Wednesday, November 26

Watching the Watchers

[Watching the Watchers]

Check out Cryptome.

[Via icey at this Fark thread.]

Steven Aftergood is my Hero

[Steven Aftergood is my Hero]

According to this article at the Washington Post:
Aftergood, director of the Federation of American Scientists' Project on Government Secrecy, is an army of one, the David in an era of Goliath-strength government stealth.

Armed with a pocket-size copy of the Constitution, the Freedom of Information Act and an investigator's patience for source-building, Aftergood is out to slay what he sees as the arbitrariness of the U.S. system for classifying documents to keep them secret.

To do that, he asks foundations and donors for $150,000 a year ("in a good year") to keep his online newsletter, Secrecy News, and staff of one — himself — going. He often scoops the national media with anecdotes about government attempts to keep information secret.

In fact, the government's classification chief, J. William Leonard, has bookmarked Aftergood's Web site because it is usually easier to find critical national security documents there than on government Web sites. As director of the Information Security Oversight Office, Leonard has one goal for enhancing his office's Web offerings: "I want my information to be posted on my Web site before it's posted on Steve's. It's a matrix we have yet to meet."
Mr Atgood's newsletter will now be on my list of regular reads.

[Note: I'd like to ask the editor, the writer, or perhaps Mr Leonard himself about the use of matrix in the last quote: "Did y'all mean metric?"]

Tuesday, November 25

Who are you David Brazil?

[Who are you David Brazil?]

I don't know David, but his list of books For Crystal would work for me.

Legaleze

[Legaleze]

I've been looking at a lot of contracts recently. Both for work, and in reviewing things like my mobile phone, and such. And, I've been thinking about what relationship contracts written by lawyers might look like . . . .
Confidentiality — All parties shall keep confidential all information regarding the other party's business and affairs, including, but not limited to, information about said party's other relationships [regardless of significance] information concerning said party's financial situations, historical documentation not previously made public, disclosures made with or without caveat, provided, however, that neither party shall be obligated to keep confidential information which is made public through no breach of this Agreement.

If either party is required by court order [request for documents, civil investigative demand or similar process] or subpoena to disclose any information construed as confidential, the other party shall be informed by the ordered or subpoenaed party promptly. The ordered or subpoenaed party shall disclose only the minimum information required to be disclosed in order to comply with legal action.

Termination for Contiguous Material Breach — If contiguous material breach of this Agreement by either party continues more than seven (7) days, the non-breaching party shall provide adequate notice [note: at all points in this Agreement, and, unless otherwise noted, "adequate notice" implies notice acknowledged by the receiving party] to the breaching party describing the nature of the breach and the steps necessary to cure the breach. The breaching party shall be encouraged to retort in full. Post notification, the breaching party shall have fourteen (14) days to cure the breach. If at the end of fourteen (14) days the breach has not been cured, the non-breaching party will provide adequate notice to the breaching party describing why the cure was ineffective, and the breaching party shall have an additional seven (7) days to cure. If at the end of this seven (7) days the breach has not been cured, the non-breaching party may terminate the Agreement by delivery of adequate notice to the other party.

Termination for Consecutive Incidental Material Breach — If incidental material breach of this Agreement by either party continues more than two (2) consecutive incidents, the non-breaching party shall provide adequate notice to the breaching party describing the nature of the breach(es) and the steps necessary to cure the breach(es). The breaching party shall be encouraged to retort in full. Post notification, the breaching party shall be allotted one (1) additional consecutive incident wherein the breach(es) shall not recur. Should the breach(es) recur during this allotted incident, the non-breaching party shall provide adequate notice to the breaching party describing the nature of the breach(es) and the steps necessary to cure the breach(es), and a description of why the cure [if any] was ineffective, and the breaching party shall be allotted one (1) additional consecutive incident during which a cure may be provided. If during this fourth (4th) and final incident the breach has not been cured, the non-breaching party may terminate the Agreement by delivery of adequate notice to the other party.

Termination for Non-Consecutive Incidental Material Breach — If incidental material breach of this Agreement by either party continues more than one-third (1/3) of any twelve (12) consecutive incidents [four (4) incidents out of twelve (12)], the non-breaching party shall provide adequate notice to the breaching party describing the nature of the breach(es) and the steps necessary to cure the breach(es). The breaching party shall be encouraged to retort in full. Post notification, the breaching party shall be allotted six (6) additional consecutive incidents wherein out of the total of eighteen (18) incidents the breach(es) shall have occurred fewer than one-third of the time [six (6) total breaching incidents out of the eighteen (18) most recent consecutive incidents]. Should the breach(es) recur during the six (6) additional consecutive allotted incidents in large enough number that the total amount of breaching incidents is larger than one-third (1/3) of the eighteen (18) most recent consecutive incidents, the non-breaching party shall provide adequate notice to the breaching party describing the nature of the breach(es) and the steps necessary to cure the breach(es), and a description of why the cure [if any] was ineffective, and the breaching party shall be allotted six (6) additional consecutive incidents wherein out of the total of twenty-four (24) incidents the breach(es) shall have occurred fewer than one-third of the time [eight (8) total breaching incidents out of the twenty-four (24) most recent consecutive incidents]. Should the breach(es) recur during the six (6) additional consecutive allotted incidents in large enough number that the total amount of breaching incidents is larger than one-third (1/3) of the twenty-four (24) most recent consecutive incidents, the non-breaching party may terminate the Agreement by delivery of adequate notice to the other party.

