Review - The Witch

3/22/2016

Set during the seventeenth century, The Witch invites the viewer to become enmeshed in a grim world of demonic delight revealed against the backdrop of a snowy, New England forest.

You’ll get lost in the paranoia of the townsfolk, where every unsanctioned act is from the Devil and everything deemed “good”, a miracle.

Considered a horror movie by many critics, this film is unusual in the sense that it does not depend on clichéd technique or cheap thrills to illicit panicked responses from its audience. Instead, it traps the protagonist in a dreary, foreboding landscape full of magical realism and rife, religious undertones.

Addiction and Personality Disorders

5/23/2015

You are addicted to a substance. This is a daily struggle reaping all of your time and money. The “high” never quite reaches the desired level. Too much is never enough. You struggle with the cravings, you struggle with the shame of relapses. Time goes by, a year, two years perhaps, and you find yourself no further ahead in breaking the attachment to your drug of choice.

The morning often starts with a drink or a “smoke”. A line. A few pills? This is more common than is openly admitted to in our society. They are pariahs. They are “losers”. No, they are chemically addicted.

Night turns into day as we indulge. Again. Day after day. But, what is causing this? Is it merely a chemical addiction? Has using transformed into a lifestyle? This lifestyle has turned into a death sentence; a loss of loved ones and friends, jobs, interests, life.

It is well-documented that addiction to a substance is real. It’s science. Others say “A drug is a drug”-- trade getting stoned on Marijuana for taking pharmaceuticals, Oxycontin, for example; It’s all the same thing only wearing a different mask.

Trying to escape pain, memories, and traumas. Anything to escape the pain. Who can be blamed, really?

But could there be more to it than just a physical addiction to a chemical? There might be. It has been researched and empirically proven that diagnosed personality disorders may attribute to the predisposition towards substance abuse. This, in turn, can lead to an addiction, not just casual, “social” use.

Simply put, a personality disorder is a state of mind that is imbalanced. There are many types of personality disorders. The symptoms of a personality disorder can overlap in a given individual: mood swings, substance abuse; behavior such as unsafe sex and reckless driving. Gambling. Shopping sprees. Self-harm such as cutting or burning. Narcissism.

Not every addict has a personality disorder, nor does every person with a personality disorder end up a junkie. But, it is common that those with personality disorders go beyond simple experimentation with drugs.

We go about our lives doing the best we can, the shadow of addiction looming, controlling us. Add to this a possible personality disorder and what do you get? A volatile combination, both feeding off of and fueling the other. This is termed Comorbidity: “Comorbidity refers to the existence of two or more diseases or conditions in the same individual at the same time.

It is vital that the possible presence of a personality disorder be diagnosed by a professional to determine whether or not this is a factor in an addiction scenario. It may be ruled out; yet, it may be concluded that a personality disorder does indeed exist. This can be good news, knowledge of a condition now that can lead an addict into deeper recovery via therapy and prescribed medication for the said disorder.

It is the unraveling of an extremely complicated situation, one that may well help to achieve a greater, personal stability and, over time, a more robust recovery from addiction.

[ Excerpt from Technical D_002 ]

Version 7.0

T8 - Keycode Data Capturing

Proposed Cases

Author: Matthew L. Diefenbacher

Reviewed by ST

Overview

This is an enhancement to improve the way SA captures keycode data for reporting purposes. This will provide an easier way for accounting to make sure we do not oversell subscriptions and confirm that the data in accounting system matches the data in SA site.

Set-up for testing:

1. Login to SA Green (Dev)

2. Select “OA Management” then select an active OA

3. Select “Create Self-registration Keycodes” button

4. Select “Create New Keycode” link

5. A new key code will be auto-generated and displayed above the “Who is paying for these accounts?” dropdown

6. At this point select “Organization pays” from the dropdown

Leave all fields as default without filling-in additional information; Select the Submit button on the Add Keycode screen, and validate that the following alert messages show up:

¨ Specify the type of subscription

¨ Please select an enrollment date method

- If Rolling Start and end dates selected

¨ Specify the length of the subscription period.

