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So there appears to be an outbreak of Norovirus going around - from at least two parties in the Boston area this past weekend. Given there's another large one this weekend, I wanted to post this. I wish you the best and hope those of you ill heal well. If you have read about someone on your Friends List who has a confirmed diagnosis and got ill yourself, please read the CDC FAQ and educate yourself:


  • This is a foodborn illness.

  • People with norovirus are contagious from the moment they begin feeling ill to at least 3 days [past when symptoms subside]

  • Norovirus can spread rapidly in closed environments like daycare centers [and indoor parties].

  • Contamination vectors include: Eating food or drinking liquids that have been contaminated, touching contaminated surfaces or objects then touching your mouth, and having direct contact with an infected person through caring for, sharing utensils, food or drink with them.

  • Prevention: Wash hands with soap and water while potentially supplementing (not replacing) with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 62% ethanol solution, washing all fruits & vegatables and not letting anyone who shows symptoms prepare food for others until at least 3 days after better, clean all household surfaces with bleach-based cleaner or one made with 5-25 tablespoons of household bleach per 1gal of water and immediately launder any clothes that could have infected biological material on them at the maximum length washer cycle with detergent while machine-drying them.

If you have gotten a diagnosis or were confirmed at the same location as someone who was and got ill yourself, perhaps submit an anonymous report to HealthMap (a joint project by Harvard, BU, MIT and other researchers funded in part by Google) and PLEASE encourage others to do the same.

They also have an iPhone and Android app. Be sure to state in your note whether you had a CONFIRMED diagnosis by a doctor or whether you got sick with a gastro-intestinal "bug" and were at a party with someone who received a confirmed diagnosis. We don't want to skew the statistics here with the telephone game.

This is apparently spreading around Eastern MA but I'm not seeing the vectors. If someone at work, or you know someone with a child who may have been ill..it might be worth mentioning to those folks what's going on.

Take the above-mentioned precautions, be sure you've recovered for at least 3 days prior to attending any public events, and most of all - get better, feel better and be well.

For those of you attending parties, simply follow the precautions and you should be fine.
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If there is one person or more on your friends list who makes your world a better place just because they exist and who you would not have met (in real life or not) without the internet, then post this same sentence in your journal.

ETA: I have to call out [livejournal.com profile] lediva on this. There are so many of you who help keep me sane and I love so much but I would not know anyone in Davis Square if it weren't for her. It goes like this:

[livejournal.com profile] lediva[livejournal.com profile] secondshift[livejournal.com profile] bscf[livejournal.com profile] pmrp[livejournal.com profile] theatreatfirst[livejournal.com profile] arisia

This goes back to me harping on managing one's PROFESSIONAL network. Clearly ones social network can be just important to some people as well in who they meet.
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Quickies:

1. Anyone know how to mass find your LJ friends on Dreamwidth? So I imported...is there a way to tell if someone from LJ imported their account to DW? Or if someone who is a mutual friend on LJ is on DW? Obviously the latter establishes the mutual trust needed to allow DW to expose that info.

2. Can anyone find the "post by email" info on Dreamwidth? That's how I'm able to do my Twitter posting behind a Locked Post rather than in the open. I'd rather keep that locked. I'm looking for the email address and any code, plus the DW codes to put in the email similar to the LJ codes.
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This is really sad that I have to resort to this. I want to do longer blog posts but I just spent the last few hours polishing up a report for work on Non-Compliance Exceptions Management....

So here's a brief summary of my awesome weekend:


  • Friday
  • Valentine's Lunch at "Top of the Hub" with [livejournal.com profile] kiekre where I proposed 11 years ago that night. Gift was a copy of "The Saint" the movie we saw next door after dinner the same night.

  • Birthday "Friday the 13th" party celebrating [livejournal.com profile] joyeous. Parking Fail. Parking Win. Several "Treehouse of Horrors", Beginning of really, really, bad 80s "Return of the Living Dead". Delicious Chocolate Banana Cake she made herself. (Note to self- get recipe. No one makes their own cake on their birthday.)

  • Surprise invite by [livejournal.com profile] hahathor and [livejournal.com profile] eclecticavatar to see "Chocolate" at the Somerville Theatre. OMG most awesome movie ever. Not to mention most lame single-line review ever - see what I mean about needing more time to really write good reviews? See this movie. It rocks!!!

  • Saturday

  • Sleeping in and a specially-made dinner & dessert - my Valentine's gift.

  • Cleaning the house, doing the laundry, washing dishes, cleaning the kitchen, collecting the trash, doing laundry.

  • Sunday

  • Out of sorts day...got up early and did weekly D&D run with [livejournal.com profile] wkdelong and had mini "Phineus & Ferb" marathon.

  • Tried to focus on work paper I just finished minutes ago.



  • Monday/Tuesday

  • Blurring together so far.

  • Meeting group of like-minded parents (slowly) as a result of a uh Valentine's Social Function. REALLY excited.

