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Replay The Day But Be Smart About It

Today is the annual Bill Murray Appreciation Day.

Otherwise known as Groundhog Day. Murray stars in the wonderfully daft and philosophic movie of the same name and today being the actual Groundhog Day, I use it as an excuse to rewatch the movie again and again.Bill Murray, Groundhog Day and the movies. Also predestination and fate.

To get into the spirit, mind.

So, Happy Groundhog Day to all of you who actually care about that sort of thing.

Personally, I think if there were any chance that a groundhog seeing or not seeing his/her shadow had any sort of effect on long-term global weather patterns, we’d be living in a much stranger place indeed.

So, instead, let’s talk about idiots.

Some computer boffins decided to do a little sifting through the detritus of bad computer acts. That is, with all the recent information thefts (Target, etc) lately, we have access to a lot of information about a lot of people.

And that includes the passwords these people use when they want to secure something on their computer. Which is what the computer wallas went looking for. And, dudes, you’ll never guess what they found. Or maybe you will considering I actually started this bit talking about idiots.

The most popular password, according to the folks at SplashData, and the worst on the internet is a new one. It unseated “password,” which was the top baddest last year.

Drumroll, please. . . .

The most popular password and the worst on the internet is. . . “123456”. I kid you not.

Here’s where you may feel free to point and laugh.

It’s not that hard, dudes. All you’ve got to do is have a place where you can keep the passwords and the sites to which they belong. Heck, any halfway decent web browser will come equipped with software already installed to create difficult-to-guess passwords and then store them for you.

And yet. . . And yet. . .

Anyway, I’m going to leave you today with SplashData’s top (bottom) 25 worst passwords on the internet for 2013.

Presenting SplashData’s “Worst Passwords of 2013”:

Rank Password Change from 2012

1

123456

Up 1

2

password

Down 1

3

12345678

Unchanged

4

qwerty

Up 1

5

abc123

Down 1

6

123456789

New

7

111111

Up 2

8

1234567

Up 5

9

iloveyou

Up 2

10

adobe123

New

11

123123

Up 5

12

admin

New

13

1234567890

New

14

letmein

Down 7

15

photoshop

New

16

1234

New

17

monkey

Down 11

18

shadow

Unchanged

19

sunshine

Down 5

20

12345

New

21

password1

Up 4

22

princess

New

23

azerty

New

24

trustno1

Down 12

25

000000

New


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Tweet Your Face Off

by Richard

Just in case you’re stopping by here and you thought — to yourself — “Dude, I’d love to read more about this kind of stuff, but, really who has the time? What with all the secret trips to the moon and defending humanity from extradimensional incursions of thought beasts from beyond the stars? And stuff?”

Well, maybe not that. Maybe that’s just me.

I do, however, have a solution for you dudes.

You can check us out, not only here at your beloved repository of all things father-y and snarky, but you can also find us on the Twitter and the Facebook. You know, the stuff all the kids are talking about.

On the Twitter, you can find my feed by looking for rjones64 (Yes, I know, highly original and very descriptive. What can I say? I got on early and didn’t think I’d have to keep that moniker for all that long. I was convinced the Twitter was going down the tubes in a matter of months. So much for my fearless prognosticating.). You can tell it’s me by the picture. Yeah, that’s me doing my best impression of an Easter Island head. What? I’ve got issues.

On the Facebook, you can find our page for A Dude’s Guide just by searching us out by name. The name of the site — A Dude’s Guide — that is. Or just, you know, by clicking that link there. Go there and like us. Who knows? There might be something in it for you.*

And, as always, if you’re enjoying the writing here, but you’d like to read more from me where I’m just totally making things up, — as opposed to the strict truthiness here — you can always head over to my fiction-based website.

Finally, if you’re at all interested in giving me money (and, really, who wouldn’t want to do that? [Other than most people on the planet. But I’ve always said you were special]), you can find my business website for Web Words, an internet-based content-generation consulting service, just by clicking on the link there.

Who says we don’t offer far too many ways to waste time on the internet, just for your pleasure? No, really. Who says that?

*probably not


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Freaky Friday: Bully Brains

by Richard

This is actually kind of scary. We know that being bullied makes for some big-time backlash for the young dudes who get bullied. What we didn’t know until recently is that being bullied also makes some physical changes in the brains of those kids who get bullied.

Yeah, that’s right. Young dudes who get bullied actually suffer permanent changes to the structure of their brains because of the bullying.

If we thought there was a reason to crack down on bullying in schools before, brother, you’d better believe there’s more of a reason now.

They lurk in hallways, bathrooms, around the next blind corner. But for the children they have routinely teased or tormented, bullies effectively live in the victims’ brains as well — and not just as a terrifying memory.

Preliminary evidence shows that bullying can produce signs of stress, cognitive deficits and mental-health problems.

Now University of Ottawa psychologist Tracy Vaillancourt and her colleagues at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario plan to scan the brains of teens who have been regularly humiliated and ostracized by their peers to look for structural differences compared with other children.

“We know there is a functional difference. We know their brains are acting differently, but we don’t know if it is structural as well,”said Vaillancourt, an expert in the biology of bullying.

According to Vaillancourt, she finds changes to the hippocampus, the area of the brain responsible for memory.

Bullied young dudes have already been found to score lower on tests that measure verbal memory and executive function, a set of skills needed to focus on a task and get the job done. Mental-health problems, such as depression, are also more common.

Come on, dudes. This is ridiculous. We need to have a zero-tolerance policy for bullying in schools that’s actually enforced all the time, every time.  Kids need to feel safe when they’re at school, trying to learn.

I mean, come on. How can you learn if you’re constantly looking over your shoulder, fearing the next push or the next time someone starts name calling?

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