Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Beginning of the School Year 2013-14

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.

The newest of them were welcomed to the programs by faculty and staff prior to the quarters start.

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.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Best and Worst Movie Adaptations - Top Ten Tuesday Thoughts

My daughter Savannah is a writer/blogger and along with her contributions to the Looks from Books column on she also maintains her own blog (going on four years now)

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.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Bridging the technology gap: Generation Connection

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.)

I require a press release as part of their project launch presentation and will post a few of them here.  Below is the first.  I stripped out the contact information that normally would come with a release.

Bringing technology to older generations to keep them connected to friends and family

Auburn, WA, May 15, 2013– Today, millions of senior citizens in the United States have not seen their families or loved ones in over a month. Many older people today do not believe technology is for them; however in our rapidly changing world that is unfortunately just not true. Technology can help reduce loneliness by providing access to invaluable online resources and the ability to keep in touch better with friends and family.

“Generation Connection inspires older people to use technology, and in doing so, delivers digital training to open a host of opportunities, like reconnecting with loved ones or pursuing hobbies.” – Jared Eades
Generation Connection is a group of students in the Information Technology and Systems Bachelor of Science program at the University of Washington Tacoma. They wanted to give back to their community by applying some of their technological talents. After many ideas were brainstormed they decided the most rewarding project they could do was to help teach the seniors in their community. Generation Connection found an assisted living facility (Wesly Homes) where they could teach the seniors there how to use the technology around them and show them that technology is for them too!

“We greatly appreciate what Generation Connection has done here. Not too many people would take the time to do for us, what you have done for us.” Millard

Located at the University of Washington, Tacoma, Generation Connection was founded in 2013. Generation Connection is the best company that offers technical assistance to elderly people in order for them to communicate with their loved ones thru the use of technology.

Friday, May 31, 2013

End of the Quarter Colloquium for Spring 2013

An exciting end of the quarter colloquium today.  We have a new, fast moving format of presentations resulting in new topics every fifteen minutes.  Though much of it is overview based, some are able to go into more specific detail, especially when there are teams of two and three who go for up to one half hour.

For an idea of the many topics covered, check out this schedule.

End of the Quarter Colloquium for Spring 2013

Schedule of Presentations

Session One:     9:00 to 11:00 (sign ups start at around 8:45)

Igor Odnik - Internship with Electronic Outlet Services

Sambath Sok - Directed Reading - Windows 8

Matt Rigg - Competition Specialties Web Development

Lawrence Grass, Dwayne Tucker and Kyle Philips- Pierce County Mobile Application Development Internship

Jacob Yong and Maggie Liao - Field Technicians for UW Tacoma IT Department internship

Long Pham - Directed Reading SQL Optimization

Alexander Kramer - Weyerhaeuser Intern EHS Support Functions

Session Two:     10:30 to 12:30

Nathan Adams - Expeditors International Internship

Kavitha Yogaraj - Sofware Engineer internship at Versium Analytics

Rodney Short - Directed Reading in Security and Certification Test

David Everitt - Data Reduction Intern at AeroJet

Kurt Hardin - Intel Undergraduate Software Engineering Intern

Brad Porter - Malware Analysis Techniques

Bob Flood - Nagios: A network monitoring system plus directed reading

Session Three:  12:00 to 2:00

Jordan Hanna  - City of Tacoma - IT Department Internship with CISO Paul Federighi

Joseph Stout - Directed Reading Making Decisions in Agile Software Development

Michael Morris - Revitalization of Sporcle 3.0

Shane Kwon - A Survey of Graph Database Systems with Emphasis on In-Memory Computing and Traffic Security

Heegun Yang - Cloud Based Free and Open Source Software Solution for Small Business

Mattew Selfors, Roger Trottier and Major Bruno - Game Development for Dropkick Games

James Andrew Marquardt – Independent Study of Natural Language Processing Techniques

Session Four: 01:30 to 3:30 or end of day.

Pritpal Singh and Michael Jagielo - TPI Android Application

Paul Aquino - Software Development Intern at Avanade

Ainsley Herndon - Working with Symbology on the Role Player Work Station

Vinh Pham - Internship at Weyerhaueser

Michael Schweiger - Malware Analysis on the Cloud

David Souphommanichanh - Directed Readings Information Technology Infrastructure

Wen-Chung Chen - Directed Readings Network Engineering

Benjamin Kim - Directed Readings Agile Testing

Amandeep Jhajji - Internship with Small Business

Otis Alexander - Towards a Cybersecurity Specific Data Historian for an Attack-Aware
Industrial Control System (ICS)

Soon Keu Bang - A Grounded Theory Analysis of Knowledge, Skills, And Abilities for Software Assurance and DevOps

Victor Palanchuk - Network Security Operations at Avanade

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Words/ Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy/ Pick Up a Book

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.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Program for SSTC 2013

Below is the Program for the South South Technology Conference 2013

Hope to see many of you there.


9 a.m.          Welcome

Andrew 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 Keynote

Sharon Wong
Director of Business Incubation, Emerging Technologies Group
Cisco Systems

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 Data

Carwein Auditorium, Keystone Building
Moderator: DC Grant, ISSA
Darrel Bowman, CEO,
Erik Stockwell, OpticFusion
Dave Vranizan, Benaroya Data Center

Healthcare and Technology

GWP 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 Keynote

Michael 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,
Erik Hanberg, Side X Side Creative


2 p.m.         Afternoon Breakouts

Building a Cybersecurity Workforce

Carwein 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 Up

Cherry Parkes 106
Graham Evans
Andrew Fry
Ryan Petty

3 p.m.          Closing Remarks

Conference Theme

Big 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.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

South Sound Tech Conference 2013

Here is the poster for the March 8th South Sound Technology Conference.  This is the one big chance during the year to meet with and talk technology with your fellow South Sounders.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Big Data a Big Deal

Big 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 we 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.

Starting with the Wikipedia definition:

"In information technology, big data is a collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using on-hand database management tools or traditional data processing applications. The challenges include capture, curation, storage, search, sharing, analysis, and visualization. The trend to larger data sets is due to the additional information derivable from analysis of a single large set of related data, as compared to separate smaller sets with the same total amount of data, allowing correlations to be found to "spot business trends, determine quality of research, prevent diseases, link legal citations, combat crime, and determine real-time roadway traffic conditions."

What does this mean to the South Puget Sound?

This will be the overarching them of this years South Sound Technology Conference.  We will explore what big data means and how it effects healthcare, business, protecting our national infrastructure and most importantly what it means to you.

March 8th in William Philip Hall.

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