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Aug 29: Fraudulent google.com SSL Cert issued by trusted CA

Mar 23: Comodo CA hacked and issues fraudulent certs

If the CA trust scheme is torn down for SSL, what will replace it? Worth reading: SSL and the Future of Authenticity

The Soyuz Special!

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This infographic is awesome. It's a great design once you let go of the idea that the descent stage has to be reusable, suddenly you get this incredibly reliable and minimal setup, with plenty of room for storage, living space, and instruments.

Space Policy explained by cartoons is good too. via metafilter.com

Chance for Peace

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Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.

This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement. We pay for a single fighter with a half-million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. . . . This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.

President Eisenhower, April 16, 1953

Castles Castles Castles

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Mostly we focused on castles.

While this was the first castle whose gift shop sold bows, we found the swords and weapons in the gift shops got better and better the further we went. Which meant our weapons load got heavier and heavier...


In the Loire Valley, with some of the best chateaus, there's a park with mini-castles to give kids and adults a preview before you go to the real ones.


and costumes:


Costumes could be augmented, if necessary:


but given the default level of cuteness, not necessary:


Postcards from the Summer

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We've finally started looking at the photos from our trip to France and Germany last summer. Maybe we can find a Christmas Card in here somewhere...in the meantime I'll post a couple of the interesting ones.


St Malo, Normandy.


Looking out at the North Atlantic.

Thanksgiving Slideshow

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Here's the slideshow that we watched at Thanksgiving. Mary Ann gathered most of the photos; I just arranged and cleaned them up a little.

If the video player doesn't work, try Chrome. It's a 250MB download, which you can save by rightclicking this link and choose Save Link As... It might be easier to download it and play it in a video player on your computer.

Enjoy the Silence

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Elijah on the beach at Dinard (near St Malo, France, the north Atlantic), in his SitNStroll.

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Reminded me of this:


I Get Knocked Down - But I Get Up Again

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He's a little punching bag for the bigger kids, but he doesn't mind at all...


Finnegan's Favorite Things

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I just noticed this picture has all four things that Finnegan likes:


  • Lego
  • Batman (shirt)
  • Lightsabers
  • Not wearing pants

Monica's Visit

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Monica and John came to visit us out in Seattle. Monica got to stay an entire week! She hadn't been out since Elijah was born. We were very happy to see her. Hiking in Discovery Park, near the city:


Looking out at Puget Sound:





We took the extra long trail towards the lighthouse (called "West Point"):


Walking through the University of Washington:



At the center for Wooden Boats, near South Lake Union:


At the Fremont troll, Finnegan knows how to handle himself around monsters.


Walk slowly, never look them in the eye, and never EVER touch their noses. Whoops! Sadly, this angered him and he grabbed her with his claws.


John had a quick decision to make : rescue his girlfriend, or take a picture. Tragically, he first reached for the camera, and so that was the end for Monica.



Well, it was a good visit while it lasted. Next time we'll feed it a tourist before we take a family member into this dangerous area. I lose more sisters that way...