One Minute of Zen: The Bees Have It

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Hello moments of peace seekers. First off our apologies for being away for so long. When you’re ill it’s hard to get out and get the video coverage we’d like. But health is coming ’round the bend and we should be posting regular again. We also encourage you to revisit your favorite One Minute of Zen posts here. There is a few to choose from, so don’t be shy. Just click the “one minute of zen” keyword and you’ll see all the relevant posts. We’ll put up a page special just for getting to those posts quickly very soon. In the meantime, have a little buzz-filled moment here:

Harvest Creations: Greenie Eggs

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Healthy, fresh and delicious: Greenie Eggs.

Hello all. Coming to you after the first full day of summer. Wow! Here in the Pacific Northwest it’s been one hell of a winter and very wet and gloomy spring. The warmer temps and sunshine are very welcomed following the dark and gray. So, here we’re still enjoying spring crops and the explosion of egg laying from our feathered stock.

Everything you need for a yummy breakfast or anytime meal!

Today’s recipe is Greenie Eggs. So named because they tend to look a bit green when you’re all done cooking. Also, because they are easy to make and the ingredients plentiful even in the most modest of gardens or households. I would rate this recipe very easy. The biggest tip is to have all your ingredients ready to go before you start cooking — that’s a good tip any time, but especially for a fast cooking meal like this one.

I’m fortunate in that I can step out my back door and gather the eggs, spinach, green onions, and chives. I look to my local cheese maker for the parmesan (oh so good). And the peppers and onions are frozen — having been procured in summer from my own land or from a farmer’s market (last year peppers were a bust here at Thrasher Studios & MicroFarm, so grateful for other farmers).  But you can just make your shopping list from the ingredient list below and gather as you normally would your weekly provisions.

I prefer a cast iron pan. Great-Granny and even modern nutritionists understand that cooking in cast iron is very healthy. I highly recommend it. Cast iron cookware requires different maintenance from say stainless steel cookware, but it’s not hard. Anyone who tells you it’s hard has never had to clean burned off cook from ‘non-stick’ ware. Cast iron cooks beautifully and the ware lasts forever. We have two pans that have been in our family for generations.

For this meal, also, if you add a side of bacon, some fruit, and a mimosa, you have a lovely weekend brunch. Just the Greenie Eggs is often my weekday meal all on its own.

So let’s get to it, shall we?

Greenie Eggs –

Ingredients: 

Three eggs (my photo shows two chicken and one duck, but three eggs of your choosing will do), whisked as if to scramble

Two cups full of loose baby spinach (you can get fancy and use any baby greens)

1/4 cup of green onions, chopped

1/4 cup of shallots, chopped fine (or a mixture of finely chopped onions and green peppers. If you want to get fancy, use all three to make up 1/4 cup)

1 tblspn of fresh chives

1/4 cup of shredded parmesan

Non-Stick spray & Olive oil

Salt & Pepper to taste

(Coffee pictured is to fuel the chef!)

Instructions:

  1. Spray your pan with the non-stick spray and swirl about 1 tsp of oil around it, heat on medium until the oil is clear on the pan.
  2. Once the pan is warmed, add your shallots, onions, green peppers, and green onions.
  3. Saute at least two minutes until soft.
  4. Add the Spinach with salt and pepper to taste and saute until leaves are wilted. Then stir.
  5. Pour the eggs on top, let cook about half a minute and then begin to scramble.
  6. Before the eggs get too hard, add the parmesan. Turn off the heat, add the chives and cover pan for about a minute.
  7. Plate and eat immediately. So yummy.
Saute shallots, onions, peppers, and green onions until soft.
Add the spinach and salt and pepper to taste and cook until spinach is wilted. Careful this part doesn’t take long.

 

Pour the whisked eggs onto the sauteed veggies.
Before eggs harden too much, add the parmesan cheese and chives. Turn off heat, cover for one minute. Then plate and eat immediately!

In The Weeds: Infosec Roundup 6-14-17

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Another week, another Microsoft security update, right?

Before I get into the meat of the round-up I wanted to publicly address some emails I’ve received recently about these posts. Clearly, I’m not the end all be all expert in security. I provide these links because they are things I discovered or learned as I’m immersing myself in this InfoSec world. Also, I’ll be doing more in-depth posts soon; but, they aren’t necessarily regular like these posts. I have lots to learn and some of it isn’t necessarily “post worthy.”

