🎶 Noise Unit said to be premiering new album Deviator here in a few minutes.
Ok, minus.social is a fun experiment. You get 100 lifetime posts, but unlimited replies on posts.
Enjoyed visiting the 100 acres with our youth group, today.
Left: Wapahani/White River
Right: The Lake (35 acres)
Finished reading: My Time Among the Whites: Notes from an Unfinished Education by Jennine Capó Crucet 📚
🎲 online or in-person for games asks Jeremy.
I love the convenience of online, and the tools have become very good. It’s amazing as a GM.
As a player, I find it can be distracting, as other things are constantly trying to grab my attention. At the table, I can put my phone away. It’s a little more complicated online, but I’ve developed steps to limit distractions when playing that way.
🔒 I got to announce that I’m expanding my team today. Feel free to refer people or apply! #ProdSec #AppSec
🎲 Enjoyed a game night with some folks from church.
Totally unplanned, but also perfectly appropriate for Mennonites, we ended up mostly playing collaborative games and Dutch Blitz.
🎶 Here’s another goodie from today’s releases: Between the Buried and Me - Stare into the Abyss #MetalMennonite #BTBAM
Lots of good releases today. 🎶 Maybe I’ll make a playlist later.
Here’s Silent Planet - Panopticon 🕊 #MetalMennonite
Talented loopers are fascinating, and this duo just play off of each other incredibly well. So many magical moments in this recording, and you can see their delight. 🎶 #watched
Currently reading: Dedicated: The Case for Commitment in an Age of Infinite Browsing by Pete Davis 📚
Ok, letterloop might be the best social network
Finished reading: Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan 📚 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Charming. Recommend listening to it as an audiobook, as the instruments and ensemble contribute to the experience. Better execution than Cloud Atlas.
I’ve been looking at all these book-tracking sites, and the first to be open to my “hey, can we have an API?” request has been @literalclub.
It should be possible for a person to update a book status on their own site and then hit APIs to update on book profile sites. 📚
McSweeney’s: Nobody Wants to Be a Serf Anymore
“How can they value their lives so much when we’ve always valued them so little?”
🎶 wow wow wow
I just learned about Clppng.
I just got a pile of albums.
As rumors of Demon Hunter were starting, my friend and I ran into Jesse Smith (of Zao) at Cornerstone and asked him what he knew about it. He had some mischievous grins and vague answers. 😆 #MetalMennonite
🎶 Fun to hear about August Burns Red’s drummer getting into the scene with Embodyment - One Less Addiction. That was (and is) one of my faves, too. #MetalMennonite
Currently reading: For Whom the Bell Tolls: The Hemingway Library Edition by Ernest Hemingway 📚 #NorthernFires
Finished reading: Anxious People: A Novel by Fredrik Backman 📚 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Charming, like watching a small stage play.
Finished reading: Altered Carbon (Takeshi Kovacs) by Richard K. Morgan 📚
🎶 Does your classical music have enough breakbeats? 🤭
If not, may I suggest Venetian Snares?
Finished reading: Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit by Mary Poppendieck / Tom Poppendieck 📚
“Adversity is such a wonderful teacher”
-Jyotirmoy Sarkar, sharing his story today 🕊
Woohoo! I broke #50 on the readwise.io leaderboard! 📚
Reminds me of how I’ve never met any “double-predestination” folks who think they aren’t one of the elect.
Finished reading: A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny 📚 ⭐⭐⭐
🥃 For those wondering, this is the “authentic” recipe for a “Cool Toddy”:
If you want to diverge a bit you can use different whiskys/whiskies and different ports (I prefer tawny if diverging), but part of the point is to keep it reasonably priced rather than buying rare sherry- or port-casked whisky.
Pic from a friend who just stocked up.
Decent spot to start The Backyard Adventurer 📚
Lots of runoff creeks and urban ponds in my “backyard” area.
Another good reflection from Experimental Theology:
“Evangelicals, listen to that, read the Bible: Jesus flatly turns the devil down. And I think Jesus does so for many of the reasons we see in 1 and 2 Samuel. The reign of God just can’t be established via a nation state.”
Finished reading: The Resisters: A novel by Gish Jen 📚
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Really fun book about baseball that’s not about baseball at all.
Finished reading: Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu 📚
Finished reading: Gods of Risk ⭐️⭐️⭐️ by James S. A. Corey 📚
Finished reading: Abaddon’s Gate by James S. A. Corey 📚
🎲 Paper App Dungeon is too easy to grind. You can just keep carefully moving and backtracking to avoid the bad stuff and hit the good stuff.
