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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Episode 160 - Critical Precedents


About that iPhone encryption thing... Was listening to Leo LaPorte et al on This Week in Google 341, after so many other discussions of the Apple dispute with the FBI over access to the content of the one particular iPhone, and Leo made a passing comment about how some people think phones ought to have special legal protections...  and I thought to myself, "you know, maybe they should!" 

So I spent a few minutes trying to explain off the cuff what I mean by that, why we are setting precedents now that will be critical for generations, well into the Singularity.  So listen in, bear with my pontification, and let me know what you think.

It's a discussion we damn well better have now, while we still can.

 

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Episode 159 - The Everlasting Man by G. K. Chesterton - Part I Chapter V Man and Mythologies


So, GRIZZLYSGROWLS.COM is back! And a brief discussion of what Podbusker and DigitalVoyageur mean.

And I added a new @BlueMicrophones Yeti which hopefully improves the sound.  Think I might do a review of the thing sometime.  Followed by...

 

Part I On The Creature Called Man

Chapter V Man and Mythologies

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Episode 158 - The Everlasting Man by G. K. Chesterton - Part I Chapter IV God and Comparative Religion


A reading from my blog, wherein I am "Speaking Freely," and then, my throat was a bit rough from allergies...

 

Part I On The Creature Called Man

Chapter IV God and Comparative Religion

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Ummmm... Oops?

I just spend almost an hour recording Part I Chapter IV of "The Everlasting Man."  I've done such recordings countless times.  Started just before midnight, finished just after one, actually.  Just under an hour of audio.

Ran the thing to remove background noise, from computer fans, of which I have a moderate amount.  I've also done that many many times.  Then I closed Audacity, as usual.

The unusual part was when I opened my directory to pull up the WAV file and drop it on Levelator.  And realized I hadn't saved a copy of the audio.

Oops.

Can't recover it.  Can't find where Audacity saved a copy of the .AU files, since of course I didn't tell it to do that, either.

My Samson Zoom H2 is of course a Recorder, and I could have recorded on that.  I would then have had an actual file as a matter of course.  But I haven't done that in years.  Audacity is so much more convenient.  But with Audacity, no matter how much I record, if I don't actively choose to save it, it isn't saved.

And now it's 1:33 am, past my bedtime.  And I've blown the evening recording with nothing to show for it.

Perhaps I should rethink that "I would make a great audio professional" idea.  (sigh)

Griz

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Episode 157 - The Everlasting Man by G. K. Chesterton - Part I Chapter III The Antiquity of Civilization


Various growls about the Podcast Awards, the Survey, and a couple of "job offer" phishes I got, claiming to be from Australian energy companies.  Unfortunately no, I don't get to go to Australia.  And then, The Everlasting Man...

 

Part I On The Creature Called Man

Chapter III The Antiquity of Civilization

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Special Delivery!

Something I wanted to share with all of you.  I just did a little piece, but it helped.

From: "DonorsChoose.org"

Hi Grizzly,

Ms. Russell and her students are about to get a special delivery, thanks to your support for their classroom project: Kindles Oh Kindles Are What We Need to Help Us Read!

To help teachers and to ensure absolute integrity, we purchase the resources for every project funded through our site. We just got word from our vendors that the materials for your project are en route to Edison Elementary School!

You'll receive thank-yous and photos from the classroom, but in the meantime, we can just imagine their excitement* when they open the new materials you've made possible.

Thank you for making a classroom dream come true!

- The DonorsChoose.org Team

That particular project I stumbled on very late, but it was nice to be able to help.  Still got those other three, local Duluth MN projects on "Grizzly's Giving Page," of course...  I'm broke till payday, so it's up to y'all for a while. 

TTYL! 

Griz

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Episode 156 - Donors Choose some more!


Devoted the whole show to my reactivated Donor's Choose Giving Page including three new projects from Duluth:

Seating for Active Students

Classroom iPads

and

Flexible Seating to Complete Our Classroom

All three are from Piedmont Elementary, not too very far from where I went to elementary school.  They actually closed down all three of my elementary, junior high and high schools, so this was close.  Give early and give often! 

 

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Saturday, April 2, 2016

One Phish, Two Phish, Red Phish, Blue Phish

Got a rather badly done phishing email tonight:

Best Wishes,

After viewing your profile on Minnesota Workforce, We feel you may be a
good candidate for a position within our company, and hereby invites you
for an on-line interview on Friday 1st April 04/01/2016, at 9am Your time
with Mr Andrew Clark, of the human resource department. You are hereby
advised to read more about the position details below.

Job Title:  Administrative Executive,Administrative Assistant,Data
Entry,Receptionist,Customer Care Representative.

Organization:ORIGIN ENERGY

Key Responsibility: Provides  services by implementing administrative
systems, procedures, and policies, and monitoring administrative projects.

Requirements: Minimum Criteria: High school Diploma/College Degree

Basic Skills: Reporting Skills, Administrative Writing Skills, Microsoft
Office Skills, Managing Processes, Organization, Analyzing Information ,
Professionalism, Problem Solving, Supply Management, Inventory
Control,Verbal Communication


If you meet the prerequisite qualifications and would like to be considered for
the position, it is expedient you follow the instructions provided below :

Make sure you have google account on your PC or tablet, if you do not have, you
can do that on-line at www.gmail.com. Then create a gmail log-in with which you
would use to gain access to google hangout.  Once you have access, add Mr
Andrew Clark to your buddy list. His Screen Name with google hangout is:
andyclark.OR@gmail.com

If the stipulated time conflicts with your schedule, it is expected of you to
email Mr Andrew Clark at this Email address: andyclark.OR@gmail.com
. He will be standing by
 to abreast you with the rudiments of this job position via  google hangout
right away. It is expedient to get on-line ASAP. I Wish you  best of Luck in
the Interview.



Sincerely,
Minnesota Recruitment Team.


From the top, "Best Wishes."  They don't even know how to use a mailmerge?

If it's from a company, why would it be from "Minnesota Workforce" and not from the company?  And of course if the site had sent the email, it would be from their email, and not from a Jamie Walters at Gmail (likely spoofed, of course).

You'll notice the visible emails (also almost certainly spoofed) in the HTML-formatted version are links to a whole different email address.  All GMail addresses, which are not hard to acquire.  Given the way the links were set up, I suppose the "hidden" email address is one Unsub has access to.

Also, it's not "Minnesota Workforce," it's Minnesota Works.  The so-called English tries to use big words with which they aren't really familiar.  He's "standing by to abreast you..."  Seriously?

Origin Energy is an Australian energy company.  An Australian company is trying to hire people who's names they don't know, in Minnesota?  Yeah, right.

They basically did a cut-and-paste from found job posting somewhere.  It is likely but not guaranteed that the postings weren't from Minnesota.  It's a bit creepy they got my state right, but that's not the world's best-kept secret.  As for the email it was sent to, it's the one I use for the podcast, also not a secret.

As for "Supply Management" and "Inventory Control" being in the job description, I suspect this is for a drop-shipping scheme.  Usually on these they say "We're a foreign company, and we need someone to receive payments for us.  You receive and cash the checks, send most of it to us and keep X percent."  They get most of the money, and they're not accessible, so they don't get caught.  Meanwhile if you fall for it, you've just fraudulently received and profited from cashing usually forged checks, etc.

The contact instructions are utterly bizarre.  Probably they want to keep themselves as anonymous as possible. 

It is of course conceivable that this was a legit offer, and then'd I'd be shocked and appalled.  But based on the above details, I really, really doubt it.