It is that time of the year.
March 14th, 2014 in William Philip Hall we will be holding the 15th Annual South Sound Technology Conference. The event will begin at 9:00 and go until 3:00 o'clock with a great mix of speaker and panels covering the biggest trends and impact of technology and technology solutions to the South Puget Sound area.
Two scheduled tracks will cover similar topics to the last couple of years because the impact has not been waning. One will cover information assurance and cybersecurity and the other will over how we manage and gain knowledge from the massive amount of data we are collecting.
Currently on the roster is a panel overview of the security tech audits that were conducted by Masters of Cybersecurity and Leadership graduates on several local organizations and utilities, as well as a panel discussing the breach at Target and the advent of insurance policies that cover cybercrimes.
On the big data front there will be presentations and discussions on refining predictions of consumer behavior through social network analysis and crossing my fingers for a guest speaker announcing a big project launch.
Friday, February 7, 2014
It is that time of the year.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
This year we start with a record number of Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Information Technology students enrolled at the Institute of Technology at the University of Washington Tacoma.
To launch the year, faculty, students and members of the community participated in Convocation last Friday.
A small sampling of the brain trust getting ready to march to campus as part of the event.
Posted by Andrew Fry at 10:16 AM
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
My daughter Savannah is a writer/blogger and along with her contributions to the Looks from Books column on www.collegefashion.net she also maintains her own blog (going on four years now) playinginthepages.blogspot.com.
From there she has occasionally caught my attention with a "Top Ten Tuesdays" weekly countdown meme, from the web site the Broke and the Bookish.
It is a multi author blog which describes itself as
"a group of college aged and twenty somethings that have an unhealthy obsession with reading and would spend every last penny on books even if it meant skipping a few meals. We are the people who lurk in the library, buy handbags based on how many books can be stashed in them, and who refer to characters in books as if they are personal friends."
This weeks theme was best and worst movie adaptations from books. It was fun to read the numerous likes and dislikes from the various contributors.
I have decided to narrow it down even further and provide what I believe to be the best and worst movie adaptations of Stephen King novels.
Two of the top movie adaptations come from the same publication, Different Seasons 1982, a set of four novellas.
Considering the two are The Shawshank Redemption 1994 (from Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption) and Stand By Me 1986 (from The Body) that is a pretty good read. Apt Pupil also was made into a movie, but not with the same impact. Shawshank was nominated for seven academy awards and Stand by Me won a Golden Globe for best picture drama and a Oscar for best adapted screenplay.
Carrie (from Carrie) has been made into two movies and recently a musical as well. Another adaptation is due in theaters in October of this year. It is the Brian DePalma 1976 adaptation though, that showcased a very young John Travolta and received Oscar nominations for Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie and featured one of my early movie crushes Amy Irving.
Misery 1990 (from Misery) featured an amazing James Caan and Kathy Bates, who won an Oscar for her role. A relentless foray into claustrophobia, it was also adapted into a stage play by Princess Bride author William Goldman.
Christine 1983 (from Christine) had a movie treatment in the same year of its publication and if you have seen it, you will understand that there wasn't much Oscar worthiness there. However, from the beginning of the film, when the automobile known as Christine moves down the assembly line to George Thorogood's "Bad to the Bone", to the wrecking yard finish, this is one of my guilty pleasure movie treats.
Stephen King's It (the miniseries1990), Television all-stars and Tim Curry may have scared me a little as a child, but now it simply disappoints on multiple levels. The repetitiveness and the finale were ludicrous.
Maximum Overdrive 1986 (based on the short story Trucks) written and directed by Stephen King. Loved the short story though.
Children of the Corn 1984 (from the short story collection Night Shift) has somehow spawned eight, count them, eight sequels, including Children of the Corn 666: Isaacs Return and Children of the Corn: Urban Harvest with Charlize Theron in a non-speaking role.
and Stephen King's The Mist 2007 (from The Mist) featuring one of the worst movie endings ever.
Special Mention: Great movie but King hated the interpretation The Shining.
Posted by Andrew Fry at 2:48 PM
Friday, June 7, 2013
The end of the quarter in my Managing Technical Teams class means I get to see presentations from student teams of 5-7 people and the work they have done over the last seven weeks. (two weeks to form teams and decide on a project that makes a contribution to the community utilizing technology and the writing of a post mortem on the project bookend those weeks to fill the ten week quarter.)
Friday, May 31, 2013
For an idea of the many topics covered, check out this schedule.
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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Taking a cue from my daughters blog Playing in the Pages.
She did a post on her book centric blog which covers reviews and reading, and I didn't want let my answered only appear there, so here are mine ...
What Will Make Me Pick Up a Book
1- Short Horror Stories: Quick scary, thrilling or laughable reads. Try the Stephen King collections.
2- Detective series: Began with Encyclopedia Brown, entered the Agatha Christie stage, moved on to Travis McGee and others. John D McDonald was the forefather so give Travis a chance.
