Quote Of The Day Challenge: Day Two

Following on from my post last Monday, here’s the second in my series of quotes in the ‘quote of the day’ tag game challenge. I was nominated by the lovely Magpie at Midnight, whose blog you should check out.

I began with Kierkegaard, because I love him. Another person I love is Renaud, so I’m continuing with him. Also I thought it’d be interesting to do one quote from a book (Kierkegaard), one from a song (Renaud), and one from some kind of visual media (which will probably end up being Star Trek).  Read more

Interview With Bethany, A Serial Expat

Every week on ExpatFocus I post several interviews with people living all around the world. While they’re all interesting in their own ways, a lot of them are very similar. People miss their family and friends, they like the cuisine except for this one disgusting thing, they’ve made friends with some expats and some locals, and they advise potential expats to do a bit of research but then just plunge in and go for it.

Infrequently, however, I come across a person whose story is both thought-provoking and fascinating. Bethany is one such individual.

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The Future Of Image Authentication

Last week I caught up with David Spreadborough from Amped Software about image authentication in digital forensics.

David, can you tell us a bit about your role and what it involves?

I’m the international trainer for Amped Software. First of all, Amped Software is a digital image and video company and everything that we do has a forensic and scientific backing. It’s very easy to deal with an image or a video, but to deal with an image or a video forensically, with a scientific backing, requires a product to guarantee that everything a user does is forensically sound.

My history is that I was a police officer for 24 years; the last 12 years were spent purely doing CCTV and image investigations, mainly from CCTV. I left in 2015, upon the closure of the Forensic Imaging Unit.

Because I’d been aware of Amped Software, and I’d been aware of some of their products, I’d started assisting them with some ideas in order to help users. Then they offered me a job as their international trainer. I not only go around the world teaching other people to use the software, but I also do the research and development of ideas; getting ideas from users when I’m delivering training and working out how we’re going to put that into the software. I also do private analysis work, so if there are any challenges while I am conducting an investigation, we can solve these problems and then build the solution into the software as well.

Read the full interview on Forensic Focus

Opposing The Demolition Of The Kensington Odeon

I hardly ever go to the cinema these days. Once a year at most. But there was a time, when I was living in South Kensington and going to uni just off Kensington High Street, when I went quite often. And I always went to the Kensington Odeon.

It was where I watched Stardust and thought it was excellent; where I was so disappointed by The Golden Compass that I swore never to watch a film adaptation of a book again (something I went back on in later years, which was lucky; The Hunger Games and The Book Thief are excellent).

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This is the ePrivacy report I’ll be submitting to the European Commission

Last week I was in Brussels, and during the time when I wasn’t wandering around the city marvelling at the pretty architecture, I was sitting in a conference centre with people from the European Commission and stakeholders from around Europe to discuss the ePrivacy Directive.

Throughout the day, we were split into groups. Each group had a “host”, who led the discussion and who was required to submit a report to the European Commission within two weeks of the event.

I was the host in my group (yes, I did think about Trill all the way through 😉 ). This is my report.

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43 Things I Am Definitely Going To Do With My Life (And How I Came Up With Them)

This week’s Renaissance Reflections post comes not from the Da Vinci book but from an article on Medium.

How To Invest In Yourself by Jon Westenberg is essentially an exercise in life planning, for people who are serious about Getting Important Shit Done. Since that’s a category I fall into, I decided to give it a go. My results are below; I’d recommend reading Westenberg’s article in full if you plan on following this yourself though, as I’ve just summarised things (and also changed bits).

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