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    If you are unable to attend some evenings just let us know There are several former Sergeant at Arms including myself and several others present who could be available to help out You simply have primary responsibility for ensuring the room is set up you don t always have to do it yourself The Sergeant at Arms is responsible for the club equipment Fortunately the club has use of closet space in the city hall so it only needs to be moved short distances The necessary equipment is already well understood and provided for you merely need to keep an eye on supplies like ribbons and new member folders and provide notice when they need to be restocked If you have a talent for organizing things the club supplies while sufficient could no doubt benefit from some additional sorting and straightening Finally the Sergeant at Arms is one of the club officers If you have an interest in getting a gentle introduction to the management of the club this is a great way to start The Sergeant at Arms is one of easiest roles to get into it s duties primarily occur during meetings you already attend At the same time you will be part of club officer meetings gaining experience in how the club operates and some perspective on the duties of the other officers If you like organizing things want to get a gentle introduction to the club officers or just need that extra nudge to hear more speeches the Sergeant at Arms may be for you Tags toastmaster Category Essay Comments Off Password Problems and Solutions 2014 08 22 14 28 2014 08 14 Fox Valley Toastmasters Today I d like to talk to you about one of the most pervasive and pernicious plaguing the world today You may have received one or several emails in the past year from internet sites sayings OOPS We lost your password You might want to reset it before something bad happens If it hasn t happened to you personally you ve heard the stories in the news database after database compromised each exposing millions of user s accounts and passwords to criminal attacks These sites were relying on passwords for account security As shared secrets passwords make it possible for either you or an internet site to loose or compromise your account Passwords in particular suffer from a number of issues With the profusion of site today passwords are commonly reused This however is a bad practice Reusing passwords turns a compromise of one account into a compromise in several accounts This problem is magnified significantly by the occasional database loss giving internet criminals access to a large quantities of passwords that are likely used on many other sites There are ways for internet applications limit the damage of a database but these means are not always implemented well if at all I recommend that you always use a unique password for every site you visit If you really can t bear to manage that many passwords at least do it for your important accounts banks online email or any e commerce site that has your payment information Weak passwords are another major issues reused passwords are often weak but the temptation is doubly strong if you need to keep track of several Here is a selection of the most common passwords hint all of them are weak 123456 password 12345678 qwerty abc123 123456789 and so on I recommend that you use long and complicated passwords Long in this context means twelve characters at a minimum Complex means using arbitrary combinations of different character types upper and lower case letters numbers and symbols People also have trouble remembering passwords especially if you are tying to use unique long and complicated passwords for every site This often leads to writing passwords down somewhere such as a notebook Unfortunately this exposes you to the risk of someone peeking at your notebook and getting access to all your accounts I recommend using a password manager I use LastPass and there are number of others such as 1Password KeePass and many more A password manager will keep all of your passwords much like a notebook but a good one will keep them encrypted while no in use You use one good long complex password to unlock your manager Once unlocked the password manager can assist with generating good passwords and many can automatically fill in web forms saving you from even having to copy and paste The ultimate solution is to get rid of shared secrets The gold standard right now is public private key cryptography A private key which is never shared allows you to make assertions Those assertions can be verified by the matching public key which can be freely shared The major caveat to this system is that the user has to take full responsibility for their private key there is no more password reset button I m investigating a system called SQRL squirrel that makes public private key cryptography as simple as scanning a QR code with your phone yet secure enough to log into an untrusted public terminal SQRL is the future In the meantime I encourage you to use a password manger A password manager will help you generate long complicated passwords and keep track of unique passwords for each site you visit Category Essay Comments Off How I Perform Evaluations in Toastmasters 2013 07 05 20 14 This was speech 3 Get to the Point for Fox Valley Toastmasters on 2013 06 27 Fellow Toastmasters and honored guests today I d like to describe to you how I perform evaluations here in our toastmaster s club I view evaluations has having two main parts The first part is where I listen to the speech and observe how it s presented The second part where is I think and organize to prepare a speech of my own For me these two parts take the form of two sheets of notes The first part covers listening and observing so I divide my notes into two parts along those lines The first aspect is listening to the content or text of the speech itself This is where I ll take not of major elements I want to comment on interesting turns of phrase and the overall structure in case I want to comment on the use of introduction body conclusion and so on The second aspect or half of my notes is observing how the speaker presents the speech This is everything outside of the content itself which you know from your Competent Communicator manuals Did the speaker use notes Where they distracting Did the speaker use gestures Did they add to the speech Did the speaker use vocal variety Did it add to the speech Through trial and error I ve learned that it s important to maintain balance in note taking One trap I got into early was taking too many notes I was looking at my paper writing instead of paying attention to the speaker Another trap I ve fallen into was spending too much time on the content side reproducing the outline of the speech However I ve found that I tend to spend far more time in evaluation on the presentation than on the content and the way I was taking notes wasn t supporting the way I performed evaluations Once the speech is over and you ve got your notes it s time for the second sheet of paper This is where you think and plan out how you are going to deliver in your own evaluation For me this takes the form of a kind of timeline An evaluation is two to three minutes so I make room for all three just in case and divide the paper into three parts Through experience I ve found that make approximately four points per minute so I divide up each minute in to four sections giving me a kind of skeleton to hang the meat of my evaluation on That gives me 8 12 points That may be daunting but remember that a bit of it is ritual Most evaluations start with Fellow Toastmasters and honored guests and especially our wonderful speaker I usually continue with the title of the speech the purpose if I know it This can make a nice lead in to commenting on how well the speech fulfilled it s purpose And of course the speech needs a conclusion where I thank the speaker perhaps reinforce a strong point and turn the stage back over to the general evaluator In total that s three points you ve at least a quarter done and you haven t