A virtual hoard of the shiny things I find on the internet.
Charlie is at the stage where he knows the food we’re eating is often more interesting than what he eats. We feed him good stuff, but we have molars and he doesn’t, so… what we eat is usually more interesting.
I fed him a snack this afternoon- mixed veggies, some slices of string cheese, Cheerios, veggie straws. When he was finished eating, I plopped him down with some toys and went to make myself a peanut butter &apple butter sandwich.
Charlie crawled into the kitchen to pull up on my leg. So I picked him up in one arm and grabbed my sandwich with my free hand to head to the living room.
Don’t you know that little stinker started grabbing at my sandwich. Well then, I guess this is the day we try peanut butter.
We sat down, and he was so intent on grabbing my sandwich that I couldn’t situate myself to break off a piece for him. So Tom his holding the sandwich out so I can break off little pieces and hand them to him to try.
I gave him a couple small bites to try and set him on the floor. Whereupon he immediately pulled up on my knees and started eyeing my sandwich again.
So I shared. I kept feeding him bites and he kept asking for more. It’s like having a dog.
But inevitably, he got peanut butter all over his fingers, which means I now have peanut butter fingerprints all over me.
You’ve no doubt seen or heard about the latest hacking of the phones many celebrities. It’s a terrible thing and the sad thing is this will keep happening.
Take this time to make sure you have secure passwords. Passwords that you update often, and DO NOT use the same password on multiple sites.
Use a password management tool like 1Password and create as secure a password as you can on a website.
If you use a website to share or store any sensitive information, photos, documents, whatever (and even if you don’t), use two-factor authentication (TFA). It’ll take a few minutes to set up and they have apps for your iPhone or Android phones.
It’s a ton of extra security for a few seconds of inconvenience as you authenticate yourself.
Some popular services that offer TFA:
A quick Google search of the service name and “two factor authentication” will quickly bring up any information or instructions that service has on setting up the extra security.
The most important account is your email as it is most likely the recovery email for every service you use. If a hacker can gain access to one, they can request a password reset on any other service and gain access to that account.
If you haven’t changed your password in a year or more, do it. With the recent news of Russian hackers gaining access to a billion passwords there is a good chance one of yours is in there.
This isn’t a 100% guarantee of safety and security, but it’s a big, big help.
Reblogged for great justice.
In the case of the stolen celebrity nude photos (do not even get me started), the current theory is that the email addresses were harvested from one address book, and then they were all phished, or matched with another dataset of stolen passwords somewhere.
So, obviously, be super-careful about typing in your password because an email told you to do it. Always check the URL of the page and make sure it’s absolutely correct.
But also use two-factor authentication, because that gives you a layer of protection even IF your username and password are both compromised. Even for your online gaming profiles, if available. One of the early consumer uses of 2-factor was by Blizzard Entertainment- World of Warcraft accounts with well-geared characters were worth a LOT of money on eBay and used to get hacked a lot.
Tom: *returns from 13th St. Meats with 4 lb of sausage*
Tom: I may have a sausage problem.
Me: *stammers due to traffic jam of potential wisecracks in my brain*
Tom: I got 4 bratwursts, 4 half-smokes, and 8 roasted poblano.
Tom: The roasted poblano is SO GOOD. It's like a party in your face!
Me: Like a sausage party in your mouth?
Why is it that people are willing to spend $20 on a bowl of pasta with sauce that they might actually be able to replicate pretty faithfully at home, yet they balk at the notion of a white-table cloth Thai restaurant, or a tacos that cost more than $3 each? Even in a city as “cosmopolitan” as New York, restaurant openings like Tamarind Tribeca (Indian) and Lotus of Siam (Thai) always seem to elicit this knee-jerk reaction from some diners who have decided that certain countries produce food that belongs in the “cheap eats” category—and it’s not allowed out. (Side note: How often do magazine lists of “cheap eats” double as rundowns of outer-borough ethnic foods?)
Yelp, Chowhound, and other restaurant sites are littered with comments like, “$5 for dumplings?? I’ll go to Flushing, thanks!” or “When I was backpacking in India this dish cost like five cents, only an idiot would pay that much!” Yet you never see complaints about the prices at Western restaurants framed in these terms, because it’s ingrained in people’s heads that these foods are somehow “worth” more. If we’re talking foie gras or chateaubriand, fair enough. But be real: You know damn well that rigatoni sorrentino is no more expensive to produce than a plate of duck laab, so to decry a pricey version as a ripoff is disingenuous. This question of perceived value is becoming increasingly troublesome as more non-native (read: white) chefs take on “ethnic” cuisines, and suddenly it’s okay to charge $14 for shu mai because hey, the chef is ELEVATING the cuisine.
One of the entries from the list ‘20 Things Everyone Thinks About the Food World (But Nobody Will Say)’. (via crankyskirt)
Fuck I’m walking downtown and I pass a group of guys staring at me and I think “great catcall time” but then one guy goes “you look like you could kill a man a million different ways with just your bare hands”. This. This is an acceptable comment to give a girl on the street.