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Tony Catano
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It's late in the day, but I still want to wish +Brian Titus a happy birthday! Brian is one of the nicest and coolest guys I know here on The Plus. I hope you've had a great day, Brian! :D

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Movie Review Monday

Warm Bodies (2013) - An off-beat rom-com in a post-zombie apocalypse setting. Nicholas Hoult is quite charming as a young zombie who finds he doesn't quite fit in with his zombie brethren. The film keeps a nice pace and has some pretty cool and scary elements to it. I found the plot overall to be a cute, quirky twist on both the rom-com and zombie genres. The film does suffer a bit early on from some badly timed acting cues, and there are some definite cheesy elements to it. But ultimately, it's a sweet and entertaining tale that reinforces the notion that love truly can save the human race. ;-) I'd give it a 7 out of 10.
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Nice take, +Philo Yan.  Thanks.  :)
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I know it's late in the day, but I had to give a quick Happy Birthday to +Sabrina Benton! I hope you've had a day filled with celebration, Sabrina! And cake! :)

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News continues to come out about the OpenSSL security hole dubbed as "Heartbleed". To anyone who hasn't heard about this yet, this security hole potentially exposes users’ names and passwords at several web sites. There is a fix that companies are rushing to put in place. Experts are telling users to hold off on updating their passwords until companies announce that a fix is in place. Several companies have already begun doing so. Here is an article that gives more info about Heartbleed.  

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/04/09/heartbleed-what-you-should-know/

And here is a tool to see if a particular Web site is vulnerable. See the images below to see examples of a negative hit and a positive hit.

http://filippo.io/Heartbleed/

Also, someone published a list of 1000 sites that have been tested for Heartbleed here:

https://github.com/musalbas/heartbleed-masstest/blob/master/top1000.txt

Btw, Google has already announced that it has applied the SSL fix to its key services. This ends your PSA for the day.  

#Heartbleed
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:)  ty.
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Movie Review Monday

Noah (2014) - I imagine Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly were probably eager to do this film with Darren Aronofsky because the films he's done in the past have been quite remarkable. This, unfortunately, did not feel like one of those films. Putting aside the good performances and fantastic special effects, the plot seemed hodgepodgey and at times a bit plodding. I could tell what Aronofsky was trying to achieve with certain elements of the plot. Unfortunately, the artistic embellishments felt wedged in, and some character behavior did not feel genuine. One saving grace was Connelly's performance as Noah's earnest wife, who stood in contrast to Noah and his not-entirely-convincing descent into fanaticism. I'm sad to say that by the end of the film, I didn't feel much of a bond to any of the characters. And that includes all the CGI animals. :-\ I'd give it a 4 out of 10.
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Hello +steph wanamaker Happy Tuesday to you too! :)
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Spring Blooms! :-) Various flowers from around our house.
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Thanks, +Philo Yan.  :)  Spring is kicking in, but it's still a bit chilly this week.
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Starting the day with a tricked up bowl of cereal and a hot cup o joe. Good morning, peeps! Have a great day. :)
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LOL ;D
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For some reason, I suddenly want to go hear some Beethoven. There's something about this ad that's enticing me. I don't even know who this Beethoven guy is. Did he start out in a boy band?

#tonysdimbulb #tonyissogay #beethoven
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Teddy Grahams FTW! Thanks, Honey Maid. You're awesome. ^_^
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In short, it's about the menstrual health of women in poor communities. And it's about how an inventor who did something awesome about it. Hats off to Arunachalam Muruganantham.

h/t to +Angela Mia 
 
After spending years developing a simple machine to make inexpensive sanitary pads, Arunachalam Muruganantham has become the unlikely leader of a menstrual health revolution in rural India. Over sixteen years, Muruganantham’s machine has spread to 1,300 villages in 23 states and since most of his clients are NGOs and women’s self-help groups who produce and sell the pads directly in a “by the women, for the women, and to the women” model, the average machine also provides employment for ten women. 

