I don’t particularly care I’ll miss Christmas and New Year’s. I could do without both. Christmas to me means traffic jams and hypo-consumerism. New Year’s is mostly an opportunity to screw up one’s sleep schedule. Unless the calendar is forgiving, all too soon one returns to work.
I used to volunteer to work those holidays, I liked them so little. I won’t miss them here.
Thanksgiving? Well, that’s another thing entirely.
I love the weather in New England and Michigan this time of year. I love well cooked turkey, stuffing, potatoes, gravy, rolls, green beans, etc. I love pumpkin beer (though it’s creep earlier and earlier reduces the draw for me). I love watching football.
Most of all, I love spending it with my family. It can be just me and the kids. It can be the whole clan or something inbetween.
I wonder how I’ll do that day here. Some of my colleagues and friends here have already volunteered to take my mind off of it.
The partner leading my consulting practice asked me about moving to Tokyo in December of ’15. I remember I was in my Brussels hotel room just before Christmas when he floated the notion. By February it was more than a mere notion. By April I would be starting “Any Day Now”.
It’s November, week 45 of 2016, and I’m at long last on the ground with all (most all) of my things.
I’m documenting my Tokyo experience, at least the personal side of things, in a few new places.
Working for two employers at once isn’t new. It happens all the time.
But you can’t report about company B for company A while also an employee for company B. It’s Journalism 101, a class I took. I know famous corporate blogs and sites occasionally like to blur journalistic lines. This violation, if true, is clear.
Assuming Tim Cook didn’t appear apropos of nothing on Chris Ziegler’s doorstep the day his dual employment began, and nothing in what I’ve read so far indicates an immaculate hiring, The Verge should at least brand every article Chris wrote for the past 6 months as suspect. His motives aren’t known. We can only speculate when Mr. Ziegler entered into discussion and ultimately received the offer to join Apple.
Apple should dismiss Mr. Ziegler if the accusations are true. If he was duplicitous to The Verge management, co-workers, and readers it stands to reason he will be duplicitous to Apple as well. His ethics, at least, are questionable.
If someone I hired knowingly still worked in such a conflict of interest I would fire them for cause. I’d be curious to learn of environments where such action wouldn’t be the norm.
Again, I don’t know all the details or all the facts. If correct, the course for Apple and The Verge is clear.
On my way to Tokyo as I write this, taking a break from a lengthy client report due in a few weeks.
I’m appreciative of some things:
Economy+ (or less an exit or lesser a bulkhead seat) makes a big difference for me when on a flight longer than two hours. Detroit to Tokyo and the return make it mandatory for me.
An unoccupied middle seat is wonderful.
A friendly and smaller than me person in the aisle seat makes getting out of my window seat (needed for potential naps, elbow protection, and no cart pummeling) outright delightful.
The 747: my favorite airplane. The 787 and 380 are swell and all. For my money there is nothing like flying this beautiful double-decker. I will fly the lower and upper decks in business/first class before they’re retired.
My new travel kit bag pleases me. Tom Bihn’s customer service is matched by the quality of their products.
Audible books and podcasts on @pocketcasts make the trip entertaining and educational while I write.
At CircleCityCon, CSO’s Steve Ragan chats with Paul Jorgensen, host of the PVC Security Podcast, about ad hoc processes within many security operations centers (SOCs) and how organizations can prevent these types of mistakes.
I relished talking with Steve Ragan at CircleCityCon in Indianapolis last weekend (Saturday 11 June 2016). He recorded us in a bite-sized elevator-pitch of a summary of a key point or two of my talk, “Top 10 Mistakes in Security Operations Centers, Incident Handling, and Incident Response”.
Yes, our first take failed. We were joined then by Chris Maddalena, my co-host from the PVC Security podcast. Chris couldn’t be bothered to join us for the redo, probably because he was busy winning the whole conference or something.
Not only was I moments away from my talk as Steve mentioned in the open; I left straight from my session to the airport en route to Tokyo for work. You can’t see my luggage lurking behind me in the video.
Many thanks to Steve and IDG.tv for having me on. It was fun, deja vu included.
p.s. – I think the rhyme in the title could have been exploited more #justsayin