Software Engineering

This past week of Feb­ru­ary was Nation­al Engi­neers Week, and it’s always an excel­lent time to learn about dif­fer­ent engi­neers today as well as those whose shoul­ders we stand on. I haven’t prac­ticed engi­neer­ing as a pro­fes­sion­al in over eight years, but I still work with engi­neers and struc­tur­al engi­neer­ing every day at Bent­ley Sys­tems.… Con­tin­ue read­ing Soft­ware Engineering

Octavia Butler’s Oankali

Amy Deng’s Oankali for an art exer­cise “Imag­in­ing the Oankali.” A Google image search for Oankali and Ooloi does’t turn up much oth­er than a lot of rough fan art, but I liked this draw­ing a lot; as much because of its ana­lyt­i­cal approach as the rep­re­sen­ta­tion itself. For the sec­ond year now, I’ve read… Con­tin­ue read­ing Octavia Butler’s Oankali

The Real Glass Menagerie

Angela and I were able to go see a local pro­duc­tion of Ten­nessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” Sat­ur­day night. The cast and pro­duc­tion were excel­lent and the audi­ence, our­selves includ­ed, were moved by Lau­ra’s pan­ic attack as Jim arrives and with Tom’s final address of the audi­ence.: Per­haps I am walk­ing along a street at… Con­tin­ue read­ing The Real Glass Menagerie

Categorized as General

When Bruce Schneier weighs in on the secu­ri­ty impli­ca­tions of gov­ern­ment actions, we should all pay attention:

We can­not build a back­door that only works for a par­tic­u­lar type of gov­ern­ment, or only in the pres­ence of a par­tic­u­lar court order.

This is the per­son that coined the phrase “secu­ri­ty the­ater” and he isn’t in the habit of mak­ing up unlike­ly sto­ries to scare us. He is, how­ev­er, very good at under­stand­ing real risks to secu­ri­ty for peo­ple, busi­ness­es, and countries.