really had to say anything yet For the body I aim for around four strong points and three areas that might do with a little improvement The wonderful thing about these number is how well they interleave a technique often called sandwiching so that I don t dwell on either side two long It also allows me to both start and end on a high point I view evaluations as two parts which for me are two sheets of paper In the first part I listen to the speech and observe the speaker In the second part I think and plan out a timeline for my own evaluation Tags toastmaster Category Essay Comments Off Five Birds in the Bush 2012 01 25 08 40 Ah those vicious decisions Focus on one thing and I mourn for dead ideas Indulge my interests and the surer bets seem to languish for want of attention My interest in Disk Clock faded after a total lack of marketing doomed my brief attempt at selling Disk Clock in the Chrome store I ve marked it as free and released Moon Disk and Disk Calendar I m of a mind to approach Scott Thrift about doing a version for The Present and I ll need an annual movement to show off Meanwhile on the actually making money front I ve been in touch with someone looking for Rails tutoring and I ve a got a line on another training opportunity which could lead to some small but passive income My compatriot on the startup project is sure it s fundable with a little more work which would solve the immediate money trouble and be it s own adventure Category Life Comments Off On Reflection 2012 01 10 17 35 Another year rolls by I never really got into new years resolutions but I have been in the habit of reviewing my progress every quarter or so I actually let a review pass me by this fall but I sat down for a brief bit of reflection a few weeks ago It seems to be a year filled with fail My goal for the year was to make some money from a new income source not even sustainable just get something started I calculated a new set of average expenses and the money remaining won t last the year Meanwhile it seems that I can t help helping people so I m doing yet more work for free Siggnal didn t have a nibble so I behind to try working on a collaborative project That s been dropped in favor of another one and I find we are often at odds as what that is to become I m constantly amazed at how often a day disappears without significant progress E mail meetups grocery shopping cooking and blogging I ve grown more hesitant to do conference reviews And go to or pay for going to conferences Even thought the products are my default activity I don t seem to get there very often Resolutions for the quarter start with moving the ball starting with projects and doing the miscellany during breaks The holiday break was splendid for this no martial arts or meetups so I plenty of time to cycle between projects and other todos without an immanent deadline It really makes me question if I need to be doing so many extra activities It looks like I ll need to take on some sort of contracting work It will start small paying attention and seeing what comes up in conversations As I approach the next quarterly review I may have to get more proactive Category Reflection Comments Off Christmas Attack 2011 12 26 17 44 It was a fairly normal holiday at my parents We did the important things coming together and left out a lot of ceremony tree and decorations We are so distant now that gifts are token we don t know each other enough to say what the other wants and there are few material things I want to begin with Perhaps there will be more with the money running out The morning was pretty uneventful I brought over my Wii My parents were thinking about getting one and it was pretty much gathering dust as I focused on other things So there was a bit of an adventure trying to sort out all the cables especially with the nicely hidden cabling of their AV setup In the end there wasn t a good port on the TV and it went through the front panel inputs of another box Later in the afternoon some of their friends came over and we played Uno Attack The random draw mechanism has a few obvious effects The draw deck is held by the machine and it only has one button which often gives zero cards but often spits out 6 This essentially destroys the feature which saved the basic game for me the strategic choice to draw instead of playing which is far less attractive with possibility of filling up your hand again The chance of getting away with none is cold comfort in comparison What saves Uno Attack is a set of new cards Some are the obvious adjustments draw X has to be translated into hitting the button An interesting distinction is made between hit twice which is also a color card and hit till you get Far more interesting are the really new cards Two of them give you an opportunity to affect a player who isnt adjacent to you a constraint which is often dearly felt when you hear Uno across the table all hit is wild but depends on the gadget which gives nothing more often than cards There is however one targeted card change hands This is colored so you often can t play it when you want to And of course you get your hand stolen as often as you pull off a nice swap The other new card is discard all of same color which offers a new strategic choice it makes it possible to go out without having to say Uno and dare anybody with a trade hands On the other hand it tells the other players that you really truly are out of that color Tags game design Category Life Review Comments Off Backpacks 2011 12 11 11 10 I ve had my sturdy JanSport backpack for several years It was still in good shape and can be expected to last a while longer the last one went on the order of ten years with one stitching job and only had to be replaced when the zipper became unserviceable One thing I liked better about the previous model was the vertical arrangement of the outer pockets The current backpack has them layered so one being full affects the capacity of the other However I was getting tired of shuffling things in and out of the one bag as I changed destinations and modes of transport I also figured that this one will wear out eventually and so buying a new one would just use them up in parallel rather than sequentially The bike accessories were one challenge air pump elastic ties rag in case the chain fell off tire patch and sometimes a headlight Getting all that into a package would be a good start At the bike store what I found was an under seat bag However I had to get a fairly large one to accommodate the pump It was designed for permanent mounting whereas I wanted a quick release so I could take it with me when locking the bike up The construction was also very stiff making it awkward to carry or put into another bag The solution seems to be a simple fanny pack From my brief tour of stores a simple fanny pack is a hard thing to find these days the one I found has side pockets on both both front and back It works well enough the main compartment holds the bulky items and the outer pocket takes the smaller things that would otherwise find their way to the bottom and require a search party to be sent out The quick release clasp is a huge improvement over the loop and velcro arrangement of the bike bag and the default attachment is to me so it automatically goes with me when I lock up the bike Downside being it doesn t automatically stay with the bike in my garage As to the backpack itself the most common trips were tech events in Chicago and Martial Arts I have a messenger bag that I used to carry the laptop in but I found that it was uncomfortable for long walks across the city My alternate a Twelve South laptop case for the backpack was also rather bulky It was awfully convenient having all the accessories video adapter remote flash drives in a dedicated bag however A little searching determined that office stores commonly had computer backpacks so I headed down to the nearby Staples They had exactly one Swiss Gear backpack It s overpriced overdressed and overcomplicated but it fit the laptop well enough and I didn t want to spend the opportunity cost

