Java Zen:Thinking Out Loud Tuesday, 2021.01.26
Zymurgy's Law of Volunteer Labor: People are always available for work in the past tense.


Thursday Afternoon Yellow Flower

I honestly don’t know what kind of flower this is, but is sure is bright and cheerful. Enjoy…


Wednesday Evening Rose


Tuesday Afternoon Yarrow


Moon Over Manhattan

Times Square, actually.

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The moon is in the upper left part of the image. That bright object in the upper right is a street light…or a UFO, I wasn’t really paying attention.


Dear New York Times, Go Out Of Business Already

In the New York Times: Unlike Others, U.S. Defends Freedom to Offend in Speech

Damn straight, Gray Lady…er…Lady of Deathly Pallor. And also unlike others, we’re the stronger, freer nation.

“A couple of years ago, a Canadian magazine published an article arguing that the rise of Islam threatened Western values. The article’s tone was mocking and biting, but it said nothing that conservative magazines and blogs in the United States do not say every day without fear of legal reprisal.”

Just the conservatives? The setting on Adam Liptak’s nanny firewall is clearly blocking the hate dripping and oozing from such sites as HuffPo, Daily KOS and even Barack Obama’s official web site. In either case, such things are not said “without fear or legal reprisal”, rather they are said under the protection of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Some prominent legal scholars say the United States should reconsider its position on hate speech.

“It is not clear to me that the Europeans are mistaken,” Jeremy Waldron, a legal philosopher, wrote in The New York Review of Books last month, “when they say that a liberal democracy must take affirmative responsibility for protecting the atmosphere of mutual respect against certain forms of vicious attack.”

Yes, visibility from the ever elevating Ivory Tower must be a challenge these days, Professor. “Affirmative responsibility?” What the hell is that? Makes as much sense as “negative responsibility.” Is this how legal philosophers talk amongst themselves whilst sipping brandy and smoking Virginia Slims on the balcony?

Professor Waldron was reviewing “Freedom for the Thought That We Hate: A Biography of the First Amendment” by Anthony Lewis, the former New York Times columnist. Mr. Lewis has been critical of efforts to use the law to limit hate speech.

But even Mr. Lewis, a liberal, wrote in his book that he was inclined to relax some of the most stringent First Amendment protections “in an age when words have inspired acts of mass murder and terrorism.” In particular, he called for a re-examination of the Supreme Court’s insistence that there is only one justification for making incitement a criminal offense: the likelihood of imminent violence.

The map is not the territory, guys. The word is not the thing. If an artist can understand this, maybe you professorial philosophy types should switch to smoking pipes.

Laws that attempt to eliminate words which supposedly “inspired acts of mass murder and terrorism” are unenforceable and subject the vast majority of the population to the tyranny of the select few who “define” such words. It’s what’s happening in Canada.

The State jargon of despots such as Hussein, Stalin, Hitler and Mao was the politically correct language of their respective States and times. You won’t eliminate mass murder and terrorism by controlling speech. It’s more probable you will help pave the way toward the next set of global atrocities.

Harvey A. Silverglate, a civil liberties lawyer in Cambridge, Mass., disagreed. “When times are tough,” he said, “there seems to be a tendency to say there is too much freedom.”

“Free speech matters because it works,” Mr. Silverglate continued. Scrutiny and debate are more effective ways of combating hate speech than censorship, he said, and all the more so in the post-Sept. 11 era.

“The world didn’t suffer because too many people read ‘Mein Kampf,’ ” Mr. Silverglate said.



Secure A Country And An Obama Good Night’s Beauty Sleep

Charles Johnson has been shooting security fish in a barrel over at Barack Obama’s official campaign web site. He has a valid point. Obama’s web site isn’t just some hobby site…it’s the official site for a candidate to the Presidency of the United States of America. It would be embarrassing if it were a hobby site. Instead, it’s a little disturbing. A bit like John Edwards’ lack of ability to vet the bloggers he hired as part of his campaign.

Well, good news! Obama’s minions have noticed they need help and have put out the call: Secure a Website and an Obama Victory

Well, seeing how so many other things have been disappearing, Nacht und Nebel like, over at Obama’s web site, I’ve taken the liberty and freedom to repost the job opening:

Secure a Website and an Obama Victory

Obama for America is looking for a network security expert who wants to play a key role in a historic political campaign and help elect Barack Obama as the next President of the United States.
In this role, you will be responsible for:

* Analyzing the network architecture for the My.BarackObama website
* Leading an overhaul of existing security systems and architecture, including policy, firewall, VPN, and networking equipment
* Developing a strategy for responding to hack attempts, DDoS attacks, and other potential threats
* Establishing and managing the security posture of the online campaign My.BarackObama

You must have:

