(meme) So How Do I Sound? / Shakespeare

Because all the cool kids are doing it…

What American accent do you have? (Best version so far)


You’re not Northern, Southern, or Western, you’re just plain -American-. Your national identity is more important than your local identity, because you don’t really have a local identity. You might be from the region in that map, which is defined by this kind of accent, but you could easily not be. Or maybe you just moved around a lot growing up.

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The above result is quite interesting — I’m a native of Los Angeles: I was born here, grew up here, attended college (UCLA) here, and have lived here ever since college. My mom was from the midwest, though…

William Shakespeare

Once more unto the cahwyguy, dear friends, once more.

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(meme) A Couples Meme

[Snarfed from theferrett, who snarfed it from docbrite… just the thing for a windy Monday morning when I’m waiting to head out for a doctor’s appt., and the news isn’t giving me the information I need (fire boundaries). This is a couples meme, so if you’re single, make something up :-)]

  1. Who eats more? Probably gf_guruilla, but I get more true junk food, being able to eat gluten.
  2. Who said “I love you” first? I don’t remember. It was just sort of mutual.
  3. Who is the morning person? Me, definately. I’ll wake up, without an alarm clock, at 5:30a. 6:00a is sleeping in. Given her druthers, gf_guruilla will sleep till 11am.
  4. Who sings better? I guess I do, as gf_guruilla admittedly sings in the key of “off”.
  5. Who’s older? gf_guruilla, by 2 years.
  6. Who’s smarter? In what? She’s smarter in some things, I’m smarter in others. We complement each other that way.
  7. Whose temper is worse? Hers. I rarely get angry and let my temper out.
  8. Who does the laundry? Mostly me. I collect, sort, and run in through the machine. About 70% of the time, I sort and fold as well.
  9. Who does the dishes? Me, again. I don’t mind it.
  10. Who sleeps on the right side of the bed (from the point of view of sitting on the bed)? gf_guruilla. I’m left handed, and prefer the left side.
  11. Whose feet are bigger? I think we’re both about the same size.
  12. Whose hair is longer? Hers, but barely. We both keep it short.
  13. Who’s better with the computer? Me.
  14. Do you have pets? No.
  15. Who pays the bills? Me. I’m the Quicken-maven.
  16. Who cooks dinner? About 70% gf_guruilla, 30% me. Cooks night out is one night a week.
  17. Who drives when you are together? Depends where. She normally drives short trips; I’ll do vacation. Of course, now that I have the Matrix, I’d rather drive.
  18. Who pays when you go out to dinner? Here I’m not thinking monitarily, as all money is from the same pot. I’ll usually let her whip out the credit card, as I hate figuring the tips.
  19. Who’s the most stubborn? gf_guruilla. But she’ll say it is me.
  20. Who is the first one to admit when they’re wrong? Me, but that’s only because she’s usually right.
  21. Whose family do you see more? I was going to say hers, but my uncle is giving my daughter guitar lessons, so we see him most frequently. After that, it is her sister and her folks.
  22. Who named your pet? That’s a personal question :-). Seriously, we have no pets.
  23. Who kissed who first? Don’t remember. Neither of us are that into kissing.
  24. Who asked who out? Probably me, but again it just sort of happened.
  25. Who stole question 25? No idea. How about the question, “Who is better in an emergency?”. That would be gf_guruilla, who keeps her head and knows just what to do.
  26. Who’s more sensitive? Me. I get misty eyed at many things.
  27. Who’s taller? Me, by about 2″
  28. Who has more friends? Her. I don’t have many close friends (although I’ve made many here on LJ)
  29. Who has more siblings? Her: three sisters, one brother. I had one half-brother, but he died when I was 10. I acquired three siblings as an adult when my dad remarried, but I’m only close to mommyathome and don’t know the other two that well.
  30. Who wears the pants in the relationship? Well, seeing as I wear pants exclusively, and she tends to wear dresses, the answer is clear. If you mean in the other sense, it’s about equal.

Ten Things Meme

[A large number of people have done this, but this instance was snared from otaku-tetsuko, who gave me the letter “C”.]