Force Majeure — Neither party will be deemed in default of this Agreement to the extent that performance of its obligations or attempts to cure any breach are delayed or prevented by reason of any act of God, fire, natural disaster, accident, act of government, strikes or other labor disturbances, shortages of material, supplies or utilities, or any other cause beyond the control of such party ["Force Majeure"], provided, that such party gives the other party prompt [as quickly as circumstances allow] and adequate notice thereof and uses good faith efforts to so perform or cure. In the event of such a Force Majeure, all parties shall perform such parts of the Services as they are capable of performing.
Perhaps this is only funny to me.

Sigh.

Tuesday, November 18

More Enneagram

[More Enneagram]

Tonight, I took the longer Enneagram Personality Test. The results are a little different:

Type 1 Perfectionism |||||| 22%
Type 2 Helpfulness |||||||||||| 41%
Type 3 Ambition |||||||||||||| 51%
Type 4 Sensitivity |||||||||||| 41%
Type 5 Detachment |||||||||||| 48%
Type 6 Anxiety |||||||||||| 42%
Type 7 Adventurousness |||||||||| 38%
Type 8 Hostility |||||||||||||||||| 74%
Type 9 Calmness |||||||||||||| 51%
Your Conscious-Surface type is 8w9
Your Unconscious-Overall type is 7w8

conscious self
overall self


Hmmmmm. I found more info everywhere. This seemed interesting. . . . . But, what does it all mean?

Too much for tonight. Off to bed.

Sunday, November 16

Sharing Too Much | Something to Ponder

[Sharing Too Much | Something to Ponder]

Okay, I took the Enneagram Personality Test. Here are the results:

Type 1 Perfectionism |||| 14%
Type 2 Helpfulness |||||||||||| 42%
Type 3 Ambition |||||||||| 38%
Type 4 Sensitivity |||||||||||||| 58%
Type 5 Detachment |||||||||||||||| 62%
Type 6 Anxiety |||||||||||| 50%
Type 7 Adventurousness |||||||||| 38%
Type 8 Hostility |||||||||||||||||| 74%
Type 9 Calmness |||||||||||||| 58%
Your Conscious-Surface type is 8w9
Your Unconscious-Overall type is 6w7

conscious self
overall self


Hmmmmm. I dunno about all that . . . .

Although I can act with callous indifference toward others, and I am introverted and indecisive, I don't think I hide it when I like someone. Hmmmmmm. Perhaps I do. Perhaps I appear to like everyone and I hide my feelings in that way.

And, are my defining characteristics hostility and detachment?

Something to ponder . . . .

Math is Sexy

[Math is Sexy]


"The images in this room are created entirely from mathematical algorithms. If you find them offensive in any way, all I can say is that beauty (or obscenity) is in this case most certainly in the eye of the beholder."

Blah Blah Blah

[Blah Blah Blah]

Yeah, I know, I've not been updating. I kept thinking I'd get around to it, but hadn't been possible from work. Work's not been particularly busy, but it has been trying. There were changes made recently. Subterfuge and spin are almost as exhausting for careful observers as they are for the participants.

And I haven't been updating from home, because I've either been too distracted to concentrate or attempting to sleep when I'm not working. I've had issues with insomnia for the first time in months. I slept perhaps two or three hours a night from last Sunday through Thursday. Finally, Thursday night, I slept from 8:30 pm to 6:30 am. And, I thought it was over. But, last night, I saw most of the hours on the alarm clock. For a while, I practiced counting to see how accurately I could count a minute. Perhaps tonight . . . .

And now, I shall post a few of the things I this week without much comment:
  • I am eager to read, but haven't yet read Gore Vidal's latest scathe.

  • I skimmed but didn't fully digest comments by the always fascinating Geoff at Coherence Engine on narrative and hyperfiction.

  • I did read the horoscopes. Why? Dunno. Perhaps because they take so little brain. Not that you should believe them, but you should check this week. Especially, you, Cancer, and you, Sagittarius.