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  • Justin Love's Web Page - Justin Love's Web Site
    at Strange Loop on line You Already use CLosure and Classes are Premature Optimization May 13 2010 Slides for the expanded You Already Use Closure talk May 13 2010 Links for my EcmaScript 5 lightning talk at JS chi May 04 2010 Posted slides for the third revision of the Lambda Closure talk at ChicagoRuby April 17 2010 Posted slides for my Great Lakes Ruby Bash talk February 28 2010 Finally posed my creed to the Justin Love page Sadly nothing else updated February 19 2010 Posted slides for my ChicagoRuby talk tomorrow February 13 2010 Some RubyGem RDocs and presentation pdfs have been hiding on my site for a few months and I finally got around to making index pages for them I need to get a new content management system that makes that less painful Since I ve been more active in the tech community I ve also started experimenting with Twitter Games Last Meaningful Update 2001 11 23 Writing L M U 2002 01 13 Projects L M U 2003 10 10 Presentations L M U 2010 11 12 RubyGems L M U 2010 02 13 Footsteps Gateway to Everway L M U 2001 10 12 Computer

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  • Accessibility - Justin Love's Web Site
    the top of each page 0 Accessibility page this page 1 Home page 3 Sitemap page 9 About page contact information page Compatibility These features coming soon All pages have been validated as either XHTML 1 0 strict or transitional These pages will look a little prettier in a browser that supports CSS 1 It has been reviewed to look as intended in the following browsers Internet Explorer 6 0

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  • More about Justin Love - Justin Love's Web Site
    I designed the aforementioned website Education In 1998 I graduated from the Computer Science department of Cornell College I am an alum and ex vice president of the Cornell Chess and Games Club Employement Shortly after college I was hired by Creative Electronics and Software Inc manufacturing website games website I redid both websites but they don t give me much content to put on them Games Projects Sweeper Star Pak 3 for the Galaxy Games a hexagonal version of the game most people will recongnize from windows Minesweeper Centipede Star Pak 3 for the Galaxy Games a licenced translation of the classic game which thanks to a lot of effort on my part is if not a pefect translation really close Orbit Star Pak 4 for the Galaxy Games a kind of color matching game with timing and aim involved This one is actually an original idea Dino Dash a video redemption game where you hit buttons like mad to make your tennis shoe wearing dinosaur cross the finish line first CES Contract work Monster Truck redemption game C24 MVP comercial water softener for Culligan The Dealer s Choice a rip off of an old play for tickets poker

