Introducing Sonic and Shadow



On Tuesday morning this week, right after breakfast, I was doing some last minute preparations for a presentation at work. We were out of milk so my wife decided to take two of our kids to our dairy-supplier-of-choice to restock for the week. While she was gone she started sending me text messages, e.g. "I love you", "you are wonderful", etc; I thought she was trying to help pick up my mood and self confidence prior to the presentation, so kept working away. When it came time to do the presentation I locked myself in a room to avoid the anticipated interruptions from when they returned.

About thirty minutes into it I hear them arrive home and then start shuffling around the door to the room I was in, completely with our toddler fussing because he wanted in on the fun; because the room was adjacent to our older two kids' room I figured he just wanted to get in to play.

Anyway, another fifteen minutes go by, I finish up the presentation and head back to my primary work desk. I first noticed that the house was really quiet. Because it was still only 10:45 this was fairly normal as our youngest would be having his morning nap. However, I expected our other two to be playing or talking, ie. not quiet. As I passed the bathroom I noticed the door was closed, which again was perfectly normal, except it had a different baby gate in front of it than it had earlier that morning. As I made my way around to my desk and to the living room where my wife would be, our middle child comes up beside me and says...

"We got kittens!"

How to spot a site that stores plaintext passwords


Here's a screenshot of the password requirements for a site. The's one really suspect thing about it that strongly suggests that the passwords are stored in plain text in their database instead of being hashed/encrypted - there's a limit to the password length. The instructions say the password must be no more than 14 characters long, were it stored properly it would be able to accept a much longer password. While I applaud them in being able to accept non-alphanumeric aka "special" characters, needlessly limiting its length is a step backwards.

Bowling pros!


My friend and fellow Drupaller, Matt Goodwin, and I were invited to do something together as a team building thing for work. After some discussion we decided to have a family bowling night so both families could finally meet and have some fun together. Needless to say that it brought out my competitive streak and... I completely flubbed :-) That said, I was carrying our toddler at the time of my two spectacular turns, though he also helped me with the strike ;-) We had a lot of fun, and we look forward to doing something similar again. Did I mention that I love working for Mediacurrent? :-)


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