Some Senecan Realism About Happiness by Paul Stanley

Some Senecan Realism About Happiness by Paul Stanley:

Of course, how we cultivate the attitudes and reactions that will enable us to achieve this (truly) happy state is another question. But it’s important to know where we should be headed.

(Via Modern Stoicism)

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What Makes Edgar Allan Poe So Great? An Animated Video Explains

What Makes Edgar Allan Poe So Great? An Animated Video Explains:

In the short TED-Ed video … scripted by Poe scholar Scott Peeples of the College of Charleston, we are introduced to many of the qualities of form and style that make Poe distinctive, and that made him stand out among a crowd of popular horror writers of the time. There are his principles, elaborated in his essay, which state that one should be able to read a story in one sitting, and that every word in the story must count.

These rules produced what Poe called the “Unity of Effect,” which “goes far beyond fear. Poe’s stories use violence and horror to explore the paradoxes and mysteries of love, grief, and guilt, while resisting simple interpretations or clear moral messages. And while they often hint at supernatural elements, the true darkness they explore is the human mind.” … 

Josh Jones is a writer and musician based in Durham, NC. Follow him at @jdmagness

(Via Open Culture)

Poe is my go to. I reread the Collected Works every so often.

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Podcasts – A Critique

This smacks a bit of the complaints about TiVo and the other time shifting apps:

Castro Podcasts – The Brooks Review:

Podcasts are too long, but instead of podcaster doing the hard work to shorten them, listeners use hacks like trimming silence (ruining the tempo, not that there was any) and playing at faster than normal speed playback. Listeners (and this was literally news to me today) also use chapters to jump about in the podcasts to skip over the boring bits.

Isn’t the entire point of a podcast that the entire podcast is relevant and entertaining?

Ben’s not wrong. He minimizes how hard it is to produce a decent podcast, however.

The PVC Security podcast had a veteran podcaster (Timothy DeBlock), one of the hosts had radio & TV experience (me), and Edgar Rojas had his je ne sais quoi. We three went in with the idea of producing a better InfoSec podcast than anyone else was doing at the time,

Our production values would be higher. We would be more fun. I think we were, for the most part. We kept the show under 50 minutes and removed as much useless dead air and vocal ticks as we could without losing pace. But it wasn’t easy. Eventually we three, plus Tracy Maleeff who had by then signed on, called it a day. Fortunately, Tim carried on with his Exploring Information Security podcast.

Back to Ben’s comment — most Security and CyberSecurity podcasts are still unlistenable without the podcast app features of Castro or Overcast. No one in the security podcast space outside of the SANS Internet Security StormCast and the CyberWire are concise. The SANS show often has lofi production but the content is high value and brief.

One year traversed from episode 99 and I know how I would do PVCSec or another show better – tighter, focused, fun, and 30 minutes long once or twice a month. Topical but not a news service. Still not an echo chamber. But … how much singing? Anyway, eh … maybe again someday (a podcast, not the singing).

Meanwhile I am taking a stern look at my podcasts. They don’t demand my attention like social media, but I have too many that make me feel bad with no way for me to do anything to fix what the show tells me. The comedy shows I need to keep for the laughs and the popular media knowledge.

What do you think?

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“Curated” News Apps & Sponsored Content

In Apple News I came across the following (WARNING: don’t click unless you want to be marketed at): How to become the ‘spreadsheet master’ of your office. It’s a sales pitch disguised as a news story with a click bait-y headline displayed as significant in a (I think) curated news aggregator.

I’m curious what Apple and Google and the others do to judge the value of articles and by what criteria. Sitting here telling Apple what sources are garbage based on click bait and aggressively “sponsored” content can’t be the best solution.

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Overcast 5.0 Review

Normally I wait at least a week before upgrading any OS, but stories like this make patience seem a burden:

Overcast 5.0 Review:

Standalone Watch Playback

I never thought I would use my watch to play music or podcasts without my iPhone, but I’ve recently discovered that our apartment is just long enough that my headphones or watch are out of range of my iPhone when I’m at one end at it’s at the other. I put some music on my watch and paired my Bose QC35s, and then immediately wished I had podcasts on there. The standalone watch playback in Overcast is great. Sync can be a little fiddly due to watchOS limitations, and I had the best success by putting Overcast in my dock on my watch, opening it, putting it and my iPhone on charge and leaving them to it – and now I’m by the pool listening to podcasts on my watch with my iPhone back in my hotel room!

(Via Rosemary Orchard)

Glob dang it! I’m working from home tomorrow, so maybe …

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Apple、地図作製を向上した「Indoor Survey 2.3」を配布開始

If you live life in 3D but need Apple Maps’ help getting there, this is good news.

Apple、地図作製を向上した「Indoor Survey 2.3」を配布開始:

Appleが、iPhone/iPod touch用ユーティリティアプリ「Indoor Survey 2.3」¥を、App Storeにて無料配布を開始しています。

これは、Maps Connectで、ビル内フロアにあるオフィスを登録することが出来る「Maps Indoor」で、正確な位置情報を登録するためのツールアプリです。

事前に登録申請した建物やオフィスなどの責任者のApple IDが承認されていれば利用することが可能です。

(Via MACお宝鑑定団 blog(羅針盤))

Ohh, this is exciting! One of the issues with Apple Maps in Japan (maybe elsewhere) is that it doesn’t do a very good job vertically. There could be 9 or more businesses all stacked on top or stacked below each other.