Suggestion: -1 HP anytime you cross over a path you’ve already trod, as your character experiences exhaustion.
What rules have you changed?
🔒 Product Security? Application Security? Software security? What do you call it these days?
“Alternate Premier League” ⚽️
Interesting graphic with the Super-Leaguer games removed.
I’m a little surprised to see the denomination being this bold these days, but there’s a good history of it.
melt swords of steel
and hearts made of stone
set pris’ners free
give strangers a home
note: from Voices Together. Get a copy here.
I’m interested in Jeremy’s Work Experiment.
I know I’d do better with a block in the morning without meetings and back & forth. Right now, we have an agreement in my broader team for “no meeting Wednesdays” which has helped a little to have some focus time.
There’s a topic I’m tentatively calling “Stand for Something”. It’s about the weakening of “filtering and alignment” capabilities in modern society.
Oh this will be interesting: Just Plain Wrong
I appreciated this episode of the Peter Attia Drive as their latest masterclass in insulin resistance.
The consistent advice is to cut out fructuose and reduce glucose (simple carbs) until in tolerance.
But exercise really does matter. It affects how muscles dispose of glucose.
Beautiful Trouble updated their toolkit.
With the new toolkit you can slice and dice depending on what you are considering, and also create pdfs from your favorites.
This is a nice online companion to the deck of cards.
🔒 Opinion: the OWASP Cheat Sheet Series is the most underappreciated OWASP project.
🎲 Great writeup of my favorite game system(s): Burning Wheel 🔥☸️
James Clear came to our all-hands meeting today and presented the story and takeaways from Atomic Habits. 👍
📚 Finished Reading Give and Take by Adam Grant ⭐️⭐️⭐️
I am skeptical of “put people in categories” books, due to all the evidence we have that things like this are not hard & fast categories. This book still had important wisdom to share.
I spoke with a Rose-Hulman project team last night about their pentesting project for their cybersecurity course.
🎶 just learned about Zeal and Ardor, from Manuel Gagneux, an artist who used to make chamber pop music and now creates experimental metal versions of spirituals.
📚 After reading The Shallows I’ve been wondering if there is some optimal blend between strengthening deep thinking pathways and Internet thinking pathways.
Along the lines of “explore vs. exploit”, what’s sweet spot between attentive consideration and inattentive collection?
📚Book notes from Signs of Life by Stephanie Lobdell ⭐️⭐️⭐️
(note: trying out a new book review configuration in my experimental digital garden. Feedback encouraged!)
Civilisation isn’t about conquering planets or travelling faster than the speed of light. It’s about keeping going even when you think you’re lost, recognising that living means keeping children alive, growing fruit trees, watching things change and tending the goats.
Before you post out pithy quotes today, try to understand more fully what King fought for, instead of using his own words to soften his points.
Then, together with the Beloved Community, wage nonviolence against the triple evils of poverty, racism, and militarism.
I was restless this morning and up early…so I started to pull together my accumulated notes on sleep: here in my digital garden experiment
⚽️ anybody know how I could get the recording/footage of the Snow Clasico game? Would like to watch that, again. #USMNT
Seriously, though: thank you Tyler Pasher. Best of luck at Houston Dynamo FC.
The comments on Igorrr music videos are about the only place on the Internet that I’d recommend that people read the comments. 🎶
I’m already seeing memes going around about “why didn’t they treat these terrorists at least as bad as they treated the civil rights protestors this summer?” And for good reason. The disparity is glaring.
But the difference isn’t just that these folks are white. It’s also because with civil rights and BLM protestors, the people in power didn’t care about making martyrs, because there were already plenty who have died for the cause. The movements ignite and reignite based on these deaths, as the injustices continue.
Governments are more careful about making fascist martyrs, because it give the fascists a case to “prove” their persecution complex.
This is just another sick paradox of fascist problems.
Ok, now that both my fiction and nonfiction 📚 reviews are up, here are the 30 recommended books that are available in bookshop
Happy reading, and I’m looking forward to your recommendations!
Resilient 📚 Review: I Am Not Your Enemy by Michael T. McRay
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Highly Recommended
📚 Finished Reading: How to Invent Everything by Ryan North
Recommended. A rare ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ book for me!
Informative and delightfully amusing on almost every page.
You’ve seen Karen memes, now here’s the history
Enjoying my favorite Christmas album 🎶 this morning as we eat pancakes and do a puzzle by the fire 🔥
Merry Christmas! 🌟 Immanuel!
Hey errbody, @munish has been asking questions of the m.b community and it’s a fun community activity. Invite you to jump in!
