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There’s train music that has other messages. There’s train music that makes a point about Something Important.

Not this. This is… pure.

Orange Book

I did a talk today about the Orange Book. The Orange Book lays out some very well-structured, very stringent principles for the construction of truly secure systems. The audience for it was DoD and other government procurement officers who needed to buy reliably secure systems for classified processing.

This turns out to be a very personal topic for me. Around the time the Orange Book came out, I was working on a Multics system doing database work for a pharmaceutical company. Multics became one of the first systems to successfully be evaluated under the Orange Book criteria — at level B2. Honeywell, the maker of Multics, was quite pleased!

They gave these buttons away to all and sundry, and I got one.

I found the fact of a framework capable of assuring a secure computer system fascinating. It has always inspired me to find ways to make systems simpler and so more secure. Vendors to the commercial market today will insist that there’s no way to make systems both secure and affordable. Since the primary method of improving a product in its evaluation for an Orange Book rating is to make it simpler, I smell a rat.

One can probably say that my Multics experience in the 1980s inclined me toward getting my CISSP in 2005, and the whole progression of my career since then.

Class War

May Day this year fell on Waltz Wednesday, so that’s a little bit of an excuse. But I also admit that this escaped my notice on the day it was published: May Day, of course. So I bring it to you now, belatedly.

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A juicy bowl of quotes on the class struggle – even one from Warren Buffet.

It’s funny how terrified the US is of anything remotely reminiscent of socialism or communism – even our Labor Day holiday was moved away from the May 1 celebrated in the civilized world, to some arbitrary Monday in September.


(Not a baseball post.)

We got a new feeder, and the invited guests were not slow to the buffet.

These are more beautiful than I knew. We haven’t often seen them so up close until now.

Take It to the Limit

Mostly, I prefer studio recordings of waltzes. The performers often feel free, in live performance, to play fast and loose with the rhythms. Neil Diamond’s live performances of Play Me drive me crazy for this reason, as do most of James Taylor’s renditions of Sweet Baby James.

But Eagles might be a rare exception to this. They add flourishes to their songs, but the bones are left solid.

And today I am adding this non-waltz, just because.

A commenter on YouTube referred to this song as, “A one-star Yelp review of a hotel, plus an amazing guitar solo.” I leave you with that.

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