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  • Projects I'd Like To Work On - Justin Love's Web Site
    you have to hold out long enough to influce the american people to come to their senses and restrain their leaders Water Supply There are some concerns about dwindling water supplies necessary for life transitioning to profit centered corporations This would probably place the players in the place of the water companies trying to make money without triggering a revolt The End of Oil Economic development where oil is the most efficient resource However some random resources are removed before the game starts so that whether oil in fact runs out during the game is uncertain Timeline This is what got me started with Debian in emulation of LiveJournal My thoughts have since been significantly distracted by the next project I had been doing a lot of reading on historical subjects but it seemed hard to make connections between events I thought that it would be cool if I could set things on a big interactive timeline so I could see what context events were occuring in This raised two issues First entering all that data myself would be a royal pain Second it wouldn t do anybody else any good Solution Put it up on the internet and let everyone add events with a backend database process creating a default consensus of time I ve since ran across the Wiki community which makes an interesting counterpoint to the consensual reality model I m still pretty scared of time vandals though Subprojects Research and decide upon the technolgies I m actually going to use Set up core drop in technolgies database etc Develop data representation model that can support consensual time if necessary Get the database live so we can start collecting data Develop realtime interactive view of database Universal Programming System You can program a computer in a lot of ways C C C Java Smalltalk Haskell ML OCAML Python Perl and probably a few dozen others that I could name with a few moments thought But if somebody had developed the perfect language we d all be using it right Some languages will give you fibinocci sequence in one line of code but if I m writting a video driver it is a lot easier and faster if I don t have to jump through hoops to write to a bunch of memory mapped registers Differnent things are easier to write in different programming paradigms Sometimes you can link two langauages with a bunch of boreing and error prone glue logic sometimes you just can t unless maybe you want to do some high concept compiler modifications yourself Ultimately a language specifies some peice of logic being encoded for a computer which will be translated into the low level machine instructions of one or more particular computers for execution What is needed then is the ability to specify that logic in whatever language is most appropriate for the problem at hand Refactoring the logic into another language may even provide intsights into yet better ways of encoding it

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  • RDocs for RubyGems developed by Justin Love - Justin Love's Web Site
    Alpha Type Games Cross Pi CGD Stuff Sitemap Class Binding stinks Module Bondage stinks less Bondage source MathViz take something very near to textual simple math equations and turns them into a GraphViz dot file with all intermediate values and

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  • Overall Site Modification Data - Justin Love's Web Site
    a typo fix or something Last Major Overhaul 2006 06 04 Created 96 or 95 Site history 2008 03 23 portions moved to http computergenerateddreams com 2006 06 04 present http JustinLove name 2001 10 05 2006 06 04 http pages prodigy net justin love 2000 02 23 2001 09 25 or earlier http members xoom com jlove 1 1998 05 29 2000 02 23 http members xoom com jlove created 1998 08 10 http wwwcsc cornell iowa edu jlove Modification Archives What s new archive 2010 What s new archive 2008 What s new archive 2007 What s new archive 2006 What s new archive 2005 What s new archive 2004 What s new archive 2003 What s new archive 2002 What s new archive 2001 What s new archive 2000 What s new archive 1999 Tools The site is currently built using Website Markup Language WML on Apple MacBook Pro The files are then uploaded with sitecopy to GoDaddy and served from there Prior to 2007 it was built on Debian Linux The Linux editing has variously been done in VIM Kate and xemacs The previous edit cycle on windows was started with edit com as in a

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  • Justin's Writing - Justin Love's Web Site
    the Earth Giving it life and heat And light and mirth And said the Snowman to the Sun But your light does hurt me so Me and all this lovely snow And said the Sun to the man of snow I am dearly sorry my dear friend But all things shall someday meet thier end And said the Snowman to Sun And what of all the children Who made me just a day ago How shall they play if I should go And said the Sun to the man of snow But the children they shall always play Be it light or dark or snow or rain And when the snow shall come again Then they shall make you new again And said the Snowman to the Sun What of you shall you someday go Like me the children and all the snow And said the Sun to the man of snow Someday yes I shall go but as far as all the children know The sun will always shine Upon the Earth til the end of time And I am dearly sorry my dear friend But all things shall someday meet thier end But as far as all the children know The Sun will always shine Upon the Earth till the end of time Cloak of Shadows Hiding in the darkness Hiding in the night Cowering from the light Cloak of shadows Cloak of night The only cloak I wear tonight Cowering in my memories Cowering in fears Longing for the light Always seeing Never feeling The Watcher in the Lie Power I see the flash as the lighting strikes I hear the sound as the thunder rolls And hold up my hand glowing with power and control over all I lift my head with eyes that glow like

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