Random Incident

It’s weird how my pipeline (Stevens) email address information was randomly reset this morning. I woke up to my Outlook telling me that my log in credentials were incorrect… go figure. I am a little paranoid about my passwords and as I was telling one my friends yesterday or the day before that I take quite a lot of pride in what I set it as and not only that but I really really like what I set as my password… my friend proceeded to call me weird and stopped talking.

Anyways since it did reset this morning, I went online to search and see what several sites give as recommendations when generating or selecting a new password. Here’s what I found.

Avoid using a word: It is not recommended to use words straight out of the English dictionary since those are more easily guessable
Characters and Casing: Use a combination of capital and lowercase letters, numbers, and standard symbols (! @ # $ % ^ & *) when trying to decide on a new password.
Common Mistakes: Don’t use personal information that someone could easily figure out. Avoid using your birthdays, bank account pin numbers, a phone number or even your pet’s name
Multiple Passwords: Have multiple sets of passwords. A relatively easy password that you can use for common use like newspaper registration or deal sites force you to register – primarily where you don’t really care if someone does end up finding out what it is. A harder password for your more private information like email accounts and maybe a login with a financial institution.

Not sure why I wrote an entire post on passwords but anyways, you’re probably just better off not telling anyone to avoid any hassle down the road.


For you chess fans out there, I thought I would share an ending to a game I played yesterday with Krishna. The game went back and forth where I had asserted control at the beginning of the game and he made a comeback (one that I had very little faith in) but he wasted just a little too much time. As you can see from the picture below, he is one move away from winning when the game gets called off. Enjoy.


Virginia Trip and a Question


Suppose your find out your very best friend killed someone (either from him/her, or you saw him/her, or whatever). Would you tell the police?

That’s a random question I’m going to ask if you read the start of the post… but if you want the story, continue reading below.


So I had an impromptu trip to Virginia earlier today (technically yesterday). This trip had been planned to happen almost every day over the course of the past week and it sort of just happened. Of all of the days to travel 4 hours South while West Virginia beats Duke, Kansas State falls to Wisconsin, Pittsburgh is defeated by Michigan State and Stanford and UCLA barely hold on to win their respective games against Marquette and Texas A&M. A special thanks to my official score-updater-texter-caller-person with a pink eye. Anyone who wants to update me on the games tomorrow, I’d appreciate a text every now and then.

Right now two of my cousins along with my sister and brother are randomly talking about something and what makes someone an accomplice if someone stole something or robbed a bank, I don’t really know and I’m not really paying attention.

It leads me to ask a question that a friend of mine asked the other day. Feel free to answer it in the comments. I just want to see what people would say, I’ve asked a couple of people already and the answers range from yes to no but its the reasoning that’s always intriguing.


Suppose your find out your very best friend killed someone (either from him/her, or you saw him/her, or whatever). Would you tell the police?

Grab Bag!

I had so many things I had saved up to write up in one post instead of cluttering with multiple posts everyday but that all got lost in a Firefox beta update. So here goes what I could find on the fly right now.

First my deepest condolences to Vivake for the loss of his hero who just happened to be the governor of New York. That is certainly said in tongue-in-cheek but what a tough and sad piece of news to handle for a guy who had apparently built himself some legacy and certainly would have ran for the Presidency one day… no more.

Also was visited by Jimbo today which certainly I did not expect. Good to see him after the longest time (although it could be that I had seen him last before I saw Mike Cloonan). Sad part on that is Mike and I go to College together. Go figure.

First let’s start off with a comic that were one of the many things that the good friend of the blog Krishna continues to send me on a daily basis. I only wish I had the time, or heck, even less laziness to blog about some of the article he shares. Maybe if he has some free time on his hands, he’ll guest blog? Well here is the comic.

Then here is a clip of Shaq that I saw live over the weekend while I was in Brooklyn… and by live I mean on tv. The hustle to save the ball and the jump are all remarkable but if you look at it from the a different angle (the second video), you can see that there are very young children sitting in that front row and for a guy the size of Shaq to see that and to be able to jump over and completely avoid causing any harm to those kids is simply remarkable.

Finally this last one is about Differential Geometry. I was working on a homework today that I had long put off and certainly this picture does not show everything that was done but this is one that I ran across when I tried to integrate a curved surface. I won’t go more into detail for fear of losing the few readers that I do have (but mostly because I myself don’t know the details) but it was fun to do it anyways.

Just an FYI, baseball season is around the corner and I will get around to doing my season previews soon hopefully. Not that I claim to be an expert or anything but it is certainly fun to go back and see how well you did. I will do the same thing once the March Madness starts.

I am just full of random things in this post… my good friend from Ireland comes home in exactly a month (31 days to be exact) and that happens to fall on my birthday. Cool.

P.S. You better enjoy the amazing math up there… I even put off talking to my buddy from Reading, Pennsylvania just so I could do that amazing piece of art up there.