🎧 Klank - Still Suffering is still one of my favorite 90s industrial(ish) albums.
I’ve seen a lot of Borscht recipes (from my Mennonite peoples) but this is the first one I’ve been excited about: https://honest-food.net/ukrainian-borscht-recipe/
I’ve been reading and re-reading this review of Dreher’s latest because it clarifies so many of the challenges and opportunities in the current state of the christian right.
Those who have ears, let them hear.
Really enjoying this new translation from David Bentley Hart
Like N. T. Wright’s “Bible for Everyone” translation, it allows some of the surprising nuances to come through.
📚 The Time-Block Plannner by Cal Newport ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Newport’s method is not new, but the planner summarizes it well and provides a good structure for executing it.
The physical product is less fit for purpose (page size, binding, paper), so practicing here and moving elsewhere.
📚 Now Reading: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson.
This is unfortunately not a sequel to Warbreaker, but will hopefully be good anyway.
Nobody is surprised, but it’s still sad.
And if you are getting together:
“do pickup of groceries, rather than going grocery shopping in the store”
“Making sure you’re practicing really good hand hygiene”
“if you can get tested, you should”
“A 14-day quarantine period could prevent transmission — especially for asymptomatic cases.”
📚 Finished Reading: The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Best draculas book I’ve read since The Historian. Probably better.
Indy made the Economist?
From Polling in America
As Trump’s creditors hope to salvage more from his outstanding obligations, these last months of the presidency could be even more swampy than the rest.
So: let’s help each other endure the death throes of this administration. Practice compassion. Engage in mutual aid. Offer sanctuary and healing. Make plans and build support systems for a freer, healthier, brighter future.
Another entry in the “what if the USA was covered the way journalists cover other countries” #satire
update to my previous post. I think this graphic is even more illustrative of the popular vote margin. (from the Guardian)
Really excited to peruse the latest edition of Rock, Paper, Scissors (the Jesus Radicals zine): Vol 2. No. 3 Decolonization, Incarnation, and Liberation.
looking for an alternative to circle.so
I signed up for one recently and can’t find/remember it, now. Any leads?
edit: it’s Orbit
Slower news is often higher-quality news. Thanks, Guardian!
Masks are such an easy, powerful way to reduce the number of lost lives, both directly from the virus, and indirectly from financial impacts. Wear them, please.
I appreciated this opinion from Sarah Smarsh in The Guardian:
📚 Now Reading: Regenerative Agriculture by Richard Perkins
Shannon Dycus is awesome and one of my favorite people. Sign up if interested!
📚 Finished Reading: The Shadows by Alex North. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Recommended.
Horror-Thriller with a dreaming angle. I only had the loan for 7 days, and read it quickly in 2.
📚 Finished Reading: Banksy Locations & Tours Vol 1 by Martin Bull ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Most of this is no longer strictly useful, but I appreciated this insight into the history of these pieces and areas.
I first heard Sanctum during Cornerstone Music Festival. They’re a Swedish electro/industrial/experimental group.
I listen to a lot of eclectic music, but theirs is still one of the most strangely-beautiful I’ve ever heard.
Recommend starting with Clarify or Lupus in Fabula
Huberman notes that to attain significant brain rewiring requires that you induce a sense of “urgency” that leads to the release of norepinephrine. This hormone, however, will make you feel “agitated,” like you need to get up and go do something. It’s here that you must apply intense focus to fight that urge, ultimately leading to the release of acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter that in combination with the norepinephrine can induce brain growth.
According to The Economist, Indiana’s House race is one of the places where votes matter
You may have heard me talk about watersheds, before. In this post on Resilient, I share how to identify a watershed, and propose a thought experiment of considering watersheds as our political unit.
“The hallucinatory world of anticommunism-without-communism is dangerous and violent. Its partisans believe they face an existential threat, which in principle licenses almost any level of violence”
Answered the latest questions on iSidewith and checked who’s meeting the 50% threshold:
published on #Resilient: Ethical Explorer Pack
“I will always notice things. I will notice what I am not noticing. I will help others to notice things. I will expose the criminal squandering of human potential. I will be nice to the reader. I will see joy as an end in itself. I will try to cultivate the kind of intelligence and humor that David Graeber showed. And I will fight, because that is what anarchists do. They do not put up with bullshit or bureaucracy. They refuse to accept the inevitability of tedium and the squandering of the gift of life. They dare to demand the “impossible.””
📚 Now Reading: I Am Not Your Enemy
These posts are written first for nieces, nephews, youth at church, and the children of dear friends.