Hot off the presses and filing under the “duh” category is this revelation that most aren’t happy with end-point security. http://www.itworldcanada.com/article/infosec-pros-have-shaky-confidence-in-endpoint-security-survey/393902

Remember the simultaneous power outages in several U.S. cities a few weeks back? Well more research is revealing that Malware is out there and it may have caused outages in Ukraine last year and is primed for Europe, and with a few changes could affect U.S. Power Grid. Got a Generator handy? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/malware-power-grid_us_593fa144e4b0b13f2c6d9285

Need some evidence for your employer to take digital security seriously? These are just the tip of the iceberg:  http://www.pymnts.com/today-in-data/2017/today-in-data-true-digital-security-may-not-happen-because-of-cyber-crime/

Under our democracy has been hacked, further evidence to Russian hacker influence in the United States’ election process. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/russian-hacking-prompted-obama-officials-emergency-call-article-1.3244245

As a noob in this world, Linux is like the Holy Grail of operating systems yet has a seeming ancient Sumerian key code as its instruction manual. Yet, this week I learned like any system designed by humans, even Linux is vulnerable. Remember, nerds, nothing is foolproof:  http://resources.infosecinstitute.com/sambacry-hundreds-thousands-linux-systems-exposed-campaign-delivers-cryptocurrency-miner/

Bonus this week is my vested interest in creating more opportunities for women in InfoSec. Here’s a scholarship that might help a woman wanting to break into InfoSec (seriously the amount of white dudes in the room at any InfoSec gathering is disproportionate). http://cra.org/cra-w/scholarships-and-awards/scholarships/swsis/

Someone reached out to me recently regarding my “tech journalist” status. In response, I had to do some research and stumbled upon this article which made me raise an eyebrow and got my blood pressure up just a bit:  https://boingboing.net/2017/06/13/opsec-in-newsrooms.html

As in weeks past, feel free to leave a comment here about any of those articles. Let’s learn from one another. Okay, have pity on the noob and let me learn from you.

Have another great week InfoSec lovers. See you next time.*

 

 

*We’re going on vacation here for a couple of weeks. Be back as soon as things are back to routine.

 

In the Weeds: InfoSec Round-Up 6-8-17

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Sorry, a day late here. We had some technical issues, because I forgot that we migrated servers. Noob mistake. What can I say?

Regardless, here’s the latest and notable in the InfoSec realm, cobbled together by yours truly.

WannaCry is giving everyone that sobbed-all-night look around the digital security board room. Sophos takes a look at how to prevent the next:  https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2017/06/07/infosec-2017-how-to-protect-yourself-against-the-next-wannacry/

This here is why I despise Apple products:  http://www.techrepublic.com/article/new-ios-11-feature-automatically-deletes-unused-apps-to-free-up-storage-on-your-iphone/?ftag=TRE684d531&bhid=26093227954548321669490942282653

If you’re part of a security team, you may want to take down that “0 days since incident” sign, and go back to basics. What works for a construction safety crew or even the sales team doesn’t work in InfoSec. It was cute while it lasted, but such attitudes are too simplistic when it comes to digital security. https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/infosec17-security-teams-told-to/

And another out of London’s InfoSec 2017 conference — sure wish I could have been a fly on the wall there  — trends that will impact your defense strategy. Check it out: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/report-10-trends-in-application-security-that-will-impact-your-cyberdefense-strategy/?ftag=TRE684d531&bhid=26093227954548321669490942282653

And because you know I have to find something to laugh about (But seriously, — anything connected to a network has a vulnerabilty. Hello.) https://www.wired.com/story/the-next-security-risk-may-be-your-vibrator/

As in weeks past, feel free to leave a comment here about any of those articles. Let’s learn from one another. Okay, have pity on the noob and let me learn from you.

Have another great week InfoSec nerds. See you next week.

 

One Minute of Zen: Make Your Own Waterfall

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Sometimes you can’t get out to a waterfall and just sit and meditate. Sometimes you have to create the waterfall and sit in the tub and make the world go away for one tiny minute.