Communication skills for the crazy

You See a SecBurnout Cult; I See Common Sense

April 17, 2014 Communication skills for the crazy

Some folks are pissed over my recent posts about efforts in the security community to fight job burnout and depression. I won’t change your minds, so I’ll just clarify a few things and move along. Mood music: People have made five observations: The data is far too insufficient to declare a problem specific to the […]

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Exploiting Tate-LaBianca Murders for Fun and Profit?

February 18, 2014 Communication skills for the crazy

Y’all know I’ve long been obsessed about the Tate-LaBianca murders. But let’s be clear: All those stories about the spirits of Sharon Tate and Jay Sebring haunting a house a few doors down from where the murders took place? I don’t buy any of it. Mood music: The claim has been made by David Oman, […]

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Coca-Cola’s “America the Beautiful” Ad and Misplaced Outrage

February 6, 2014 Communication skills for the crazy

I finally got around to watching the Coca-Cola “America the Beautiful” ad that made so many people angry. So now I ask you: What’s the big deal? I usually avoid debates about immigration and whether people should learn to speak English in order to live here. There’s no winning debates like that. It’s a classic […]

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Sometimes, a Sex Song Is Just a Sex Song

February 3, 2014 Communication skills for the crazy

Columnists have gone nuts since Beyoncé and husband Jay Z performed “Drunk in Love” at the Grammys. The song is about them having steamy, drunken sex. Nothing more, nothing less. Yet we can’t help pontificating about what it says of their marriage. Here’s the Grammy Performance: Here’s the official video, which is dirtier: Debate over this […]

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Cable News and the Justin Bieber Effect

January 28, 2014 Communication skills for the crazy

I lost faith in cable news as a conduit for useful, balanced information long ago. Once I stopped watching, the drop in my depression and anxiety was considerable. I grew a lot less bored, too. When I see respected journalists like MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell cutting off an interview with a former congresswoman to report breaking […]

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Wherein I Run Afoul Of The U.S. Secret Service

January 24, 2014 Communication skills for the crazy

My resolve against the inner demons is tested regularly. Some are little tests, like being put in a room with all the food and alcohol I once binged on daily to see if I can resist the temptation. Some are bigger tests, like getting lost en route to Washington D.C a few years ago with my wife […]

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Don’t Let Social Awkwardness Get You Down

January 22, 2014 Communication skills for the crazy

I’m a pretty public guy. I’ve given many public presentations about this blog and the security industry I work in. Blogging by itself means I’m putting myself out there every day. So, you would think I’d be comfortable in public by now. But sometimes I’m not. Mood music: I was reminded of this over the […]

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When Patriots Fans Eat Their Own

January 21, 2014 Communication skills for the crazy

My interest in football is minimal. I love a good story of an athlete overcoming the odds and showing us that anything’s possible. In that regard, Tom Brady is a hell of a role model. I’m not a fan of the Patriots quarterback’s wife, Gisele Bundchen. I don’t dislike her, I’m just not big on the modeling […]

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So You Wanna Boycott RSA Conference 2014

January 9, 2014 Communication skills for the crazy

Disclaimer: This is my opinion. I do not speak on behalf of my employer. Folks in the information security industry are debating whether to boycott RSA Conference 2014 to protest RSA’s reported misdeeds concerning the National Security Agency (NSA). Boycotts can be powerful tools. But they can also lead to trolling or a loss of […]

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“A Christmas Story” Made It OK to Be Weird

December 10, 2013 Communication skills for the crazy

Sunday, I settled in with Erin and the kids for our annual viewing of A Christmas Story. Like everyone else, I have my 10-15 favorite lines: “It was… soap poisoning!” “Notafinga!” “You used up all the glue … on purpose!” But those lines, as much as I enjoy them, are not why I consider this […]

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