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    Is Hell exothermic or endothermic…. The following is a question given on a University engineering mid-term. The answer was so profound that the Professor shared it with colleagues, which is why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well. Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or Endothermic (absorbs heat)? Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's Law, (gas cools off when it expands and heats up when it is compressed) or some variant. One student, however, wrote the following: "First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So, we need to know the rate that souls are moving into Hell and the rate they are leaving. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving. As for how many souls are entering Hell, let's look at the different religions that exist in the world today. Some of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell. Since there are more than one of these religions and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell. With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially. Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell because Boyle's Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to expand as souls are added. This gives two possibilities: If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks loose. Of course, if Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over. So, which is it? If we accept the postulate given to me by Teresa Banyan during my Freshman year, "...that it will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you." and take into account the fact that I still have not succeeded in having relations with her, then; #2 cannot be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and will not freeze." It was not revealed what grade the student got.
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    Books Never Written Make sure to pay close attention to the authors of these books. 100 Ways to Diet by I. M. Hungry A Day at the Beach by Sandy Feat. A Green River Underground by Sue Age. A Guide to Fishing by Rod N. Reel. A Sailor’s Adventure by Ron A. Ground A Stitch in Time by Justin Case A Zoo on A Boat by Noah Zark. Advanced Math by Smart E. Pants Advertisements by Bill Board. After Dinner by Bill Pleese. All About Flowers by Chris Anthymum America’s Longest River by Misses Hippy Answering the Door by Isabelle Ringing. Astronomy by Seymour Stars. Bad Gardening by Dan D. Lion. Basic Math by Adam Upp Being Helpful by Linda Hand. Being Thrifty by Chee Poe. Bouncing Bullets by Rick O’Shay. Brown Streaks Across The Desert by Who Flung Dung Can’t Count On Me by Miss Trust Careers in the Jewelry Business by Pierce Ears. Common Allergies by P. Nutt. Days in the Saddle by Rosie Redd Butts Endurance by Max Effort. Evergreen Trees by Douglas Furr. Free Willy by Freda Wale Giant Snakes by Ann Aconda. Gone With the Wind by Harry Kane Horror Stories by Ima Frayed. Hospital Exam by M.R. Eye. How to Fish by Will Ketchum. How to Survive a Bear Attack by Ben Eaton How To Win A 5K by Sprintz A. Lott. I Won the Battle by Vic Tory. It’s Not My Fault! by Indy Nile. Keyboarding 101 by Ty Po. Life of a Couch Potato by I. Doolittle. Living Through The Storm by Ty Foon. Lying on the Porch by Matt. Majestic Birds by E. Gulls. Man’s Best Friend by Kay Nine. Mathematical Equations by Jean Yuss. New York by Dee Bigg Apple. Nothing Inside by M.T. Pages. Over the mountaintop by Hugo First Pranks by Joe King. Rainy Day Activities by Reed A. Book. Saved by the Bell by Nick O. Time. Stringed Instruments by Via Lin. The Numbers Game by Cal Q. Later Thirty years in the saddle by Major Asburn To Lead a Parade by Marcia Long Up at Dawn by Earl E. Riser. Vegetables by Brock Lee. Visit Strange Places by I. Ben There Walking to School by Misty Bus What to Do if You're in a Car Accident by Rhea Ender What Usually Happens by General Lee. Why Cars Stop by M.T. Tank
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    Teaching You How To Let Go Anything happening in life is teaching you something. Letting go is one of the most important process in one’s spiritual growth. Since ancient times, spiritual leaders and philosophers have discussed the importance of surrender and letting go. The lessons: Anything that annoys you is for teaching you patience. Anyone who abandons you is for teaching you how to stand up on your own feet. Anything that angers you is for teaching you forgiveness and compassion. Anything that has power over you is for teaching you how to take your power back. Anything you hate is for teaching you unconditional love. Anything you fear is for teaching you courage to overcome your fear. Anything you can’t control is for teaching you how to let go and trust the Universe. It really is the best of times and the worst of times. Embracing all the things that test us and knowing they are here for a reason will give us peace. Will help us know we are exactly where we are supposed to be. This is our journey. The journey is filled with ups and downs. Don’t confuse the two as ever being everlasting. Get up every day and apply yourself, be authentic, trust your instincts and know that the more you apply yourself the better you get day by day. The day you are waiting for is the day you want to give up, that is when you must keep going. That’s the barrier between normal and greatness. Trust your journey. Learn the lessons. And show the world how great you can be. It’s easier said than done, but sometimes all it takes is a shift in perspective to completely free yourself from the burdens you have been carrying around. Here are 20 quotes that will help you let go: “I demolish my bridges behind me…then there is no choice but to move forward.” <-> Fridtjof Nansen “Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So, you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them, they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much drabber and emptier for their departure.” <-> Stephen King “Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.” <-> Hermann Hesse “There’s a victory in letting go of your expectations.” <-> Mike White “To design the future effectively, you must first let go of your past.” <-> Charles J. Givens “The creative process is a process of surrender, not control.” <-> Julia Cameron “If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.” <-> Anne Morrow Lindberg “The greatness of a man’s power is the measure of his surrender.” <-> William Booth “Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.” <-> Steve Maraboli “Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.” <-> Ann Landers “You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.” <-> Steve Maraboli “One thing I’ve learned about life is that if you really let go, it’s just a joy ride.” <-> Ricky Williams “Time is about the need to control. Let go of control and embrace what happens.” <-> Eve Best “If there are people you haven’t forgiven, you’re not going to really awaken. You have to let go.” <-> Eckhart Tolle “When we give ourselves the chance to let go of all our tension, the body’s natural capacity to heal itself can begin to work.” <-> Nhat Hanh “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” <-> Lao Tzu “Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.” <-> Erich Fromm “Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.” <-> Oprah Winfrey “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” <-> J. K. Rowling “Most things are forgotten over time. Even the war itself, the life-and-death struggle people went through is now like something from the distant past. We’re so caught up in our everyday lives that events of the past are no longer in orbit around our minds. There are just too many things we have to think about everyday, too many new things we have to learn. But still, no matter how much time passes, no matter what takes place in the interim, there are some things we can never assign to oblivion, memories we can never rub away. They remain with us forever, like a touchstone.” <-> haruki murakami
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    English Language Lesson As e-mail (and blogs and texts and Tweets) continue to erode the written language, perhaps it is time for an English language lesson. So, with tongue firmly in cheek, here are some rules to keep in mind when using the Queen's English: Verbs has to agree with their subjects. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with. And don't start a sentence with a conjunction. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive. Avoid clichés like the plague. (They're old hat). Always avoid annoying alliteration. Be more or less specific. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are (usually) unnecessary. Also, too, never, ever use repetitive redundancies. No sentence fragments. No comma splices, run-ons are bad too. Contractions aren't helpful and shouldn't be used. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos. Do not be redundant; do not use more words than necessary; it's highly superfluous. One should never generalize. Comparisons are as bad as clichés. Don't use no double negatives. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc. One-word sentences? Eliminate. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake. The passive voice is to be ignored. Eliminate commas, that are, not necessary. Parenthetical words however should be enclosed in commas. Never use a big word when a diminutive one would suffice. Kill all exclamation points!!!! Use words correctly, irregardless of how others use them. Understatement is probably not the best way to propose earth shattering ideas. Use the apostrophe in its proper place and omit it when it’s not needed. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know." If you've heard it once, you've heard it a thousand times: resist hyperbole; not one writer in a million can use it correctly. Puns are for children, not groan readers. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms. Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed. Who needs rhetorical questions? Exaggeration is a million times worse than understatement. Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.
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    Latest Medical Terminology Artery <-> The Study of paintings. Bacteria <-> Back door to the cafeteria. Barium <-> What you do when CPR fails. Benign <-> What you be after you be eight. Bowel <-> A letter like A, E, I, O, U, and sometimes Y. Caesarean Section <-> A neighbourhood near Rome. Cat Scan <-> Searching for Kitty. Cats Scan <-> What dogs do when they enter your yard. Cauterize <-> Made eye contact with the nurse. Colic <-> A Sheep Dog. Coma <-> A punctuation mark. Congenital <-> Friendly. D&C <-> Where Washington is located. Dilate <-> To live long. Enema <-> Not a friend. GI Series <-> Baseball between teams of soldiers. Grippe <-> A Suitcase. Hangnail <-> A coat hook. Impotent <-> Distinguished, well known. Labour Pain <-> Getting hurt at work. Medical Staff <-> A Doctor's cane. Morbid <-> A higher offer. Nitrate <-> Cheaper than the day rate. Node <-> Was aware of. Outpatient <-> A person who has fainted. Pelvis <-> Cousin to Elvis. Post-operative <-> A letter carrier. Protein <-> In favour of young people. Recovery Room <-> Where you have your upholstery done. Rectum <-> Darn near killed him. Rheumatic Fever <-> Amorous feeling. Secretion <-> Hiding anything. Seizure <-> A Roman emperor. Tablet <-> A small table. Terminal Illness <-> Sick at the airport. Tibia <-> North African country. Tumour <-> An extra pair. Urine <-> Opposite of you're out. Varicose Veins <-> Veins which are very close together.