Comment and I’ll give you a letter. You have to list 10 things you love that begin with that letter. After, post this in your journal, and give out some letters of your own.

  1. California Highways. OK, you knew this would be first. But what I’m into with California’s highways is not taking pictures of them, as many roadgeeks do. Rather, I’m into the history, the routings, and the numbering system. I’ve always loved maps, and it is the map aspect that I love. When you look at the history, you’ll see that California was the leader in many highway innovations. Alas, my home state really hasn’t maintained the infrastructure as it should. I lay the blame for that on all governors from Ronnie on.
  2. Camp. Specifically, Camp Hess Kramer and Gindling Hilltop Camp. Where I grew up as a kid, where I was safe, and where I still visit any and every chance I get. It is something the recharges the soul. It is a very special place for me.
  3. Computers. When I was in Jr. High, I wanted to be a veterinarian. But then I started playing on our CompuCorp programmable calculator, and by the time I got into high school, I was programming the MISS system in WATFIV and the HP 3000C in Basic. I haven’t looked back, and I have enjoyed the work I do.
  4. Computer Club. When folks go to college, they often stumble into their social groups. For some, it is the fraternity or sorority life. For others (many on my friends list) is it dance groups. For me, it was this little room at 3514 Boelter Hall, the messiest room on the third floor, where the snap-chuff-sparkle-sparkle of glitter traps were heard regularly, where you could walk in and find regular games of bridge, Cosmic Encounter, Junta, or D&D going on, where you could get time on TSO or URSA on the 360/91… in short, the UCLA Computer Club. A wonderful place… which alas is no more.
  5. Computer Security. I stumbed into this area of computers; it certainly wasn’t what I specialized in during college. I was originally doing office systems (payroll, etc.), and developing office automation tools. But then Dan Berry invited me to dinner, and a fellow by the name of Harvey Gold was also at that dinner. They invited me to SDC for an interview; Jon Fellows hired me to work on BLACKER… and I’ve been doing computer security ever since (for 22 years now, in fact).
  6. Conferences. Specifically, the Annual Computer Security Applications Conference. Back in 1989, just after I started at Aerospace, Dixie Baker asked me to help her run tutorials for the ACSAC conference (which was in Tucson that year). I did, and the next year I took over as tutorial chair. I’ve been doing it ever since, with added responsibility for a few years as overall conference chair. I’m still doing tutorials, so I should plug that the conference has a great tutorial program this year. Registration will be open soon on our website, so I encourage you to register, and hopefully I’ll see you in Miami Beach in December.
  7. Cardboard. Specifically, when you take that cardboard, press it with other cardboard into a thick and stiff board, and place markers and meeples on it, with other accoutraments of gaming, and play it in a large room with lots of other people, all of whom have specifically joined together just for that purpose (apologies to Ed Kleban there). More specifically, I love board gaming and card gaming. I’ve never been into role playing games, but I’ve love boardgames since I learned Risk as a kid, and then switched to Diplomacy. The Computer Club was a great place for this, as we gamed all the time.
  8. Casts. Specifically, the cast of the theatre production, musical or not. I’ve loved theatre ever since the first show I can remember, “The Rothschilds” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion in 1972. Those who read me regularly know my love of theatre: I’d rather go see a live production than a move.
  9. Cooke, Shep. Shep Cooke is a folk singer from Tucson AZ who originally sang with Linda Rondstadt and the Stoney Poneys. I’m using Shep as an indicator for the type of folk music that I love: the 1950s and 1960s style folk music of artists such as Tom Paxton, Peter Paul and Mary, the Gateway Singers, the Limelighters, and many others. I’ve loved this type of music even when it was out, even when my friends were into Disco or other 1970s or 1980s music.
  10. Classic Comedy. When I’m feeling well, I’m a very serious person. That’s because I love good classic comedy. In movies, this means artists like The Marx Brothers, Abbott & Costello, Laurel & Hardy, W.C. Fields, Harold Lloyd, and others who have timeless comedy (many of today’s comedians aren’t really timeless). I grew up with Bill Cosby, Bob Newhart, Stan Freberg, Allen Sherman, Tom Lehrer, the cartoons of Jay Ward, George Carlin, and Soupy Sales. The form of humor that is both silly and intellectual. I’m not into what passes for humor today, especially the clowns that get elected to public office (although it would be great to see some of our leading politicians be hit with a nice creme pie in the face).