The posts may not be helpful to you today, but maybe they will be someday. Perhaps many of these will be their most meaningful when you aren’t even a “kiddo” anymore. But, I hope you will retain some youthful spirit throughout your life, so don’t let “kiddo” scare you away from reading.
As you read these posts, you may disagree with me, and I hope you sometimes will! What’s important is that you think about the topic deeply, don’t fall for easy answers, and consider what it means to live a good life.
If you want to respond to any of these, I’d encourage you to write your own response and link back to what you are responding to. If you don’t know how to do that, or don’t want to, you can also email me, and I will respond. My email address is my first name and last initial at “hey.com”
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Be like Banksy (at your scale):
“I’ve made some work about the migrant crisis, obviously I can’t keep the money. Could you use it to buy a new boat or something? Please let me know. Well done. Banksy.”
Reading histories of the Spanish Civil War for #NorthernFires and the parallels to the reactionary scaremongering movements in the USA keep adding up. Example:
“Despite the moderate basis of the new cabinet, the right reacted as if the bolsheviks had taken over the government.”
“While we are relieved that our church home mostly survived the inferno in the lot next door, we affirm that we would rather lose 100 buildings than one more life to police violence.”
📚 finished reading: The Vanishing Half
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Recommended
Resilient: Landlord Tech Watch
Now Reading 📚: the nineties-est book that ever ninety-ed
I want something like this, but for actual antiperspirant.
There are a lot of orgs offering deodorants that don’t use single-use-plastic now, but I haven’t found a container with a more standard product. I want to not stink and not destroy the planet. Somebody make that, please.
Dethroned & Uncrowned by Katatonia 🎶 #PerfectAlbum
This is an acoustic+ remake of their own Dead End Kings and is hauntingly beautiful.
“Since 2007 the mean temperature in summer has flipped from below freezing to above it. The consequences will be felt far beyond the north.”
“I’m so sorry, but I’m avoiding shared indoor spaces unless it’s an emergency.”
delegation requires context, which means rapid-fire delegation is often ineffective and can even leave things worse off
Cal Newport proposes a principle: Don’t Delegate Using Email
Really enjoyed this episode of The Long Now with Eric Ries, dealing with long-term thinking re: markets. (Note: this is from February and I don’t know the current state of LTSE) 🎙
They Elflord and the Mayfly from Existential Comics
Yet another good reason to wear a mask: “Homeland Security fears widespread mask-wearing will break facial recognition software”. Help your fellow humans.
As we approach the 75th anniversary of the world’s most destructive terror attacks “atomic-bomb survivors seek new ways to keep their memories alive”
Added How to Invent Everything to my #Resilient booklist. 📚 I love this book so much. Informative and hilarious. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This distinction is very helpful for thinking clearly on these issues. Censorship, Social Sanctions, and Access to Audiences
As someone with an interest in insect protein (for issues of sustainability and ethics) this talk from the Long Now was very interesting to me. 🎙
I still have a ways to go, but did some good work on my Resilient booklist this morning.
Finished Reading 📚 Caliban’s War ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Another great one from James Clear
Another repeated theme from Battle for Spain: people tend to simplify conflict to just about left/right, but the conflicts were on other axes as well: up/down (authoritarian/libertarian) and centralist/decentralist. #NorthernFires
I’m reading Battle for Spain as part of #NorthernFires and what is old is new, again. I’m not far in and so much of history is repeating itself.
this is the sad result of making science and pandemic response a partisan issue: 30 yr old dies after attending “covid party”
“Post-war pessimism also led evangelicals to adopt a premillennialist theology, which viewed the world as irredeemable by man. Instead of wasting their time on social justice, it urged them to focus on their individual spirituality.”
I like this response on measuring engineering:
In my experience, the “right” answer, i.e. the best way to run consistently high-performing teams, involves some combination of the following:
- Outcome-based management that practices focusing on impact, plus
- Team level health metrics, combined with
- Engineering ladder and regular lightweight reviews, and
- Managers who are well calibrated across the org, and encouraged to interrogate their own biases openly & with curiosity.
If you liked the M is for Malware board book…there are going to be more in the series:
How are you spending your energy? What are you arguing about? Who are you fighting for? We need fewer whatabouts, well-actuallys, and Devil’s Advocates.
Started 📚 Children of Blood and Bone and it is off to a great start.
Angela Davis vs. The Liberal Reformers from Existential Comics
One of the reasons I’ve said body cams aren’t a solution: they expand surveillance and the data collected on civilians, but the video is not reliably available when the people need it:
Here’s a great podcast intro to Restorative Justice, includes shoutouts to Howard Zehr and Mennonites, which is, unsurprisingly, how I got introduced to the concept in a more concrete way.