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    Hymns for All Occasions Favourite Hymns of Different Professions: Architect's Hymn <-> How Firm A Foundation. Baker's Hymn <-> When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder. Cake Bakers Hymn <-> I Cling the Mighty Power of God. Contractor's Hymn <-> The Church's One Foundation. Credit Card Telemarketer's Hymn <-> A Charge To Keep I Have. Criminal's Hymn <-> Search Me, O God. Dentist's Hymn <-> Crown Him With Many Crowns. Electrician's Hymn <-> Send The Light. Gardener's Hymn <-> Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming. Geologist's Hymn <-> Rock Of Ages. Golfer's Hymn <-> There Is A Green Hill Far Away. Gossip's Hymn <-> Pass It On. Hematologist's Hymn <-> Are You Washed In The Blood. Indiana University Hymn <-> So Send I-U IRS Agent's Hymn <-> I Surrender All. Judge's Hymn <-> Almost Persuaded. Librarian's Hymn <-> Whispering Hope. Lifeguard's Hymn <-> Rescue The Perishing. Men's Wear Clerk's Hymn <-> Blest Be The Tie. Optometrist's Hymn <-> Open My Eyes That I May See. Paramedic's Hymn <-> Revive Us Again. Pilot's Hymn <-> I'll Fly Away. Politician's Hymn <-> Standing On The Promises. Postal Worker's Hymn <-> So, Send I You. Psychiatrist's Hymn <-> Just A Little Talk With Jesus. Realtor's Hymn <-> I've Got A Mansion Just Over The Hilltop. Shoe Repairer's Hymn <-> It Is Well With My Soul. Shopper's Hymn <-> In The Sweet By and By. Tailor's Hymn <-> Holy, Holy, Holy. Travel Agent's Hymn <-> Anywhere With Jesus. Umpire's Hymn <-> I Need No Other Argument. Waiter's Hymn <-> Fill My Cup, Lord. Weatherman's Hymn <-> There Shall Be Showers Of Blessing. Zoo Keeper's Hymn <-> All Creatures Of Our God And King. AND for those who speed on the highway, here are few hymns for you: 55MPH <-> God Will Take Care of You. 65MPH <-> Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah. 75MPH <-> Nearer, My God, to Thee. 85MPH <-> Nearer, Still Nearer. 95MPH <-> This World Is Not My Home. 105MPH <-> Lord, I’m Coming Home. 115MPH + <-> Precious Memories.
