Random Saturday Stuff

Just a few un-ordered thoughts aka random stuff on this Saturday.

  • I find it weird that I can decide that I’ve had enough to eat at a certain point, even though my stomach is telling me to keep on throwing food down my gullet.
  • Just setup a new to me laptop with Ubuntu Linux because I was pissed off that the windows install disk didn’t have all the drivers I needed to operate the laptop properly. Why is it that a free Operating System can have all the drivers I need to start using a laptop right out of the box, but the Operating System that I have to pay for doesn’t? That, makes no sense to me.
  • Tomorrow, is the 3M half marathon. I was supposed to run it, but my back spasms are killing me so I probably won’t be able to run it.
  • I have a photo shoot today, 48 miles from my house. The weather could be totally different there than it is here.

Steal Like An Artist

A couple of weeks ago, I came across this book. Actually, I can’t even remember how I came across this book or where I saw it.

Regardless, I wanted to read this book, pretty much from the first moment I saw it. The guy that wrote it, is the same guy that came up with the idea of creating poetry by blacking out newspaper articles.

The book came about from a blog post, that just blew up in popularity. But, the book is more than just a long blog post.

There are some really good ideas inside the book, and even though I’m not done with it yet, I can tell you that this is one of my favorite books.

Steal Like An Artist

The first lines in the book are:

Every artist gets asked the question,

“Where do you get your ideas?”

The honest artists answers,
“I steal them.”

Austin Kleon delves into the difference between plagiarizing and copying in such a way that even a middle schooler can understand it. All I can say, is buy the book. It’s worth the time and effort.

Do You Ever Feel Like This?

photo of a train heading straight for you

Like there’s a proverbial train heading straight for you? You can hear it, see it, smell it, feel it and try as you might, you can’t get out of the train’s way? You think it’s a dream, but it’s not.

Yeah, that’s how I feel right now.

Wireless Security, Is It All In My Head?

I’m sitting in a coffee shop in Austin, TX as I type this out. I mention that, because looking around this place, I can see several other people on their laptops typing and working away.

Coffee and Wireless Internet
Coffee and Wireless Internet

This particular coffee shop, is one of those places that caters to people that want to work from here. They have nice sturdy tables and plenty of power outlets. They also have free, publicly accessible wifi.

I noticed something when I was looking around, and it’s that I’m the only person here with my own wireless access point. Everyone else that’s here, and appears to be working online, seems to be connected to the shared, unencrypted, public wi-fi that the shop makes available.

I got up to get a refill and noticed that people were typing emails, blogging etc. One person was even doing some online banking, all from the public wi-fi network.  It made me wonder, am I the only person that is paranoid enough to not want to hop on the shared network?

Let me ask you this: Do you have your own access point? Do you tether your computer to your phone whenever you have/need to work remotely? Do you really trust that no one else on the network is doing something malicious? Am I being too paranoid?

I should clarify, that as far as I know, there’s no one here doing anything malicious. I should also mention, that even back when I did connect to the public wifi networks at coffee shops, I never had a problem with anyone doing anything bad to my computer.

Like many of the things that plague me, this too may just be in my head. Regardless, I think that it’s important for people to think about wireless security. Specially, if you’re doing online banking.