Distractions, Diversions, Books, Wines, Whiskeys and Other Stuff To Think About When You Should Be Doing Something Else.

The State of Distraction: February 1, 2012

I’m going to try something new. Maybe it will start a conversation. Maybe it will only happen once. Maybe it will alleviate some boredom…

The purpose of The State of Distraction is to throw out some things that may be of interest that may not get their own posts or that I may not get around to posting about.

We will see how it goes.


I just got done with Ghost in the Wires the autobiography / memoir of Kevin Mitnick. I liked it as much as The Art of Deception and The Art of Intrusion (both are must-reads on the 5GW bookshelf). I might get around to doing a more complete post about this one but in short I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in security or cyber-security.

I’m currently reading Storm Front by Jim Butcher. I’ve heard a lot about how good The Dresden Files are but never picked up the novels. So far I am enjoying it quite a bit and I will probably end up reading the series, though I probably won’t post reviews about them. Storm Front came out in 2000 after all so there isn’t much new there to talk about. My local library seems to have all of the books available and I already have Fool Moon waiting on deck. I might have to make it a point to go back and read up on series that I didn’t read because they were already a couple of books in before I noticed them. Suggestions would be great.


Of the wines I’ve been sampling lately a couple have stood out from the rest. One is the S.I.P. certified (a classification that goes beyond the organic tag) 2009 Carmel Road Pinot Noir from Monterey California. It has a nice, rich cherry / plum flavor and a beautiful black tea-like character. It also has very nice structure and balance and is worth looking for.

Another winner is a Spanish Rioja, the 2005 Marques de Murrieta Reserva. This is a wine at its peak right now showing a wonderful glowing garnet (going brickish) color, and a nice fruit / earth / wood balance with a delicious finish.


Most recently I’ve been drinking (rī)¹ and it is delicious. I have lately been kind of developing a taste for high-rye bourbon and straight rye whiskey. I guess something about that extra spicy character and extra touch of heat appeals to my palate. This one is exceptionally complex with layers of nuanced flavor. My preferred way to enjoy this one is in a Glencairn glass with no ice.

Other Diversions:

Who couldn’t be diverted by the Presidential primaries right now. It looks like it is coming down to Mit and Newt (though Mit has the upper hand I would say). As an independent moderate (if I can be called anything except cynical) I really should like Mit, but he seems like a weaksauce politician to me who will do anything to get a vote. Newt appeals to me (I hate to admit) because he seems more like a political animal rather than a politician. I acknowledge his strategic ability but I have doubts about his ability to lead. I guess if you show me a real leader with the ability to deliberately improve the position domestic and international position of my country beyond the next election’s time frame, then I’ll vote for that candidate. It’s pretty much that simple for me, I just don’t see that guy on the ticket.


7 responses

  1. Mitnick is a scumbag and a disgrace to my profession.

    02/02/2012 at 3:11 PM

  2. I certainly understand why you feel that way Purp and I agree that breaking the law is breaking the law, but it was interesting reading.

    02/02/2012 at 6:08 PM

  3. I actually made a political donation for the first time in my life. To Newt. After his win in SC.

    I disagree with him on a lot of things, but I like his pugnacious spirit, and I think that, of all those in the running (including our incumbent), he’s the most visionary. And, just as important as these, or probably more important, I would like to see him debate Obama. Then we would have a real argument of principles.

    Mitt is sleaze. There is absolutely no way I would ever, ever vote for him. Mitt’s only principle is The Principle of Getting Elected. Perhaps that should be restated to, The Principle of Self-Advancement, considering the fact that he used it to earn his millions as well. Yes, every presidential candidate needs a big ego and ambition; but for Mitt that’s all it is. Can’t stand the man. I’d go on to rant some more but I think you get the picture.

    02/03/2012 at 4:16 PM

  4. I get the picture. I totally get the picture. My biggest fear is a Romney / Obama contest. I’m not sure how I can vote for either of them. Either way is four more years of disgust for me.

    I don’t even really like Newt. At best he is interesting. I don’t think he will make things less partisan (none of them will), and I don’t think he can accomplish anything substantive (again, none of them will). I he can’t do either of those things then, political animal or not, he is as useless a leader as the rest of the politicians.

    02/04/2012 at 9:48 AM

  5. I’m 99.9% certain I’ll vote for O. He’s not great, by which I mean he’s not inspirational at all. Not for me at least. But he’s not nearly as bad as his opponents are trying to paint him. There may be a widening gulf between what government can or cannot do, as opposed to a) should or should not do or b) will or will not do. Can/cannot kind of mitigates those other two.

    Even if Newt got the nomination, I’d probably still vote O. However, I’m less certain of this than I am that I will never, if I lived a hundred thousand years and Romney ran every 4 years of that hundred thousand—I will never vote Mitt. W/ Newt, I’d wait for the debates and see how much he impressed me in delineating his vision from O’s.

    I mentioned Mitt’s principle. As far as Newt goes, I think he has a fairly clear idea of the future he would try to create, which goes beyond mere self-advancement—but hasn’t, or probably won’t, share it with us. He’ll give us bits and pieces and fill the rest with talk.

    But O is a cypher. This, incidentally, is the one thing I dislike most about him.

    02/04/2012 at 6:55 PM

  6. I am not a supporter of President Obama. I think he has been pretty bad (but he could have been worse). He has turned out pretty much as I expected.

    Romney has little going for him IMO. While he has been the only GOP candidate to make broad/general affirmative comments in favor of Democratic/entrepreneurial capitalism, nothing else seems for sure. I can’t predict any of his actions/re-actions on possible future events. He also feels like a GOP John Kerry to me. That was not a compliment.

    Newt seems like a smart guy and it would be fun to see him debating President Obama. I think Newt is the only candidate who will move the USA toward the Science Fiction future we should be aiming for. He seems a bit scummy and crazy though. I don’t know if he really can be an executive over anything.

    I would likely vote for Newt or Obama. I would most likely vote for Romney over Obama. I won’t be happy/enthusiastic with my vote. The GOP did a terrible job fielding candidates. I guess too many of the interesting potential candidates are 1st term Governors.

    I think Obama will get a 2nd term.

    Gov Daniels of Indiana was my guy. Oh well. 😦

    02/06/2012 at 3:31 PM

  7. Kevin Mitnick autobiography is prett good I could recommend it to any random geek 😛

    03/15/2012 at 7:28 AM

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