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    How to watch the Marvel movies in order If you want to do a Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) marathon, knowing how to watch the Marvel movies in order is essential. 2020 isn't the busiest year for Marvel movies, with Black Widow delayed until November, and MCU movies like The Eternals moving back in the schedule. The Falcon and Winter Soldier and WandaVision are supposed to release on Disney Plus this year, but it's unclear how the lockdown has affected both shows. With all this in mind, why not pass the time until Phase 4 with a Marvel movie marathon? How to watch the Marvel movies in order: chronological order A Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) timeline is probably what you're looking for. This explains how to watch the Marvel films in chronological order, beginning with Captain America and ending (right now) with Spider-Man: Far From Home. It's worth watching the Marvel movies in this order so you can see key MCU events play out in a linear fashion. You'll follow the Tesseract from the '40s up until The Avengers era, and see Carol Danvers meet Nick Fury in the '90s while he still has two eyes. One Marvel fan figured out it takes 114 steps to watch the Marvel movies in the exact chronological order, scene-by-scene, which is impressive but a little much for most people. Instead, this list will do. Here is the chronological viewing order of the Marvel movies: Captain America: The First Avenger (takes place during WWII) Captain Marvel (takes place in 1995) Iron Man (takes place in 2010) Iron Man 2 (takes place after Iron Man) The Incredible Hulk (time unspecified, pre-Avengers) Thor (takes place six months before Avengers) The Avengers (takes place in 2012) Iron Man 3 (takes place six months after The Avengers) Thor: Dark World (post-Avengers, pre-Ultron) Captain America: Winter Soldier (post-Avengers, pre-Ultron) Guardians of the Galaxy (sometime in 2014) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (after Guardians) Avengers: Age of Ultron (takes place in 2015) Ant-Man (takes place in 2015) Captain America: Civil War (post-Ultron, pre-Infinity War) Spider-Man: Homecoming (post-Civil War, pre-Infinity War) Doctor Strange (takes place in 2016) Black Panther (takes place in 2017) Thor: Ragnarok (post-Ultron, pre-Infinity War) Avengers: Infinity War (takes place in 2017) Ant-Man and The Wasp (ambiguous, but fits nicely between IW and Endgame) Avengers: Endgame (starts in 2017, finishes in 2022) Spider-Man: Far From Home (post-Endgame) Marvel movies in order: release date If you'd prefer to watch the MCU movies in release order, you'll want this list, which starts with Iron Man in 2008 and ends in 2019 with Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home. Watching the Marvel movies in this order makes for a great nostalgia fest, and you'll see how the MCU films steadily improve with time as their budgets got a boost. Also included the future MCU Phase 4 release dates below so you know what's coming up, even if there's a long wait to come. Phase One Iron Man (2008) The Incredible Hulk (2008) Iron Man 2 (2010) Thor (2011) Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) Marvel’s The Avengers (2012) Phase Two Iron Man 3 (2013) Thor: The Dark World (2013) Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) Ant-Man (2015) Phase Three Captain America: Civil War (2016) Doctor Strange (2016) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Black Panther (2018) Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Captain Marvel (2019) Avengers: Endgame (2019) Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Phase Four Black Widow (November 6, 2020) The Eternals (February 12, 2021) Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (May 7, 2021) Untitled third Spider-Man movie (November 5, 2021) Thor: Love and Thunder (February 11, 2022) Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (March 25, 2022) The future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Black Panther 2 (May 6, 2022) Captain Marvel 2 (July 8, 2022) Untitled Marvel movie (likely Ant-Man 3, October 7, 2022) Blade (TBD) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (TBD) Untitled Fantastic Four film (TBD)
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    What is Love What does love mean? A group of children were asked this question. The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. Touching words from the mouth of babes. See what you think: “When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So, my grandfather does it for her all time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.” — Rebecca – age 8 “When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.” — Billy - age 4 “Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.” — Karl - age 5 “Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.” — Chrissy - age 6 “Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.” — Terri - age 4 “Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.” – Danny - age 7 “Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss” — Emily - age 8 “Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.” — Bobby - age 7 (Wow!) “If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate.” — Nikka - age 6 (we need a few million more Nikka’s on this planet) “Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.” — Noelle - age 7 “Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.” — Tommy - age 6 “During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.” — Cindy - age 8 “My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.” — Clare - age 6 “Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.” — Elaine-age 5 “Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.” — Chris - age 7 “Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.” — Mary Ann - age 4 “I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.” — Lauren - age 4 “When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.” (what an image) — Karen - age 7 “Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross.” — Mark - age 6 “You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.” — Jessica - age 8
