some personal thoughts and observations without a particular theme

Shifting intention

When I first started this blog, in April of 2003, I had a few key intentions around keeping in touch with friends, introspection, sharing insights, and as an experiment generally. In these last 10 years, there has been a real shift in how I relate to those ideas and what technologies I use to share. Part way along, I split this blog into three parts. One was for meditation and mindfulness practice; another for design and technology; and then this third stream for personal or things not in the others.

But my writing here has dropped off especially these last few years. I’m contemplating deleting these blogs entirely now, or at least archiving them as an entirely static site, since they no longer have been useful.

Feel free to find me on Twitter where I generally post links to things I found noteworthy or Linkedin to stay in touch with me professionally. Though 10 years from now, will those mediums be useful anymore either?

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heading to the desert again

i experience it as an odd mix of blank canvas and full catastrophy;
never sure what to expect from wild to cathartic;
but i’m grateful that i can take the time from work and life
for this kind of retreat, disconnection, and opportunity.

safe travels, all!

Bitcoin security

Looks like the bitcoin crash today was caused in part by unsalted MD5 passwords! To be fair, it was also caused by a full copy of their database being compromised. But without salt accounts must have failed en masse. Salting would have slowed the damage down considerably; and the multi-iteration scheme they’re moving to next even more so.

And they’re trying to be a currency no less. That was confidence inspiring.

after the fact motivation

i’m a fan of reverse budgets, since i’m not so goot at keeping forward looking budgets. in a reverse budget, you track what you historically have spent and develop a keen sense of what you do. then your behavior adjusts in relationship to that insight. that’s in contrast to setting goals and sticking to them to influence change.

this post about jerry seinfeld’s productivity tips offers a similar approach to daily habits. apparently jerry used a year long wall calendar and a red marker to encourage him to write new material every day. he’d “x” a day when he wrote, and then seeing the line of unbroken “x” marks on his calendar would encourage him to keep at it each day. his goal was to write every day, but looking backward at his history is what kept him going.

so that could apply to meditation, design, writing, exercise, and flossing your teeth even.

there’s an tablet app idea in there, especially if it prompts you what you did for days that you haven’t checked in. perhaps a web/mobile combo app with push notifications each day?

Tron: Legacy and Trungpa Rinpoche

i hope everyone is surviving at least or maybe even enjoying the holidays and the end of the year. one event i was looking forward to was the release of Tron: Legacy and I made it to the midnight showing last night when it first opened.

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in a scene noting a collection of the world’s more important literary works a book by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche was included! that gave me a chuckle and also warmed my heart to hear his work increasingly in popular culture.

the show will probably be blogged about for its representation of a zen lifestyle, at least one that would be easily caricatured for the main stream. Rinpoche’s book was background for that apparently.

securing my web accounts

I have over 150 unique accounts on different web sites now, from this site to all kinds of services and companies. Not long ago, hackers gained access to my ebay account even though I hadn’t used it in years, nor had I succumbed to any phishing attacks.

My theory for how they gained access is this: I used to use just a few easy-to-remember passwords for all these sites. Then said hacker got a hold of one of those site’s servers and thereby gained one of my common passwords. They then tried signing in as me on ebay — which had that same password — and then tried to sell fake goods as me.

I caught it in time. But it highlighted for me how using just a few passwords across so many poorly secured web sites was leaving me vulnerable.

So I’d like to suggest that you consider a password tool of some kind, and randomly generated passwords for each site, to avoid that particular form of identity theft.

the moth

the moth is a live story telling project. and they podcast the recordings. i love hearing people’s stories; wish i was better at recording and telling my own narratives.

recently on their podcast, comedian mike destefano tells a story from his life, including his experiences of loss, death, suicide, and a brush with Buddhism and tonglen. recommended…

germ warfare and atrocity

war is hell.

and nothing points that out to me as poignantly as an article about japanese germ warfare research during world war II. i’m sick to my stomach reading that.

of course, actual death and violence is as awful in war. but there’s something about the wonton torture of non-combatants that takes it to the next level of awful.

what is more haunting though is the final quote, from the member of that unit who was interviewed for the story, “There’s a possibility this could happen again. Because in a war, you have to win.”

death penalty banned

in australia at least…

they just banned the death penalty

granny rocks the paris disco