Tech Appreciation Day, Carmel Custard Day, Government Shutdown

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
October 3rd, 2013

October Sun Rise

★~ Today’s Quote:  “A farmer once told me one of the greatest luxuries of his life was to wake up early only to go back to sleep again.”  ― James Herriot

★~ Tech Appreciation Day:


If you have a special techie or IT person that helps you through your computer glitches, today is the day to say “thank you, thank you, thank you!”

★~ Caramel Custard Day: 

creme caramel.

Sugar, milk and vanilla make up this creamy dessert. The folks of Spain and Latin America know it better as flan, while most Europeans call it creme caramel. I call it yummy!

Carmel Custard

★~ Today in History:

Rock Hudson

♥~ 1893 – The gasoline-powered vacuum cleaner was patented by John S. Thurman of St. Louis, MO. He called it the “the pneumatic carpet renovator.” His advertising slogan, “You can be sure if it’s Thurman!”

♥~ 1955 – LIFE magazine’s cover displayed Hollywood’s most handsome bachelor, Rock Hudson.

♥~ 1955 – A mouse and a “kangaroo” both began long-running children’s shows on TV.   The mouse was Mickey Mouse, cartoon star of the original “Mickey Mouse Club” on ABC, featuring the Mouseketeers, talented kids wearing sweaters and mouse ears.  Same day, different network: “Captain Kangaroo” made his debut on CBS. Bob Keeshan played the Captain as a grandfatherly host with a big mustache and deep-pocketed jackets.  He had a number of “animal” co-stars, including Dancing Bear and the puppets Bunny Rabbit and Mr. Moose.

♥~ 1960 – The Andy Griffith show premiered.

♥~ 1964 –  Buffalo Wings were invented.   That is, a special recipe for chicken wings coated with cayenne pepper sauce, created at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, N.Y.

♥~ 2003 – The popular “Siegfried and Roy” magic act at the Mirage in Las Vegas was disrupted when one of the duo’s famous tigers bit Roy Horn in the neck.  The attack effectively brought an end to the long-running act, although Siegfried and Roy did comeback performances a few years later.

★~Famous Birthdays:

James Herriot

♥~ 1916 – James Herriot,  was the pen name of James Alfred Wight, OBE, FRCVS also known as Alf Wight), an English veterinary surgeon and writer, who used his many years of experiences as a veterinarian to write a series of stories about animals and their owners. He is best known

♥~ 1947 – Lindsey Buckingham, guitar, vocals, Fleetwood Mac, (1987 UK No.5 single ‘Little Lies’ and 1977 US No.1 single ‘Dreams’ from world wide No.1 album ‘Rumours’).

♥~ 1969 – Gwen Stefani, vocalist with No Doubt, (1997 UK No.1 single with ‘Don’t Speak’ and a 1997 No.1 US album ‘Tragic Kingdom’).

★~ Good to Know:  Hackers 

♥~ Hacker originally meant “one who makes furniture with an ax.” Perhaps because of the blunt nature of that approach, the word came to mean someone who takes pleasure in an unconventional solution to a technical obstacle.

♥~ Computer hacking was born in the late 1950s, when members of MIT’s Tech Model Railroad Club, obsessed with electric switching, began preparing punch cards to control an IBM 704 mainframe.

♥~ One of the club’s early programs: code that illuminated lights on the mainframe’s console, making it look like a ball was zipping from left to right, then right to left with the flip of a switch. Voilà: computer Ping-Pong!

♥~ By the early 1970s, hacker “Cap’n Crunch” (a.k.a. John Draper) had used a toy whistle to match the 2,600-hertz tone used by AT&T’s long-distance switching system. This gave him access to call routing , unlimited long distance, and a brief stint in  jail.

♥~ Before they struck it rich, Apple founders Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs made and sold “blue boxes,” electronic versions of Draper’s whistle.

♥~ Using a blue box, Wozniak crank-called the Pope’s residence in Vatican City and pretended to be Henry Kissinger.

♥~ Hacking went Hollywood in the 1983 movie WarGames, about a whiz kid who breaks into a Defense Department computer and, at one point, hijack a pay phone by hot-wiring it with a soda can pull-ring.

♥~ That same year, six Milwaukee teens hacked into Los Alamos National Lab, which develops nuclear weapons.

♥~ In 1988 Robert T. Morris created a worm, or self-replicating program, purportedly to evaluate Internet security.

♥~ The worm reproduced too well, however. The multi­million-dollar havoc that ensued led to Morris’s felony conviction, one of the first under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (PDF).

♥~They all come home eventually. Morris now researches computer science at…MIT.

♥~ British hacker Gary McKinnon broke into 97 U.S. Navy, Army, Pentagon, and NASA computers in 2001 and 2002.

♥~ McKinnon’s defense: He wasn’t hunting military secrets; he was only seeking suppressed government files about space aliens.

♥~ According to rumor, agents of China’s People’s Liberation Army attempted to hack the U.S. power grid, triggering the great North American blackout of 2003.

♥~ It took IBM researcher Scott Lunsford just one day to penetrate the network of a nuclear power station: “I thought, ‘Gosh, this is a big problem.’”

♥~ Unclear on the concept: When West Point holds its annual cyberwar games, the troops wear full fatigues while fighting an enemy online.

♥~ Think your Mac is hackproof? At the CanSecWest conference, security researcher Charlie Miller used a flaw in Safari to break into a MacBook in under 10 seconds.

♥~ Cyborgs beware: Tadayoshi Kohno at the University of Washington recently hacked into a wireless defibrillator, causing it to deliver fatal-strength jolts of electricity.

♥~ This does not bode well for patients receiving wireless deep-brain stimulators.