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    Managing Passwords Typing in a password to access one of the tens or hundreds of services that we use has become such an everyday part of our lives that we rarely give it a second thought. Quite often we try to keep our passwords simple and easy to remember so we can move quickly past logging in and get on with what matters. That is just one of the many mistakes we make when it comes to something that we rely on to secure a part of our digital identity. Tips for Selecting & Managing Passwords Never reveal your passwords to others. Use different passwords for different accounts. Use multi-factor authentication (MFA). Length trumps complexity. Make passwords that are hard to guess but easy to remember. Complexity still counts. Use a password manager. 5 common password mistakes you should avoid 1. Password recycling One of the most common and prevalent mistakes is password recycling. The problem often starts with the creation of the password itself. Often, people create passwords that are easy to remember, which usually means that they are short and simple, although now most services have requirements for a minimum length and the types of characters that must be included. Once we have memorized the password and then sign up for another service, and another, and another, we don’t want to have to remember another one, and another one, and another one, so we reuse the password we have already committed to memory. According to a Google survey, 52% of respondents reuse the same password for multiple accounts, while a surprising 13% use the same password for all their accounts. Substituting letters for numbers or lower case for upper case and vice versa is also considered password recycling, although some might consider it to be a slight improvement. The gravest problem with password recycling is that it opens you up to credential stuffing. That is an account takeover attack that leverages bots to hammer sites with login attempts using stolen access credentials from data breaches at other sites until they stumble upon the right combination of new site and “old” credentials. As you can see, diversifying your passwords is in your best interest. 2. Creating simple passwords As we have already mentioned, a lot of the problems begin when the passwords are created. Simple ones tend to lead the pack. You may have seen the movie Wrongfully Accused, where Leslie Nielsen attempts to hack a computer by guessing the login credentials, which simply turn out to be Login and Password. If you think that in real-life people are more careful about their choice of passwords, sadly you would be wrong. An annually compiled list goes to show that when it comes to passwords, people make questionable choices, with 12345 and password ranking in the top five most popular passwords. Aside from simple patterns and obvious words, a frequent mistake you may be making when creating passwords is incorporating details into the password from our personal lives that can be easily guessed or found. Six of ten US adults have incorporated a name (theirs, their spouse’s, children’s or pet’s name) or a birthday into their passwords. Ideally, switching to a strong passphrase is preferable to using a password. Two-factor authentication (2FA) should also be activated when possible, since it adds an extra layer of security against various types of attacks aimed at revealing your login credentials. 3. Storing passwords in plain text. Another oft-occurring mistake is writing down our passwords. This takes two forms: jotting them down on paper or sticky notes, or saving them in spreadsheets or text documents on our computers or smartphones. In the case of the former: unless the bad actor wants to add breaking and entering onto their record, there is no way to access it. That’s not saying that you should write them down or have them just lying about; if you do (but don’t!), they should be more of hints that help you remember, and should be stored in a place safe from prying eyes. In the case of storing them on your devices, you have a series of challenges you are contending with. If hackers hack your device and rummage through it, they will have access, with little to no effort, to a whole trove of sensitive data, including your passwords that you stored in plain text. Alternatively, if your device gets compromised by malware that copies your data and sends them to a remote server, a bad actor can access all your accounts before you have a chance to notice. Or, in some cases, they can just go through your device with a fine-toothed comb to see if they can find any exploitable data on it, including the file with the passwords. It suffices to say that storing passwords in plain text on any connected device is a bad idea. 4. Sharing passwords “Sharing is caring” does apply to a lot of areas in life, but passwords are an exception. Yet some would beg to differ, like the 43% of US respondents who admitted to sharing their passwords in the past with someone else. Those included passwords to streaming services, email accounts, social media accounts, and even online shopping accounts. Over half of them said they shared their password with their significant others. While sharing a password to a streaming service account is a widespread phenomenon, it is less dangerous than the rest of the mentioned choices. Once you share your password with someone else, the security of your account plummets dangerously, since you’ve lost your tight grip on it. You cannot be sure how it will be handled and if the person you trusted with it won’t share it with someone else. A lot of rides on how you shared the password: did you type it in for them into your account and save it? Or did you perhaps send it to them by email or through an instant messaging app in plain text form? In the case of the latter, you are at the mercy of their discretion and you must hope that their devices are secure, since we have discussed the implications of saving a password in plain text form in the previous section. Another important thing to remember is that if you shared your password to any communication platforms you use, the people you shared them with can wreak havoc on your relationships, be it business or personal, since they can now log in under your identity. If you shared your credentials to any of your online shopping platforms and your payment methods are saved, then the party you shared with can easily rack up a bill on your credit card, which you may live to regret. Even if the person you’re sharing your credentials with is your spouse, keeping all your eggs in one basket is ill-advised. 