TIL about Common Hymnal
“Common Hymnal is an online library for the Spiritual Underground, a connecting point for an as-yet-uncoalesced movement around the exchange of songs, stories and ideas.”
I enjoyed this episode of the Inverse podcast
Great conversation around decolonized perspectives on scripture, and a beautiful emphasis on shalom.
“The motivation to work toward mitigating disaster is minimal for those with the most power to do so.”
This is clever Climate Strike License
“a software license that developers can use to prohibit the use of their code by applications or companies that threaten to accelerate climate change through fossil fuel extraction.”
the bottom is Indianapolis
$97 million endowment. Management won’t pay for health insurance and is leaning on musicians for rights to their work. Despicable. Perhaps Indianapolis needs a new orchestra that’s run as a co-op Press Statement: 6/22/20 – Musicians of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Another entry in “What if we wrote about the USA the way we write about other countries.” Unrest continues for a seventh day in former British colony
Finished Reading 📚: Delayed Gratification Issue 37 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
I continue to compare the recent protests, because I think they are incredibly informative about what our systems prioritize (stocks over lives), and what people fear (unarmed people of color more than armed white people).
“An embarrassed National Rifle Association says it totally forgot to do the one thing it has been saying for years it is solely there to do.”
Finished Reading 📚 (yesterday) Gideon the Ninth
Interesting due to new perspectives and being many types of books all at once. But yes, it’s big horror at its core.
Ta-Nehisi Coates was on my favorite podcast 🎙 and it was great. Have a listen
New 🎶 Silent Planet shirt. Proceeds going to BLMLA and The Bail Project
Our church (First Mennonite Indianapolis) community posted a few statements regarding racial justice.
How to write a corporate #BLM statement: Ben & Jerry’s sets the bar
📚Now reading (listening): The Water Dancer
A message from Glen Guyton of Mennonite Church USA: We Need to Engage in More Costly Peacemaking
This is really good:
📚 Re-reading: Grave Peril
‘But she also refuses to participate in a plan to revive the economy that places the burden on the consumer. “After 9/11, and again after the 2008 recession, there was the idea that consumers should somehow patriotically spend to revive the economy,” she said. “And who benefited disproportionately? Billionaires. This time, the billionaires can do the heavy lifting, not me.”’
📚 Now reading: Delayed Gratification issue 37
hey, remember when I said Flobots - Quarantine was my song for the quarantine?. Well, they just made an experimental mix with fresh and poignant lyrics 🎶
At this point, I should probably just make a playlist out of all the songs in my catalog that contain clips from Mario Savo’s bodies upon the gears speech. 🎶 Almost every one is a phenomenal track.
This well-written and detailed post helps clarify the riskiest exposure cases. It seems like our focus has been too much on surfaces and not enough on shared breathing spaces.
Please mask up and avoid the riskiest scenarios.
“Just say no to employee surveillance.”
Cool: The Mennonite interviewed Ibram X. Kendi
In addition to the already-existing foot-hooks for opening doors, we’re seeing the rise of new ways to open doors hands-free. Great!
good reporting from Krebs on Security:
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We had a fun time trying this last night. Pro-tip for services where screen share doesn’t share audio: pipe the game output to your machine speakers (to be picked up by the mic) and the voice output to your headset.
It’s new album day! Igorrr - Spirituality and Distortion is out!
This is one of the best podcast episodes I’ve ever heard 🎙. I took many notes and will be organizing them to produce a writeup at Resilient.
Waging Nonviolence published 7 things to do instead of hoarding toilet paper. Good list!
Coping with Covid a writeup at Resilient
My chosen quarantine song is Flobot’s quarantine. 🎶
what will happen when the crisis passes?…it’s worth asking yourself now…how you might change your behavior….But it’s also worth asking if we are willing to allow governments and corporations to return to business as usual.
from America Is a Sham
Thinking about the confluence of quarantine, Lent, spring break, climate change, & other events.
What have you been learning and evaluating about your rhythms, habits, priorities, & schedule? Are you finding things that weren’t necessary, aligned with your values, etc.?
What’s been harder? What’s been easier? What’s important to you?
You’ve seen me share things from James Clear’s newsletter multiple times. Here’s how to signup. (James Clear is the Atomic Habits guy)
Disclaimer: this is a referral link for a marketing campaign, and I’m falling for it, because I want access to the seekrit newsletter.
