Archive for January 13th, 2009

Urban Explorer Gets Busted

A local urban explorer was arrested over the weekend for “trespassing in a critical public service facility” – in this case, apparently, sewers under Saint Paul. I don’t really have much to add, except I find it amusing that the article refers to Mr. Krube as a “mouser”. I assume they’re getting their information from a Saint Paul Police press release, and the fine folks of the SPPD are continuing their grand, long-standing tradition of not knowing as much as they should about urban explorers. “Mouser” is probably a reference to the roughly annual local urban-exploration event called “Mouser Week”, which takes place this time of year. I don’t know that I’d call Krube “a mouser”, but it’s better than some of the other terms the SPPD have used (PDF!)…

Incidentally, “Mouser Week” is named for Mouser himself, who is mildly amused by his eternal infamy. (Via Milkmandan.)

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Kwik Hits

Some random – but interesting! – stuff I’ve stumbled across in the last couple days:

Photo of an unusual F-16 mishap; backstory here;

I saw this photo, and immediately though “eeek! Combine soldiers!”. Apparently it’s just actors in a Japanese movie, but, still…

Got fifteen minutes? Take a survey on cognitive biases in intelligence analysis. Hey, it’s thought-provoking!
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Bits and Pieces

One of my roommates tries to be security-conscious, but doesn’t really get it. One of the things he’s concerned about is identity-theft, which is understandable; unfortunately, I can’t get him to embrace that slightly overkill degree of paranoia which would not only make his token efforts a whole lot more useful, but at the same time offer better security. The problem, I think, is that he isn’t conditioned to look at things from an adversary’s perspective: he goes through the motions, doing what he’s told, without fully appreciating the implications.

Case in point: shredding mail.
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