Category Archives: fantasy

Windows malware as a romance

Security updates for Windows are starting to sound more like  romance novels.

This week’s offerings:

MS17-010: Security Update for Microsoft Windows SMB Server:(4013389)

Eternal Blue

Eternal Champion

Eternal Romance

Eternal Synergy

Wanna Cry

Eternal Rocks

I’m speculating this series is about two immortal system administrators who are sad (blue), become champions of the downtrodden network users in the second volume, and find one another and have a budding romance in the third. In the fourth novel, after a constant tease in the first three, the two engage in some intimacy, then experience great regrets in the next novel, and find their romance on the rocks in the last.

It could be more interesting than the “Twilight” series. While the Twilight series took place in Forks, Washington, the Eternal Blue series takes place in Redmond, Washington, which has fewer trees but far more computers and smart phones.

Sia as clothing model

Nordstrom’s, ever at the forefront of high-end marketing, appears to have enlisted Sia as a clothing model.

Sia as Nordstrom's clothing model.
Sia as Nordstrom’s clothing model.

To make this even more surreal, the store music system started playing “Chandelier” while this photo was shot.

Update

Nordstrom’s continues to make strides on the Sia front, doubling the number of mannikin and rotating through new clothing styles.

These mannikins appeared in September, increasing the number of Sia figurines from two to four.
These mannikin appeared in September, increasing the number of Sia figurines from two to four.
By November, there were still four Sia mannikins, but the fashions had shifted to fall.
By November, there were still four Sia mannikin, but the fashions had shifted to fall.

Bunny life

This poor little bunny, a Godiva bunny no less, has suffered the depredations of a maurading bunny nibbler. The bunny is but a shell of its former self, a broken shell at that.

The short, sharp end to the life of a chocolate Easter bunny.
The short, sharp end to the life of a chocolate Easter bunny.

Star Wars reconciliation?

If you know anything about Star Wars, you know that this is a strange set of bedfellows. We have a Wookie, a robot, a Storm Trooper, and an evil follower of the Dark Side, all sharing a Star Wars-themed bedspread and pillows.

There is something strange about this setting, with storm troopers, wookies and robots all sharing a bed at J.C. Penny.
There is something strange about this setting, with storm troopers, wookies and robots all sharing a bed at J.C. Penny.

No, we can’t blame George Lucas and his rewriting of the Star Wars narrative; this scene was on display at a J.C. Penny store.

Monkeys grasp for the moon

Washington boasts many world-class museums, but some of the most impressive are not necessarily the most visited. The Freer Gallery of Art, part of the Smithsonian Institution, is an Italian Renaissance style building just east of the Smithsonian Institution “castle” on the Washington Mall, and hosts a vast collection of amazing Asian, Near Eastern, and Egyptian art, plus some spectacular American entries. The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, attached to the Freer Gallery, is not as obvious; with the exception of the atrium, the entire museum is underground, mostly beneath the garden behind the Smithsonian Castle.

One of the most impressive pieces in either museum is Xu Bing’s “Monkeys Grasp for the Moon,” a complex sculpture that hangs from the skylight at the top of the atrium to a fountain, several stories underground. The sculpture is composed entirely of the word “monkey” written in several different languages, with each word or character shaped to link to the next. There does not seem to be anything else holding the pieces together beyond gravity.

An iPhone 6 Plus was used to take this photo, using the panorama photo mode. Rather than go from side to side, as it was intended, the panorama began at the bottom and panned to the top. Click on the photo for a (much) larger view.

This magnificent sculpture by Xu Bing, "Monkeys Grasp for the Moon," hangs in the atrium between the Freer and Sackler Museums in Washington, DC. It is composed of 21 pieces, each showing the word "moneky" in a dozen languages, linked together using the words themselves. To photograph this several story sculpture, an iPhone was set to panorama mode, only panned from bottom to top rather than side to side.
This magnificent sculpture by Xu Bing, “Monkeys Grasp for the Moon,” hangs in the atrium between the Freer and Sackler Museums in Washington, DC. It is composed of 21 pieces, each showing the word “moneky” in a dozen languages, linked together using the words themselves. To photograph this several story sculpture, an iPhone was set to panorama mode, only panned from bottom to top rather than side to side.