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Having trouble with all that confusing Higgs Boson stuff in the news? Here you go.
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So here's a disturbing trend which I only encountered today: app developers on mobile phones are using ad networks that push advertisements to your notification bar. Why? Because they pay far more than in-app ads. They're also known to use dirty tricks like installing generic- or stock-looking icons on desktops, changing browser settings... the same games adware plays on your PC. The problem is that it makes it frustratingly difficult to figure out which app is responsible for the ads; enter the ad network detector. If you've found your own phone afflicted with this sort of thing, your link is below.

(Also, their "Lookout Mobile Security" app looks pretty legit, and may replace AVG Mobile for me soon.)
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Grab that app then. It found the app that was advertising pretty easily, so I could make the decision to uninstall it since it was an awfully underdeveloped piece of junk anyways.
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For anyone (mostly back home) who has a hard time understanding my carefree attitude towards other people's sexual orientation, and why I will never follow some Christians in ranting about the "evils" of homosexuality: read this article. Don't forget to read the article it's responding to, either (linked at the top). When you're finished, if you realize that you're the type of Christian being discussed in the article, I hope this serves as a wake-up call for you. (Also, big thanks to Christine for initially sharing this amazing article.)

Leaving this here for sharing. Article link from +Mark Koenig, the only actively posting blue head I know ;)

I'll copy the text here since the pages seem to have issues loading (probably a traffic issue). There's a letter within a letter within a blog post, so I've put the blogger's comments in italics, left the mom's letter in regular font, and bolded her son's letter.

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I received the following email today in response to my post I’m Christian, Unless You’re Gay. I had decided a couple months ago that it was time to let the whole thing rest, but this response was so powerful, I couldn’t not share it with you all. It was from a woman who simply called herself, “One proud mom.”

Hello Mr. Pearce,

I am the Christian mother of a 15 year old teenage boy and about a month ago he came home from school with a copy of your article “I’m Christian, unless you’re gay”. The teacher gave his class a homework assignment to read it and write a 500 word essay about “what it meant to them”.

He came home and showed me your article and asked me what I thought about it. I read just the title and became furious at his teacher and at you (even though I know you had nothing to do with her handing out the assignment). Anyway, I confiscated it from him and told him he wasn’t to do anything with it till I had a chance to read it first.

And then I got madder and madder as I read it as I felt like it was a direct attack against our beliefs and our Christian religion and that it was promoting homosexuality, a practice that around here is a huge “sin”.

I gave my son an earful about homosexuality and God and told him that he could tell his teacher that he would not be participating and if she had a problem, she could come talk to me and then I threw the article in the trash. My son didn’t say anything just walked into his room and shut the door.

Long story short, a couple hours later it was supper time and I still hadn’t seen him come out of his room. I didn’t expect it to be that big of a deal to him but I went and knocked and told him to come out, he didn’t answer so I opened his door and he wasn’t there, he had left the house and gone somewhere. Of course I got more mad and tried to call him but he sent it to voicemail. I sent him a text and told him he better get home and he was grounded.

This is the text he sent me in return: “I don’t care. I’m at my friends house writing that essay and I’m not coming home till you read it.”

I think you would have seen steam coming out of my ears if you saw me. I started preparing to go talk to the school the next day. I sent a few angry texts to my son that he didn’t answer. I got the article out of the trash so I could take it into the school and get this teacher fired. My anger got a little out of control and while I was sitting there fuming and planning what to do, I got another text from my son that said “Just emailed it. Love, Jacob.”

My son’s name is not Jacob, and it took me a minute to realize that he was talking about your friend Jacob in your article. And when I realized that I suddenly started shaking in fear and anger at what he might be telling me. I started out of control crying because I couldn’t handle having a gay son and what if that’s what he was trying to tell me? After a long time I finally got the courage to go look at my email and see what he had sent. And this is what he wrote.

I am gay and only my one friend knows so far. My mom doesn’t know yet. My dad doesn’t know yet. You didn’t know it when you gave us this homework. I am only 15 years old and I have never felt so alone. My mom and dad always are being angry about gay people and talking about how they are bad and going to hell and they also always talk about how all the gays should be shipped off to their own private island or something so that the rest of us could live God’s commandments in peace.

I have been so scared of them finding out that I’m gay because I know that they would hate me and would want me out of their life and at the same time I can’t keep this secret anymore because it is not something I asked for, never in a million years would I ask to be gay in a town like this where everybody would hate me. And anyways I can’t keep this secret anymore because I’m about to do something crazy like run away or hurt myself or something. I just want to be dead sometimes.

And then you gave us the assignment to write this essay for our homework and I read it like ten times I even skipped lunch and just kept reading it in the bathroom and by the time I went home I decided that maybe I am only 15 years old but maybe this town will change if I can be honest about who I am and maybe my family will change if I can be honest about who I am with them too. I don’t see why I don’t deserve love just like everyone else. I see some crazy stuff that so many people do and people still love them but for some reason everybody around here thinks its ok to hate gays and stuff. And I don’t know really I think I just realize that I don’t want to be Jacob in ten years and still live my life in secret and scared of being hated.

So I go home and I tell my mom to read this handout you gave us and she got so mad at me and started going crazy about how evil gays are and how all of this was just the devil spreading his work and everything else she said. But this time I just got mad myself and I got so mad because I suddenly realize that this is the woman that my whole life made me go to church where they talk about love just like the writer said but she and every other person I pretty much know just hate so many people especially gay people. So I got madder and madder and madder and then I snuck out and came to my friends house to write this essay because its time to stop letting people’s hate stop me from being happy. I mean should I really have to hate my life and want to die because other people are so hating?

