Playing around with the new version of Skylum's Luminar 2018 and some foggy pictures...
One of those mornings when I wake up at 4:30 AM with insomnia and decided there was nothing else to do but get out of bed up and go to the office to get some shit done.
Luckily, I happened to look at the weather report while I was brushing my teeth which called for some foggy weather.
I packed my computer and decide to take the Fuji X100F for a spin in low light/foggy weather.
As I was driving away from the house this was the scene at our local library's entrance.
I kind of reminded me of a story I read a long time ago where aliens invaded the earth and they were shaped like street lamps.
The new version of Luminar 2018 (Jupiter) is blazing fast! Every day I find new and interesting ways to use this program and every day I move a little bit farther away from Lightroom. Mind you, I still love me some LR, but the speed and versatility of Luminar are enough to convince any diehard LR alumni.
There are so many choices and possibilities with this application that creativity becomes fun once again, and I think that is what LR is lacking.
Companies in the United States and around the world all have something called Records Retention Policy.
The Idea is that every seven years they go through the process of eliminating records that are not been used or that they don't need to retain. An oversimplification but all in all a great idea.
As humans, we tend to accumulate things at an always increasing rate.
The word "hoarder" has entered our vocabulary and is now a psychological and treatable ailment.
In terms of possession, I always say: "If you have not used it in five years, either throw it away or give it to charity ".
The Americans came up with a better solution...
They call it a Tag Sale or Yard Sale, depending on where you are. The concept is that you set up tables in your front lawn and place the items that you will like to get rid off on those tables with a ticket price or Tag. Usually in the range of 50 cents to $10 dollars.
Is one way of getting an extra income on something you were probably going to throw away.
This Saturday we had our first Tag sale in a really long time!
Through a process of word of mouth, some strategically placed banners, and some social media savviness, people started coming by before we had time to set up all the tables.
My wife and I live on a Condo and they don't allow tag sales due to the fact that our street is a Cul-de-sac; so we had our multi-family tag sale at my sister-in-law's house in Stratford.
These sort of thing always attract all walks of people and sometimes you get really weird ones. In this case, we had a lady that decided to go into the house like it was hers. We had to politely ask her out for trespassing!.
My brother-in-law prepared some delicious breakfast tacos as this was a family affair and some of the kids were hungry. We had some chorizo-bacon-eggs-hashbrown tacos that were absolutely delicious!! Thank you Mark!
It turned out to be a really great day. Without this turning into a party, it was a great family gathering with a successful outcome. The weather had finally cooperated and we had clear skies all day. I even got a slight tan.
After all was set and done, all we had left was ½ of the items we set out to sell and my wife tells me we are doing it again next weekend. I can't wait!
One of the issues we are confronted nowadays is the fact that we require a password for everything we do.
Every account online, every physical access requires some form of identification, usually in the shape of a username and password.
Must of us tend to create passwords that are easy to remember or easy to change over time and that leads to passwords that suffer from a major problem: They are easily “hackable”.
The norm is to use numbers (a popular choice is someone’s birthday) or dictionary words (a pet name or a baseball team). These will take a minimum amount of time for a hacker to decipher, using dictionaries and brute-force approaches.
Companies all over the world enact password policies that run on a schedule of 30-90 days, where the users are required to change their passwords to comply with the companies security policies. These schedules usually make people lazy and compound the problem of using what I call serialized password (Wolffie66, Wolffie67, etc).
The problem is coming up with a password schema that can easily remember and that can adapt to a security policy.
Hackers usually use something called l33t speak to create usernames and password that offer some complexity and security.
The l33t speak refers to a simple letter to the number or character substitution.
"Originating in the early 1980's, leet speak was first used by hackers as a way to prevent their websites/newsgroups from being found by simple keyword searches.
Leet speak grew and became popular in online games such as Doom in the early 1990's as a way of suggesting that you were a hacker (h4x0r), and therefore to be feared.
Leet, or 1337, is a short form of "elite," commonly used by video gamers to suggest that they are skilled."— Urban Dictionary
Over by Robert Ecker’s page, you can find an L33t translator that you can use to encode any text.
This l33t speak is one of the main components of this password proposal scheme and it is worth understanding the idea.
To speak l33t we can rely on a simple pattern to number/character substitution.
As you can see the idea here is to change a letter with a number or character that look in some way like the original character or letter.
The Three Word Proposal
This l33t speak together with my three-word proposal, will allow you to create a password that is complex and easily remembered.
The three-word password (TWP) consists of exactly that; three words. The idea is to start the what I call an anchor word. An Anchor Is a word that will make the password memorable. The perfect words to be anchor words are words with a repeating letter like Deep, Door, Floor. Like L33t there are words that offer a repeating pattern that will look better when we do the L33t speak substitution.
Once we get our anchor word, we then look for two other words that will form a coherent and simple three-word phrase.
Let us look at an example:
Let’s take the anchor word: Green.
For our three word password, we are going to use the phrase: Gods Green Earth
By turning it into L33t speak we get: 60d5 6r33n 34r7h
By adding Underscores and/or dashes we increase the level of complexity and we turn our three-word password into:
By remembering our anchor word (Green) and by simple association we are able to remember our complex but memorable password.
Let us look at another example.
- Anchor Word: Beach
- TWP: Beach Goes Far
- L33t Password: b34ch 6035 f4r
- Complexity I: b34ch_6035-f4r
- Complexity II: b34ch_6035_f@r
Notice that even though we are using dictionary words, these are not in any shape related to us in any meaningful way. We rely on the anchor word to create an association with the other two words and on the L33t speak to change those TWPs into something more complex. The addition of the underscores and dashes (it is good to change the position and/or the amount of those) makes the password combination difficult to guess.
Could this work with more words? Of course, it could, but the idea here is to keep it under to three words so we can associate our anchor word.
If we take a four-word password we can create an extremely complex password!
- Anchor word: Spiderman
- FWP: Tom Holland is Spiderman
- L33t Password: 70m h0ll4nd 15 5p1d3rm4n
- Complexity I: 70m_h0ll4nd-15_5p1d3rm4n
- Complexity II: 70m_h0ll@nd_!5_5p1d3rm4n
As you can see, we can use more than three words, but then it becomes terribly cumbersome to type on any regular keyboard let along a mobile phone.
The Three Word Password, in general, will satisfy most company policies and password requirements that you can find on the internet.
Some Sample TWP
- River Runs Deep
- Wine is Red
- Floor is Tiled
- Door Is Ajar
Kind of feels like the job is almost done...
You live your life, you get a family, you retire from work, live your last days in peace and then you die.
You try to leave a mark in the wolrd. Try to leave it better than you found it. What is it that they say when you visit a forest? Leave only footprints...
18 years ago today, my wife and I welcomed our baby boy; Gabriel
Like the other two, this guy is very special to us. It is the person that has brought more ups and downs and feelings of anxiety and exhilaration that anybody else in our lives. Is the person that has fulfilled and ticked every box in our parent cards.
With a 23 year old, a 21 year old and now an 18 year old, the journey almost seems complete.
What challenges await our wife and me in our later years? Nobody knows... We have, I think, left our footprints in the annals of history.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY SWEET, SWEET BOY!