Alex Hutton


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    On Egypt

    Was thinking about Egypt this morning, and my thoughts on the subj. made me a little sad.  Let me share them:

    I believe most Americans desire that Egypt (and other totalitarian regimes for that matter) see a peaceful transition to democracy.  Yet this position seems completely different than what our government is saying publicly by continuing to back/acknowledge the government of Mubarak.

    So in a sense, I’m saying to Egypt, yes, you should be democratic, experience liberty and the thrill of representation in government even though in your particular case I (dare I say “we” for all America) don’t have it myself (ourselves).

    That is sad.

    January 30, 2011, 8:22am   Comments

    My 5 Things

    Ed Bellis tagged me.  Jerk :-)

    So here goes:

    1.)  I spent my 1-12 years outside of Charlottesville, Virginia.  And coming out here to Purcellville, I realize that I like the country.

    2.)  I’m a political independent.  This tends to surprise people with whom I align on one or two issues and then find that I don’t tote their party line.  Why am I independent?  What are the chances that one parties positions on every.single.issue is correct?  What are the chances that sometimes, situations dictate that our policies lean one way or the other only to be reversed when the domestic or foreign policy landscape changes?  What are the chances that, really, it doesn’t matter who you vote for because there’s a non-elected bureaucratic class that actually creates the majority of public policy for their interest and the interest of longevity and power for the agency they serve?

    3.)  Similarly, I’m not an atheist or agnostic, but acknowledge the difference between uncertainty and doubt in belief/faith.

    4.)  My music collection could quite possibly be the most Caucasian 60gb you might encounter.  There’s also more classical, be-bop, and latin than most people would suppose.  It’s not constructed that way with intention, or to say that it’s not diverse in the genetic make-up of the artists represented, it’s just that when I think about it, the hip-hop/rap I do have is, like, 17 years old or more.  Actually, while you probably didn’t know that about me, you probably could have guessed.

    5.)  If I had to do it all over again, I would be an architect.  Or a landscape architect.  In fact, I’d be very happy and content doing manual labor for a living.’

    6.)  There is no sixth thing.

    September 08, 2009, 5:35pm   Comments

    "Backpack, you need to know everything we’re going to need for the trip, despite my not telling you where we’re going until we’ve already left.

    Boots, you’re going to do all work and never get to provide any input.

    I’ll just make a list of the three problems you’re going to solve, and hire Tico the contracting squirrel to drive us around….

    Then, once it’s complete, I’ll dance, take the credit, and ask each of what you liked best during the wrap-up call.”

    — Chandler Howell on Dora The Explorer as Project Manager.

    August 29, 2009, 12:40pm  Comments

    Exploration in (New) Media Center Building

    So we’ll be moving to a rural area of Virginia in a couple of weeks, and as part of trying to figure out what utilities to move and when, I decided to revisit how we, as a family, will entertain ourselves.  Our family of five includes my wife, myself, my two sons (age 7 & 11), & my 17 month old daughter.

    Currently, we have basic cable from Time Warner, with Road Runner basic service.  I have a series 2 Tivo With a DvD recorder and a Wii.  I’m paying about $100 per month for cable, Internet, & TiVo.  

    The boys mainly want to see baseball, Star Wars clone wars, and they play Wii.  My daughter couldn’t care less about TV, but loves it when we play Wii fit.  My wife enjoys reality TV, mainly on CBS/NBC, but also some programming on Bravo & FoodTV.  We both enjoy baseball, and I enjoy Tennis programming.  We don’t really watch too many movies, and when we do, they usually are classics rather than last years releases.  

    There is no Cable at the new place in Virginia.  But there is serious Wireless (not Satellite) Internet.  Like 1.5 mbps low-latency Internet.  So rather than just buy a bunhc of things that DirecTV or Dish Network was going to charge me for, I figured I’d take a look at the various new options in programming that are available.  

    I thought it would be great to stop using DVDs and to stream music and video and so forth all around and just generally see if I could build a new media solution that fits our basic needs, and perhaps spoils us in simplicity and even price over the long term.

    Not having a need to really use this blog space for work stuff, and finding a total lack of real experience and review in all the online stuff during my research, I thought I’d make a diary of it here.

    June 07, 2009, 2:16pm   Comments

    Facebook <-> Tumblr Link

    So with me not blogging at anymore, I thought I’d try to figure out what I should do about this website.  So far, I’ve linked Tumblr (this site) to my Facebook account.

    They *seem* to be serving a similar purpose.  Honestly, I think I’d like an OS X app to blog more here about stuff that is more than twitter, and not risk management related.

    May 13, 2009, 6:01pm   Comments

    » It’s a FAIR Pandemic…

    RMI welcomes Jack Freund to the blog…

    Once again the 24-hour news cycle is buffeting us with “information” about the new risk that will surely end us all. I’ve received several…

    April 30, 2009, 8:18am  Comments

    » Pair of Jacks

    Please join me in welcoming Jack Freund as a contributor to this blog.  Jack is a certified FAIR analyst and has a boatload of experience in the information security profession.  Welcome Jack!

    April 30, 2009, 8:18am  Comments

    » Aggregate analysis (or measuring the surface area of Long Island)

    One of the questions I commonly encounter is “How do you take something like FAIR and apply it to a big problem, like measuring the aggregate risk within an entire organization?”  In order to keep…

    April 18, 2009, 8:03pm  Comments

    » Load of Tosh?

    Long time no post…  My sincere apologies, and I hope someone out there is still interested.  I guess I needed a little prodding, which Stuart King so kindly provided.  I’ve provided a response on…

    March 23, 2009, 9:20am  Comments

    » Alex

    Those of you who are familiar with this blog probably recognize Alex Hutton as THE voice of RMI and FAIR, and for good reason.  For over two years now, Alex has earned a reputation as a spirited and…

    February 25, 2009, 7:38am  Comments