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Monthly Archives: August 2010

One of Bo-Ashley’s favourite night time reads was Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet. She would often fall asleep soon after the chapter On ChildrenRead More »

We traveled back to New York earlier today — from dropping our freshman daughter, Bo-Ashely, off at the University at Buffalo. On the long way back we pulled in to use the loo at a McDonalds in the little town of Cortland, NY — and then promptly left without my wife’s purse, a pink leather backpack. In it was, according to Carolyn, “her life”. In effect a wallet, a bunch of credit cards and her iPhone. We hit the road again and about forty minutes into it she got to wondering where her bag was. Read More »

On exploring the Camellia Greenhouse at the Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay today we came upon a potted South African clivia — and cringed. It bore the common name Kaffir Lily. Read More »

Hmmm, must make my own version of this …

Did the “insurance.aes256” file on WikiLeaks contain the trove of cables?

A 1.4Gb Insurance file, was appended to the Afghan War Diary, 2004-2010 post. [Note: Original file has been removed, this link now broken]. To decompress the files you will apparently need the 7zip for Windows, p7zip for Unix/Linux or EZ7z for Mac.

Could it be some insurance in case WikiLeaks or, worse, Julian Assange himself is brought down? I’m guessing it’s encrypted and we’ll need a password to uncompress and decrypt it. Perhaps the threat of having it out there in many hands to decrypt is the threat they hope will keep them out of harm’s way?

Haven’t we seen something leading up to this in countless movie endings? Is it about to happen now, for real? Join a discussion group trying to decrypt it here if you have nothing better to do with your time. Read More »