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How to Fake an Email From Almost Anyone in Under 5 Minutes

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 05:07:27 +0000

In my day job as the communications guy for ValiMail, I spend a lot of time explaining how easy it is to create fraudulent emails using an email address that doesn’t belong to you. A faked “from” address, in fact, how the majority of email attacks happen. And email attacks (aka phishing) are how the […]



Why do we keep using Facebook?

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 18:18:04 +0000

To sum up: there is a lot of research showing that Facebook makes people feel like shit. So maybe, one day, people will stop using it.​ John Lanchester’s long essay about Facebook in the London Review of Books has been getting shared a lot in my circles; Wired editor in chief Nicholas Thompson called it […]



Nature vs nurture

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 13:54:17 +0000

I recently learned my grandfather was an alternate for the Canadian Olympic track team. Had I known this when I was a kid, I might have started running much earlier!



The meaning of a solar eclipse

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 03:54:32 +0000

“What is the meaning of a solar eclipse? To the ancient Chinese, solar eclipses meant that dragons were devouring the sun. To the Czechoslovakians, they meant that ice giants, bitter enemies of the sun, were conquering it. To the Romans, they meant that the sun was poisoned and dying. To the Jews, solar eclipses meant […]



The people I love the best

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 02:16:46 +0000

The people I love the best jump into work head first without dallying in the shallows and swim off with sure strokes almost out of sight. –Marge Piercy



Email you can trust.

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 20:44:15 +0000

I'm joining ValiMail as head of communications, because I like email and want it to work right.



The big swim.

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 00:11:04 +0000

I have loved the San Francisco waterfront since I first saw it. For years, my commutes have taken me along the Peninsula coastline via Caltrain, and then along the Embarcadero on my bike. I’ve got a folder full of photos of the waterfront. I never tire of looking at the Bay Bridge, alongside it, under […]



Breakthrough

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 01:33:40 +0000

Pelicans stood on the breakwater, gravely watching us as we swam by. I’ve come to think of the shorebirds as different kinds of people, a sort of audience for my swims: The cormorant people, the gull people. It’s clear they’re looking at us as much as we are looking at them. And indeed, I noticed […]



The Delta and the Bay

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 00:27:05 +0000

Last weekend I entered the water much better prepared than the week before, and managed to swim for two and a half hours. The water temperature varied from 59F-60F, and the morning was fairly calm, overcast giving way to sunny sky. The biggest challenge was the current: We found a significant flood challenging our attempts […]



On not “crushing it” when swimming

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 03:47:20 +0000

“We come into temporary harmony with the water, and are fortunate to sometimes be allowed to pass through.” Evan Morrison, open-water marathon swimmer, who notes that it echoes: “The best one can hope for is to come to an agreement with a body of water on any given day.” David Barra



Water textures in the SF Bay.

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:15:44 +0000

Yesterday I swam around Aquatic Park on a sunny, windy afternoon with shreds of fog whipping themselves away from the Golden Gate and across the blue sky. The wind on the cove gave different textures to water in every part of the cove: Just off the dock and along the buoy line I was swimming […]



Getting used to the cold.

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 17:38:00 +0000

I swam for an hour and 25 minutes on Saturday, with my swimming buddy Zina, and it was good. The sun was shining, the water was calm, there were no currents to speak of, and we explored a new-to-us route that took us from the far end of the breakwater guarding Fisherman’s wharf to the […]



2.5 miles in a purple Speedo.

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 17:29:09 +0000

I wore my swirly purple Speedo for a two-hour swim in the Bay on Saturday. It was the morning of a joint Pride celebration with my club, the South End, and the Dolphin Club next door. Fifty or sixty of us were going to swim from a bayside beach about a mile away, back to […]



Take a memo.

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 18:00:30 +0000

If we learned anything from former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony this week, it’s the importance of well-written memos. Comey’s memo to the Senate, spelling out his introductory statement, is clear, crisp, and to the point. It contains a wealth of precise detail that lends credibility to his report. And it is restrained: He doesn’t accuse […]



Why I swim

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 23:04:06 +0000

I’m going to attempt to swim down SF Bay, from the Golden Gate Bridge to AT&T Park, on July 9. The distance is about 6.5 miles. The water temperature will probably be about 59 degrees Fahrenheit (plus or minus a couple degrees), or about 15C. Depending on how much of an assist I get from […]



I’m going to swim 6.5 miles to help protect SF Bay.

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 22:52:55 +0000

Like many Americans, I’m angry and disappointed about Trump’s repudiation of the Paris Agreement. What are we going to do about it? This is a small contribution, but I’m going to swim 6.5 miles in the SF Bay to raise money for the environment. In the aftermath of Paris, the gutting of the EPA, and rolling […]



The NYT eliminates its public editor role

Wed, 31 May 2017 23:03:47 +0000

Liz Spayd was more of a columnist than a true ombudsman, but the Huffington Post coverage points out why that role is still important: Not necessarily for accountability (since we all hold the newspapers we read accountable these days), but simply for getting answers: by being in the newsroom, public editors and ombudsmen can often get […]



Looking for a boat

Tue, 30 May 2017 17:51:45 +0000

Forming an exploratory committee to consider swimming from the Golden Gate to McCovey Cove July 9. Anyone own a boat I could hire for the day? (Last year I did this as part of a relay — this year I’m considering a solo swim) crossposted from Facebook



Suburban survival

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:31:10 +0000

I read that Annie Dillard, when composing Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, was living in the suburbs and raising a family.



The man with the most

Mon, 01 May 2017 23:19:03 +0000

“Swimming cultivates imagination; the man with the most is he who can swim his solitary course night or day and forget a black earth full of people that push.” –Annette Kellermann