Mancave

Mancave

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Every man needs his place
To watch sports and secretly jerk off to porn
Girls GOne Wild
Every single day
drink lots of beer
Until you stuff tomorrow
Into that corner of your mind
Here’s a toast
to the most unhappy place inside of yourself

you just need a man cave
Where all things are familiar
u don’t have to think about
empathy or being polite
and using your manners
It all goes out the window
When u regress to being twelve again

No bitter, abrupt sad endings
In the place of your dreams
Everyone has a chance
to win some fabulous prizes
and lose the ability for critical thought


The Smiths | How Soon is Now?

My brother first turned me on to the haunting,  mournful songs by the Smiths –  part the Clash meet R.E.M,   but somehow cooler than either.

“Shut your mouth,  how can you say?”SMITHS logo, mid 1950's_

I go about things the wrong way

I am human and I want to be loved

Just like everybody else does.


Another Microsoft gem of a dialog box

It appears as if Microsoft has given up trying to give a shit.   I’m sorry but “Something went wrong and we can’t do what you asked.   We’re sorry.”   IS PATHETIC.

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The SECI Model Knowledge Creation Spiral

  • Socialization: Tacit to tacit. Knowledge is passed on through practice, guidance, imitation, and observation.
  • Externalization: Tacit to explicit. This is deemed as a particularly difficult and often particularly important conversion mechanism. Tacit knowledge is codified into documents, manuals, etc. so that it can spread more easily through the organization. Since tacit knowledge can be virtually impossible to codify, the extent of this knowledge conversion mechanism is debatable. The use of metaphor is cited as an important externalization mechanism.
  • Combination: Explicit to explicit. This is the simplest form. Codified knowledge sources (e.g. documents) are combined to create new knowledge.
  • Internalization: Explicit to tacit. As explicit sources are used and learned, the knowledge is internalized, modifying the user’s existing tacit knowledge.SECI

U2 to tour and play “The Joshua Tree” from beginning to end in 2017

thumbnailcaudwnznI was in the Air Force in 1987 when U2’s Joshua Tree came out.    I was totally in love with a Lt. Col in the Army I had met recently…..and little did I know how much my world would come crashing down…..and the two of us would be fighting on the front lines of homophobia in the military.    I flew out to Ft. Benning in the summer of 1987.    It was the first time I ever felt so strong about another man, especially a man who was 20 years older than me at the time.   Prior to being under investigation,   I had this belief system that everything was just and that everything was somehow going to be ok.    I use to listen to “With or Without You” a lot……..The Joshua Tree was and still is, an important part of my life soundtrack.   It was during those times I discovered how to love and care for another person…..transcending what rules the military and society laid down.    I discovered that freedom to be who you are can be a threat to other people who fail to understand,  who fail to empathize with others…….  Looking back at  being under investigation for being gay while in the military,   I wouldn’t change a thing.    I found that solider inside myself and stood strong and resilient while being forced by the USAF Commander to testify against Lt. Col Viney at Ft. Benning.   During the court proceedings,   every question the prosecuting attorney asked me I met with a ” I cannot recall.”     After being subjected to late night interrogations,   having all of my friends on base,  who had no clue of my gayness,   get called in to answer stupid questions asked by the USAF OSI.     Fortunately after that ordeal…..it was very clear who were my real friends were…….and those who weren’t.      It hurt me deeply…..the system wanted me to feel like a piece of shit for being gay……but you know what…….armed with the strength I have always found in music,  they couldn’t break my spirit.   Whenever I felt like I was going to lose it…..listening to “Where the Streets Have No Name”   really provided me with a a positive mental picture deep in my soul that no one could pry away from me.

 


Welcome to 2017!

Song lyric quote of the week from the Smiths.   “Girl afraid,  prudence never pays…and everything she wants costs money.”

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Ways to Boost Your Creativity

a1328_thumbCreativity is one of the most mysterious human qualities. Seemingly effortless for a rare few, it can be elusive for the majority. While the most extensive training in the world can’t turn an average Joe into Paul McCartney, these simple techniques can help edge the creative muse closer.

1. Limit your options.Studies show that restricting one’s choices can more effectively trigger creative thought. That’s because leaving every door open makes it difficult to focus on which way to go, while having a more specific target helps you channel your thought process. And the target doesn’t even have to be logical. Recently I was having trouble finishing a chapter of a novel I’ve been writing. One day I got some Chinese takeout and decided to write something based on whatever prophetic words hatched from my fortune cookie. My fortune actually pointed me toward an interesting plot shift that was just what my characters needed.

2. Don’t wait for inspiration. My mother was a talented painter of nature scenes but stopped painting in her early 40s. Whenever I asked her why she didn’t put brush to canvas anymore, she’d tell me that she didn’t feel inspired. Many creative wannabes chant the same response, waiting for a spark to ignite their passion. It’s important to remember that simply working at a task can kindle the fire. Do baseball players in a slump wait to be inspired before they take batting practice? No, they keep swinging away to regain their stroke. The key is to be patient and not worry about whether the work is good or bad.

