Country Strong Curling?

US Men’s curling team look like a bunch of average Joes who are wearing their company-branded business casual shirts and softball team hats at a backyard barbecue. I keep looking for where they stashed the beer cooler and the gas grill with the hotdogs & burgers. Seriously, someone should get fired for those “uniforms”.
To keep this post from being totally negative, Team Sweden have it going on – cool uniforms and athletically fit with well groomed facial hair. It’s almost as if they, I don’t know, want to win and look good while doing it.

Hmmm. Amazon has separate store apps for Japan and the US in the associated App Store but only one app for Kindle, Music, Prime Video, …

Evaluating the U.K.’s ‘Active Cyber Defence’ Program

Evaluating the U.K.’s ‘Active Cyber Defence’ Program:

In November 2016, the U.K. government its Active Cyber Defence (ACD) program with the intention of tackling “in a relatively automated [and transparent] way, a significant proportion of the cyber attacks that hit the U.K.” True to their word, a little over a year on, last week the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) published a (over 60 pages long) of their progress to date. The report itself is full of technical implementation details. But it’s useful to cut through the specifics to explain exactly what ACD is and highlight its successes—how the program could benefit the United States as well.

There are three defining features of the ACD program: government-centered action, intervention, and transparency.

(Via Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices)

Read the article for a nice summary of the report, including the section towards the end that talks to potential benefits for the U.S.

Using the Concept of #Ikigai to Find Financial, Personal & Professional Fulfillment

Ikigai is the Japanese concept of “the reason for being”. Finding it requires a deep and lengthy search of self, or at least that’s what a tweet from Victoria van Eyk said in June of 2017. Trent Hamm over at The Simple Dollar recently wrote a fantastic article about ikigai. Using the Concept of Ikigai to Find Financial, Personal, and Professional Fulfillment:

… there are a few main takeaways that you should take home from this post. Ikigai is a pretty attractive concept for life fulfillment as it touches on financial, personal, and professional fulfillment. It’s simply the area where the things you love to do, the things you’re good at, the things that help the world, and the things you’re paid for overlap. Financial instability forces you to prioritize “the things you’re paid for” and that often causes you to leave other factors behind. Many people wind up where I was, in the “profession” area (where the things you’re good at overlap the things you’re paid for) and missing out on things that you love and things that are changing the world, and that’s often a recipe for unhappiness. Financial stability de-emphasizes “the things you’re paid for” and financial independence removes that factor entirely. This lets you focus more and more on the things you love, the things you’re good at, and the things that change the world, which all provide a meaning and value in your life that’s far beyond what money can provide. In other words, if you view ikigai as a great place to be, then it’s a call to get your finances in order. The better your finances are, the easier it is to find a life situation where you can achieve that kind of deep fulfillment in whatever it is you choose to do.

(Via The Simple Dollar)

I read the same source article, Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life Might Just Help You Live a More Fulfilling Life, after I saw the concept in detail for the first time in this Tokyo Weekender post. The article, How to Find Your Ikigai – Your Reason for Being, took me down something of a rabbit hole. I picked up two Kindle books which I plan to review here.

Also on:

I hate it when I encounter a Westerner who speaks Japanese. To be clear, I hate the experience and not the person. The experience reminds me I am lax and tardy in my study. There is exactly one person who can do something about it.

Your made-up “sport” does not constitute my interest, Olympic Edition

I forgot about another reason I don’t like the Olympics – the made-up “sports”. (I’m looking at you, weird downhill-skiing-but-doing-it-like-skateboarding event). Just because something is athletically difficult does not make it a sport. Let the sports drinks do their !!!XTREME!!! nonsense on their own time. And get off my lawn!

Subscription Software Purchase Evaluation Model

I am applying my tech purchase model, never a new product or release until its proven, to subscription software. If the developer shows a benefit to me, the user, to support the model over a reasonable stretch of time, the odds are good I will participate. But if the app development progresses at roughly the same pace as the point-purchase model, then there is little reason to subscribe. Implementing “X-as-a-Service” doesn’t constitute a feature if it isn’t optional.

Anti-Social Site

El entierro by Francisco Proaño
I want to start by clearly stating that I am not “rage quitting” my social media. I am reducing my footprint and reliance on them. To that end …

I removed the share buttons for social media from my site. I do not like how they call home even if you chose not to share my post. It’s rude. And the buttons row on my posts is ugly. I might reverse my decision at any point.

I removed the automatic post sharing on social media. Blasting my posts across the Social Media with no tailoring is inconsiderate at best. While all my written gems are exactly that, it is not my place – after this post – to demand your attention on every utterance. I might reverse my decision at any point.

How will I follow your crazy shenanigans“, you ask?

The best way to track my site is to subscribe to the full text RSS feed.If you’re not interested in every one of my whims, each category has its own RSS feed as well. If you’re my parents and siblings, your email updates will not change.

If you, Dear Reader, would like an email newsletter of some kind, please leave a comment on this post to let me know.

Another note for the more technically interested in website hosting, I am playing with removing CloudFlare from my site. I experienced odd behaviors I thought my CDN caused. Turns out that my site was no longer redirecting to the HTTPS page, maybe due to the service.

In other news, all requests are once again going to the HTTPS version of my site. I don’t know when, why, or how my old .htaccess file changed, but it is again serving up the correct version of my site.

If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please leave a comment on this post.

Someone set the thermostat on the train to _🔥_this morning.

Today’s Revolution: Cybersecurity and the International Order

https://www.lawfareblog.com/todays-revolution-cybersecurity-and-international-order

This is a review of Lucas Kello’s The Virtual Weapon and International Order (Yale University Press, 2017):

The questions that Kello’s proposals raise simply prove his point about the need for interdisciplinary discussions to tackle the multifaceted challenges that cybersecurity poses. The book’s three-part typology of technological revolution will be particularly helpful in framing future discussions of cybersecurity both within and outside of international relations. And it can also be deployed to assess future technological developments. As Kello notes, “the distinguishing feature of security affairs in the current epoch is not the existence of a revolution condition but the prospect that it may never end” (257). Cyberweapons are today’s revolution, but tomorrow will surely bring another.

More of a political science perspective.