I just finished my first column for austinsushi.com, about trying to visit every Austin sushi bar in one day.

What is the meaning of life? Do aliens exist? How many Austin sushi places can a person visit in one day? These are the the three questions that have been plaguing man since the dawn of time. Last Sunday, I set out to answer at least one of them.

flicker 13 is tonight!

Flicker #13, Austin’s bi-monthly super 8 and super 16 short film festival, is tonight, 9:30pm at the Alamo Drafthouse. I strongly recommend this show, it’s always a fun time. Tonight 8 local filmmakers are being showcased.

I showed my second short film at Flicker #10 and it made it onto the just-released Best of Flicker compilation! I get my complimentary copy tonight, I’m looking forward to viewing it.

Here’s the plug from Cory:

Don’t forget to come check out Flicker #13, a mind-blowing, action-packed, longer-than-usual collection of short films this Wednesday, March 19th at 9.30 PM at the Downtown Alamo Drafthouse! All films screening originated on either Super 8mm or 16mm film and are under 15 minutes in length.

Local filmmakers screening at Slot Gacor Hari Ini include: Jim Dunn, Tate English, Seamus Hames, Geoff Marslett& Melanie West, James Russell, and Marty Spellerberg. Come out and show your support these extremely talented filmmakers and enter our intermission raffle for your chance to win super 8 film stock or an old vintage film to re-edit to your liking!

We will also have our Best of Flicker compilation tape for sale featuring 14 films (105 minutes long!) by Austin filmmakers from our last two years of screenings (Flickers #1-#12). The price is a measly $15.00!

UT’s security hole, or how NOT to design secure web pages

Decent article covering some methods to prevent the class of hack of the UT database that m4dd4wg and Geek Austin wrote about last week.

Talk about a lame authentication system that was begging for a hack like this. I remember several years ago, when the infamous ASP “::$DATA” hack was around and you could get the source code for any ASP page (including MS’s own home page), I saw some absolutely pitiful security on pages. But there’s a few really simple morals from this that administrators of sensitive info systems should read.

It made me think of the Princeton hack of the Yale site — but at least for that one you needed an SS, DOB and name. Nevertheless, all those are pretty easy to obtain about someone.

I’ve always been against organizations, especially schools, (ab)using SS #’s as a means of identification. Identity theft just gets a whole lot more easy once you know someone’s SS, which was printed on my student card (which we had to keep on top of our desks at computer labs), assignments (often in piles at the front of classes), not to mention almost every piece of correspondence from the school.

While we’re on the subject of identity theft, if you don’t shred your mail that has personal details like SS#, or bank acct numbers, go and buy a shredder today. You can get a nice one for under $40.