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Damian Menscher
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Physics; Computer Security; DDoS Mitigation
Physics; Computer Security; DDoS Mitigation

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Three professional photographers were at the event where the Russian ambassador to Turkey was assassinated, and each took a picture rather than running for cover. An article in TIME critiques the photos on composition, showing why one picture became famous while another was largely ignored. Considering the photographers probably didn't have any opportunity to move or adjust camera settings, it's an interesting example of how much luck is involved in photojournalism.

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Visited Monterey Aquarium today.  Sea otters are surprisingly playful.  Leopard sharks look exactly as you'd expect.  And rays look like the stealth bomber.  But here are some pics of other life-forms on display there, including jellyfish, sea anemones, and a squid.
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Monterey Aquarium
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Over the holidays I let my beard grow, and then realized it was too long to shave with one of those girly-man safety razors (which would only clog up).  So I did the manly thing and sharpened my knife...

Ouch.

I recommend all men try this at least once, so they gain a greater appreciation for modern razors, and also for why it used to be fashionable for men to wear a beard.

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This year's Google Holiday Party was at the California Academy of Sciences, and featured the rainforest exhibit.

One butterfly didn't seem to understand that not only did its camoflage not work on a white walkway, but that people were likely to step on it. Eventually we moved it off the path.
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Google Holiday Party, 2014
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Today three of my 20% projects were announced: a DDoS map that shows the history of botnet attacks over time, project Shield which will offer DDoS mitigation services for non-profits, and uProxy, a tool to let you proxy your internet connection through a trusted friend, thereby getting a view of what it looks like from their location (perhaps with less censorship).

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Pictures from another Poletential Air Show. As always, the lighting was challenging, but I got some decent shots anyway. I'm tempted to upgrade my camera before the next one, though I suspect the lighting would make it difficult regardless of the equipment used.
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Poletential Air Show, May 2013
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The swans of Zürich, skiing in the Alps at Engelberg, and the burning of the Böögg for Sechseläuten. Photos from my recent trip to the Google office in Switzerland.
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Switzerland
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Photos from a recent vacation in The Netherlands. Featuring the Windmills of Kinderdijk, the transition of The Hague from castles to skyscrapers, shopping in Delft, and of course plenty of bicycles in Leiden.
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The Netherlands
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The largest DDoS ever seen (300 Gbps) has impacted shared infrastructure.  Perhaps now people will start taking the threat seriously?

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Another year has passed, so I bring to you photos from this year's Google holiday party.  The theme was James Bond, and the venue Club Auto Sport.
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Google Holiday Party 2012
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