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Nurse reveals the top FIVE regrets people make on their deathbed

Nurse reveals the top FIVE regrets people make on their deathbed

For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives. People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learned never to underestimate someone’s capacity for growth. [...]

End of Overeating: The science of junk-food cravings

End of Overeating: The science of junk-food cravings

Yesterday, I picked up David A Kessler's The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite, a book I've been interested in since I wrote about it here last week, and plowed through it on a short flight. It's a quick read, partly because of the short chapters, and partly because it runs a little to repetition, but for all [...]

Bemoaning the death of Hacker Culture

Bemoaning the death of Hacker Culture

Do you get the feeling that the information security industry has really changed the last 3-5 years? Remove the obvious: the industry is much larger, of higher public profile, and much better funded across the board. I would venture to guess, that way back when, say, in the dark ages of 1999, the primary reason people chose to get into the field [...]

25 Things My Father Taught Me

25 Things My Father Taught Me

The measurement of my finger from the tip to the first joint is 1 inch...depth for planting peas. The measurement to the second joint is 2 inches...depth for corn. Return borrowed things in better shape than when you borrowed them. There are two types of trouble...one is the trouble you knowingly walk into, the other is trouble that just [...]

Before you put any money in those little red kettles, make sure you aren’t opposed to the positions of The Salvation Army

Before you put any money in those little red kettles, make sure you aren’t opposed to the positions of The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has a reputation of helping out the needy and until today I had no idea they were so... stringent. I have been putting coins in those buckets since I was very little but I think those days are done. My friend's protestant church seems to live closer to christian ideals and makes the disparity between organizations like The [...]

Are IT Security Professionals Less Happy?

Are IT Security Professionals Less Happy?

It's said that if you want to be happy, be a gardener. What about IT security professionals? Having worked as an IT security consultant for several years, I now wonder if my job has a negative influence on my happiness, because it constantly teaches me to focus on the negative side of life: I always have to think about risks and identify all sorts [...]

Pink Box testing

Pink Box testing

Some years ago (1999′ish) I was in a job where I needed to bring in a lot of software contractors in a short space of time. As a result I ended up dealing with a good number of IT contracting agencies. To help the process I wrote very specific job / task descriptions, and sent these to all agencies. Generally I would receive [...]

Steve Jobs (Apple computers) Quote

Steve Jobs (Apple computers) Quote

"Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is [...]

Infrared Camera

Infrared Camera

at the Carnegie Science Center

End of summer jet skiing

End of summer jet skiing

summer is just about over. *sigh* couple of videos and photos after the jump. Photo courtesy of JennThomas.com (more…)