3. Focus more on the problem than the solution. Imagine you’re lost and keep focusing on the endpoint of your destination rather than on the turns that will get you there. Chances are you won’t get very far. Heed the words of Albert Einstein: “If I had an hour to solve a problem, I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and five minutes thinking about solutions.” Too often we get overly excited about the “masterpiece” we are going to create before we think about how to start making it.

4. Increase your “distance” from the creative project. According to construal level theory, we generate more creative solutions for tasks when we consider them farther away in distance or in the future. Greater perceived distance from the task, even when imagined, helps shift the balance from concrete thought to abstract thinking (which is more likely to yield creative solutions). As noted by Nira Liberman1 and Oren Shapira2 in Scientific American3, “Abstract thinking makes it easier for people to form surprising connections between seemingly unrelated concepts.”

5. Work at a coffeehouse. Studies4 reported in the Journal of Consumer Research revealed that the typical level of ambient noise in a coffeehouse (around 70 decibels) is especially conducive to creativity. “We theorize that a moderate (vs. low) level of ambient noise is likely to induce…processing difficulty, which activates abstract cognition and consequently enhances creative performance,” noted the researchers. A high level of noise, however, reduces the extent of information processing, thus impairing creativity.

6. Do an intense physical workout. Aerobic exercise can help cause ideas that are buried in the subconscious bubble up to a state of awareness. More study is required to determine how this creativity benefit varies depending on fitness level and type of exercise, but in the meantime here’s Mr. Einstein again, describing the moment he came up with his theory of relativity: “I thought of it while riding my bicycle.”

7. Use the wrong hand to do an everyday task. Using your nondominant hand on occasion can stimulate more creative thought because it fosters greater activation of both hemispheres of the brain. “When a dialog occurs between the left and right hemispheres of the brain, both emotions and thoughts are more fully expressed and understood,” notes Lucia Cappachione (author of The Power of Your Other Hand5 on her website.

8. Write the end of the story first. I learned this technique in a writing workshop led by award-winning author Roxana Robinson6, who said she used this method for writing short stories and found it liberating. This can be an effective way to break free from writer’s block.

9. Treat stray thoughts like gold. Images or ideas that pop into our heads may seem of little value but could be the seeds of creative breakthroughs. That’s why I never leave the house without my trusty notepad and pen in my pocket. When driving, I keep a digital recorder at the ready.

10. Know less, guess more. We’re in an age when information is bombarding us from all directions, relentlessly connecting us to the opinions of others, facts about the world, and what Facebook friends are up to. This makes it difficult to turn off the input. Put that mobile or laptop aside at regular intervals during the day and let your mind drift. Ponder without feeling obligated to click your way to an answer. You may be surprised at what appears on that blank canvas.

11. Look where you’re not going. Being too efficient or purposeful can cut you off from creative ideas. Try this exercise: When walking down the street on the way to a deli or bank, stop every minute or so, do a 360, and take in what’s going on around you. Seeing or hearing something unexpected can give you a fresh perspective and trigger thoughts that would otherwise remain in hiding.

12. Laugh out loud. Laughter helps stimulate activity in the prefrontal cortex and anterior cingulate cortex, areas of the brain associated with creativity. It can also boost your mood and help give you a more positive outlook that is also conducive to creative activity. While it helps if you’re actually laughing at something funny, no punchline is required; the mere physical act of laughing provides benefits.

13. Do something mindful. Meditation is a proven way to clear the mind, focus attention, and help us be more in the present moment. It also promotes divergent thinking (when the brain can visualize a task and come up with different ideas on how to perform it), which improves the likelihood of creative problem solving.

14. …or mindless. When faced with a challenging problem, we tend to try to think harder about how to solve it. Sometimes this creates a lot of static under our craniums that increases our frustration without yielding a clear path to the answer. Taking a mental timeout can have the same effect as a short break during intensive physical exercise. When you start up again, you may find yourself with some fresh insights. My tactic when I’m at a creative impasse: I take out a deck of cards and play a few hands of solitaire. It engages my mind but requires no thinking. Afterward, I feel mentally refreshed and in a better frame of mind for creative problem solving.


Software Product of the Week: Passware’s Forensic Toolkit App

picture-049Sometimes I lose my BitLocker Recovery key,  forget passwords for accounts online, and sometimes come across content that someone thinks will be secure with a password…a password that can be cracked in 17 seconds….so I decided to buy a copy of Passware’s KIT Forensics7 suite of apps.  Some pretty killer tools so far.    Will write more about after more hands on.  The OneDrive, Dropbox and iCloud imaging feature is very useful when hunting the chain of evidence.   .


Smothered

isc_sa_9_79-1Whales with stomachs
Full of plastic bags and car parts

We killed everything
Including our Gods
Anti bacterial
Dancing with the stars
We’re just an experiment for a better idea later

Doorbusters that make us broke again
If I only had the money
My life would never change
Ground control to major Tom
We’ve stopped investing in you
Trust me
These drugs don’t kill my day job
Hero or cog
I’m helping to pollute these waters
But I’m told to keep watching Xfinity
I always obey
Seems like you had nothing left to hold on to


Double Crossed

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