So, there are 10 things. Now it is your turn.


(meme) cahwyguy is so weird….

So, cahwyguy, your LiveJournal reveals…

You are… 5% unique
(blame, for example, your interest in ucla computer club)
and 12% herdlike
(partly because you, like everyone else, enjoy theatre).
When it comes to friends you are popular. In terms of the way you relate to people, you are keen to please.

Your writing style (based on a recent public entry) is conventional.

Your overall weirdness is: 45

(The average level of weirdness is: 27.
You are weirder than 87% of other LJers.)

Find out what your weirdness level is!


(meme) Three and Three Meme #4

Snarfed from gyesika. Make a comment in this entry. I’ll go to your profile, pick 3 userpics and interests, and then you explain them in your journal.

Which I did in her journal, and here’s my answer:

Sheriff John Cake. People who read my journal see this icon often; it is used on every birthday post. It is a picture of KTTV Children’s host John Rovick, better known as Sheriff John, who hosted a children’s show on KTTV Channel 11 as I was growing up. As these shows were wont to do, children (or their parents) sent in their names, which would be read on the air daily while a birthday song was sung. Each host did it differently: Hobo Kelly had her magic glasses, and John Rovick had his cake and the Birthday Cake Polka. You can hear and see him singing a snippet here. I have always preferred this song to “Happy Birthday to You”, and so, the rest is my birthday tradition. All together now, “Put another candle on my birthday cake…
Angry Dog. Long before David Lynch did Twin Peaks he was a cartoonist in the LA Weekly, and had a cartoon called “The Angriest Dog In The World”. The basic conceit was that every panel was the same except for the last panel, with the joke in the last panel. You can see an example here. Often, the comic made no sense. However, I just love the repeated line in every strip: “The dog who is so angry he cannot move. He cannot eat. He cannot sleep. He can just barely growl. Bound so tightly with tension and anger, he approaches the state of rigor mortis.”
Dr. George. Dr. George Fischbeck was a weathercaster on KABC 7 in my youth. So, when I needed a userpic releated to weather, I had to choose a picture of Dr. George. He was one of the last true TV meteorologists. I believe he is still alive.

And, for the interests…

fountain pens. Back when I was in college, I got introduced to fountain pens, and never looked back. They are my preferred pen of choice since I was about 20. I have quite a large collection, and prefer to sit with a bottle of ink, marking up documents on paper. For me, the most reliable are Sheaffer, Parkers, and Mont Blancs, in that order.

oerm. Orange Empire Railway Museum. I was introduced to OERM in 1986, and have been a member since around then. OERM, located in Perris CA about .5 hr S of Riverside off I-215, is the west coast’s largest operating railroad museum. I’m particularly interested in OERM because they have preserved, and have operating, streetcars from the history of Los Angeles (Pacific Electric and LARy). After as long as we’ve been members, the folks there have become like a family. A good place with good folks, including our own larymotrmn. I believe patgund is also a member.

zen driving. Have you ever gotten in a car and driven, just for the fun of it. Just to see where the road takes you. That’s zen driving, and its just wild fun to do. Pick a street near you, and drive it end to end. Make a right, and keep going. Take that side road… you’ll never know what you might find.


(meme) Three and Three Meme – Answers #3

Snarfed from shutterbug93. Make a comment in this entry. I’ll go to your profile, pick 3 userpics and interests, and then you explain them in your journal.

