June 23rd, 2019

Sunday morning post.

Hello LJ-land!

I've been slacking on journaling here but not out of apathy. Life has been busy in the good-busy way. The job at Green Hills Semiconductor is going well, and I'm hopeing to hear back soon on whether they plan to extend me past the end of July, which is my current contract end date. An extension would be good news; even better news would be a chance to get hired on permanentely. Meanwhile, I'm working on the cert prep practice exams to get ready for my Network+ certification.

Speaking of late July, I've got tickets to San Francisco for the end of July to visit the kids, TNG and Bunny. TNG is holding down a steady job and a steady relationship, and maintaining good ties with both his mom and his blood family in Arizona. I am immensely proud of him. Bunny is living with her godparents - a very fine couple - since her mother's passing last November. She is a joy and a delight and I've missed her terribly.

Last Sunday's conservative meetup in Beaverton was a big success. I think we must have had at least 20 people show up, and we get a few new faces every time. I don't get out to social events as often now that I'm carless and traveling by bus, but it was well worth the trip.

Plan for today is to take it easy, clean house, study my Network+ stuff, and visit a restaurant in Orenco Station (La Provence) that was recommended to me y a friend from work.

Link burst.

One Ring to rule them all.
If you're walking in Bloomfield, New Jersey, there's a good chance you're being recorded. But it's not a corporate office or warehouse security camera capturing the footage -- it's likely a Ring doorbell made by Amazon.

While residential neighborhoods aren't usually lined with security cameras, the smart doorbell's popularity has essentially created private surveillance networks powered by Amazon and promoted by police departments.

Police departments across the country, from major cities like Houston to towns with fewer than 30,000 people, have offered free or discounted Ring doorbells to citizens, sometimes using taxpayer funds to pay for Amazon's products. While Ring owners are supposed to have a choice on providing police footage, in some giveaways, police require recipients to turn over footage when requested.

Ring said Tuesday that it would start cracking down on those strings attached. ...

Masters of the Universe: Google fires another engineer over politics.

Software engineer Mike Wacker, who for the past few weeks has pilloried Google’s corporate culture as hostile to conservatives, has been fired by the tech giant, according to a published report and his comments on Twitter. ...

Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jews.
For the last 1,000 years the Jewish people have, for the most part, been grouped into two categories: Ashkenaz and Sepharad. Contemporary Ashkenazim are Yiddish-speaking Jews and descendants of Yiddish-speaking Jews. Sephardim originate in the Iberian Peninsula and the Arabic lands.

While there are differences in culture, language, genetics, and nuances of ritual observance, the commonalities between the two groups are much stronger than what divides them. ...

Blogging update.

For the last 15 years, I've been posting semi-regularly on a political blog on Blogger, currently under the title 'Covenant Lands'.  I'm planning to wrap things up at that site in the near future and find a new venue for political blogging, for reasons I discuss here.