June 23, 2011

Check Yourself

Seems someone in the house today woke up on the wrong side of five beds. And im not talking about the baby.  Bitchy is an understatement for today. But the baby is having his moments again today.

And my name was mentioned because the garbage can, which was empty when i left for work and over full when i cam home from work, still sat in the washroom. Seems no one could be bothered to take it out to the trash.And i've stated, if people can't take the damn thing out when they fill it up, then it can sit there. It's less then 15 feet from the washroom. But I guess picking up a garbage bag is too heavy for most people. So maybe I'll take the whole damn thing out and leave it in the garage for tonight's trash man.

So far, ass, bitch, shit and fuck are about every other word coming out of the mouth. I could understand a moment or two of having  a really bad day, as I have them from time to time. But this is an everyday thing.  And I know if the grandparents were still alive, none of this would be happening.

Executive for a Week?

So apparently, I won a contest at work because i had the highest numbers for the month. So being the winner, I get my boss's boss's office for a week. Sounds like fun, but it's not me. I remember the email vaguely, describing the contest. However, i deleted it and never thought about it again.

I'm not one for contests at work, unless it has something to do with raising money for a worth while cause. I've always been one to just show up at work and do my job and leave. I've dealt with customers for the better part of the last 30 years. Be it working in fast food at 15, the automotive retail world for 4-5 years, department stores, etc. I treat each customer as i am a customer myself. A lot of people don't get that. 

Im not a salesman though. I cannot sell ice to Eskimo's. I can offer something of beneficial value, if I know it will help. Something I learned while working for Advanced Auto for so many years. But not this job. 

I've been in the office for 3 days so far, today making number 4. It's is nice to have some quiet while working, however I miss the daily jabber with my co-workers around me. So it's kinda isolating.  But it's worth it.

I get a nice dinner as well. Most of the times when things like this happen, Red Lobster or another nice restaurant is chosen. It's okay, but I'm me. So i chose iHop. Besides, I've been craving pancakes for awhile. So why not let work pay for them.

June 13, 2011


For ten long years now, America has been at war. At war with Iraq, war with terrorist and a war amongst ourselves. Both economically and emotionally. After ten long years, one has to wonder when is it going to end?

Our freedoms, as there is not only one freedom, has never come at a cheap price. But as time has gone on, not only us as a whole, but as individuals as well, have taken a lot of these freedoms for granted. Sometimes to a point, that we no longer question authority or our leaders. 

With this whole War on Terror, it kinda reminds me of being a kid and always reading about the War on Drugs. A war in which there was no one enemy, like in a typical conflict. But a group of individuals that made up a faction. It was a war in which we spent billions of dollars and yet really didn't get no where. To this day, there are still millions and millions of dollars worth of drugs, making their way into our country every day. Not a very successful war if you ask me. 

So, I have to ask the same question. Is this whole War on Terror successful? Yes, we have been able to pull out some of the most dangerous criminals and terrorists. And like the War on Drugs, there was someone to take their place.  History has shown, that there will always be some lunatic out there, wanting to cause harm on others for nothing more then his own beliefs. 

Being a former member of the military, part of the famed 101st Airborne, I know what it's like in the military. Though I was lucky and unlucky at the same time, I never saw the light of combat. But when a fellow soldier falls, it eats away at the heart. 

Such as the recent loss of a fellow soldier, Devin Snyder, who at 20 years of age, was killed in Afghanistan on June 3rd. 20 years of age! Why? Her and three others were hit by an IED, all 3 perished.  All three, who like a lot before them were trying to protect our freedoms. 

I respect Devin and the others. I respect any member of the military. But I have to question the authority. Call it my nature. Was there a reason she, as well as all of the others have had to perish? Was there another way around all of this? How many more will perish before we can safely say, No More?

I have lost a lot of friends and family members over the years. However, loosing a fellow soldier always seems to hit just a bit closer to home. 

I mean, 11 years after the fact, we are still arguing over money and there is still no memorial for those lost in 9/11. We are supposed to be a  country based on freedom of religion, freedom of expression and freedom of persecution. Yet everyday, we are put into and put ourselves into a position to fight against these very things. We have taken cue's from our leadership and have learn to live by that without question. 