And I don’t know what will happen but I am done playing like I’m something I’m not and if my parents don’t love me anymore because of this then I realize that’s not my problem and it will hurt but not as much as the way I hurt right now. I feel like if my mom and dad would just think about things they’d realize that what they always say and how they always hate gays is not what Jesus would do and maybe there is a chance that they will some day love me like Jesus would. I am their kid afterall.

Tonight I am going to send this to my mom and see what she says I guess. I don’t know what will happen but I know that I deserve to be loved just like everybody else does I just hope she thinks so too.

I started crying and couldn’t stop for the longest time. I don’t know why I was crying exactly, just so many emotions came over me. I didn’t know what to do or how to respond. I finally stopped and went and read your article once more only this time I tried to read it through my son’s eyes and the whole thing was so different than it was a couple hours before. By the time I finished I felt as big as an ant and I realized just how much hatred I have in my heart toward others.

You see, Mr. Pearce, you are right. It’s not about what other people do. It’s about whether or not we are loving them. Nothing else matters at all. And it took all of this for that to finally sink in.

I texted my son back that I loved him and left it at that. He came home that night and didn’t try to talk to me about it, I just told him I loved him at least ten times that night and made sure not to talk about anything else. My love for him was the only thing I wanted him to feel and I knew he’d talk to me about it when he was ready.

That was a month ago and in the last month my son and I (his dad lives three states away and still doesn’t know) have grown much closer than we ever were before. We have both stood up against hate several times when we hear it coming from the people around us. You see, where we live people really do have problems “being Christian unless…” But no longer in this home.

I’ve shared your article now with countless people. I have made my sisters read it. I talked about its message to my parents. I sent it to my friends and neighbors. And I’ve had some people get really upset by it, but a change is starting to happen around here and it’s because one teenage boy finally had the courage to stand against what he felt was wrong. He believed he could make a change. And I’ll tell you right now, it makes me happy to see him so happy. I never knew how unhappy he was until I could finally see how happy he could be.

So thank you. I know this is long, but I thought you’d like to know what your article has done in this little town we live in. And it’s just the beginning.

Sincerely yours, one proud mom.


If you think you can’t make a difference, you are wrong. If you think you are too old or too young to make change happen, you are wrong. If you think that somebody else will do it first, you are wrong. I think this letter is proof enough of that.

Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing
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"Lobster Dynamite" roll at Red Parrot was pretty epic last night! =-]
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I'm kinda liking this Google Music thing. Here's hoping the labels don't try and murder it! Props to +Lance Mayfield for the invite, hit me up if you need one, too. Seems everyone gets eight invites for now... details on what it is can be found in the video.
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So, this happened.
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Just got my Ronald Jenkees CDs in the mail. (
- Both cases were autographed since I ordered two.
- No label: he's cutting past all the industry bullshit by releasing things on his own.
- Almost all of his music is freely available on Youtube and SoundCloud... the entirety of both CDs is on iTunes.
This, ladies and gents, is how you do it right in today's entertainment industry. So go support an independent artist already. =-]
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I really like Jenkees; bought his music myself.
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And this is worth a re-share too. I really think that a willingness to fight bitterly for customer privacy will be the next big way to make a company successful. is a good example of this (not the former IP troll company, but the "spineful hosting" provider that bought their domain name when the former company went belly-up).
Here we go again. Another attempt to make Big Brother a reality.
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The republicans are intentionally tainting CISPA and other cybersecurity laws with censorship, privacy, and even (of course) abortion related pork, all to drum up public outrage against the laws and sink their chances of being passed/signed.  This is because they view cybersecurity legislation only as evil/expensive regulation of business, and would rather support (or are paid by corporate shills to support) the concept of continued blind 'condomlessness' by industry on the Internet, all while appearing to offer 'rational' legislation on cybersecurity that the public 'just doesn't want'.  

As a security professional (and devout GNR fan), I can only ironically quote the title track from Chinese Democracy:  All we've got is precious time.  

When (not if) a major cyber attack hits the homeland, watch how fast politicians of every ilk get a fire under their ass to pass cybersecurity legislation.  Hopefully whatever the bad guys hit doesn't hurt too much, or crash the national/world economy.  Then again, putting our collective  asses/wallets at risk for partisan BS seems to be what congress excels at these days... 
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1. Open Pandora.
2. Make a station based around Lisztomania by Phoenix.
3. ????
4. Profit!
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Millions of Americans oppose SOPA and PIPA because these bills would censor the Internet and slow economic growth in the U.S.. Two bills before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Sena...
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Every 1-3 days. That's how often I see my decision not to reenlist getting validated recently.
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Also very true. =-]
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Way too amazing to pass up, especially with the number of coders I know. If you know anyone who says programming is way too hard to get started with, this might just be the post for them.
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Very apropos, +Phan Huynh and I were just talking this morning about programming and software concepts (after I had just spend a few minutes describing the problem and solution that kept me up late last night).

I whole-heartedly agree with this, and tell Phan that I honestly believe she, and anyone really, can do what I do for a living.
Tricky Programming Concepts Aren't. What Teachers do Wrong Teachers use subversive language. They say things like “this is a bit tricky” before introducing a concept. It's intended to remind y...
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Okay, so I figure it's probably about time that I put some real bio information in here.

Hi! I'm Steven. I'm in the Baltimore/DC metro area (in the Laurel, MD area) working for the Air Force. I'm a computer security geek by trade working in a sysadmin capacity for now, though I hope to get into computer forensics and incident response at some point, so I dabble in esoteric stuff like malware analysis and pentesting when I can.

Work stuff aside I'm also into video gaming, programming, anything to do with Linux and Android OSes, anime, manga, some parts of internet culture... you get the idea. I run my own Minecraft server for myself and my friends, and I run the occasional Shadowrun campaign as well. My non-geeky interests include music, camping, shooting sports and beer.
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