Schneier’s “Click Here To Kill Everyone”: pervasive connected devices mean we REALLY can’t afford shitty internet policy

Schneier’s “Click Here To Kill Everyone”: pervasive connected devices mean we REALLY can’t afford shitty internet policy:

Bruce Schenier (previously) has spent literal decades as part of the vanguard of the movement to get policy makers to take internet security seriously: to actually try to make devices and services secure, and to resist the temptation to blow holes in their security in order to spy on “bad guys.” In Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World, Schneier makes a desperate, impassioned plea for sensible action, painting a picture of a world balanced on the point of no return.

(Via Boing Boing)

I haven’t read Bruce’s latest yet but it is on my list. If you have it on your Books to Read, give this review a good once over.

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The Mother of All Hot Wheels Tracks

The Mother of All Hot Wheels Tracks:

My eight year old would lose his mind if we had this Hot Wheels Track in our house.

(Via swissmiss)

My eight-year-old self would also lose his mind. My siblings and I played Hot Wheels often and with enthusiasm.

I vaguely remember borrowing track from friends when we lived in southwest Michigan. For one all too brief weekend we had an epic track.

Good times!

Hmmm. My current-year-old self kind of wants this now, too.

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Boing Boing Introduces Me to a New Word: Bathetic

After Nike hires Colin Kaepernick for ad campaign, conservative halfwits destroy own property to own the libs:


(Via Boing Boing)

From Webster’s 1913 Dictionary:

Ba′thos (bā′thŏs), n. [Gr.βάθοσ depth, fr.βαθύσ deep.] (Rhet.)
A ludicrous descent from the elevated to the low, in writing or speech; anticlimax.

Bathetic is producing an unintentional effect of anticlimax: the movie manages to be poignant without becoming bathetic.

Thanks, Rob!

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Conan O’Brien arrives in Japan

Conan O’Brien arrives in Japan:

Ever since American late night talk show host Conan O’Brien announced he would be coming to Japan to visit Conan Town, we’ve been counting down the days to his arrival, eager to see what type of shenanigans he would get up to during his stay.

As it turns out, we didn’t have to wait long as Conan wasted no time in heading out to meet the locals on his first day in Japan, and his first port of call was Tokyo’s fashionable Harajuku district, where he made friends with the locals and filmed this short clip for his 28.5 million followers on Twitter.

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Not long after posting this message to his fans, and to his friends in Tottori Prefecture’s Conan Town, who are bracing themselves for the approaching typhoon, the talk show host suddenly appeared in a more colorful outfit.

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Aaron Bleyaert, known for playing video games on TV with Conan during the show’s “Clueless Gamer” segment, also films Facebook Live videos when Conan travels abroad. On Monday, he filmed a new video showing Conan and his team navigating Harajuku’s notoriously crowded Takeshita Street.

As well as rubbing shoulders with Japanese locals, Conan bumped into some fans from around the world during his stroll through the district.

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After stopping to take photos with fans, Conan then met up with some of Harajuku’s most colorful fashionistas, who took him to the Kawaii Monster Cafe nearby.

▼ Pictured below, from left to right: Miochin, Conan, Sebastian Masuda, and Kanata.

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While Conan was keen to immerse himself in Harajuku’s kawaii culture, this is just the start of many adventures for him and his team, who are due to visit the mayor of Hokue to collect their $3 trillion later this week. Let’s just hope the approaching typhoon doesn’t get in their way.

Source: Facebook/@teamcoco


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(Via Japan Today)

I’ve been sharing this story with a friend & colleague. He gets a bigger kick out of the story than me, I think.

Check out the following for the history:

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Mayor of Japan’s Conan Town to Conan O’Brien “If you want the money, come visit”【Video】

Conan O’Brien announces trip to Japan in negotiation over rural Tottori Prefecture’s Conan Town


Conan O’Brien lays out his case that anime’s Detective Conan is just a copy of him【Video】

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Podcast #437: Don’t Make Me Pull Over! A History of the Road Trip

Podcast #437: Don’t Make Me Pull Over! A History of the Road Trip:

If you grew up in America in the 1970s and 80s, a vacation with your family likely involved piling in a car with your parents and siblings and being stuck with them for eight or more hours on the open road with little other than each other to keep yourselves entertained and sane. Entire movies were made about The Great American Road Trip. Yet this world has slowly faded away without our hardly noticing thanks to cheaper airfare and advances in technology and convenience.

My guest today set out to document what he calls the Golden Age of Road Tripping before it vanishes from our collective memory. His name his Rich Ratay and in his book Don’t Make Me Pull Over! he walks readers through the history of the American family road trip. Today on the show, Rich and I discuss how it was actually bicycles that kickstarted America’s interstate highway system, when automotive road tripping really started taking off, and all the iconic businesses that built up around the nation’s new pastime, including Stuckey’s convenience stores, motels, and attractions like the world’s largest frying pan. Along the way, Rich shares stories from his family road trips growing up as a kid, particularly his memories of his dad taking on the role of leader, protector, and refueling-stop-minimizer during their expeditions. We end our conversation discussing the decline of the family road trip, what we miss out on when we take a plane to our destination, and why Millennial parents are ushering in the return of road trips to American culture.