Doing pretty well on my 2020 reading goal. Read any of these and want to discuss?
📚 Finished Deep Work by Cal Newport ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Ok, I’m trying an experiment:
I’ve set up a page where you can schedule a discussion with me.
If any of the topics are interesting to you, click the Calendly buttons and setup an online or in-person chat. Thursday nights only, for now, but I may expand it.
I started Cal Newport’s 📚 Deep Work and it has me pondering something.
As expected (since I really enjoyed Digital Minimalism), though I have just started, I am appreciating the book. However, his early focus on productivity is concerning to me. Often, we think of productivity as the One True Measurement ™ of success, and I’m not sure that’s right.
While effectiveness (towards whatever goal(s) you set) is important, it leaves out factors such as quality, value, repeatability, learning, etc. You could argue that we should build those into the measurements of productivity, but I’d argue we often don’t.
Perhaps my disagreement is due to me being philosophically less of a consequentialist and more of a deontologist or virtue ethicist. In my way of thinking, it’s better to do right with less immediate output than to crank out good output that may be short-sighted.
What about you?
edited to add: Cal addresses this a somewhat when he gets into “busyness” being a (bad) proxy for “productivity”.
Labyrinth Adventure Game came today, and it’s even cooler than I thought it would be! Who wants to play?
Field Notes made a D&D 5E Character Journal. 🎲
Another great decision-making question from James Clear’s newsletter:
“Will this cost me time in the future or save me time in the future?”
Finished 📚 Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Remove layers of abstraction and build relationships with people as directly as possible. Serve others.
When information is crowdsourced, new avenues of manipulation arise. Consider this hack of driving directions as an example.
I’d cosign most of these: “Things I Believe About Software Engineering” by Wesley Aptekar-Cassels
Reminder, you can use RSS feeds to follow specific categories of my blog, if you want to check only certain topics. Here’s my list with explanations and RSS feed links.
Software Assurance Maturity Model v2 is live! #appsec #OWASP #SAMM #OpenSAMM
burning by Lunarbaboon
📚 Finished The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ What if we took similar events to Neal Stephenson’s Seveneves but started the story earlier in history, and gave more attention to humanity? This is that book, and it’s really good.
📚 Finished Four Futures by Peter Frase. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ How might humans respond to work automation and ecological crisis? Frase presents four possible futures, not to predict but to warn and educate. Ch. 2 is important as it discusses the major problems with idea “ownership”. #AbolishIP
Recently finished 📚 Immunity to Change by Robert Kegan & Lisa Laskow Lahey. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Recommended for complex vertical/psychological development. Good companion to The Map by Keith M. Eigel & Karl W. Kuhnert. Immunity is more promotional but also has more how-to guidance.
I liked Malcolm Gladwell’s 📚 Talking to Strangers, but I liked this podcast of him talking about the topic even better. He was more cutting, witty, etc. Great dynamic between Ezra and Malcolm on the show.
‘King was arrested 29 times in his short life. Many of those times, he was charged with “disturbing the peace.”’
From “Why we need to move closer to King’s understanding of nonviolence” from Waging Nonviolence.
What are the tech companies that are doing the most harm? What would be your top 5? Here is Slate’s list.
📚 Finished A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Mostly an incredible conclusion to the story. Suffered from inconsistent portrayal of Egwene and Gawyn that went contrary to their character arcs. Rand parts also a little hokey with Mormon stuff.
Checking out the preview from the new Igorrr album. First track and we already have breakbeats, metal, funk, etc. all in one song. Love his creativity. 🎵
Interested in Live Action role-playing games? Live within driving distance of Indianapolis? Come join our group! We’ll try games like Inheritance by Burning Wheel HQ, The Forgotten by Andrew Medeiros, Winterhorn and other LARPs by Bully Pulpit Games.
“The kingdom of heaven is in a basement”
Parables of the Kingdom: a poem from Isaiah Lewis from Mercy Community Church it Atlanta, Georgia.
“It’s very easy to come up with superficially persuasive arguments that can justify just about anything. The job of an intelligent populace is to see whether those arguments can actually withstand scrutiny.”
📚 Finished Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ With this book, it’s really coming together. I really enjoyed the Perrin, Egwene, Gawyn, Galad, etc. story-crossover scene. Also, Perrin is still the best.
blood now accounts for 2% of the country’s exports – more than corn or soy
I’m a day late, but here’s this year’s results for Public Domain Day! 📚 #AbolishIP
Yay! 📚 Readwise.io silently added Pocket to their automatic list.
📚 Finished The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson, the other day. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I can see why folks like Egwene, now!
