Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Monday, February 4, 2019
Twelve years after first publication (in 2007), Island of the Lost is still hovering in the top seller list for books about the sea, including a listing in Amazon's Most Sold Books. So Algonquin, the publishers, have decided to produce a new print edition -- to catch, as they say, the young people who missed the first marketing.
It comes out in August.
Meantime, here is one of the 540 reviews, rated the most helpful by readers.
Sunday, February 3, 2019
A perfect day, no clouds in the sky, no wind, moderate temperatures, and Wellington.
A walk to Moore Wilson's the French-style chacuterie, market, and patisserie, all blended into one busy-one. So we bought truss tomatoes, French brie, and a local baguette, and walked home around the waterfront, where there was a market, all kinds of buzz, and a sense of public happiness.
At home, a bottle of Marlborough sauvignon blanc was opened, and our bounty spread on the table.
Freshly caught flounder at night, with a glass of a light French merlot. All this, and the Black Caps playing the invincible Indians in the stadium.
What more could one want?
Saturday, February 2, 2019
This week marks the 38th anniversary of International Data Privacy Day, which is a great opportunity to pause and consider steps we should all take to enjoy our online experiences safely.
Look, we know that remembering all those user names and passwords is a hassle. So sometimes we try to simplify our lives by using the same user name and password for multiple accounts. I mean, only those non-critical, non-financial accounts, right?
Seriously, wrong. Using the same password for "non-essential" sites creates a trail for scammers to follow.
So it is a good idea to celebrate Data Privacy Day by changing your passwords on all of your accounts.
And what is a good password? Well, it has at least 12 characters, and includes numbers, uppercase (capital) letters and lowercase (small) letters, along with one or two symbols, such as # % or *
The problem is remembering them. A good trick is to make up a sentence that means something to just you. For example "My first car was a Hillman Hunter that had fifteen previous owners and turned out to be a lemon" can turn into "MfcwaHHth15po&totbal" -- which is pretty impenetrable, you must agree.
But, if you have as many passwords as I do, you need a lot of catch phrases. Maybe you can go through all the cars you have owned, or the names of family members with birthdates and hair color. Whatever you choose, it makes it easy to have a little code, that (hopefully) only you can understand. Therefore, if it is cars, your code could be "first" or "fc" for the first one, "second" or "sc" for the second, and so forth.
Nothing is infalliable. But changing your passwords frequently is a good start. So why not start today?