September 23, 2016 by Adam in Family

It's been a crazy week.

We activated the Incident Response Team, called up a team of people at IBM, and slowly came to the conclusion that everything was fine and we weren't being slowly encrypted by ransomware. 

And that was one of the more boring things that happened today.

I've been learning the tools, slowly getting comfortable with my new vast powers of observation and analysis.  I got my first infected machine yanked from our network, an ancient unpatched vendor thing that succumbed to one of the many threat vectors that roam our network.  It's exhilarating, terrifying, and I can't wait to get back to work each day.

As for family life, all is well.  Joanna and I spent Tuesday and Thursday nights each going to different schools.  I generally liked Sam's teachers as I roamed the nostalgic halls of South Eugene.  Emma's teachers are mostly pretty good, though they seem exceptionally young.  All the kids seem to be adjusting well to school, which is nice.  Emma had picture day today and participated in a mock trial.  Berry is excited to start some special projects as part of her TAG project.  Sam's enjoying calculus.

Joanna and I had a nice date night at Ambrosia.  She told me about her assorted projects.  I excitedly told her about Russian hackers and obfuscated command lines.  She listened politely.

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Cyber Security Monday

September 19, 2016 by Adam in Family

I'm having way too much fun in my new job, getting computers yanked off the network and investigating weird things.  I actually dialed in to poke around this weekend, which is pretty unusual for me.  It's fun and terrifying and gets my adrenaline up.

The weekend was pretty quiet.  Sam hung out with Isa a lot or worked on his game.  I spent a fair amount of time with Emma, going for walks, doing art together, going shopping, and just hanging out.  Duncan mostly hung out, with a birthday on Sunday and last minute homework that night.  Joanna took Berry to various events - four soccer games and a bike safety workshop.  She returned home tired, cheerful, and muddy.  Joanna mostly rested as she wasn't feeling very well for most of the weekend.

I played a little Starbound, got the new web site ever closer to being ready, and took care of the usual house maintenance.   The only annoying thing was being stung by a wasp when picking up Duncan from a birthday party.  Apparently some boys were throwing rocks at them, and I was collateral damage.

Joanna and I are spending this week splitting up and going to various curriculum nights.  Busy, busy.

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Mocha Friday

September 16, 2016 by Adam in Family

The end of the week was a little bumpy, mostly in that I started fretting about everything.  Fortunately I got a solid night's sleep, despite the power going out at 2:30 a.m.

My new work continues to be fascinating - it's starting to dawn on me just how much work we have to do.  I brought my big security book home to study and impressed the children with its massiveness.

It was nice having Emma home last night.  We watched a little Captain America, did homework together, and chatted away.  I'm hoping this weekend I can get her running around with me outside somewhere.

I helped Sam a little with his game, incorporating trig functions into the dodge mechanic.  It's always nice to demonstrate the true value of mathematics to children - designing video games.

Duncan and Berry seem generally fine.  Duncan continues to enjoy drawing, with his second favorite class being writing.  Joanna got a sassy haircut and has been fighting some headaches the last couple days.

I played a little Starbound in my downtime and worked more on the new version of the web site.  I can't stop doing development entirely, so it's nice to have some outlets.

Mid-Week Already

September 14, 2016 by Adam in Family

The week is moving along at a steady clip.  I continue to try and figure out my job - now I'm making long lists of risks and possible mitigation strategies.  I think half of sounding like a security professional is having the right vocabulary.

Sam dropped his computer class so he can have the time to get all his homework done.  Duncan's favorite class is drawing.  Emma likes band and art.  Berry's doing fine in school and having a good time with soccer.

All is well.

Flying Memories

September 12, 2016 by Danica in Danica Miller

I got sucked into a box of memories and mementos tonight and discovered that 76 years ago on September 13, 1940, Dorothy Brennen was certified as a pilot after 20.55 hours of flying time. Impressive! Hope everyone has a good week 'winging it'!

