Catherine Forsythe

Catherine Forsythe
know a bit about computer security, dogs, horses, skiing, medicine and making risotto. My nickname in real life/online is "Noggie" - I'm on Twitter, with the @dogreader account.

DECEMBER 8, 2011 4:30PM

Governor Rick Perry's Attack Ad Flops

Governor Rick Perry's new campaign ad is on the verge of going viral. It is an attack ad where Governor Perry pledges to "end Obama's war on religion":
It is interesting to see what the YouTube viewer response has been. There are almost five thousand (5,000) viewers… Read full post »
The USS Arizona was sunk on December 7th, 1941. A crew complement of one thousand one hundred and seventy seven (1,177) were casualties. The USS Arizona will fly the American flag forever, just lik
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DECEMBER 2, 2011 7:00PM

Saving a Few Steps on Google


There is a shortcut on Google that may save a few steps. Suppose you are on some page and you want to navigate to another site. As an example, let's use Open Salon [] as the destinatio… Read full post »

DECEMBER 2, 2011 12:25PM

Never Chicken Jerky Treats for the Dog


In 2007, thousands of dogs died. They were poisoned. Dog food imported from China had been contaminated with melamine. The melamine made it appear that the food had a higher protein content than it… Read full post »


It seems like it was only a few years ago that email was the hot application. It was the means for serious, rapid communication and also for things such as jokes, pictures and spam. It seems that email has becom… Read full post »


Bobby Valentine has been hired as the manager of the Boston Red Sox. The job comes with high expectations. Here are three factoids about Bobby Valentine:

1.  Valentine has never won a World Series.

2.  … Read full post »

NOVEMBER 30, 2011 2:40PM

Governor Rick Perry Flubs the Voting Age

"Those of you that are going to be over 21 on November 12th, I ask for your support and vote..."
Governor Rick Perry 
At a college stop in New Hampshire on November 29, Governor Rick Perry made an error. To a… Read full post »

The following are seven things that I like. That I like them is an unexpected surprise. You'll see why...

Sailing - I like to sail. I find it thrilling to be pushed along under full sail, powered by the wind. No one in my family believes that
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The rules of baseball are a bit different in the International Space Station. Satoshi Furukawa shows that he can be the pitcher, the batter and the fielder - all on the same play:
Baseball is different when the rules of gravity are suspended. On earth, Satoshi Furukawa… Read full post »

Written by Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, "Here Comes the Rain Again" was a huge hit for the Eurythmics. The lyrics are familiar:

"Here comes the rain again
Falling on my head like a memory
Falling on my head like a new emotions"

The Eurythmics
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Katherine Jenkins is a mezzo soprano and has one of the finest classical voices on the planet. Ms Jenkins is an international superstar and not someone that one would expect to be busking at a London Underground (subway system), "The Tube". The people passing through the Leicester Square Station had… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 24, 2011 4:00PM

Thankful for Statistics


Cafeteria conversation with Bennett on Thursday - Thanksgiving Day:

Bennett: So tell me what you're thankful for, Catherine.

Me: Statistics.

Bennett: [after he spits his coffee] Just a sec. That's going on my TwRead full post »

This is a video of police officers using pepper-spray on students/protesters at the University of California, Davis. The protesters appear to be seated on the ground, non-threatening to the authorities.

This is a widely distributed video. It should be seen by as many citizens as possible:
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It's no use fighting it. The advertising for the December holiday season has started already. There may be a subtle switch in the super-market-music to some holiday tunes. Perhaps it is not too soon to consider some gift suggestions for those technological geeks you know:

Hover Skateboards
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 The media spotlight recently has fallen on former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. His name has been linked to the allegations of child sex abuse by a former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky. Part of… Read full post »


The recent Facebook attacks show that hackers and cybercriminals are targeting high traffic sites. It is just efficiency. Hackers want to use their time productively and use sites which generate good t… Read full post »

It was the most unusual of friendships, an elephant by the name of Terra and a stray dog called Bella. Steve Hartman, in 2009, reported on this unusual but obvious attachment:
 Unfortunately, Bella recently died. The speculation is that she was attacked by coyotes. Where… Read full post »
"...  Don't blame Wall Street, don't blame the big banks. If you don't have a job and you are not rich, blame yourself!
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"The first rule of holes: when you're in one, stop digging."

Molly Ivins

Republican candidate Herman Cain has been the focus of the news media because of alleged sexual harassment. Four women are linked to separ… Read full post »


On this September 11th, there is a pause to remember those who have fallen in past and present wars. Their numbers are legion and they are forever owed the gratitude of their country. 

Not to be forgotten a… Read full post »

Extreme athletes seek out challenges. The degree of danger may be off the charts but this is what these professional athletes seek. For Garrett McNamara, it has been the pursuit of a monster wave. He found that wave in Nazaré, Portugal. The wave was 90 feet [27.43 meters]. Roughly imagin… Read full post »

The Republican presidential debates have been a nightmare for Governor Rick Perry. His performance on Wednesday [November 9th, 2011] may become a classic what-not-to-do moment. Governor Perry had a brief memory lapse. He was making a point by saying:

"And I will tell you, it is three agencies
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NOVEMBER 9, 2011 4:50PM

Watching the Denigration of Women

Whether Herman Cain is a serial sexual harasser is an allegation that never may be determined. However, the reputations of two, three, four or possibly more women will be trashed in the proc
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1.  The price of a carton of milk.

2.  The stress of a rent / mortgage payment near due.

3.  Deciding which bill to pay and which bill to delay.

4.  Deciding whether groceries or medications… Read full post »


It's totally baffling. For those who frequent the Open Salon site, one of the long-standing complaints has been the amount of spam that inundates this internet address. Apparently, the Open Salon administrators… Read full post »