This episode is definitely a nice drive down memory lane, and great one to listen to as you hit the open road.

Show Highlights

  • When and why did Americans start building cross-state and cross-country roads? 
  • What was the first transcontinental highway? 
  • When did American families start taking to the roads for vacations?
  • How was the road trip executed before gas stations, roadside restaurants, etc.?
  • How was that infrastructure implemented? 
  • The ways in which the interstate highway system fundamentally changed America
  • The rise and fall of Stuckey’s (and other roadside stands and diners) 
  • On running out of gas and driving on fumes 
  • The role of Mom and Dad in the dynamics of a road trip 
  • How roadside attractions sprung up 
  • How road trippers used to entertain themselves in the car 
  • What caused the decline of the great American road trip?
  • Why young millennial parents are bringing back the road trip 

(Via The Art of Manliness)

For my Japanese friends who marvel at my stories of road tripping with my family as a son and as a dad, check this show out.

I am disappointed there was not more mention of the Lincoln and Dixie Highways. Route 66 is OK, if you’re into that sort of thing.

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Typhoon on course to hit western Japan; could be strongest in 25 years

Typhoon on course to hit western Japan; could be strongest in 25 years:

A powerful typhoon is headed toward Japan’s southern Pacific coast and is likely to rip through western Japan on Tuesday, with the national weather agency warning it may be the strongest typhoon to make landfall in 25 years.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said a wide area of Japan should be on high alert for strong winds, high waves and heavy downpours.

As of 10 p.m. Monday, Typhoon Jebi was traveling north around 240 kilometers southeast of Tanegashima island at a speed of 25 kilometers per hour, with an atmospheric pressure of 945 hectopascals at its center and packing winds of up to 216 kph, according to the agency.

Categorized as “very strong” by the agency based on the strength of its top winds, Jebi would be the strongest typhoon to make landfall in Japan since 1993 if it maintains its force, an agency official said at an emergency press conference.

“Rainstorms will likely intensify suddenly as the typhoon is approaching while picking up speed,” the official said, urging people not to go out unless necessary and prepare for evacuation.

Japan has been hit by a succession of typhoons recently, with western parts of the country devastated by massive flooding and landslides that left more than 220 people dead.

The weather agency has called for vigilance against flooding, mudslides and high tides caused by the typhoon as well.

Fearing potentially massive damage, airline companies and railway operators are expected to cancel services on Tuesday.

At least 600 flights in western and central Japan are expected to be canceled.

All Nippon Airways Co expects to cancel 229 domestic flights, and Japan Airlines Co 180 flights, many being to and from Osaka. Skymark Airlines Inc and Fuji Dream Airlines Co expect to cancel 52 and 38 flights respectively.

Railway services in areas most affected by the storm will also be severely affected.

West Japan Railway Co said it plans to halt train services Tuesday, including over 240 limited express train runs. Shikoku Railway Co, Keihan Electric Railway Co and Nankai Electric Railway Co will also suspend all or part of their train services.

USJ Co, the operator of Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, also announced the park will be closed Tuesday because of the storm.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a meeting of the government and ruling parties, “We’ve seen typhoons and torrential rains. The government will do its utmost to prevent disaster.”

After making landfall somewhere on the main island of Shikoku or the Kii Peninsula on Tuesday, the typhoon is expected to pass over the Sea of Japan, the agency said, adding it will likely weaken to an extratropical cyclone there.

The agency said strong gusts of up to 216 kph could hit the Shikoku and Kinki regions, and gusts of up to 162 kph could affect a wide area including the Tohoku, Tokai and Hokuriku regions.

In the 24-hour period through 6 p.m. on Tuesday, up to 400 millimeters of rain may fall in the Shikoku, Kinki and Tokai regions and 250 mm in the Kanto-Koshin region, the agency said.

The Tokyo metropolitan area may see strong winds, although the typhoon is unlikely to pass close to the capital.


(Via Japan Today)

It’s been a crazy August  for Japan weather. September is the traditional start of the typhoon season, so it looks like what we experienced was a dress rehearsal.

Tonight the wind is ripping, whipping, and howling with such force that my cooking vent is working in reverse while turned off. I have to work to get my  apartment door to close even though my windows are closed. We had strong rains on and off all day with more to come.

As stated, Tokyo may well miss the brunt of Jebi. Other regions will not be so lucky.

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Chaos Soup: Japanese tomato smoothie with cream cheese / Boing Boing

Chaos Soup: Japanese tomato smoothie with cream cheese / Boing Boing:


Kirin Sekai no Kitchen has recently started selling a product they call Melting Chaos Soup. It’s sold beside the bottled water and teas. …

Yes. Melting Chaos Soup boasts a brand new genre in drinks. It says it’s like a smoothie soup that changes flavor from moment to moment. Shake well, open and give it a sniff, then bottoms up. It’s a mix of tomato (55%) and peach juice (12%), cream cheese, and mint.