♥~ The greatest kludge of all? Roger Angel of the University of Arizona has proposed building a giant sunscreen in space to hack the planet’s climate.


Speaking of hacks….

Our El Morno Aussie friend is touring the United States and guess where her last stop was…? Washington, D.C. I suggested it might be a good time to steal one of our national monuments as a souvenir. She will be in Chicago in a little over a week and as far as we know Michigan Ave will be open.

My favorite quote so far….

“Did you see the Giants game on Sunday?” he asked. “They lost 31-7. Do you know what the Giants didn’t say after that game? ‘If you don’t give us 25 more points by midnight on Monday, we will shut down the f**king NFL.'” ~ Jon Stewart.

Interested in fiscal news? I learned that the government shutdown could cost us as much as $300 million per day, according the economic consulting firm IHS Global Insight. The figure translates to about $12.5 million an hour, or roughly $1.6 billion a week, while the government is closed, according to ABC’s DEVIN DWYER.

And finally fact check explains: Congress and an Exemption from ‘Obamacare’?

I think it’s a shame that when our Aussie friend visited American  the light was turn off. She doesn’t really get it, I told her that was okay – neither do I.

Wishing everyone a tremendous Thursday,

Odd Loves Company!

24 thoughts on “Tech Appreciation Day, Carmel Custard Day, Government Shutdown

  1. Morno,
    I’ve had creme caramel since last years Carmel Custard day and it was very tasty. Guess I better call and tell my son Thank you. He is my tech guy. Kid is a computer whizz and his price is right.
    Hacker facts were interesting.
    Like it or not the Affordable Health Care Act is law. It became a law through the means provide by our constitution. The bill (law) in my opinion is flawed, but what does a shut down accomplish? Nothing.
    Have a good one.

    • Oh good! You tried it. I’m glad you like it. Very handy to have a kid that is clever with the computer.
      I’m pretty sure you are right about the shut-down and the sad thing is it is already become old news. Far less conversation in the media, and social media.

  2. Morno,
    A Mexican food restaurant we like makes the best Flan. I have it every time we go for dinner. My kids are my go to techies. I can usually work my way through computer problems, but our television is so complicated it makes my head spin. I’ve always wondered about hackers, glad some of them are channeling their brilliance towards the greater good.
    On my Facebook page today under a picture of the capital:
    We are going to stop working
    Because we can’t agree on how to spend
    The imaginary money we don’t have
    Makes a lot of sense doesn’t it? All of them need to be sent back to kindergarten for a lesson or two.

    • Cole is my go to techie for the television and he is on call for his grandparents.
      I saw that poster. Funny, but not really. . .
      The White House thinks we don’t understand. I’m pretty sure we do.

  3. Good Morning,
    I’m sorry your Aussie friend has to visit America when our government is at its worst. The affordable health has a lot of benefits that will help my family. It’s not perfect, but its a start. Some people are upset that Americans are forced to pay for healthcare – we should have a choice. I guess we should, but I am forced to support a lot of things with my taxes that don’t work and I don’t want. The idea of choice is often an illusion, in my opinion. Closing government is just a very expensive tantrum.
    Not a fan of flan, but loved the information about hackers.
    Have a happy day.

    • Our Aussie came in under the wire in D.C. and saw more than she would have if she arrived a day later. A lot of travelers won’t be as lucky. It will be interesting if the shut-down causes any change or opens negotiations.
      Hackers are interesting to me too. I would like to write something more in-depth. Someday.

  4. As a techy computer person, I’ll accept any and all Thank Yous today!
    Interesting facts about the hackers.
    I’ve never had Caramel Custard, but it looks pretty.
    Thanks for the link explaining the “Congressional exception” to health care. I’ll be glad when this whole situation resolves itself and we can move forward again.

    • Hope you got some extra appreciation today. Does your website business have a separate web site?
      Caramel Custard is tasty, give it a try. It’s not slimy, and the slightly burned sugar on top is delish. Maybe you have seen it ordered as Crème brûlée. Kind of the same.
      Over would work for me too!

  5. Just wanted to let el Morno readers know that yesterday should also have been Joanne PASSED the Illinois Bar 🙂

    Just got the news yesterday and thought I’d share a I know the el Morno readers were all rooting for me.

  6. well done, joanne! wonderful news indeed! what are your law plans now?
    i wish i was more tech savvy. i do appreciate all those techs who get me out of jams i get myself into!
    nothing like the knowledge of a country vet like james herriot.
    lindsey buckingham & fleetwood mac……love their music.
    good evening!

    • I’ll mainly be focused on trust and estate work – it’s what I know and enjoy. I also hope to do some work in the area of Pet Trusts. It’s a relatively new aspect of trust law that I’m happy to give free advice on!

      • My 1st cousin, who is my POA & executer, has been a legal assistant for 35+ years in estates. Be prepared for shoeboxes full of paperwork & receipts at times! Pet Trusts……important avenue for us pet people. Nikki/future dog has been set up with a program at Texas A&M’s Stevenson Center. Thanks for the offer of advice in this area. Good luck!

    • You’re busy being savvy at other things. If you haven’t ever taken a road trip with James Herriot books on tapes–you must. They are really well told and fun to listen too! I like Fleetwood Mac!

    • We use to listen to his books on tape to on road trips and loved all of them. Such great stories and in most cases happy and funny—not all, but most. He was one of a kind.

  7. It amazes me that some of these Felon Hackers are employed by some Universities after getting out of prison.
    In my opinion , our government is in this mess because “ill-informed” voters got us there. Yes, those voters who vote on emotion and party lines only and they don’t understand all the facts . Hope they will wake up and pay attention before they vote again. Every one in the white house and in congress need to be replaced. 🙁

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