So in ten more years, will we still be fighting the same war? If so,  I have this bad feeling it won't be on some foreign soil. But if history has anything to prove, it will be in our own back yard. 


To A Fallen Comrade

You are a professional. You are a guardian of freedom for those of us who could not defend ourselves. You are a guardian of the American way of life. May your actions never go unnoticed. Rest in Peace Sgt. Devin Snyder. 

You're Poison

No, nothing related to the Alice Cooper song. But the mind and attitude of someone in my family. It's one thing to wake up with a sinus headache and a sore knee due to arthritis. But to constantly wake up to the mouth, the crying kid, the 8 year old who thinks she's 21 with a pompous and arrogant attitude, it drains you day in and day out. And that's all before your day even starts. 

With phrases like, "get out of my face before i knock you the fuck out," "thanks a lot asshole,"  and my favorites, "get the fuck away from me," all aimed at the 8 year old, one has to wonder if the child will be knocked up by the time she is 16. 

Now, I've been yelled at, spanked and beaten grown up. Got beat for a couple of things no one remembers what for. But I was never spoken to as a child this way. And I think I turned out fairly well.   They say like parent like child. So one can assume with great certainty that the child will be the same.

But it doesn't help that the child has no discipline either. She thinks she is the center of the universe and everything revolves around her. Well I got news for her, come high school, she may get it knocked out of her. Now I understand kids need to be kids. But here you have a kid trying to be an adult, and more or less, she is being tutored by her mother on how to do so. And yet, at the same time, she is trying to be a kid with very bad results. She lies so often, she don't know when she is telling the truth. Just like her parents, aunts and uncles. 

And then there is the whole lack of common sense. Like turning the cable box off, yet leaving the tv on. Or in broad day light, instead of using the lamps, turn on all the lights in the house except the lamps and leaving them on. Though i'm still trying to figure out why, the child must go to the bathroom or take a bath and leave the door wide open? When time after time she has been told not to. Is she afraid the water monster is going to get her? Or is she afraid she is going to miss something. 

 As time goes on, I hate to be the one who said, "I told you so." But from just watching and listening, I may be the one. But as time goes on, I hope to be made a liar out of. But the questions is, how long will it take?

June 4, 2011

Loss of Insanity

No one has sanity anymore. The rules count by how much Insanity you have and how well you use it. 

I've finally gotten on a new work schedule after about 8-9 months of 5pm to 2am. During that time, I was well versed in insomnia. Many night's, I didn't get to bed much before 8am. Now, the new shift is from noon to 9pm. Really good for me. With the exception of training myself to get to bed early. As in the other night. Bed by 1am, up at 2:30am back to sleep around 7:30am. Up at 10, work by noon. Yeah that didn't work out well.

So i'm working a few hours I took off yesterday, today. Kind of reminds me of an old Huey Lewis & the News song, I want a New Drug.  The loss of my Insanity makes me want something to keep it intact!

The Ability to Hijack Facebook/Twitter Accounts.

Just like Firesheep, Faceniff allows someone to hijack the cookies sessions for FB over wifi. In doing so, you have full access to that persons FB session, profile, messages, etc. This program also works on Twitter.

One of the basic security aspects of any site is just that security. With Sony's multiple hacks, and it being revealed they are storing passwords in plain text, it goes to show you how much security is highly taken with a lot of companies.

Though firesheep has been out for awhile, Faceniff is a new app for the Adroid phones. It currently works on just about all versions of wireless encryption. It doesn't however work phone to phone. only phone to pc. As the phones actually encrypt the data as it leaves. however the guy that made this app, states he may include ssl stripping. personally, i don't want to see that. but it's not mine.

i was able to use this app as a test with a friend at work, with his permission. took over his account and posted as him on his FB. he laughed, then said, don't do it again!! lol

i can see a lot of useful things for this. But we all know where this type of app ends up and who uses it.

one way around this, until sites like face book and twitter start encrypting session cookies is to use auto ssl to connect. since this app cannot yet connect or read the ssl sessions, that will keep you safe.

for now!


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