3- Set in the Northwest: Still like Seattle settings, but the city has gotten a little full of itself. If set in Tacoma I will give it a read.
4- Energy Solutions: Maybe it is non-fiction, but it is still escapism to me cause I doubt I will ever build that solar powered, rain filtering, trash compacting solution. Still, read “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind”.
5- Origami: Give me a model and I will fold it.
6- Trendy economic books: Call me a slave to the news cycle, but if everyone is freaking out about a flat world economy driven by a creative community, I will likely feel compelled to read it. Try Freakanomics and Collapse.
7- Books for kids: If there is a kid to read them to, I will want to read it. Mine are now too old, but I can babysit and someday I may have grandkids.
8- Near future science based Sci Fi: Michael Crichton is my go to author for this, with the Andromeda Strain, Jurassic Park and Coma being three great ones.
9- Cyber Punk: William Gibson inspired from Burning Chrome through Mona Lisa Overdrive.
10- Detailed historic work written like a novel: Tom Wolfe did it with The Right Stuff and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.
Posted by Andrew Fry at 12:04 PM
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Below is the Program for the South South Technology Conference 2013
Hope to see many of you there.
9 a.m. WelcomeAndrew Fry, Assistant Director of Industy Partnerships and Lecturer, Institute of Technology
Bruce Kendall, CEO, Economic Development Board of Tacoma-Pierce County
Debra Friedman, UW Tacoma Chancellor
Congressman Adam Smith -- Video
Congressman Derek Kilmer
9:15 a.m. Morning KeynoteSharon Wong
Director of Business Incubation, Emerging Technologies Group
It's "game on" for businesses and industries worldwide to begin their evolution to the Internet of Everything (IoE)—the intelligent connection of people, process, data, and things. Today more than 99 percent of physical objects in the world are unconnected. By 2020, 50 billion devices will be connected. As the number of connections between people, processes, data, and things continue to grow; businesses will define new markets and refine others. Those connections serve to benefit people by enabling improved quality of life, richer experiences, and faster and better business decisions. Hear how Cisco is using disruptive innovation to fuel the emergence of the IoE and to create value and opportunities for its customer and partners.
10 a.m. Panel Discussion: Big Data is a Big Deal
Moderator: Ankur Teredesai, Professor, Institute of Technology, UW Tacoma
Dr. Les Reed, Senior VP of Quality, Multicare
Bill Eklow, Research Scientist, Cisco Systems
Matt Tolentino, Research Scientist, Intel DuPont
11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m. Morning Breakouts
Cybersecurity and your Big DataCarwein Auditorium, Keystone Building
Moderator: DC Grant, ISSA
Darrel Bowman, CEO, Officeinanicon.com
Erik Stockwell, OpticFusion
Dave Vranizan, Benaroya Data Center
Healthcare and TechnologyGWP 212
Moderator: Alexis Wilson, Faculty, Nursing and Healthcare Leadership
Kimberly Duffy, Multicare
Atif F. Mohammad, Internet Identity
Michael D. Ness, Virginia Mason
12:30 p.m. Lunch KeynoteMichael Hamilton
Chief Information and Security Officer
City of Seattle
Hamilton will discuss the Public Regional Information Security Event Management (PRISEM). The system is designed to offer an online early warning about everything from botnet incursions on compromised desktops to possible full-fledged cyber-attacks from terrorists. As Seattle's CISO, Michael Hamilton is responsible for governance and leadership in support of effective and consistently-applied technology security standards and methods across 20+ departments. Hamilton has more than 20 years as an information security professional, as a practitioner, entrepreneur, consultant, and in management. Formerly a NASA ocean scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, his BS and MS degrees in Geochemistry and Oceanography are from the University of Southern California.
1:15 p.m. South Puget Sound Sampler -- New and Young Tech Companies
Robert Bunge, South Sound Cyber Sport
Kevin Armstrong, Rich Geographic Internet Applications, LLC
Jeff Goodwin, eDiscoveryCloud.net
Erik Hanberg, Side X Side Creative
2 p.m. Afternoon Breakouts
Building a Cybersecurity WorkforceCarwein Auditorium
Bryan Goda, Professor, Institute of Technology, UW Tacoma
Jody Randall, Clover Park Technical College
Chris Richardson, Internet Identity
Dr. Jan Whittington, Center for Excellence in Cybersecurity
Entrepreneur Meet UpCherry Parkes 106
3 p.m. Closing Remarks
Conference ThemeBig Data is such a non-specific term that it may cause some confusion as to what it is and why it is important.
We are progressing further down the road as a data-driven society, so it is becoming imperative that everyone better understand the big picture of Big Data. How is it emerging as a technological solution set for business, community and how we evolve as a society.
This will be the overarching theme of this year's South Sound Technology Conference. We will explore what big data means and how it affects healthcare, business, and our national infrastructure. Most importantly, we'll discuss what it means to you.
Posted by Andrew Fry at 9:18 AM