I just read this out loud to the gathered family. 🤣 ‘I am going to say quiet words in your face just like I did with Trump’: a conversation with the Zuckerbot - Technology - The Guardian
With all the data Google collects, they still don’t do year/decade stats for you. Steven Tursi has created a process and script so you can get the Spotify Yearly Review for your Google Music 🎵 listens. Cool!
August Burns Red makes my favorite offbeat Christmas music. Sleddin’ Hill was really good. Here’s the more recent Winter Wilderness EP.
📚 Finished Educated by Tara Westover. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ An incredible book that was not what I expected it to be. Tara’s memoir tells of her time growing up with what I can most-succinctly describe as “the worst Facebook people”, which does it no justice.
from Part two of Thank You, Anarchy over at Experimental Theology:
“who do you think is trying harder to obey Jesus, the anarchists or the church?…Matthew 20.25-27”
📚 Finished The Pioneers by David McCullough ⭐️⭐️⭐️
It was surprising to me that this focused on what we now think of as the midwest, and the southeast midwest, at that. This was the west back then.
I enjoy being a student of resistance movements and anarchist communities because I think the church is a similar type of community and movement.
📚 Finished Power of Now by Echkhart Tolle. ⭐️⭐️
I received my Trilemma Adventures Compendium 1 book, and it’s the coolest physical RPG book I’ve ever seen. Great format, color, layout, lay flat, appendices, maps…you name it.
Awesome new shirt & bag for sustaining members of Waging Nonviolence, along with the description behind each icon.
A theory on spicy food from SMBC.
📚 Finished Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I wish it had included discussion guides/questions like the first book!
We’re seeing more like this, and it’s excellent subversive action like Jesus’s examples of: turning the other cheek, carrying the extra mile, or stripping off and giving your clothes. Church nativity scene puts the holy family in cages.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Finished Reading 📚 How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan
Finished reading: Knife of Dreams by Robert Jordan 📚
Currently reading: How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan 📚
If you follow me on Goodreads, you may be inundated, today. I will be adding many to my list because NPR’s 2019 version of Book Concierge is out! I enjoy going through the “Eye-opening Reads” list.
Did you (or are you planning to) engage in an alternative activity to Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Please share. #OptOutside #BuyNothingDay
From an RPG with niece and nephew. A Risus-based TF2-inspired build-as-you-go game where the agents had to shut down a Mann Co robot factory.
Edit: full writeup now here
I added a new resource to my Security Thinking for Big Data reference. “A Practical Way to Include an Ethics Review in Your Development Processes” from Laminar Group.
Another feelgood comic from maximumble.
Links for Resilience #5, with “Coercion-Resistant Design”, horseshoe crabs, seaweed for cows, and more.
Finished 📚 How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. Highly recommended. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Sunday quote courtesy of readwise:
Fort Collins Mennonite Fellowship regains the right to provide storage lockers to homeless in their community. What if more Christians fought for the ability to help people, instead of the ability to harm them?
TIL: Indianapolis has the second highest number of evictions, second only to NYC (statistic courtesy of Eviction Lab and Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis)
Happy IndyGo Red Line day! Red Line Events (Yes, this is a horrible name for an urban project, but one that will help many people in the city.)
Another tribute to Ursula K. le Guin: Kim Stanley Robinson at the Long Now
Who’s surprised these newfound alt-right free speech warriors aren’t coming to the defense of meat-alternative producers? “officials in nearly 30 states have proposed bills to prohibit companies from using words such as meat, burger, sausage, jerky or hot dog”
The latest Links for Resilience newsletter is out, featuring stories on Security, Sustainability, Society, and Self.
📚 Recommended: How Long ‘Ti’l Black Future Month N.K. Jemisin.
Finished 📚: The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. Highly recommended. I haven’t rated a book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ in a long time! (There’s only 14 such books)
I’m back from #GenCon19, so I released a podcast about Games! Available now for subscribers of Resilient.
How to tie any knot: Animated Knots
“Life Tip: when deciding whether to keep something, imagine it as a human friend.” from SMBC
I started a “stress note” in my Notes app where I keep a list of whatever I’m anxious about. Anytime I add something new I reread my past worries and if they no longer matter (which is usually the case), instead of deleting them I apply the strikethrough style. There is something very calming and self-affirming in doing this, and as the list grows I actually find it very beautiful to look at.
from Cool Tools
Have any of you already played Bloc by Bloc?
