3D Dinosaur

Abigail demanded that this cute dinosaur be her first 3D printed toy. Michael’s brother Devon printed it for her and she loves it!

3D printed dino

On our way

Family is in our way to Pomona to celebrate my niece’s white-coat ceremony to become an osteopathic doctor!

Playland-Not-At-The-Beach is Closing

Playland-Not-At-The-Beach is Closing on Labor Day. They had a good run! I went a couple times, took a few dates there and enjoyed the experience immensely!

http://www.playland-not-at-the-beach.org/

Sorry About The Spam

Tens of thousands of people have been getting spam claiming to be from Lee.org. (Update 8-4-18: HUNDREDS of thousands 🙁 ) First, I’m sorry about that! Second, it’s not actually coming from me. Third, I documented below how you too can stop spam from being spoofed from your domain.

I was alerted to this when I got 20,000 email bounces last week from a letter sent in my name to probably many many more than 20,000 people. That one started:

From: Mr-Williams <lee@lee dat org>
Subject: Re: Your Outstanding Bill Payment notification
How are you doing today? I am Pleased to inform you that we have made arrangement with bank of America to release your payment sum of $10.3 Million dollars…

Happily, I fixed it. My (geekspeak alert!) SPF record was incomplete. I had my SPF in DNS set to:
TXT v=spf1 include:netblocks.dreamhost.com
but it should have been set to:
TXT v=spf1 include:netblocks.dreamhost.com -all

Without the “-all”, SPF wasn’t working to stop spam in my name.

Here’s what one of the spam email headers looked like:

Authentication-Results: spf=neutral (sender IP is 201.162.82.32 (In Brazil, definitely not from my mail host!!!))
smtp.mailfrom=lee.org; hotmail.com; dkim=none (message not signed)
header.d=none;hotmail.com; dmarc=none action=none header.from=lee.org;
Received-SPF: Neutral (protection.outlook.com: 201.162.82.32 is neither
permitted nor denied by domain of lee.org)

MXToolbox is what keyed me in to what was going wrong. Thanks!

Other good tools are:
http://www.openspf.org/SPF_Record_Syntax
GSuite Toolbox Check MX
mxtoolbox.com
https://mxtoolbox.com/domain/lee.org/
And the whole mxtoolbox site

And thanks to Shehz for the helpful comment!

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Update 8-3-18
I added a DMARC record to my DNS
It’s a TXT record under lee.org that looks like so:
_dmarc TXT v=DMARC1; p=quarantine; ruf=mailto:[myDMARCemailaddress]@lee.org; rua=mailto:[myDMARCemailaddress]@lee.org; sp=n
one; ri=86400

So now email receivers know definitively what to do with spam coming to them from lee.org. And I get a report of when a bounce happens. I initially set p to “none” and got a few correct DMARC reports. Now it’s “quarantine” and in a little while I’ll set it to “reject”.

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Update 8-3-18 #2
With DMARC enabled, I’m getting fifteen hundred reports a day telling me that spam “from” lee.org is being blocked. Ugh, sorry world! That tide is stopping now!

I got help with DMARC from these sites:
* https://dmarc.org/
* https://mxtoolbox.com/SuperTool.aspx?action=dmarc%3alee.org&run=toolpage


Update 8-22-18
I averaged 700 DMARC spam reports per day for the last 7 days.

Help Me Find This Old Sci-Fi Movie

Can you help me find this very old movie that has been bouncing around my head for the last 40 years or so?

I remember a scene where a very classic artistically shaped rocket is flying around and it lands on a very stark, red ball-of-silly-putty looking planet. They think things are going to go well and someone gets out of the ship. But they realize the planet is actually alive and sucking the ship down into it’s gooey surface. They try to take off but it’s in vain. Other ships get sucked down into the multiple planets that are bounding around.

There’s lots of silver and red rockets flying around and … something … something… I don’t recall since I was only half-watching it and I was like 8 years old! It had a look like it was a scary sci-fi movie. From the appearance of the sets and the color textures, I’d guess the movie was made in 1965-1968 or so but I could be wrong.

I saw the movie on broadcast television at my neighbor Lisa’s house in the New York area sometime around 1975-1979. I’ve started looking at the old series that were on then: Creature Feature, Fright Night, Chiller Thriller

Ooo. Could it possibly be the 1961 Battle of the Worlds?! It aired on September 22nd 1979 on WOR-TV Channel 9! But it would be weird if I was over at my neighbor’s house on my birthday at 1 o’clock in the morning (the VCR hadn’t been invented yet!)… hmmm

I reviewed this terrific site with old horror movie series to no avail http://www.dvddrive-in.com/TV%20Guide/monstermemories.htm

I should also look here… http://www.dvddrive-in.com/index.htm

Do you remember this movie?

A Retirement Plan!

In August, I will start my second year as an OT as as a full time pediatric occupational therapist with West Contra Costa Unified School District!

I’ve been looking at the benefits package and OMG, there is a retirement plan. They’ll pay me money for just… being. Working in tech for so long, this is a completely foreign concept. And. I. Love. It!