My Heart Bleeds…

There was a problem last week regarding a technology that secures communication on the internet. People have been asking me what the implications might be and how they can secure their data.

Short answer is, it’s always a good idea to change your passwords every few months.

Longer answer (for those who are interested). SSL is the Secure Socket Layer that encrypts communication between your computer and the website. Like talking in code and only you and your best friend have the codewords. The vulnerability allows hackers to intercept the communications with your site and steal your passwords.

Passwords are not perfect and security is an ongoing battle, however for the foreseeable future passwords are still the best option. The best advice is to use a password that is:
longer than 8 characters
A mix of upper and lowercase with numbers
i.e. 8675309Jenny is a pretty good password, and it would take a very long time for a machine or human to guess.

It’s not perfect, but it’s a good start (and better than “123456” or “password”). You can make them longer, harder, more complex, but that tends to make them harder to remember (since we’re only human).

The “BIG” sites that were affected include:
Facebook
Instagram
Linkedin
Pinterest
Tumblr
Google
Yahoo
Ebay
Flickr
Netflix
Youtube
Dropbox

To test if a certain site is still vulnerable, go here:
https://filippo.io/Heartbleed

To see a simple explanation of how this vulnerability works:
http://xkcd.com/1354/
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Thomas Dolby and The Invisible Lighthouse

I have a special place in my heart for Thomas Dolby. I was a fan from a thousand years ago and continue to this day. Most people remember him as an 80’s one hit wonder, but they couldn’t be further from the truth.

He lives in Suffolk, England now and near his home there is a lighthouse. This lighthouse is being reclaimed by the sea. Erosion eats at the land daily and the lighthouse needs to close.

Thomas made a film chronicling the lighthouse, it’s closing and the impact on English culture. None of those are entirely accurate, but it’s a good throw at the dartboard. The movie is silent, so he narrates the film live. His music and voice add life and colour to a wonderful experience.

It felt like being in his living room, enjoying home movies. Thomas was on the floor, his rig assembled in front of the screen, while the rest of us were on folding chairs enjoying the personal journey.

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After the movie, he did a Q&A for a bit, then something a little different. He had a “youtube star” Tim Blaise flown in from Montreal to show off some neat new-media software looping stuff (and ended up doing an acapella version of blinded with science).

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Here’s Tim’s Bohemian Rhapsody

After the guest appearance of Tim, he finished off with about 30 minutes of him playing some songs. He put his laptop up on the screen, so we could see the pro-tools loops, what was being built live, what was recorded. Some of it was triggering video clips (it was awesome seeing young Dolby singing hyperactive on screen with modern Dolby doing all the singing and music).

 

I’ve seen TMDR play numerous times, and every night is different. Every show feels like an event. Thomas makes the world a better place.

 

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Bowie at the A.G.O.

It was fantastic!

There was a bit of a line-up after arrival, but there was a groovy feel to the evening. We (Iben & my son David) picked up our audio tour systems which we these dorky location based music and narration through good sound sennheiser headphones.

The first room was the usual “birth and early days” which was a bit boring and very crowded. I had the fear as we were shuffling along that it was going to be a disappointing night. We skimmed ahead to the next room. That’s when it started to get good.

Different rooms, presentation styles, music and artifacts from six decades of music, fashion, art and life. The museum did an amazing job of set design, giving each area a new feel. The material was stunning. From the mirrored walled holograms of the Ziggy era, to flipping through vinyl racks with alternating albums and storyboards.

You owe it to yourself to go see this installation. My son was not a fan (although he knew “Space Oddity” from astronaut Chris Hadfield’s live performance from space). By the end David was begging for more time in each room to explore. That was our only problem, we didn’t have enough time (we got booted at closing time). Take at least two hours.

There’s a starman waiting in the sky
Hed like to come and meet us
But he thinks he’d blow our minds
There’s a starman waiting in the sky
Hes told us not to blow it
Cause he knows it’s all worthwhile
He told me:
Let the children lose it
Let the children use it
Let all the children boogie

David Bowie Is…

This would either be the shortest post in the world, or the one that takes a lifetime to write. Let’s all raise a glass to the fact that i’m unbearably lazy.

There is a Bowie exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, opening September 27.



It’s a look back at the fashion and art of Mr. Jones over the past 30 years.

David Bowie is the ultimate artist. His ability to read the soul of a human and overlay it with the current beat of human existence gives the illusion that he is an alien dropped on earth. He distills the highs and lows of what is possible and paints it in sound & vision. He challenges the norm and excites the senses.

Can’t wait.

Be Excellent To Each Other

I successfully lobbied my family to watch “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” tonight.

Yes, it was eighties.

Yes, it was cheesy.

But it was fun.

It carried with it the simplicity and earnestness of being young in the world. Trying to do the right thing even when you’re dumb as a post. Trying to win the heart of the princess, even when you’re a doofus in Chuck Taylors and and Van Halen concert shirt.

Life isn’t easy, and life doesn’t always give rewards for the efforts you made, but sometimes the scales of karma balance for the those who don’t worry so much.

Be excellent to each other…

and party on dudes!

My drive to work left me with a question…

Who do i hate more?

1. The jerk who knows the lane is ending. Sees the lineup of 40 cars for the single lane and still drives up the “empty” lane to the front and then merges in.

2. The idiots who setup shop at Starbucks and work there for the day. Do you really need to occupy a table for four with laptop, books papers and other shit that should be kept in your office?