The Art Dresser Is Fully Functional

September 12, 2016 by Adam in Adam's Projects

I rallied Joanna and the kids to finish the art dresser, a project that has been ongoing for the entire summer.  Duncan had me print out Billy the Kitten pictures and glue them on.  Joanna attached odd things she'd found while cleaning up the basement.  I put some maps on top.  The whole thing got many layers of enamel spray.

I moved a bunch of things into the drawers, though I think we can likely purge some of them.  Joanna was skeptical about my organization technique, though it made perfect sense to me.  Science related things go in the Star Wars drawer.  The Bob Ross drawer gets painting supplies.  Duncan's cat drawer gets all the glitter.  Or maybe my brain just doesn't work like everyone else's.

Full Weekend

September 12, 2016 by Adam in Family

It was a good weekend, full of activities and accomplishments.

Friday night Joanna and I went on our date - a quick bite and then off to a book signing for people she knew somewhat.  Since it was an anthology with lots of speakers, it was a little meandering, but Joanna said I was well behaved.

Saturday morning the entire family plus Isa went to the library.  Sam needed a book for school and Duncan was out of books to read.  Berry ended up with a stack of books about periods and dating, which she entertained Emma by reading out loud to her.  We're slowly turning into a household of teenagers.

We rallied together to work on the art dresser, which finished up nicely.  Duncan had a friend over.  Sam and Isa worked on homework non-stop.  Sam's three AP classes are generating a ton of homework.  Emma's cold annoyed her.  Assorted household projects were accomplished and Joanna and I tidied up.  The evening ended with pizza and Adam Ruins Everything.

Sunday morning I took Duncan, Berry, and Emma to the art museum on campus.  I think everyone enjoyed running around the open spaces, and they appreciated some of the new art exhibits.  I was fond of the giant communist era posters from China, which made me want to go out and take control of the means of production.  The afternoon was pretty low-key in comparison.  Joanna and Berry went for a bike ride.  I played a little Starbound.  I moved some art supplies into the finished art dresser.  For dinner we had Isa and my mom, with a tasty spread from Joanna.

Sam's School Photo

September 10, 2016 by Adam in Sam

Joanna wrangled Sam's school picture off the Lifetouch web site and sent it my way. 

He's doing a little better with school, though the homework is somewhat crushing.  I think he's going to drop his computer class so he can keep up with all his AP classes.

Mocha Friday

September 09, 2016 by Adam in Family

It's been a week of transitions in the Miller-Bartlett-Gustina household.  

Berry has been doing soccer practice for a while now, with Joanna returning her home late a couple days each week.  Duncan walks to Roosevelt and back, somewhat excited about his newfound freedom.  Emma enjoys her teachers and classes, though she's finding her friend group somewhat taxing emotionally.  Sam was strangely hit the worst of the kids, the shock of his final year of high school dawning on him, plus a deluge of homework from his assorted AP classes.  Hopefully we all make it okay.

Emma and I walked down to the new Roosevelt for an ice cream social last night, though we were only allowed into the cafeteria.  It all looks so bright and shiny.  Jason, Bridget, and their kids were there - apparently Riley and Duncan are in the same class.  We met up with Joanna and the little kids and returned home for a late dinner.

I continue to try and figure out my new job, though it's starting to dawn on me that I may be able to define it to some degree.  I have a lengthy "to do" list for once I actually transition in a month.  Hopefully I can get it somewhat more organized while I wrap up my career as a developer at PeaceHealth.  I met with my new manager, Tom, in person yesterday.  I've known him for nearly twenty years, but got to know him better and really appreciate his candor.

I'm working away at the new web site, trying to get everything up to modern standards.  Last night I enabled SSL support on this site, which probably only excites super nerdy people.  It does make things more secure, which is a plus.

Looking forward to a date night with Joanna and hanging out with the kids this weekend.  We're all doing a library run on Saturday morning.  Assorted house projects clamor for our attention.  I'm hoping to finish the art dresser, which looks pretty cool.

First Day of School - Part 2

September 08, 2016 by Adam in Emma

Emma's first day of school is today.  She decided to continue at Spencer Butte Middle School instead of Roosevelt.  This is her last year before high school and she's off to South Eugene after this.  

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