This app will let registered “owners” map their floors using Maps Connect as part of an Indoor Survey. Stay tuned for Joel at to verify my weak understanding and excitement.

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Asean countries to establish framework for cybersecurity collaboration

Asean countries to establish framework for cybersecurity collaboration:

The 10 Asean member states have agreed on the need for a formal framework to coordinate cybersecurity efforts across the region, outlining cyber diplomacy, policy, and operational issues. 

… The Asean members concurred that a formal framework was necessary to decide on inter-related issues and recommended the mechanism be flexible and take into consideration various factors, such as economic conditions.

(Via Latest Topic for ZDNet in security)

Singapore is heading up the initial work but it is a collaborative effort.

The group further underscored the importance of “a rules-based cyberspace” to drive economic progress and improve living standards. It also agreed that, “in-principle”, internal laws, voluntary, and non-binding norms of state behaviour, as well as practical “confidence-building” measures were essential to ensure the stability of cyberspace.

My chief concern with this is the “security by committee” approach governmental organizations take. However, coordination across these countries will allow for consistency across a large geography.

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Zero Trust technology works; excuses don’t

Zero Trust technology works; excuses don’t:

Pointing to culture as being the “problem” is a cop-out and shows a lack of tenacity and fortitude. If security is to be put in place, then the culture must come along and accept that, if it wants to survive in today’s threat environment, a degree of discomfort is tolerable.

Leadership needs to make sure everyone knows that:

  • They will be watching the network.
  • All users will be monitored, all the time.
  • Users will have to authenticate to every asset.
  • It’s not their data; it’s the company’s, so the company controls it.
  • Security isn’t optional.

Users need to learn to deal with security — it’s a way of life now (or at least, it should be). If that’s not going to work for some folks, then tell them to go somewhere else and be their security problem — or make the choice to allow them to hinder security and be ready to be part of a breach. Tell the board or shareholders that, thanks to the groans of a few individuals, you have chosen to allow “culture” to threaten the bottom line of the company.

In today’s world, it is no longer acceptable to allow a few individuals’ fears and unfounded concerns about monitoring and security operations to impede a secure digital future for the majority.

(Via Latest Topic for ZDNet in security)

I got out of the habit of posting about these types of #content but this one I think strikes most of the right notes.

IMHO there is too much hand wringing and pandering to millennials — more specifically to the idea of what it means to be a millennial — in order to hire and keep them as workforce. To that end I like four of the five points above.

It’s that middle one about users having to authenticate to every asset that can be problematic. That’s the one where potentially security introduces friction into the business. Depending on how zero trust is implemented, security could introduce a significant amount of friction into business processes.

Friction costs money. Security breaches do, too, but there needs to be a serious objective calculus done in the organization to make sure the balance is properly struck. Also, regardless of generation, if security adds in layers of frustration that can have a tremendous impact on morale.

The success of zero trust is on the security team(s), IT, and Risk Management working together to provide value to the business. Respond on social media with your thoughts.

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The Lawfare Podcast: Bruce Schneier on ‘Click Here to Kill Everybody’

The Lawfare Podcast: Bruce Schneier on ‘Click Here to Kill Everybody’:

Security technologist Bruce Schneier’s latest book, “Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World,” argues that it won’t be long before everything modern society relies on will be computerized and on the internet. This drastic expansion of the so-called ‘internet of things,’ Schneier contends, vastly increases the risk of cyberattack. To help figure out just how concerned you should be, last Thursday, Benjamin Wittes sat down with Schneier. They talked about what it would mean to live in a world where everything, including Ben’s shirt, was a computer, and how Schneier’s latest work adds to his decades of advocacy for principled government regulation and oversight of ‘smart devices.’  

(Via Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices)

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You Can Bathe In Coffee At This Japanese Spa

You Can Bathe In Coffee At This Japanese Spa:

Remember five or so years ago when it seemed like every specialty coffee company had an ad of some dude pouring coffee on himself (or maybe his bro) out of a Chemex in a provocative way? Yeah, it was weird. But on a semi-related note, you can now bathe in coffee. A resort in Japan offers customers a swimming pool-sized spa filled with coffee for their relaxing pleasure.

According to The Travel, the Hakone Kowakien Yunessun Spa and Resort in Hakone, Japan is home to multiple food- and drink-based spas, including wine, tea, “ramen”, and of course, coffee. And it’s not just brown-colored water, it’s actually coffee—low heat Nel Drip style brewed coffee per the website—though I have had many a coffee that I would classify as “brown-colored water” and I can’t say one way or the other how this brew stacks up to those. I don’t plan on finding out either. The Hakone Kowakien Yunessun Spa and Resort wisely suggests you not drink the coffee. Or the tea or wine or ramen broth.

The coffee bath is more than just a ploy to draw in the coffee obsessed. Not much more, mind you, but still more. Bathing in coffee is said to have “recharging, relaxing, skin beautifying effects.”

Even if it’s not, a photo in a coffee bath is pretty pretty pretty Instagrammable.

Zac Cadwalader is the news editor at Sprudge Media Network and a staff writer based in Dallas. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.

Top image via Hakone Kowakien Yunessun Spa and Resort

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I don’t think my son will enjoy a visit here, but my daughter might at the ramen spa … I will need to keep her from drinking the broth is all.

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