Read on for the review. I kind of want to check this out, so stay tuned for my take.

UPDATE: This Just In: Enjoy a fresh taste of Spain as brand new Gazpacho arrives on Japanese shores

Apparently this is now a trend?

Made with only nine natural ingredients — tomato, red bell pepper, cucumber, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, vinegar, onion, salt and lemon extract — this preservatives- and additives-free soup is also the ultimate veggie smoothie. Its key ingredients are all packed with fiber and are high in water content, making it the perfect low-calorie snack. Add to this a rich taste and tons of other health benefits, stretching from boosting hydration to serving as an anti-aging supplement.

As with most soups, Gazpacho’s perfect partner is bread, and it can be enjoyed throughout the year even when the weather cools down. And if you ever get bored drinking it on its own (which is unlikely to happen), feel free to use it as a base for other dishes — including pizza and risotto — to add a fresh, Andalusian kick.

Setting aside the total advertising jag of the Japan Today story, it is funny how fast different companies will jump on a trend and how fast the trend will disappear. I wonder if either will be available in 12 months.

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The Shy “Delusion”: Stop Being Shy and Just Start Speaking!

The Shy “Delusion”: Stop Being Shy and Just Start Speaking!:

To summarise: if you sometimes feel shy, introverted or unsociable, and sometimes feel at home socialising in a group, then don’t define yourself as “shy”; that’s not shy, it’s just normal. Rigidly defining yourself as shy is not only inaccurate but can even have negative consequences…

How a Definition Can Define You

So what’s the big deal? Why am I bringing this up at all?

It’s because identifying with this definition of yourself (which is not what is actually unique about you, if almost everyone else claims it too) will predetermine what your limitations are. When you are sure that you are shy or an introvert, then whether it’s true or not, it will become true.

It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Why can’t you walk up to that stranger and say hi? “Because I’m shy,” you answer. So you don’t do it. You don’t even try. This identification with being shy is stopping you and limiting you. Some people have legitimate reasons for not wanting to trust strangers, and that’s fine, but “I’m shy” as an excuse only serves to paint yourself into a corner. Now you can’t talk to that stranger because you have decided that you’ll always be too shy to do it.

(Via Fluent in 3 months – Language Hacking and Travel Tips)

Two things:

First, I’ve been thinking about this very sentiment for a long time. I try to see where I identify in a limiting way that is counter-productive (the shyness in the article, for example), eliminates opportunities for fun and adventure (“I don’t dance”), and binds me into a one-way emotional relationship (see political affiliations, religion, Emacs vs. vi, &c.).

Second, this is my “go to” excuse for my poor Japanese after 2.5 years of working and living in Japan.

So what’s it going to be – are you going to get back into your shy comfort zone, or are you going to look back at the matrix of shyness and realize that it’s a reality you’ve created for yourself?

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Privacy Shield on Shaky Ground: What’s Up with EU-U.S. Data Privacy Regulations

Privacy Shield on Shaky Ground: What’s Up with EU-U.S. Data Privacy Regulations:

There’s a lot going on in the privacy and data protection world. But one of the most pressing issues is the uncertain fate of Privacy Shield, the framework governing the flow of data between the EU and the U.S. for commercial purposes.

The Trump Administration has been given an ultimatum: comply with Privacy Shield, or risk a complete suspension of the EU-U.S. data sharing agreement. In a letter dated July 26, EU commissioner for justice Věra Jourová wagered to U.S. commerce secretary Wilbur Ross that suspension of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield system would incentivize the U.S. to comply fully with the terms of the agreement. But Jourová’s urging that Ross “be smart and act” in appointing senior personnel to oversee the data sharing deal is hardly new. The July letter closely echoes a European Parliament (EP) resolution passed just three weeks earlier, and the European Commission (EC) voiced similar sentiments in its review of the Privacy Shield Framework last September. Further adding to the chorus of voices raising concerns about Privacy Shield compliance are tech and business groups, which jointly called for the nomination of a Privacy Shield ombudsperson in an Aug. 20 letter.

In addition to admonishing the EC’s failure to hold the U.S. accountable thus far, the EP resolution calls for a suspension of Privacy Shield if the U.S. has not fully complied by Sept. 1—though no such suspension has yet been announced. It also expresses serious concerns regarding the U.S.’s recent adoption of the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (Cloud) Act and the legislation’s potential conflict with EU data protection laws. With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)—the EU’s new regulatory regime for the protection of individual data—having come into effect on May 25, 2018, the EP considers the EC in contravention of GDPR Article 45(5). This article requires the EC to repeal, amend, or suspend an adequacy decision to the extent necessary once a third country no longer ensures an adequate level of data protection— until the U.S. authorities comply with its terms.

So what led to this ultimatum, and what’s next on the global data protection stage?    

(Via Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices)

The article gives a level set on Privacy Shield and then dives into specific areas. I highly recommend giving this a good read.

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