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.

Continue to these Super Bowl commercials if you want to suspend all productivity for a while. There was a bit of a theme to the Super Bowl advertising - kids and dogs. Here are some examples:
Mr. Quiggly for Skechers:
a slim dog for Volkswagen:


 Part of the Fifth Amendment reads as follows:

"...  nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself".

The question arises whether private, secured information on an encryp… Read full post »

JANUARY 23, 2012 11:45AM

Gung Hay Fat Choy - The Dragon

A healthy, prosperous and good year to you and your family, on this the Chinese New Year.

It is 4710 by the Chinese lunar calendar and the Year of the Dragon. Traditional Chinese homes will be cleaned meticulously to welcome the New Year. However, there will be no
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Last year, Volkswagen had a huge Super Bowl hit with young Max Page. He played a little Darth Vader and the commercial was a success for Volkswagen. Staying with the Star Wars theme, this year it seems the car company will turn to dogs:

                      passwordsecuity is a hugely successful online shoe retailer. The site also markets clothing and is a subsidiary of Amazon. Unfortunately, customers of Zappos will have a terrible Monday morning surprise. Zappos has b… Read full post »

JANUARY 13, 2012 2:15PM

Dwight Howard Sets New, Dubious Record


Dwight Howard may be the prime NBA center at the moment. He is an All-Star and coveted by many teams. There have been speculations that he will be leaving the Orlando Magic and joining another NBA team, perhaps… Read full post »

JANUARY 11, 2012 12:30PM

Lucy: Two and a Half Pound Working Dog

There is an old adage about dogs in a fight. It follows along the lines that 'it is not the size of the dog in the fight; it the size of the fight in the dog that counts'. 

That may be true of working dogs too. 

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JANUARY 10, 2012 10:45AM

SpnKiX: Putting a Motor on Your Shoes

A majority of the waiters and waitresses on the planet would want a pair of these. It's putting a motor on your shoes...

Peter Treadway is presenting this concept at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). It seems that Peter's name really is "Treadway". 


Vincent Swope is a freshman at the University of Kentucky, home of the Wildcats. Vincent is famous now for a basketball shot, but watch his feet...
This was a shooting contest where a made-shot is worth $10,000. For a student, that amount of instant income is… Read full post »

Riley Maida is four years old and she's smart. Riley is onto the tricks of the toy marketers and she says what's on her mind. She is also a YouTube sensation:
Not only is Riley absolutely correct, she also hangs out with Diane Sawyer too...
DECEMBER 29, 2011 2:15PM

I Will Miss Ben Breedlove

I have watched a teenager on YouTube talk about a variety of topics. The young man was Ben Breedlove and he would range over a wide range of topics. For example, Ben would talk about 'how to ask a guy to a dance'. I also knew that, different from his
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This is Celtic Woman, performing "The First Noel". This song was part of a concert in Ireland and featured in the "A Christmas Celebration" release...
DECEMBER 23, 2011 10:10AM

Adele: Two Versions of Someone Like You

Never mind, I'll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you too
Don't forget me, I begged
I remember you said,
"Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead."

The voice is glorious. The phrasing is superb. The talent of Adele is
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DECEMBER 22, 2011 12:30PM

NORAD Continues Tracking and Surveillance

Some privacy advocates are concerned. The North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) command will continue to track Santa Claus this year. Off the record, a spokesperson for the NORAD says that it is
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DECEMBER 21, 2011 6:15PM

Top YouTube Videos of 2011

Here is a review of the top videos of 2011. It may reflect our internet interests. It may be how millions and millions of online hours are spent...
And the video on top of the list is "Friday"...
That's what we liked in 2011.… Read full post »

"... A new belt, some nylons, and what girl wouldn't need new shoes?"  It's a wonderful thirty second spot for the Citi Thank You Card. Have a quick look...
The song that accompanies this half minute commercial is "Into the Wild" by L.P.
DECEMBER 20, 2011 10:10AM

Despite Internet, Jon Bon Jovi Alive

                       From Facebook: "Heaven looks a lot like New Jersey
On Twitter, Jon Bon Jovi confirmed that he is still… Read full post »
DECEMBER 19, 2011 1:20PM

The New York Knicks May Be Dangerous


 The New York Knicks may be giving their fans some hope this year. Super-fan Spike Lee finally may be following the Knicks in post season play. The Knicks may have a contender. Their possible starting line… Read full post »

DECEMBER 18, 2011 11:16AM

"New Romantic" from Laura Marling

Laura Marling is only twenty one. She won the award for the Best Female Solo Artist, presented at the 2011 BRIT Awards. It is not usual for the British Phonographic Industry to so honour a folk musician. 

Her music is glorious and perhaps may evoke memories...
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DECEMBER 18, 2011 12:00AM

Homeward Bound

The music market online is competitive and Google wants to be a favoured destination for in that entertainment niche. Google Music is promoting itself with free music and there are familiar names in Google's offering:

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DECEMBER 14, 2011 1:57PM

The Protester

Time has named the "Person of the Year" for 2011. If you are part of the 99% and protesting, the "Person of the Year" is you. The Protester is the 2011 Person of the Year. Here is the cover:
Why does Time make the cover look like… Read full post »
In journalism school, one of the first lessons is factual reporting. It avoids lawsuits and legal entanglements, personally and for the employer. It is surprising that ABC News leads with a story
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Supporters of Governor Rick Perry have defended his campaign debate performance by saying that venue is not his best forum. It seems that Governor Perry also struggles during the interview process. During an editorial board interview with The Des Moines Register, Governor Perry stumbled on some… Read full post »
DECEMBER 9, 2011 10:45AM

Magnifying the Anguish of Military Loss

There is a sacred trust. No matter what one's political perspective or religious persuasion there may be universal agreement. Those men and women who stand in Harm's Way in the service of their country deserve the nation's gratitude. There is a creed among the military that no one is
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