¨ Maximum number of accounts must be a positive integer value

¨ Please complete the first row of data in the Invoicing Info section.

¨ Please specify if these are comp accounts or not.

¨ Specify the batch category

¨ Please specify the tool pack

¨ Please select whether to use as a Master Code or alternatively, use Sub-codes.

¨ Please specify whether users can write in their node “identity”

¨ The directions still contain place holders. Please replace all occurrences of XXX.

¨ You have indicated that you wish to target to a set of nodes, but have not specified them. If you want to leave the target unspecified, select “None” instead

¨ Please specify an expiration email to use

¨ Please select a welcome email

¨ Please select a renewal email

Organization Pays - SA Dev - Top Section of Keycode screen

Basic Keycode Info Area

- Keycodes are auto-generated, can be edited and a new label displays

- Validate that auto-generated keycode exists with a total of 12 characters (displayed in two fields of six and six each)

- Validate that keycode fields can be edited

- Validate that “Who is paying for these accounts organization pays” label displays beneath keycode fields with 2 available options

Date & Price Info Area

- Dropdown moved to this area with updated options and a new label displays

- Validate that new label "Type of Subscription" is displayed to the left of the dropdown selection box

- Validate that new dropdown options have been added

- Validate that existing “Duration: Fixed start and end Dates/Rolling start and end dates” remain on the screen

- Validate that "Expiration of keycode" field now exists in this section (moved from "General Preferences" section)

A1 Verify for the following

User has not made selections for:

1. Type of Subscription

2. Duration

3. Expiration of Keycode

User selects “Submit” button

- Verify that system displays message: “Specify the type of subscription.”

- Verify that system displays message: “Please select an enrollment date method.”

- Verify that system displays message for Expiration of the Keycode

- Verify system does not save changes

The Scorpion Patrol - 1983

2/17/2016

Around 12-Years old I was made a patrol leader in Boy Scouts. A patrol is like a unit (although I came to think about it as a regiment if needed).

I really wasn’t much of a patrol leader: I liked the title but in fact none of the other boys listened to me unless it had to do with knives or fires.

My biggest worry was what to name our new patrol. Being patrol leader I was sure I had the final say in the decision. No.

The Scout Master made it clear to all new patrols that everyone got to vote on a name for their patrol. Forced democracy. There are many, ridiculous macho animal names/ to choose from: lion patrol, bear patrol, grizzly bear patrol, scorpion patrol, rattlesnake patrol, cobra patrol, bobcat patrol, pine patrol.

Pine Patrol lost. I was the only kid to like that one. I first saw the pine tree patrol patch in the handbook years before: against a black/green background stood a beautifully embroidered, lightning-blue pine tree. These kids thought that choosing the scorpions as a patrol name was tough I guess. That was not the direction I was planning on taking this patrol in.

Kids on Social Media

6/18/2015

Should parents be held accountable for the way their kids behave on social media sites?

With the advent of social media, new platforms of expression are saturating our society; this can be a positive force or, in some cases, negative.

Most children in Westernized cultures today are fluent in technology which include social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. They not only are exposed to questionable material at times but are actually able to participate, posting both text, images and video. This opens up a dangerous door if there is no oversight.

Although companies like Facebook employ specialists to scour and purge offensive or illegal content, they are limited to an extent due to the high volume of media being uploaded daily.

Should the parents of children with access to such platforms be held responsible if their child commits an inappropriate or illegal act? Technically, yes.

One recent case takes direct aim at this topic:

"The parents of two children who posted defamatory comments about a fellow student in a fake Facebook account are heading to court, which will determine whether parents should be liable for their child’s Internet activity. The parents of seventh-grade students Dustin Athearn and Melissa Snodgrass learned this the hard way after their children created a fake Facebook page under the name of a fellow student." The court in this case described the content on the false Facebook page as: "graphically sexual, racist or otherwise offensive."

Most children will take every opportunity to challenge the rules. Social media provides the perfect grounds for such rebellion, platforms where one can in remain seemingly anonymous.