* 3+ years experience in security field or as a security specialist
* A deep understanding of LAMP development processes and best practices Current knowledge of the state of the Internet security landscape
* Proven history of security policy development and implementation
* Proven experience implementing security solutions in clustered, loadbalanced web hosting environments
* Experience with both free and commercial firewall and VPN products
* 3+ years experience maintaining UNIX/Linux systems
* Project plan development and implementation
* Knowledge of routing, switching, and VPN technologies
* Experience configuring networking equipment, including routers, switches, and firewalls
* A willingness to respond off-hours to high urgency security situations

Special consideration given to candidates who have:

* Experience with LAMP applications
* Current security certification (SANS/CISSP, etc.)
* Policy enforcement, auditing, and penetration testing experience
* Knowledge of current e-commerce regulation and requirements (PCI, etc.)
* Understanding of two-factor authentication methods

Unfortunately, this looks to be a boilerplate job application. Given the lax security over at Chez Obama, the Java Zen Table, Chair and Counter Espionage team uncovered this job posting, apparently meant for sometime in the future:

Secure a Country and an Obama Good Night’s Beauty Sleep

Obama for America is looking for a Homeland Security Czar who wants to play at keepin’ stuff from blowin’ up and stuff. It’s a key role in a historic political regime and will help elect Barack Obama as the permanent President of the United States of Arabia.

In this role, you will be responsible for:

* Frowning meaningfully over the network architecture for the My.BarackObama website
* Changing the oil in existing security systems and architecture, including policy, firewall, VPN, networking equipment and other techie sounding things
* Praying for a strategy for responding to hack attempts, DDoS attacks, and other potential threats
* Projecting a managerial and secure posture while online at My.BarackObama
* Picking up the debris left over from bomb blasts and such

You must have:

* 3+ weeks experience in security field, security specialist or a home security company
* A deep understanding of how a lamp works
* Current knowledge of all 60 states in the USA and ability to recognize a secure landscape
* Proven history of things historical
* Proven experience working with a team known for it’s ability to operate as a load balanced cluster ****
* Experience with working for free
* 3+ years experience maintaining eunuchs systems
* Experience with project plan development and implementation and development and implementation and development and implementation and development and implementation
* Knowledge of back stabbing, blaming, non-apology apologizing, bait and switching and herbal remedies
* A willingness to look fabulous at all hours while responding to high urgency security situations

Special consideration given to candidates who have:

* Experience with lamps and lamp shades (English and metric)
* Current vaccinations and immunizations
* Policy “enforcement”, “auditing”, and “penetration testing” experience…RrrooOOoowww
* Knowledge of what the “e” in e-commerce means
* Understanding of two-faced authentication methods
* Their own uniform

Well, good luck with that, Mr. Obama.


Friday Evening Rose

First of the season…


Where Is The Monkey?

The only primates to be found were those crawling all over the streets at the foot of this majestic building.


Rules Strictly Enforced…

…except when they’re not.


Fire In The Sky

After some relaxing time spend mixing and pouring concrete (Seriously. It’s for a walkway in the back yard.), I was cleaning up the tools when I stopped and noticed a very strange light shining on me. The sun had already set and it was getting dark, or should have been. For a split second, I thought there was a search light pointed directly at me from up above. Turning around revealed a magnificent, brilliant thunderhead rising up in the East, high enough so the crown could catch the sun just beyond the horizon. The reflected light was nothing short of spectacular.

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Monday Morning Columbine

Man Bag…

…New York City style.



I’m in the midst of the consulting gig from hell and just finished my fourth straight week commuting between Denver and New York City. Barely enough time to keep up on personal business, let alone blog. But there has been time to think about where I’m at and where I’m going. As time permits, I’ll post pictures I’ve taken along the way.

An intersection that needs no introduction…

…and perhaps one that does. Grand Central Station…

Pausing to spend time in these spaces, I wonder how many hello’s and goodbyes have happened here? How many hopes and dreams either ended or began at these intersections of human experience?


Saturday Morning Columbines


CU Boulder: “Come Pretend With Us!”

Stanley Fish blogs in the New York Times, More Colorado Follies:

“I’ve just returned from New Zealand and find that in my absence the University of Colorado – the same one that earlier this year appointed as its president a Republican fund-raiser with a B.A. in mining and no academic experience – has gifted me again, this time with the announcement of plans to raise money for a Chair in Conservative Thought and Policy.”

The best quote from his piece is:

“[G.P. Peterson, the chancellor of the Boulder campus] acknowledged that the professor of conservative thought didn’t have to be an actual conservative, and pointed out that many teachers of French “aren’t necessarily French.” (Of course the analogy doesn’t work: you don’t get to choose your country of origin; you do get to choose your political beliefs.)”

So I wonder, does a professor of woman studies actually need to be a woman to be credible? Can a white professor of black studies lecture from an authentic positon? G.P. Peterson, chancellor, CU Boulder, must believe so. Because, you know, many teachers of woodworking aren’t actually made of wood.

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