5. Changing passwords periodically (without giving it much thought) Some organizations force their users to change their passwords every two or three months “for security reasons”. But contrary to popular belief, changing your password regularly – without evidence of a password breach – doesn’t automatically make your account more secure or harder to hack. Secure Password Make it long — This is the most critical factor. Choose nothing shorter than 15 characters, more if possible. Use a mix of characters — The more you mix up letters (upper-case and lower-case), numbers, and symbols, the more potent your password is, and the harder it is for a brute force attack to crack it. Avoid common substitutions — Password crackers are hip to the usual substitutions. Whether you use DOORBELL or D00R8377, the brute force attacker will crack it with equal ease. These days, random character placement is much more effective than common leetspeak* substitutions. (*leetspeak definition: an informal language or code used on the Internet, in which standard letters are often replaced by numerals or special characters.) Don’t use memorable keyboard paths — Much like the advice above not to use sequential letters and numbers, do not use sequential keyboard paths either (like qwerty). These are among the first to be guessed. Strong Password with Examples A strong hacker will have a dictionary-based system that cracks this type of password. If you must use a single word, misspell it as best as you can or insert numbers for letters. Use a word or phrase and mix it with shortcuts, nicknames, and acronyms. abbreviations, upper- and lower-case letters provide easy to remember but secure passwords. For example: “Pass Go and collect $200”– p@$$GOandCLCt$200 “Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall” — humTdumt$@t0nAwa11 “It is raining cats and dogs!”– 1tsrAIn1NGcts&DGS! You may also find remembering a sentence for your password if it refers to something easy for you, but complex for others, such as; “The first house I ever lived in was 601 Lake Street. Rent was $300 per month.” You could use “TfhIeliw601lS.Rw$3pm.” You took the first letters of each word, and you created a powerful password with 21 digits. If you want to reuse passwords across numerous accounts, this technique is particularly useful as it makes them easy to remember. Even though, as already mentioned, you really should use separate passwords, you can customize each per account. Utilizing the same phrase as above, “Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall” we created a secure and reliable password, and now you can use it on Amazon, Netflix, or Google accounts: Here are good password examples using this technique. AMZn+humTdumt$@t0nAwa11 humTdumt$@t0nAwa11@gOoGL humTdumt$@t0nAwa114netFLX Password Manager Here are some of the best password managers: Dashlane. The free version of Dashlane is a capable password manager for a single device, capable of storing logins for up to 50 accounts in a secure vault with multi-factor authentication, Like LastPass, it can do much more than just fill in passwords for you; it can also store all kinds of information and fill out forms with delivery addresses and contact details automatically. So far so good, but Dashlane's premium service is even more impressive. Not only does it let you synchronize all your passwords across all your devices (both desktop and mobile), it also monitors the dark web for data breaches and sends you personalized alerts if any of your stored details appear in a batch of stolen data. There's secure file storage too (ideal for scanned ID documents, insurance policies and receipts) and even a VPN for browsing the web more securely via Wi-Fi hotspots. Unsurprisingly, all of this comes at a price, and Dashlane's premium plan is one of the most expensive options around, but the extra services (plus remote account access and priority support) do justify the cost. LastPass. The free version of LastPass is superb, but premium accounts are very reasonably priced and offer an extremely useful extra feature: the ability to log into apps on your phone. Very few password managers offer this, and it could prove invaluable if you ever lose your phone, preventing people accessing your emails and social media. LastPass is easy to use, super secure, packed with features, and offers both free and premium tiers so you can choose the option that suits you best. All data is stored using AES-256 bit encryption with PBKDF2 SHA-256 and salted hashes to keep them secure - and it's not limited to passwords either. You can also store credit card details and delivery addresses so they can be entered automatically when you're shopping online, plus encrypted notes, details of insurance policies and much more besides. One of the best features is its support for multi-factor authentication, which helps protect you from phishing attempts by requiring an additional form of authorization to log into your accounts, such as a code generated by a mobile app or a fingerprint scan. Although it's becoming more widespread, not all sites and services offer this yet, so having all your logins secured in a vault that's protected this way is a real boon. Keeper Password Manager There's no free version of Keeper Password Manager, but you can try it for 30 days before deciding whether to commit to a subscription. As