Monday, January 16, 2017

I hope that the Brady Campaign doesn't find out about this

They'll want background checks for sure.


Probably has the shoulder thing that goes up in there, too ...

(Seen on the Book of Faces by the Queen Of The World)

Don't want to get hacked?

Don't use "123456" as a password:
The security industry's ongoing efforts to educate users about strong passwords appears to be for naught, with a new study finding the most popular passwords last year were 123456 and 123456789. 
Keeper Security wonks perused breached data dumps for the most popular passwords when they made the despondent discovery. 
Some 1.7 million accounts used the password "123456", or 17 per cent of the 10 million hacked accounts the firm studied.
Dad used to say that the reason that history repeats itself is that nobody listens the first time.

You want a good password that's hard to crack and easy to remember?  Use a "passphrase" where you take the first letter of each word in an easy to remember sentence.  For example, if you take the first character of each word in "123456 is a lousy password and will get you PWNED!" you get a password of "1ialpawgyP!" which is pretty dang strong.  It's also pretty easy to remember.

Me, I haven't used a password in over 15 years.  Instead, I use this technique and I recommend it to anyone who thinks that "123456" is a bad password.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

John Bull - music for the Elizabethan Court

John Bull was an English musical genius, sometimes compared to Bach for his contrapuntal virtuosity.  While he never composed music for Good Queen Bess' coronation (crowned this day 457 years ago), he was one of the most famous musicians of his day and in fact Court Organist.  It seems that he was sent by the Queen on spying missions to the Continent.

He was also a lot of trouble.  He lost his job because he had a child out of wedlock and finally had to flee England, charged with adultery by no less than the Archbishop of Canterbury and pursued by King James' men.  He spent his final decade uncharacteristically quiet in Antwerp where he died in 1628.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Old Dominion - Song for Another Time

Image via Rolling Stone
What is "real Country music"?  That's a question that is evergreen, and like sports rivalries will get the debate going hotter than a hoochie coochie.  Long time readers here will know that I tend to fall on the traditional to middle of the road side of things: Waylon, Travis Tritt, Today Keith.

But sometimes I wander into the brambles of the current over-produced Nashville pop.  A while back I posted a mashup of 5 top Country hits which showed that they're really the same song.  You can just see Pistolero rolling his eyes now.

But every now and then I run across one that I like.  I like this one a lot.  Old Dominion got their start writing songs for other artists (The Band Perry and Chris Young, for example).  They started touring with bigger names singing their songs.  When they were opening for Kenny Chesney, they had the idea for a breakup song where they lyrics told the story with a bunch of song titles.  The way they take these titles and knit the together to paint a picture is something that I think is very clever; add in a catchy upbeat rock tune and you have what really can only be described as the best of the modern Nashville.  It's just plain fun.

Even if it hit #1 on the Billboard Country chart.

And as a note to Pistolero - there's a Hank Sr and a Willie song in here, so shake not thy gory locks at me ...


Song For Another Time (Songwriters: Brad Tursi, Matt Jenkins, Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen)
Right now we both know
We're Marina Del Ray
Planes gonna fly away
And you'll be on it
And by this time tomorrow
I'll be singing yesterday
The sunshine's gonna fade
And we can't stop it
So before we turn in
I can't make you love me
Let's be brown eyed girl sweet Caroline
Free fall small town Saturday night
Before you lose that loving feeling
Let's go dancing on the ceiling
Keep on living that teenage dream
Paradise city where the grass is green
Pretty soon I'll be so lonesome I could cry
But that's a song for another time
Just for one more day what do you say
Baby be my pretty woman
'Cause we know Sunday morning's coming down
Let's take a drive you and I down some old country road
Talk about growing old in one of those pink houses
Yeah we might be a candle in the wind
But let's pretend we're
Brown eyed girl sweet Caroline
Free fall small town Saturday night
Before you lose that loving feeling
Let's go dancing on the ceiling
Keep on living that teenage dream,
Paradise city where the grass is green
Pretty soon you will be always on my mind
But that's a song for another time
So before we're singing I will always love you
Let's sing
Brown eyed girl sweet Caroline
Free fall small town Saturday night
Before you lose that loving feeling
Let's go dancing on the ceiling
Keep on living that teenage dream,
Paradise city where the grass is green
Pretty soon I'll be so lonesome I could cry
But that's a song for another time
Yeah, that's a song for another time (brown eyed girl sweet Caroline)
Yeah, that's a song for another time (free fall small town Saturday night)
Yeah, that's a song for another time

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Backsliding

Damn.


Seen on Facebook by the Queen Of The World.

Beware of Amazon's Alexa

Alexa is a device that listens for voice commands and can tell you the weather, order you pizza, and other Jetsonsesque living in the future things.  But it looks like the system is either too perfect or not perfect enough:
Which is exactly what happened today during CW6 in the morning when Jim Patton and Lynda Martin were talking about a child who accidentally bought a dollhouse and four pounds of cookies 
“I love the little girl, saying ‘Alexa ordered me a dollhouse,’” said Patton. 
As soon as Patton said that, viewers all over San Diego started complaining their echo devices had tried to order doll houses.
I can see spammers using malware executing .WAV files to have Alexa order stuff.  If you want to take a walk on the bleeding edge of technology with Alexa, forewarned is forearmed.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Or read a book, for crying out loud


Remember that CEO who said he would pay all his employees $70,000 a year?

Remember how everyone said how awesome he was, paying people a "living wage"?  Well, you can drive nature out with a pitchfork but she always returns:
Back in April we told you about Dan Price, CEO of Gravity Payments, who said he would pay every single one of his employees $70,000 annually. 
Every single one, from the lowest skilled workers on up. 
Now, as expected, Price has fallen on hard times financially, even having to rent out his own home. 
Employees who work for Gravity are now leaving the company, “spurred in part by their view that it was unfair to double the pay of some new hires while the longest-serving staff members got small or no raises.”
In other news today, water is wet and it's dark at night.  Pictures at 11.