  • Finding a lot of my friends are down and need to talk - feeling really good about hopefully helping them through it, listening and talking with them.

  • Had [livejournal.com profile] ahf and [livejournal.com profile] caulay over for dinner! OK, so it was takeout but they managed to survive two kids, right before bed time, then bed time and then even stayed to chat! Socialization is beautiful thing.



Tomorrow is BeanSec but I've got kid duty. Really want to go given the announcement of net Forensics acquisition of High Tower assets and Trustwave acquisition of Mirage NAC technology. Anyone about to babysit an 11mo old and a 5yr old? ;) Nah, daddy's turn. Mom gets to go out to dinner.

Friday there may be some socializing before my brother arrives Fri night or Sat to work on our Eastern MA Data Center (e.g. the DNS, Web and Email servers in my son's bedroom closet including a presently non-working Ubuntu storage server.) And of course, Auntie and Uncle time with W and C and [livejournal.com profile] harpnfiddle is even coming up!
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I've had such a rollercoaster week. I'll post soon about my awesome time last night and tomorrow about this evening with my dear sweet one. But everyone loves to have the little shoe box for little cards from friends and their anonymous admirers.

My Valentinr - bkdelong
Get your own valentinr

Won't You Be Mine?
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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] surrealestate's efforts, PMRP's First Night 2009 performance of "Red Shift: Interplanetary Do-Gooder" is going to get radio time!

"Countdown to Chaos", the special episode adapted from the series' pilot serial and performed at The Orpheum Theater as part of First Night Boston 2009, will air tomorrow (Thursday, February 5th) at 4pm on WMBR 88.1, MIT's radio station (http://www.wmbr.org).

DJ Mark Weaver, who is filling in for the 4-5pm timeslot at the station, will be airing the show.

You can hear the show over the air on 88.1 FM as well as online via their Audio Streams:

High: http://www.wmbr.org/WMBR_live_128.m3u

Medium: http://www.wmbr.org/WMBR_live_64.m3u

and

Low: http://www.wmbr.org/WMBR_live_24.m3u

So if you're in the area, be sure to tune in for "Countdown to Chaos!"
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Suffice it to say worth waiting the 10+ years since I heard about Arisia. I knew almost 100+ people between attendees, participants and staff, did some ballroom dancing, saw some movies, acted in and witnessed two productions I was involved with go off (mostly) without a hitch, (much of it thanks to the incredibly accommodating, polite and hardworking Arisia staff) and just spend this long weekend with some very good friends making quite a few more.

This post will go into far more detail albeit slightly in more private post.

However if you met me for the first time - I'd love to hear from you as my memory is quite poor from introducing and recalling the great many I did know to each other.
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I will be arriving in Chicago on this Sunday, October 19th at 9:30am CT for our Midwest Information Security Forum which starts on Monday, October 20. I head out Tuesday, October 21 right after the event.

My flights are getting me there early - I have the following free time that I'd LOVE to see people, go out for drinks, a meal, watching movies etc:
  • Sun., 10/19 - 10:30am - 10pm CT (*12 Hours* !)
  • Mon., 10/20 - 5:30pm - 10pm CT
Anyone around or about?

N.B.: Reposted because somehow this didn't show up in the RSS feed.

bkdelong: (drwho laidback)
An absolutely crazy week. Lots of work-related activities both fun and serious in Las Vegas for Black Hat and headed off to Chicago Fri through Monday for the Terminus Harry Potter conference where I got to meet 50 of the ~200 volunteer staff of The Leaky Cauldron (N.B. It was ~15 just prior to the Leaky Lounge Forums being founded.)

All in all a crazy, exhilarating week but I am way behind in my usual Social Network following/reading. Bear with me as I get caught up and reach out to say hi with an update in the meantime.
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I know there is a few scripts that will tell you the NUMBER of shared interests you have with various friends and what interests you SHOULD consider adding based on your friends....but has anyone found a script that either lets you enter an interest and see how many of your friends share it or that lists all your interests and which friends share them?

Ideally, I'd really also like to find (or build) a script that will do the same things for FOAFs (Friend of a Friends) so I can see who I SHOULD meet. ;)

I would consider paying or bartering for such a script to be created.....as I think it would step up the value of LJ as a social network.

Anyone?
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Typing this post from a Boeing 717 in the air over Texas. About to land in the next 45min for a "work event" - the IANS Lone Star Information Security Forum. It starts tomorrow AM and ends Wednesday afternoon so I do have quite a bit of free time on either end - heading our Thurs AM.

I get home Thurs afternoon, complete any loose ends for work and then drive to Western MA so, Fri AM, I can drive down to Maryland with my mother and brother, to our youngest brother's house in Pasadena, MD. It will be the first time in a while us 3 brothers have been together for a non-event vacation and there will be much movie watching, geeking out tech-wise, a bit of drinking with scheduled highlights including a crab fest/feast and a trip to Harpers Ferry where I don't think I've been since Middle School.

