Dispatch from the Razor's Edge, the Blog of Michael Stephen Fuchs
Friday Fun Break!
Best of Schneier's Bogus Security Questions
Plus Three Hilarious Videos (from PETA)

If you do anything with security, you'll know the venerable Bruce Schneier. (I still vividly recall starting work at SecureWare – birthplace of the world's first Internet bank – and seeing his seminal Applied Cryptography on every fourth desk, including on Fifers', who'd started the same week as me!)

Anyway, if you can't laugh about computer and internet security, what, really, can you laugh about? (Except of course the Holocaust. There's always Holocaust humour.) Schneir's newsletter, Crypto-gram, recently-ish had a special on the absurdity of "security questions" that one sets and is asked on the phone to authenticate one's identity. The resulting piss-takes were classic: Here's the full list if you're bored at work. Here are my personal faves:

Plus Three Hilarious Videos (from PETA)

Who says veg types are humourless scolds? (Okay, my girlfriend, for starters.) But we begin giving the lie to that calumny, here, inevitably, with "Veggie Love" – PETA's famed banned Super Bowl ad.

I do like broccoli. And everyone likes Klan humour:

This last one amuses me much more than I can say. Here's our celebrity vegetarian testimonial from – wait for it – Masta Killa. Oh, the beautiful irony.

Okay, this bonus video isn't funny. (Unless you just think Casey Affleck is inherently hilarious, which no doubt some do.) But it does get economically right to the point, in 30 seconds.

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Fuchs is the author of the novels The Manuscript and Pandora's Sisters, both published worldwide by Macmillan in hardback, paperback and all e-book formats (and in translation); the D-Boys series of high-tech, high-concept, spec-ops military adventure novels – D-Boys, Counter-Assault, and Close Quarters Battle (coming in 2016); and is co-author, with Glynn James, of the bestselling Arisen series of special-operations military ZA novels. The second nicest thing anyone has ever said about his work was: "Fuchs seems to operate on the narrative principle of 'when in doubt put in a firefight'." (Kirkus Reviews, more here.)

Fuchs was born in New York; schooled in Virginia (UVa); and later emigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lived through the dot-com boom. Subsequently he decamped for an extended period of tramping before finally rocking up in London, where he now makes his home. He does a lot of travel blogging, most recently of some very  long  walks around the British Isles. He's been writing and developing for the web since 1994 and shows no particularly hopeful signs of stopping.

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