a favorite time of year, and it is also the month when we are presented with two wonderful opportunities to explore for free – and you know how much I love free!

This year Free Museum Day falls on September 22nd, sponsored by the Smithsonian, and the Fee Free Park visit day, unfortunately is also on September 22nd this year.

Please go to both websites, listed below, to plan your free activities; this is a great way to go to a museum or park that you have wanted to visit, but were either held back by the entrance fee or unsure if it is something you would actually enjoy.

For me, on more than one occasion, this free introduction to the museum or park has been responsible for a return visit, where admission was gladly paid.

If you want to expose your children to something new, but feel they may not have a long enough attention span, for some particular museum, with a hefty admission price, this is your chance to do it for the cost of parking and a peanut butter sandwich.

 

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-2018/

https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm

Poet’s Corner

I Am Not Apologizing Anymore

I am done apologizing for who I am

Yes

It is true

That I am sorry if I make you feel uncomfortable

But I am not apologizing anymore

We have chosen different paths

What matters to you and me is not the same

I am at peace with the difference

That really is all there is to it

I completely accept your choice

But you need also to accept mine

Or

I am afraid

You must step out of my life

Because I am done pretending

That what you value

Is more important

Yes

I will miss you

I actually love you

Despite our differences

Or maybe because of our differences

I did not seek you out because we were like minded

Rather because I appreciated what made you unique

But I too am unique

And I am not apologizing anymore

~ Cristina Jill Mosqueda ~

Connected

Event Driven

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Event driven programming is represented by the below flow chart:

As I was looking at the flow chart above, I thought about how some people live event driven lives. What do I mean by this statement?

There are people who live in a state of rest and become initialized only when an event impacts their life. They may decide to act on the event, or they may decide to ignore the event and go back to their state of rest. If they choose to act, they decode the event, take action, and wait for the next event. There are some of us, who live from one event to the next, in an eternal loop, making decisions solely based on the input of events into our lives; basically letting circumstances run our life, instead of being proactive, which is how I prefer to live my life and to manage cyber security.

Event driven programming is very similar in that it receives input from a user and then acts according to the input. Most of our operating systems today, are event driven. A graphical user interface, GUI, is an example, which exists in most of the smart phones, tablets and laptop technology. When a user opens their device, they are able to click on many different icons, which can open an application, allowing them to complete the task that motivated them to initiate interaction with the device. We have a user that inputs an action, such as clicking, to then respond with another action, perhaps another click. This simplified example explains event driven programming.

Personally, I do not appreciate event driven programming, in that I find it to be limited; and the same is true for event driven cyber security programs.

For example, there is a cyber security incident, teams mitigate the incident, and then wait for the next breech, malware and/or sophisticated attack, against their enterprise to respond again. While this event driven model has been useful in the past, it cannot keep up with the abundance of events that are occurring today.

How do we change the event driven model? While it has been useful to make what has been complicated, simple, as we see with the adaption of technology in all age groups, it is nonetheless, important to be proactive. From a cyber security view, we need to get ahead of our adversaries.

How do we become proactive in cyber security? Cyber threat hunting can be preemptive against the bad actors. Cyber threat hunting helps security analyst search through multiple events and consume input from software that can help them understand the risk of the enterprise. Understanding risk is key to being proactive, and that actually makes sense. Risk is a driver in today’s cyber security assessment. If I am a security analyst, do I spend as much time on lab devices as I do with production devices that may have the “crown jewels”? No, and this is basically risk. The “crown jewels” would be assigned a high risk, which means as a security analyst, I am looking for suspicious behavior, spending more of my resources addressing high risk assets.

Reviewing an enterprise, that helps an analyst think like a bad actor, will help cyber security teams stop running from one event to another. Understanding risk can take a cyber security program to a proactive approach instead of event driven, the same came be said for our personal lives, be proactive. Do not let life circumstances take you to places you do not want to go – be Connected where you want to be Connected, not where someone else leads you.

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 ~
 

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In Therapy, Brazil, 2009, 93 minutes, Comedy

Soul Kitchen, Germany, 2009, 99 minutes, Comedy

Breakfast at Tiffany’s, US, 1961, 114 minutes, Comedy

Queen to Play, France, 2009, 101 minutes, Drama

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

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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

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Chicago, US, 2002, 113 minutes, Musical

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Finding Neverland, UK, 2004, 101 minutes, Drama

Spanglish, US, 2004, 131 minutes, Comedy

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Pulp Fiction, US, 1994, 154 minutes, Thriller

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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

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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


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