Tuesday, April 15, 2014

7QT: Heartbleed, Beer, and Other Drivel



If you use the Internet -- and I'm guessing a lot of you do -- then you will want to know that someone could have been stealing your password for the last two years.

Facebook? Pinterest? GMail? Yahoo Mail? Dropbox? USAA?  -- Yup. You've been had.

Computer security experts have "just" discovered a flaw in the popular OpenSSL encryption software that is safeguarding just about every online password and shopping site on the Internet. They call it the Heartbleed bug because it leaks your secrets. Cute, eh?

The best thing you can do if you use one of these services, is to change your password right away IF your service has applied the fix.  Here's a chart to find out.



My hobby is home brewing beer. Every year I learn a little more about it and try something new. This year my neighbor offered me some hops vines to plant between our two yards. Naturally, I accepted. Hops is the magic cone-flower that makes beer bitter (instead of sweet barley water) and gives beer it's distinctive taste, aroma, and even a touch of preservative.

Hops vines can grow up to 30 feet tall!

I know next to nothing about growing them, but not gonna let that stop me. Plus, what if I succeed? Fresh hops will be fresh, exciting, and tasty!



 Speaking of beer, it comes in pints. And what better way to serve a pint than freshly drawn out of my brand-y new kegerator?  Dual taps even.

All I can say is that my wife is the best! Crazy to allow it -- but the best!

Kegco K309B-2 Dual Faucet Digital Kegerator - Black Matte Cabinet, double gauge regulator, and Stainless Steel 2 Faucet Tower with Perlick 630SS forward sealing taps! Integrated drip tray, locking casters, fan-forced air, CO2 canister shelf and clip, and stainless steel guard rail.

If this means nothing to you, then just know that this means two kinds of awesome beer served from a handsome dispenser at-your-service.

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Fr. Longenecker's Book

I picked up Fr. Longenecker's latest book The Romance of Religion: Fighting for Goodness, Truth, and Beauty.

Fighting for goodness, truth, and beauty? What red-blooded man doesn't want to do that?

Being a life-long fan of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, I have to say that I enjoy this way of exploring the Catholic faith most of all: by myth.

C. S. Lewis said that Christianity works on us like every other myth, except it is a myth that really happened. Dwight Longenecker grabs this idea and runs with it, showing that the Christian story is the greatest story ever told because it gathers up what is true in all the fantasy stories of the world and makes them as solid, true, and real as a tribe of dusty nomads in the desert or the death of a carpenter-king.

Myth has the advantage of being able to present reality in another guise so that we can actually perceive it more clearly by removing the patina of familiarity.

Do yourself a favor and read it too!

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Since I love myth and the chivalry of romance, it will come as no surprise that I'm excited about the release of Black Knight 2000 from The Pinball Arcade.
Black Knight 2000™ (1989): The Black Knight rides again in this brilliant sequel to the Steve Ritchie hit from 1980. Players take on the role of good versus evil as they battle the Black Knight in high velocity gameplay.
I am a pinball nut. Note this is different than actually being good at it. But I love the lights, sounds, and the feel of pinball. I sunk many never-to-be-retrieved quarters into pinball as a starving college student. Black Knight 2000 was my object d'amore.

I may never own the real thing, but I can play on my iPhone, iPad, Android Phones and tablets, the Amazon Kindle Fire, as well as the PlayStation3, PS Vita, Xbox 360, and Macintosh.

And now Black Knight 2000 is available in all its glory for a pittance. Or as close as you can get without full haptic (touch) feedback -- but it does have Tilt sensors on the iPad and you can "bump" the table.

I'm in heaven.

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Catholic Study Bible App

 Speaking of cool things for your iPhone, iPad, or Android if you haven't downloaded your FREE version of the Lighthouse Media / Ignatius Press Bible App, you are really missing out.
I've used a lot of Bible software and most of it leaves something (a lot) to be desired.

Happily, this app is well put together, good UI, solid RSV-2CE Catholic translation, excellent footnotes and commentary, search, navigation, maps, bookmarking, social media integration, plus extras like recorded talks from Scott Hahn and others.

Once of my favorites is that you can also get the entire New Testament in audio dramatization! Even my kids, the Nodlings were fascinated by this and wanted to get out their bibles to "read along". Success!

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If you love a short and entertaining story, read Three Hundred Words. Good, tight, and vivid writing that captures the action in medias res, yet gives you a flavor for the larger context. Excellent stuff.
This collection of short fictionalized histories, each exactly 300 words long, is an attempt to show that the uncertain times in which we now reside are no different than any other time - ever. Tragedies, triumphs, good times and bad are presented here as a calendar chronicling one year in the life of our world.
Some of the characters and events you may already be familiar with, others not at all. But don’t be too sure of yourself when reading these stories; they’ll sometimes take you where you least expect!

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1 comment:

cyurkanin said...

Thanks for the "nod," Nod, but the 300 words site is no more. I've got more than 2/3 of the short stories written, I will be making them available month by month in ebook format as each month is completed. (most likely for free).


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