I had a really content weekend these past few days peppered with the bumps and hiccups of pre-travel anxiety. I'm working hard on erasing those out because I become a bit of a jackass. Thankfully I have a quickly forgiving son and an incredibly patient partner.

Saturday, I helped move [livejournal.com profile] lediva from her apartment in Jamaica Plain to her new digs in Davis Square, Somerville. I have to admit, I figured I'd hang out and move a few things to give her a hand. Surprisingly, I found myself in a bit of an inverse role to my usual moves. Normally, I defer to my wife when it comes to large tasks of coordinating and organizing; determining how to pack and what needs to be accounted for throughout the process. I don't think it's due to lack of competency - more laziness than anything else.

However, I was able to step up and take a bit of that role on during the move. As I walked in and out of the apartment helping carry things into [livejournal.com profile] audioboy's van. That little "targeting computer HUD" gimmick I mentioned in one of my previous futurist posts took control as I visualized the van and then each of the "big objects" that needed to get moved.

We had a limited time window of late afternoon/early evening and while there was talks of additional moving for Sunday, I don't think anyone wanted to deal with that. We didn't really have lots of boxes as clothes were put into large plastic bags and most everything else was loose. Get the big stuff carefully positioned in the van and then everything else could be shoved into the cracks around it.

For the first leg in JP there was [livejournal.com profile] lediva, [livejournal.com profile] audioboy, and [livejournal.com profile] smacaski. Once we got to Davis, we were joined by [livejournal.com profile] read_alicia, [livejournal.com profile] postrodent, [livejournal.com profile] circuit_four, and [livejournal.com profile] shatterstripes. The room in Davis was actually up 3 flights of stairs - the one getting to the porch, one up to the second floor and another up to the 3rd floor room. We decided to put most everything (except the beds), in the 2nd floor living room ideally where it would be dusted/cleaned by others between trips.

The car rides were filled with geek references galore and absolute enjoyment of the gorgeous weather. Driving into Davis Square was a treat as everyone was out and about providing a fascinating menagerie for a people-watcher. I even spotted [livejournal.com profile] coraline (who I only know in passing from a few SCA events), walking past the car as I was carrying something in and [livejournal.com profile] contradictacat who I've met at a few LARPing events.

First trip was done quickly, second trip had us joined by [livejournal.com profile] postrodent in JP. The bed took up most of the van and we got a few clothes out also filling up [livejournal.com profile] ledivas car. The hardest thing I did that day was probably us all getting that mattress up to the third floor.

Surprisingly, everything else was pretty easy. Those who have not "seen" me in a while probably don't realize I've lost 50lbs since last Fall and thus everything is a lot easier overall. However that third trip I was truly knackered and ready for a break. But we had gotten everything out of the place in JP with the exception of a few odds and end [livejournal.com profile] lediva can go back for.

I was in the kitchen at one point going through the Britta and downing cold water when I heard a shout that I was being ticketed. I tried to set the pitcher on the counter and simultaneously twist toward the door to run out of the house. The Britta didn't quite make it.

Needless to say, the Somerville Parking agent was kind and let me be on my way ticketless. I pulled around the block, and headed back to the house with my blinkers on - I left both the front door and the apartment door wide upon and I had a pitcher-full of water to clean off the floor.

[livejournal.com profile] lediva had a singing gig to get to so she was getting prepped when all this happened. By that time I was so tired, my body was a glowing ember with a sheen of grimy, damp sweat - just enough to keep my body coated and preventing it from truly cooling off. The only way I was going to get cool was to take a shower.

My wife and son had called earlier to see what my dinner plans were so I encouraged them to stay and continue the wonderful playdate they were having- a combination of strawberry picking, pool swimming and a lot of fun. I suggested they stay for dinner.

I waited out on the porch for [livejournal.com profile] lediva to head out and then went my own way back up 93 to Salem. Got my shower, took some Tylenol and Advil along with a tall glass of cold water; settling in for the evening. I was content and the aches in my body made me satisfied that the enjoyment of chatting throughout the day with some cool people was well worth some physical labor.

I think I'm ready to start hitting up a gym. I've never been and haven't done anything with free-weights since high school when during my stints as staff at Boy Scout camp, we setup an after-hours workout room in the back of the Quartermaster where we could pump up the music and do some weight training. Anyone willing to school a newbie?

So when my son arrived home, half asleep and sniffling, he was handed to me to take up to bed. I was so looking forward to a nice cuddle as he drifted back off to sleep I was instead subject to a wailing, overtired, startled boy beating his fist against the side of my head as hard as he could in the state he was in. I got him upstairs to his room and tried to appeal to his rational side and make him realize what he was doing.

It didn't work. So I bellowed in my resonant, heraldic voice for him to stop, thoroughly startling and reducing him to a stuttering sob. Way to scare him....I'm such a good father. :( *sigh*

It worked out in the end - we both got our apologies in and realized that we were both in the wrong but that didn't happen until the following day leaving at least two people in our household to go to sleep saddened.

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