Muruganantham’s interest in menstrual health began in 1998 when, as a young, newly married man, he saw his wife, Shanthi, hiding the rags she used as menstrual cloths. Like most men in his village, he had no idea about the reality of menstruation and was horrified that cloths that “I would not even use… to clean my scooter” were his wife’s solution to menstrual sanitation. When he asked why she didn’t buy sanitary pads, she told him that the expense would prevent her from buying staples like milk for the family. 

Muruganantham, who left school at age 14 to start working, decided to try making his own sanitary pads for less but the testing of his first prototype ran into a snag almost immediately: Muruganantham had no idea that periods were monthly. “I can’t wait a month for each feedback, it’ll take two decades!” he said, and sought volunteers among the women in his community. He discovered that less than 10% of the women in his area used sanitary pads, instead using rags, sawdust, leaves, or ash. Even if they did use cloths, they were too embarrassed to dry them in the sun, meaning that they never got disinfected — contributing to the approximately 70% of all reproductive diseases in India that are caused by poor menstrual hygiene. 

Finding volunteers was nearly impossible: women were embarrassed, or afraid of myths about sanitary pads that say that women who use them will go blind or never marry. Muruganantham came up with an ingenious solution: “I became the man who wore a sanitary pad,” he says. He made an artificial uterus, filled it with goat’s blood, and wore it throughout the day. But his determination had severe consequences: his village concluded he was a pervert with a sexual disease, his mother left his household in shame and his wife left him. As he remarks in the documentary “Menstrual Man” about his experience, “So you see God’s sense of humour. I’d started the research for my wife and after 18 months she left me!”

After years of research, Muruganantham perfected his machine and now works with NGOs and women’s self-help groups to distribute it. Women can use it to make sanitary napkins for themselves, but he encourages them to make pads to sell as well to provide employment for women in poor communities. And, since 23% of girls drop out of school once they start menstruating, he also works with schools, teaching girls to make their own pads: “Why wait till they are women? Why not empower girls?” 

As communities accepted his machine, opinions of his “crazy” behavior changed. Five and a half years after she left, Shanthi contacted him, and they are now living together again. She says it was hard living with the ostracization that came from his project, but now, she helps spread the word about sanitary napkins to other women. “Initially I used to be very shy when talking to people about it, but after all this time, people have started to open up. Now they come and talk to me, they ask questions and they also get sanitary napkins to try them.”

In 2009, Muruganantham was honored with a national Innovation Award in 2009 by then President of India, Pratibha Patil, beating out nearly 1,000 other entries. Now, he’s looking at expanding to other countries and believes that 106 countries could benefit from his invention. 

Muruganantham is proud to have made such a difference: “from childhood I know no human being died because of poverty — everything happens because of ignorance… I have accumulated no money but I accumulate a lot of happiness.” His proudest moment? A year after he installed one of the machines in a village so poor that, for generations, no one had earned enough for their children to attend school. Then he received a call from one of the women selling sanitary pads who told him that, thanks to the income, her daughter was now able to go to school. 

#GoodNewscast  

To read more about Muruganantham’s story, the BBC featured a recent profile on him at http://bbc.in/1i8tebG
Watch his TED talk at http://bit.ly/1n594l6.
Company’s website at http://newinventions.in/
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In all seriousness, my guess is that some wouldn't even be able afford those items. I think what this guy did, especially given what he had to endure, is quite commendable. :-)
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  • Quantum
    Software Engineer, 2012 - present
  • BRIT Systems
    Software Engineer, 2008 - 2012
  • Texas Instruments
    Software Engineer, 1995 - 1996
  • Raytheon
    Software Engineer, 1996 - 2000
  • Nortel
    Software Engineer, 2000 - 2001
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I enjoy hiking, camping, alternative music, movies, video games, yoga, jogging, amateur photography and software programming.

Favorite musical artists:  Radiohead, REM, U2, Josh Ritter, the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Alice in Chains, David and David, Pearl Jam, Gorillaz, Imogen Heap, Lady Gaga, Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd, Poe, Sinead O'Conner, Stevie Nicks, XTC

Favorite movies:  Blade Runner, Dogville, The Fountain, Black Swan, 2001: A Space Odyssey, American Beauty, The Lord of the Rings, A Streetcar Named Desire, Unforgiven, Mulholland Dr.

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