  • Jeremy provided more fuel for my scoptophobia by directing me to BoingBoing.

  • It seems that I'm a bit late on noticing the Plug'n'Pray conversion kits. But, if you haven't, you should.

What else? Well, I had intended to go to the theatre this evening to see Dreams of Desire, but cancelled at the last minute. Although I hate it when anyone does that to me, I find myself doing it to others frequently — especially when I'm feeling out of sorts. I rarely cancel because I have something "better" to do. In fact, I cannot recall the last time that happened. I would like to see the play. Perhaps I'll go next weekend, which is, I believe, the last.

Instead, I took a nap, and worked on my football picks. I'm ranked #1 out of 33 in the office pool. Thus far this season, I've picked correctly 87 times and incorrectly 57, which is pretty good considering I watch perhaps an hour of football total each week. But, I still haven't won an individual week. I'm just more consistent than everyone else. Maybe this week I'll take the pot.

Off to bed so I can practice counting minutes.

Sunday, November 9

Sex, Football and Chili

[Sex, Football and Chili]

I've clicked through Forbes intermittently for some time. Kinda strange, then, that I missed this article on why sex is necessary. [BTW, gentle reader, SexBlogs is always abreast of such issues.]

Well, according to the article, benefits of frequent sex include:
  • Improved sense of smell
  • Weight loss, overall fitness
  • Reduced depression
  • Pain-relief
  • Less-frequent colds and flu
  • Better teeth
And, ladies . . . .
Dr. Claire Bailey of the University of Bristol says there is little or no risk of a woman's overdosing on sex. In fact, she says, regular sessions can not only firm a woman's tummy and buttocks but also improve her posture.

Dr. George Winch Jr., an obstetrician/gynecologist in Elko, Nev., concurs. If a woman is pre-menopausal and otherwise healthy, says Dr. Winch, her having an extraordinary amount of intercourse ought not to pose a problem. "I don't think women can have too much intercourse," he says, "so long as no sexually transmitted disease is introduced and there's not an inadvertent pregnancy. Sometimes you can have a lubrication problem. If you have that, there can be vaginal excoriation—vaginal scrape."
I certainly wouldn't want that.

Can men have too much sex?
"Yes," says Dr. Eid, "It is possible for a young man who is very forceful and who likes rough sex, to damage his erectile tissue." The drugs [Viagra and Levitra] increase rigidity; moreover, they make it possible for a man to have second and third orgasms without having to wait out intermission.

"I see it in pro football players," says Eid. "They use Viagra because they're so sexually active. What they demand of their body is unreasonable. It's part of playing football: you play through the pain." This type of guy doesn't listen to his body. He takes a shot of cortisone, and keeps on going. And they have sex in similar fashion."

Interesting.

And, you wondered how I would segue into football. Ha!

I again have no chance of winning this week on the football pool. I do have a chance, however of overtaking first place for the year. Astonishing. Truly.

I watched a bit of a few games today while I was cleaning the kitchen and cooking. I made chili. I made a lot of chili. I've never been good at cooking in reasonable quantities, and it's hard to make a small amount of chili anyway. So, I made a vat. [Perhaps I was thinking about all those football players overexerting themselves.] I didn't eat any of the chili. It's always better a day or two later.

Phone-Free Weekend

[Phone-Free Weekend]

I don't have a home phone. Mobile's just easier. I don't need a home phone, and Ameritech's customer service is so shitty that I got away from them as soon as I had another option. That was about four years ago. I had cable internet access before that, so I didn't need a phone for that. Telemarketers haven't ever been allowed to target mobile exchanges, a great bonus.

The only problem is that I'm intermittently absent-minded.

I've mislaid my phone perhaps ten times over the years, and I've, luckily, always gotten it back. Some kind soul would phone numbers on the speed dial until one of my friends [usually Keely] would agree to pick it up for me. Or, I'd call my own phone and the finder would answer and meet me. Regardless, I've always gotten it back.

I also occasionally forget my phone at the office. Before last Friday, though, it's always happened on a week night.

But, now, because I've not gone back to the office to pick it up, I've had a phone-free weekend. It's odd.

Sunday, November 2

Priorities & Intentions

[Priorities & Intentions]

I had intended to clean the bathroom, edit my work to-do journal, fix my AvangGo channels, put away all of the laundry, and peruse my big Leondardo Da Vinci book.

I ended up fixing my football pick spreadsheet [changed the weight of at home/away percentages, and added bye-weeks, recent upsets, last-week losses as considerations], putting away some of the laundry, baking a pumpkin pie, eating way too much [I dunno what's wrong with me, but I couldn't seem to find enough food today . . . . I'm just amazed I avoided eating the pie], watching Alias and some football, and napping.

I am weak.