Churchwide Statement on the Abuse of Child Migrants passes near-unanimously (2 of 495 dissent) #MennoCon19
And here’s a more detailed story #MennoCon19
“Immigrants Avoiding Deportation at Churches Face Big Fines” A couple of these sanctuary churches mentioned are Mennonite churches. #MennoCon19
We are voting on a new resolution at #MennoCon19 tomorrow. Here’s a scan of the text. “Churchwide Statement on the Abuse of Child Migrants”
Find #MennoCon19 daily news at the “KC Sauce”.
It’s often frustrating to try to figure out the direct flight options from a city. Not anymore. Flights From
As I read this post about “Calm Technology”, an annoying subscribe popup happened right as I got to the “annoying notifications” spot on the chart. There’s also an obnoxious banner running through the whole article. Unacceptable. Change has to start with oneself.
Happy Juneteenth. May we never give up on freedom and justice.
I had some folks ask for more details about my Digital Declutter experiment. That podcast episode is now up for subscribers of Resilient. #resilient
Short film: Multiverse
Confronted with the reality of a monitored world, people make the rational decision to make the best of it. That is not consent.
Another great essay from Maciej #resilient
Hobonichi finally announces non-dated notebook!
🔗 Links for Resilience #2. Reading for security, society, sustainability, and self.
for Resilient, I interviewed Curtis Brazzell for his Kickstarter project “M is for Malware”. Check it out!
Let’s go #USWNT, let’s go @mPinoe ⚽️
update: US defeats New Zealand 5-0
My latest Resilient newsletter is out: Links for Resilience, where I share articles, quotes, and comments about security, society, and self.
Collection of short films to commemorate the Alien 40th anniversary.
“If I were wrong, what would I see?”
Great question from Margaret Heffernan on the Knowledge Project.
I also like the distinction between “power as orchestration” and “power as domination”. Lots of good items on this episode.
“countering consumerism must start from more robust secular (or religious) theodicy: the building of meaning structures, communities of meaning, that lie outside the realm of the market; and that offer credible answers to the deep foundational questions that continue to haunt us”
“A tech movement spurred by visions of libertarian empowerment and progressive uplift has instead fanned a global resurgence of populism and authoritarianism.”
Join us tonight at OWASP Indianapolis! I am reprising my talk about about Big Data and AI Security. #owasp #ai #security #bigdata #indianapolis
In preparation for my Digital Declutter during lent, I’m paring down the number of people I directly follow on social media to under Dunbar’s Number. This is going to be tough! #DigitalMinimalism
Who wants a lifetime membership for Simplify Magazine (https://simplifymagazine.com)? I have ONE to give away. Share why you’d like to read it. I’ll read the responses for 24 hours and then pick a recipient of the gift.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this Global Youth Learning Framework from Institute for the Future. #Resilience #Learning
This episode of the Knowledge Project has even more great parenting and development insights than the last one I shared.
Excellent episode of the Knowledge Project: Peaceful Parenting. I’m not a parent and I still got a ton out of it.
Accurate: Life Online
Start with Why micro notes/review
“Solitude Deprivation: A state in which you spend close to zero time alone with your own thoughts and free from input from other minds.”
I don’t mind stealing bread
from the mouths of decadence.
But I can’t feed on the powerless
when my cup’s already overfilled.
Google has shared ClusterFuzz.
“ClusterFuzz is a scalable fuzzing infrastructure which finds security and stability issues in software.”
Great episode of Freakonomics Radio. Interview with Domonique Foxworth about sports, economics, labor, and more.
Another approach to app Threat Modeling: Threat Modeling as Code
Clever idea for a fountain pen the cap is scale ruler. #Kickstarter 🖋
On this MLKJ day, as usual, I ask that white people avoid posting light pithy quotes, and instead dig deeper in his message. Letter from a Birmingham Jail is a great place to start.
This morning’s reflection from #BuJo. What does this mean in the #AttentionEconomy ?
Project Alias is a 3D-printed safety feature to add to your home “digital assistant”, inspired by Cordyceps!
Last chance to register for my talk re: Agile Security and DevSecOps
Reminder: don’t eat at Patachou restaurants. First, we had the frivolous lawsuit against Crust, now we have this Grade A bullshit from Patachou.
Come join me next week? Northside Meetup: Agile Security and DevSecOps w/ Todd Grotenhuis - Meetup
“During these times I’ve realized that the call of Jesus’ nonviolent love is to resist the violence of this world with our bodies.”
Awesome Gift List: Resistance Board Games
Cory Doctorow says there’s more to the long-game in the attention wars
This essay from LeGuin helps explain why her 📚 are so great: The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction
Here’s my pick for the Books & Brews mug club