December 20, 2014
December 20, 2014

From the Chicago Tribune:

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 17-year-old son was robbed near the family's home on the North Side on Friday night, according to a Chicago police report.

Zach Emanuel was talking on his cell phone on the street in the 4200 block of North Hermitage Avenue in the Ravenswood neighborhood when two unknown males approached him from behind, according to the police report.

One of them "placed his arm around the victim's neck in a rear chokehold," and the second one struck the teen with a fist, knocking him to the ground. The robbers took the teen’s cell phone and patted him down, the police report said.

"The offenders then asked the victim 'What else you got?' (and) forced the victim to enter his security code to unlock the phone," the police report said.

The robbers then ran away. The teen was treated for cuts and bruises on his face by a personal physician at his home, according to the report.

December 20, 2014

Only about sixty hack attacks on my server overnight.

December 19, 2014

Over night, 220 tries to hack into my server.

December 19, 2014

Okay, which entry in the weekly police blotter is best:

11:05 a.m, 500 E. Theissen--The drugs a caller said he found in his bed turned out to be wet bread.

1:53 p.m. 1300 S. Main--A caller said a woman in a shop needed an exorcist.

5:48 a.m., FM 289, Comfort--A caller reported a man singing and shooting in her back yard, but then said it was her little brother and he wasn't shooting.

December 19, 2014

I put the hat on Bill on Tuesday. Today's Friday, and the hat is still there. Not only that, but today's local paper gave kudos to "whoever decided Wild Bill Hickok needed to get into the Christmas spirit and plunked a festive Santa hat on the head of the bronze statue at Main Plaza. He looks quite jolly instead of his usual dour countenance."

December 18, 2014

Still has the Texas registration and inspection sticker.

December 18, 2014

[Why has that image vanished? It was a picture of the movie poster for The Interview, from the Sony website. Apparently it's been yanked off the Web.]

An article in the Hollywood Reporter mentions that Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal consulted with Sony CEO Kazuo Harai about potential problems resulting from blowing up Kim Jong Un's head. I liked the article's quote of a rival executive who expressed "incredulity that Pascal seemed to need Hirai to give her 'the most common-sense f—ing opinion in the world.'"

Yeah, it's pretty surprising that they were caught off-guard. It's pretty surprising that they couldn't defend the hack, though it looks like an inside job. It's really, really surprising that a Japanese company would even consider pissing off North Korea. That just floors me.

If I put on my old corporate hat, it's also surprising that they have handled the aftermath so badly. Some PR people need to be fired right now. First they let the crap hit the fan for a week or so without mounting a defense, then they hired David Boies to threaten the media and make Sony a bully, then they capitulated to an ugly attack on free expression. They have utterly failed to make themselves the Good Guy or the Victim.

And reading the Sony e-mails doesn't exactly cast a flattering light.