Jan 112018
  • Today is Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Check out the North Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force, as well as our Twitter page.
  • I’m optimistic that last week’s “adventure” with being hacked is over. I’m not going to be particularly specific about what happened because I’m a little paranoid about drawing new attention. I will say that: 1) it’s highly likely an automated program jacked my blog and then alerted a person to it; 2) there is strong evidence that deleting the existing plug-ins directory removed the vulnerability; and 3) reacting mostly calmly saved me a lot of trouble. If you want to know any more, ask me privately.
  • I’m still getting BoWilliams.com back like I want it. There were several bits of functionality I really liked that were from rather old plug-ins, and it’s more of a challenge than I anticipated putting those pieces back.
  • We landed the Toyota-Mazda plant! This means 4,000 high-quality direct jobs, and probably ten times that many supporting jobs. It will be the fifth major automotive plant in the state, and the fourth final assembly plant. I love the diversification of the labor force this brings to the area. The downside for us is that we’ll be in a mostly urban environment in three to five years. When we built this house in 2000, it was in the sticks.
  • We are watching Planet Earth II on Netflix right now, and it is a worthy successor to the original. It’s some of the best stuff ever put on television. The imagery is simply spectacular.
  • I recently encountered a listicle that claimed collectible status for Apple /// computers. I was highly skeptical until I found this on eBay. I’ve written of my old system before. I used it all the way through college graduation in 1992. It was considerably nicer than that system on eBay. We threw out probably three complete systems when Dad moved from the old house.
  • This simple silicone bowl for popping popcorn in the microwave is fantastic. If you want to make popcorn better for you at home, and you don’t want to mess with a dedicated countertop appliance, pick this product up. This is a genuine life improvement for $16. No connection other than being a satisfied customer.
  • The weather gets seasonal again tomorrow. It won’t be a pleasant weekend to be outside.
 Posted by at 7:20 am
Jan 092018

A few morning-after thoughts on Alabama’s 17th national championship, and the game that secured it:

  • I knew we would see a different Alabama team in the second half, but I expected to see most of the difference on defense (and indeed, they obviously did come out nasty enough to get the job done). Seeing Tua Tagovailoa under center surprised me, and watching him rise to the occasion and get the job done—even fighting through a couple of costly freshman mistakes—was amazing. The game-winning TD is instant lore.
  • Tagovailoa gave thanks and glory to God every time he was interviewed. I’m so heartened and encouraged when young people on a big stage take that opportunity.
  • I have not verified this, but have no reason to doubt it:  according to a tweet from Jay Barker, every player Nick Saban has recruited to his team since 1999 has won a national championship. If you want a ring, go to Alabama.
  • Saban is now 12-0 versus his former assistants. It didn’t happen last night, but it’s only a matter of time. Kirby Smart will be the one to beat him first. I think he’ll also become a more obvious heir apparent to his mentor.
  • The halftime “show” was absolute garbage, and if anyone is saying otherwise, their voices are few and soft. That’s a good thing. I understand we might could have caught the marching bands on another channel.
  • There are multiple reports that Bo Scarbrough yelled “Fuck Trump!” walking into the game. He says he didn’t. Well, somebody did, and there’s no one in the clip but Alabama. I would like to see Coach Saban address that behavior, which does not befit a representative of the University of Alabama. Ditto Mekhi Brown’s unacceptable behavior on the field and sideline. No need to belabor either incident, but acknowledgement and apology are the right things to do.
  • To Auburn folks who are being gracious: thank you. You had a good year, but it didn’t end like you wanted it to. Been there. The good news is, there’s always another one.
  • To Auburn folks who are acting ugly: we have the system we have, and Alabama qualified for it. Literally a thousand different things could have happened that would have kept Alabama out, put Auburn in, or both. They didn’t. That it resulted in a title game between two teams you had beaten is a little freaky, but objectively unremarkable.
  • What a great one to go out on. I’m not sure what my next fall looks like. Terra incognita, for sure. It’s unrealistic to believe I’ll manage to remain completely unaware, but I’m serious about setting it down. Perhaps I’ll look for good ways to raise CTE awareness.
 Posted by at 10:18 am
Jan 072018

“So far as the law is concerned it knows neither native nor alien, Jew nor Gentile, black nor white. This case is no different from any other. We have only to do our duty without fear or favor.” – Judge James Edwin Horton

Nathan and I went to see Judge Horton after church today. I had wanted to get over for the dedication of the statue last year, but couldn’t get away.

Judge Horton was my great great uncle by marriage. His middle son, Ed, married my paternal grandfather’s sister. Ed was one of the finest people I’ve ever known, so it is no surprise to me that he had quite a father.

Judge Horton caused himself a great deal of misery doing the right thing. But I bet he didn’t have any trouble living with himself—or explaining himself to God.

 Posted by at 2:40 pm
Jan 052018

BoWilliams.com was hacked sometime yesterday, and I spent last night trying to mitigate it. I have no indication that the site was, or is, doing anything malicious to visitors.

I don’t know the exact origin of the exploit, but if it was a compromised plug-in, I may have eliminated it last night. (As I type the site is up and working, but there is a lot of missing functionality. That is all plug-in-based.)

Today I’m thinking about my options, and I’ll work some more on it this weekend. The site may be periodically unavailable for the next few days.

Thank you for reading BoWilliams.com, my friends.

 Posted by at 9:16 am
Jan 032018

Molly and Harper both want to sleep with us when it’s sure enough cold. Suits me. Mutual benefit.

Often I have to persuade them to move when I want to get in. Harper just scampers over and finds a nook in/on Lea, if she’s not there already. Molly usually jumps down and then returns between us, though she’s learning that she can just move to start with and be done.

During the winter, we keep the house about 70º F while we’re up and around. But overnight the heat won’t run until the temperature drops all the way to 62º, which means it almost never runs overnight.

I grew up with an electric blanket, but I can’t remember having one after I moved out. And Lea’s never had one. I’m much more sensitive to being too warm than I am being too cold, so I probably wouldn’t like it now. I actually don’t mind the sensation of warming up cold covers. And when I have a fever, no level of clothing and cover is ever enough, so it’s hard for me to see an electric blanket making any difference.

So I guess I’ll stick with the resident quadrupeds.

 Posted by at 9:44 pm