you'd expect from a purely premium product, Keeper is one of the most sophisticated password managers around. Not only does it offer plugins for every major browser, plus mobile apps for iOS and Android, it's also available as a desktop app for Windows, macOS and Linux. There's support for biometric authentication on mobile devices too, and syncs your data across an unlimited number of devices. Like the paid-for version of Dashlane, Keeper will warn you if any of your passwords appear in a data breach. It will also alert you if any of your passwords are particularly weak, or have been re-used, and help you create strong replacements. There's an excellent family plan as well. This not only protects the login details of everyone in your household, it also lets you share files securely between one another and offers an encrypted messaging tool that's a solid alternative to WhatsApp if you'd prefer to avoid Facebook products. 1Password Features packed into this excellent password management tool include a strong password generator, username and password storage, secure sharing, and an intuitive user interface. It even includes a built-in “watchtower” service designed to notify you of ongoing website breaches. The software’s digital wallet securely saves everything from logins and credit card information to sticky notes and network passwords. The developers are so confident in this tool’s security that they offered a $100,000 prize for anyone who could break it. 1Password’s biggest drawback is the lack of a free version, the subscription not only allows you to sync everything locally, but sync your info between computers too via Dropbox, iCloud, or another convenient method. NordPass. Is a very capable password manager with browser plugins for Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Opera, as well as desktop apps for Windows, macOS, and Linux, plus iOs and Android mobile devices. As well as storing encrypted passwords, NordPass can also suggest strong passwords as well as offer to safely and securely store credit card and banking details for faster checkouts on ecommerce websites. With the premium edition, you can then sync this information across up to 6 devices per licence. The free version only allows one, but you get to try out other premium features for a week. Another positive is that there is no limitation to the number of passwords you can save, unlike some others that have restrictions. However, one limitation is that it won't autofill forms such as for your name and address and email, like some other password managers offer. Overall, though, Nordpass is a very capable password manager that does a little more than would be expected, and though the missing autofill is annoying, apparently, it's currently in development for a future release. RoboForm. The free version is superb, providing you with a secure vault for your logins (though you also have the option of only storing your data on your device if you prefer), an auditing tool to help you identify weak or duplicated passwords, and a password generator for replacing them with strong, unguessable combinations of numbers, letters and special characters. RoboForm is another versatile password manager, with plugins for all the major browsers and mobile apps for both iOS and Android. Unlike LastPass, the free version of RoboForm doesn't sync your passwords across multiple devices. For that you'll need a premium subscription, but prices are very reasonable. You'll also get a host of other useful features, including the ability to share logins securely, multi-factor authentication, and priority 24/7 support.
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    Employee Awards Offices really need their own version of the Emmy’s, Golden Globes, or the Academy Awards. Sure, leadership could hand out spot bonuses, but it is much cheaper and fun to provide awards to your leaders, team-members, and minions. To lighten everyone’s mood at work, (especially this year, which needs some laughs,) here a generic list of funny office awards. Enjoy and share! Pen stealer Award – Award for the employee who is always walking off with other people’s pens as some sort of mental escape. The Tunnelling Out Award – provided to the employee spending the most time updating their LinkedIn status in hopes of being recruited award. Ironically this person spends most of their working day trying to work somewhere else. Space-time continuum Award – for the individual that shows up chronically late for every single damn meeting, even the ones they organize and ask for. The Deflector Trophy – Awarded to the person that takes their work and assigns it to others most effectively and consistently. The Centre of the Universe Award – It’s always all about them. Just ask them. The angry bird Award - Award for an employee who gets easily upset and is always scowling. Is a bit of an outcast. Most Embarrassing Moments at Work Award – As awkward as office blunders can be, employees should remember they're not the end of the world. The best way to bounce back is to keep your cool, own up to mistakes and laugh along. The Paper, Scissors, Rock Award – Given to the individual that makes arbitrary decisions based on sketchy criteria, just to move things forward. Duct tape Award – Award for being able to fix just about anything. The Useless Skills Trophy – Presented to the individual whose skill set has nothing to do with anything remotely related to work. Planning an office retirement party is not the same as project management. The Mouthpiece Award – Given to the person most likely to spread a rumour just for the fun of it. Most Paranoid Employee Award – Provided to the individual that is positive that he/she is about to be the target of managerial abuse or a reduction in force. It should be noted that this individual is often correct. PowerPoint Award – Presented to that person that cannot make a trip to the restroom without a 26-slide deck explaining their bowel movements (complete with graphs). The Rebranded Award – Given to the manager that renames broken