Wisteria and Vaughan Williams memories

Traveled to north Kyoto today to visit an old friend.

Last time we’d been this way was over 20 years ago. Along the way, we saw many flowering wisteria trees. They reminded me of the ones in St. Edmund’s Hall, Oxford. Vaughan Williams’ “Variation on a theme by Thomas Tallis” was playing on the sterero. “Teddy Hall” was my father’s college, and the Vaughan Williams was one of his favourite pieces. He passed away 2 years ago this spring.


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Password tips from LastPass

I’m a premium user of LastPass to manage my passwords across my devices. Today, I was alerted to a new LastPass feature – the username generator. I’d felt the need for random anonymous usernames since several years ago and had been using LastPass’s password generator to create usernames but it was a bit clunky, so i’m delighted to hear of this new function and will be using it from now on.

The latest blog post also alerted me to some other useful tips: use LastPass to fill-in credit card information and stop leaving my credit card information on shopping websites. This is not a new last pass function but the blog post has prompted me to take steps to remove my credit card information from my various shopping sites. I have no confidence that shopping sites are using hashes to properly secure my credit card information. They don’t need my entire credit card number; all they need for identification purposes are the last four digits. However I doubt that most of them do this.

Here’s another recent LastPass blog post:

Looking to protect your bank accounts? One of the most common security options is to send one-time codes to your phone. Every time you log in, a new code is texted to you. But what if someone steals your phone number, so they receive your codes instead? Today we’re going to chat about this threat and the steps you can take to protect yourself from these so-called “port-out scams.”

Read more here.


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So many things we love in our lives; what is the one thing that makes loving possible?

4:12 “ So many things that we love in our lives. What about loving that one thing, by the courtesy of which all that we do has been made possible?”


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You are looking for peace – and peace is looking for you

Stand still. Stand very, very still. So that the peace can find you.


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Good news! They have found your luggage!

What you are looking for is inside of you. Delighted? You should be! You may not have your luggage in your hand, but they have found your luggage!


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The traveller’s dilemma – in the journey of life, have you overpacked?

In this journey of life, which is afoot, have you overpacked? Absolutely! Have you packed the right things?


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New Year’s Greetings

“There is never a stop to the sunrise. Sunrise happens all day long. Somewhere on this earth the sun is rising. Somewhere on this earth the sun is setting. That was just where YOU were. It never stops. It keeps happening all day long. And what is your night, somewhere is daylight.”


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Passwords and passphrases – upgrade your password security

I recently upgraded my password security after reading an Intercept article about passphrases vs passwords.

The skinny: passphrases are better when it comes to something like a master password, or for locking or encrypting a local folder or drive, but for individual websites, random passwords generated by a password generator (such as LastPass) are quite good enough. The article I read said that a 5-word passphrase should be good enough, but apparently no longer. Now 6 is the minimum.

A more complete article can be found here: https://www.cloudwards.net/how-to-set-up-a-strong-password/

Diceware, the solution offered in many articles, including the ones above, seems like an easy-to-implement, analog way to create secure passphrases. Don’t delay, upgrade your master password today. Use a passphrase.


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Barefoot shoes! (Not April Fool’s)

Barefoot running shoes? Are you serious??!? Yes. They exist. They sell on Amazon (and elsewhere). And they’re apparently great for you.

A kind reader recently sent me an email with a link to her  very interesting article, 15 Health Benefits of Barefoot Running Shoes, According to Science (+8 Tips for Beginners).

She’d spotted my blog post on the subject, written almost exactly 8 years ago, which asked if running shoes are a waste of time (and money), and referred to a Daily Mail article on Mexican runners who performed outstanding athletic feets (Stop it! -Ed.) Sorry, feats, while running in sandals or bits of rubber tires tied on with string. According to 15 Health Benefits of Barefoot Running Shoes, professional athletes do not use them all the time, but mainly when recovering from injuries.

I was so impressed with the list of benefits that I bought a pair of barefoot running shoes on the spot. Perhaps they will inspire me to return to my jogging regime.

The article mentioned Achilles tendinitis, which I suffered from as a child, tho I don’t remember ever being told the name of the problem. At the time, there was a comic series about a barefoot soccer-playing prodigy, which I enjoyed reading. If only I had known about the benefits of barefoot running, I might have emulated my comic-book hero and cured my tendinitis.

So stop reading this and go and read Jacky Miller’s article: https://www.jenreviews.com/barefoot-running-shoes/


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2nd-hand book sale!

(Updated March 18th,  2018 2018年3月18日作成。)

  1. 「Get Shorty」 を 1,180 で@amazonから出品しました Get Shorty, the original novel by Elmore Leonard that was later made into a great movie starring Gene Hackman and John Travolta. The movie used much of Leonard’s original dialogue untouched. Good condition. No markings, dog-eared, torn or missing pages. Very slight scuffing on the edge of the covers.
  2. 「Antoine De St.Exupery: The Life and Death of the Little Prince」 を ¥4,785 で@amazonから出品しました。コンディション:非常に良い。使用感があり。In excellent condition, although it is 2nd-hand.
  3.  「Two-thirds」 を ¥11,882 で@amazonから出品しました 。 商品の劣化や破れ、剥がれ等がある。 書きこみ,切りぬきはありません。1999年出版。使用感があり。日本より発送。No markings, torn or missing pages. A few slightly dog-eared pages. Slight scuffing on edges of covers, creasing on 1 corner of front cover. Paperback, 811 pages. Published 1999. Ships from Japan, allow 21 days for delivery abroad. Mind-blowing book. Hang onto your hat! In places, a very moving story. How much is fact, and how much is fiction? You decide!
  4.  「Chieko’s Sky」 を¥2,900 で@amazonから出品しました。非常に良い状態です。日本より発送。Ships from Japan. Excellent condition. Still has plastic covering.
  5. SOLD! Click here to visit this item’s Amazon Japan page 売りました!新品はこちらへどうぞー>「On Writing」
  6.  「The Logical Thinking Process: A Systems Approach to Complex Problem Solving」 を ¥8,446 で@amazonから出品しました。 キレイな状態ですが、使用感がある。hips from Japan. Hardcover. No torn, missing or dog-eared pages. No markings, fading or discoloration. Very good condition.
  7.  「Brainpower Networking Using the Crawford Slip Method」 を ¥5,066 で@amazonから出品しました。   商品の劣化や破れ、剥がれ等がある。 書きこみ,切りぬきはありません。2003年出版。使用感があり。日本より発送。Good condtion. No markings, torn or missing pages. Slight scuffing on edges of covers, Ships from Japan

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