Which I did in her journal, and here’s my answer:

Cooking. As folks who look at my userpics know, I use images for various topics. This image is used for posts relating to cooking. It illustrates both tea (yum) and cookies (yum), as well as a Silpat mat, one of the greatest inventions around for making cookies.
Foxy Fagan. This was adapted from a post by Mark Evanier that talkes about the Foxy Fagan comic book. As my last name is Faigin, how could I resist not adapting it! Foxy Fagan was a comic book published around 1947 by an obscure company called Dearfield Publishing. It never found an audience and ran only seven issues. It was drawn by a gentleman named Harvey Eisenberg, who was the main artist for decades on the Tom & Jerry comic books. You can learn more about the comic here.
Schmuck. Look at the Schmuck on That Camel was a Yiddish trivia game published by Victory Games. I actually have found a copy, but I bought it more for the title than the game. The title is just wonderful (and the rules are just a hoot, although they never describe how to play the game.

And, for the interests…

pp&m. Peter, Paul and Mary, one of my favorite musical groups. My favorite of the three is Peter Yarrow. We need to enjoy them now, as they have had their health scares, and I don’ t know how much longer they will be touring. Alas, they don’t come to Los Angeles as frequently as they used to.

rainbow series. In a previous answer, I discussed the “Orange Book”, better known as the Trusted Computer System Evaluation Criteria (TCSEC) (get a copy). The Orange Book was part of a series of books published by the NSA on computer security. Each had a different color cover, hence the name. You can get copies of some of them here. I worked on some of these text as part of my work in the field.

ghc. GHC is the acronym for Gindling Hilltop Camp in Malibu, one of the Wilshire Blvd Temple Camps. I went to these camps as I was growing up, and they are still part of what centers me. Just a lovely, lovely place.


(meme) Three and Three Meme – Answer #2

Snarfed from rialtus. Make a comment in this entry. I’ll go to your profile, pick 3 userpics and interests, and then you explain them in your journal.

Which I did in his journal, and here’s my answer:

Gaming. This image was snarfed and adapted from BoardGameGeek, and is an image from the wonderful game Ticket to Ride. It’s a great introduction to modern German gaming. Come over one day and I’ll teach it to you.
Soapbox. My soapbox or ranting userpic. I adapted this from somewhere. Isn’t it a great image for when you’re in a ranting mood?
Tortuga Huevos. This was adapted from an image on this page, translated here. It is from a campaign to prevent the slaughter of the Marine Turtle by folks who believe that eating the eggs of said turtle provides viagra-like effects. As this image says, some don’t need such eggs. I use the image for slightly-racy posts.

And, for the interests…

bell-lapadula. This refers to the classic paper by David Bell (a really neat fellow) and Len LaPadula about the policy for multilevel security. It defined the basic lattice model for confidentiality of labels, as well as the simple security property and the *-property. A fundamental of computer security.

shep cooke. Shep Cooke is a folk singer who sang many years ago with Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Poneys. A biography states:

As a member of the legendary “Stone Poneys,” Shep Cooke performed with Linda Ronstadt for several years – from high school days thru network appearances on Joey Bishop and Johnny Carson (he played bass). Shep has done guitar and vocal work on major album releases by Tom Waits, the Floating House Band and Linda Ronstadt, as well as featured solo act appearances in concerts with Roger Miller, Marty Robbins, Tanya Tucker, Tom Waits, John David Souther and others.

I saw Shep many many years ago at McCabes, and I still love his albums. He hasn’t done anything in years.

orange book. The “Orange Book”, better known as the Trusted Computer System Evaluation Criteria (TCSEC) (get a copy) was based on the bell-lapadula model mentioned above. The TCSEC defines hierachical security digraphs. These were integrated into an evaluation paradigm that I was proud to be a part of. I was one of the architects on BLACKER, one of the first A1 network systems, and served as an evaluation from 1988 until the program turned into CCEVS (Common Criteria Evaluations), for which I still serve as an evaluator. I was a member of the TCSEC Interpretations Body, and still perform a similar function for CCEVS.


N V Meme

Because I need something positive today… as snarfed from deedeebythebay, gyesika, underpope, and others…

We all have things about our friends that make us slightly envious.

Not in a bad way, but in a ‘Wow! I wish I had that person’s hair/eyes/money/relationship/toenails/whatever.’

So tell me what about me makes you envy me. . . then if you feel like it, post this in your LJ and see what makes me envious of you.