projects or products rather than fixes them. The Terminator Award – Awarded to the manager that has fired and out outsourced the most staff in the year. This is not something to be proud of. infographics Award – Spreadsheets rarely solve problems, they do however, create the illusion of solving problems. This person has a spreadsheet tab set up for every contingency in their life. Buzzwordaholic Award – This honoured person embraces anything new that can be described in a buzzword or phrase or, better yet, a catchy acronym. It is their way of appearing well-informed and knowledgeable. For the rest of us, well, we all know bullshit when we see it. Class Clown Award – For the individual that somehow takes every situation, no matter how dire, and manages to make it humorous, if only for a moment. Hall Monitor Award – awarded to the individual who polices the halls and rats on fellow works for petty power, self-esteem and approval from managers. Points Award – Awarded to the manager that arranges business trips just to harvest the frequent flyer and hotel points. Sasquatch Award – Given to the employee that is almost impossible to find, even when they are in the office. Social Networker Award – This person sits in meetings and tweets and updates Facebook rather than paying attention. Everyone in the office knows they are updating Facebook on company time, because they are guilty of it too. This person just doesn’t even try to cover it up or lie about it. The Office Squealer Award – Given to the office snitch, the person that will sell out their beloved co-workers in hopes it will advance their own career. Where Angels Fear to Tread Award – Bestowed to the individual that has taken the biggest risk, regardless of the damage it could have caused to their career. The Office Cheerleader Award – Awarded to the person who has consumed the Kool-Aid and believes every little lie that leadership tells him or her. They sing praises to the almighty company and all who sail her. The Closet Hero Award – Given to the person who has saved the day but never got formal acknowledgement for their sacrifice. The Lemming Award – This team award is given to group that goes along with the crowd and does something insipidly stupid because they refused to think on their own. (Note: There’s usually a lot of competition for this award). Most Offensive Smelling Lunch Eaten at a Desk Award – There’s always someone trying to reheat something that reeks as if it was taken off a garbage scow. The complete lack of awareness or concern for the nostrils of their co-workers puts them in heated contention for this award. The Inappropriate Attire Award – This is a fairly broad category that can cover everything from hooker-wear to Roy who showed up for a live meeting in a Speedo. As long as there have been groups of people working together, there have been people who didn’t dress appropriately for it. The Rules Nazi Award – Awarded to the employee that quotes and lives by the rules, regardless if that makes any sense whatsoever. Bermuda Triangle Trophy – Award for owning the mysterious desk where things go in and never return. Artful Dodger Award – Presented to the individual or team that meets regularly, creates impressive PowerPoint decks, but accomplishes nothing (other than misleading management that they are progressing with their work.) Able to Turn Any Day into a Monday Award – This Debbie Downer is the person who sucks the life out of room and always goes to the worse-case scenario in their thinking. Even when bonuses are handed out, they point out how much taxes been taken away. Tin Cans and String Award – Given to the employee whose internet connection for meetings is so horrible that they are usually unable to hear or speak, yet are still allowed to work from home. Ignorance is Bliss Award – Given to that person that ignores the obvious and when confronted with facts, turns tail and runs. This person believes the best way to survive in the workplace it to not know or acknowledge what is going on. Vastly Overqualified Award – It is difficult to talk to this person because their head will not fit in most standard sized conference rooms. They are SO smart and love telling everyone about how ingenious they are. Five O’clock Award – Given to the person most likely to lead a party of his or her co-workers to the bar after work to attempt to purge/drown their memories of the day. The Sports Analogy Award – There’s always a weenie that thinks the best way to make people understand or get behind something is with a sports analogy. While this never works, there’s always someone who thinks they are in the movie Rudy and that some sort of sports reference is something everyone can get behind. Idiotic Metaphor Award – Given to the person that says things like, “When one door closes, another one opens,” These little catch-phrases are aimed to inspire, but miss their mark because, well, they are idiotic. When a door closes, it just closes. Running Out the Clock Award – Presented to that employee that is around 18 months away from retirement, who is doing everything he/she can to keep their head down and stay off the leadership’s radar. The Teflon Trophy – Given to that individual who commits the equivalent of a war crime at work, but comes through it with their reputation perfectly intact. Planny-Plan-Plan Award – Given to that one leader that insists on detailed plans for everything while, at the same time, never actually executes those plans. Note: This can be awarded to a project team that becomes so mired in their planning that they cannot move to the implementation phases of anything. The Buzzard Trophy – Bestowed to that individual who comes to work solely to mooch the leftover/abandoned food outside of conference rooms. Busy bee Award – Award for the employee who doesn't even have time for this award. The Triumphant Flag Waver Trophy – Presented to that manager that declares a project is over and runs up the flag to declare victory, even though only half of the work complete. What are yours? Add them to the comments.