Computer Security, Mason Jars, Perpetual Youth, Giving, Meth, and Mousse

November 30, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning security-conscious compadres. Today is Tuesday, November 30, 2021. November 30th is the 334rd day of the year, and 31 days remain.

Computer Security Day

Computer Security Day Is celebrated each year on November 30th [However, some organizations choose to observe this holiday on the next business day if November 30th falls on a weekend]. As you might suspect, this holiday urges us to become more vigilant about computer security.  This holiday was created in 1988 by the Association for Computer Security to raise awareness concerning computer security issues. The goal of Computer Security Day is to remind people to protect their computers and information.
In 1988, the internet was in its infancy, but even then, the need for security was becoming apparent. Hacking and computer viruses have been around since the early days of modern computing, evolving and becoming increasingly more sophisticated as technology advanced. More importantly, data stored on computers and servers became even more valuable to hackers – from big corporations to individual’s personal information.
These days, electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, and computers are a part of our everyday lives. While they make communication easier and more efficient, they also bring with them new concerns about privacy and security. Today, there are a growing number of threats to your devices that can make our online experiences challenging – Identity theft, fraud, ransomware, viruses, to name a few. If you are a shopper who prefers to shop online for the holidays rather than face the hordes of shoppers pushing and shoving their way through stores and malls across the nation, then it behooves you to ensure the safety of your online shopping experience.
If you haven’t already taken steps to ensure your computer’s security, I urge you to do so today in observance of Computer Security Day. Below is a list of things that you can focus on to ensure that your computer, your devices, and the data you have in the cloud are all secure.

  1. Create strong passwords and keep them updated regularly. — This reduces the chances of your personal data falling into the wrong hands. If you aren’t the sort of person who’s good at coming up with strong passwords (and let’s be honest, some of us aren’t), then there are a number of password managers which you can choose from to generate random passwords and save them so you don’t have to remember.
  2. Mix upper and lowercase letters with symbols, as this can be harder to guess and difficult to hack – and passwords increase in difficulty the longer they are. Surprisingly, even with the emphasis on cybersecurity, too many people still use passwords like “123456” and “password” (they have been the two most popular passwords for years now).
  3. Don’t use the same password over and over for every online account you have – this ensures that if someone manages to get into one of your accounts, then they can gain access to all of your accounts. Bad idea. So, make strong passwords, don’t recycle them, and update them regularly.
  4. Update all of your spyware and malware protection software.  — Any good anti-virus program will not only protect your computer from viruses and it should already include the software needed to make your computer secure and safe for online shopping. There are a number of products available from which to choose, and no matter which one you choose, it will be well worth the investment. Follow up with thorough scans, and you should have a more secure computer or device.
  5. Remember that your other devices such as tablets and smartphones are also vulnerable to malware and spyware – so take the necessary measures to keep them secure.
  6. If you are using an outdated operating system such as Windows Vista or Windows XP, upgrade the OS on your device or buy a new one. Even if you have a newer operating system, it’s still important to keep your device up to date by installing the latest security updates from the manufacturer.
  7. Encrypt all of your files and back them up. — Your device should give you the option to encrypt all of your files (this is typically found in the settings). Be sure to regularly back up your important data onto a separate external device or one of the many “cloud” services available.

National Mason Jar Day

National Mason Jar Day is celebrated annually on November 30th. As you can easily surmise, this holiday celebrates mason jars – an ingenious invention who’s primary and intended uses are in food preservation – although, they have myriad other uses as well. This holiday was created by Misty Campbell-Olbert, to celebrate the versatile mason jar.
While some forms of food preservation have existed for centuries, it wasn’t until John Landis Mason’s patent (#22186) for an “Improvement in screw neck bottles” was issued, that home canning became safe and reliable. The young tinsmith from New Jersey had created a revolutionary design using a screw cap, a tin lid, and a rubber seal. Ever since, gardeners have stocked their pantries with canned fresh fruits and vegetables from their gardens. Mr. Mason’s invention made it possible to enjoy the flavors of summer even in the harshest winter. For those who like to pickle foods, Mr. Mason’s patented jar makes it possible to pickle just about every fruit and vegetable in the garden – from the traditional cucumbers to green beans to watermelon.
For decades, mason jars have been synonymous with ingenuity, independence, and creativity – all things worthy of celebration. Aside from their intended purpose, mason jars can be used to store your valuable collectibles or the olio of small, odd-shaped items that “you might use someday.” Mason jars can be used in a variety of DIY projects as well.  They can be made into candles, used as sconces, filled with colorful rocks, sand, or beads and used to decorate your home, used as “shabby-chic” vases for your flowers, or can even be used as desk caddies for your office items. Your imagination is the only limiting factor to the usefulness of your mason jars.
To celebrate National Mason Jar Day, count the ways you already use your mason jars around your home and/or devise other ways to use them. Buy some food packaged in mason jars, eat it, then add the empty jars to your collection. I’m sure that you’ll find another use for them in no time.

Perpetual Youth Day

Perpetual Youth Day is celebrated each year on November 30th. Contrary to what you might think, this holiday has nothing to do with the imaginary “Fountain of youth.” Rather, this holiday pays tribute to Dick Clark, born on this date in 1929. Clark, who appeared to age very little during the five-plus decades of his career, earning him the nickname of “America’s oldest teenager.”
In 1952, Clark began hosting a local Philadelphia television show called Bandstand. In 1957, he pitched the show to ABC as cheap, easy afternoon programming that would appeal to youth. The network, perennially in third place, was desperate to capture that demographic. On August 5, 1957, American Bandstand premiered to a national audience. It was an instant hit. Clark hosted the show for thirty years, giving many bands their first United States TV appearances. Among the diverse artists he introduced to American audiences were Aretha Franklin, Madonna, The Doors, Stevie Wonder, Sonny and Cher, Ike and Tina Turner, Neil Diamond, The Guess Who, Barry Manilow, Adam and the Ants, Kim Carnes, Blondie, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Grace Jones, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and Prince.
Clark, the clean-cut, “square” host, sometimes made music history. According to one source, on August 6, 1960, the scheduled guest Hank Ballard and the Midnighters failed to show up to perform their hit R&B song “The Twist.” Clark convinced his friend Chubby Checker to go into the studio quickly and cut a soundalike version in half an hour. Demonstrating the dance on TV, Chubby got an instant #1 hit and set off a new nationwide “dance craze”– The Twist, that lasted the better part of two years.
American Bandstand was not Dick Clark’s only claim to fame. In 1959, he hosted a forty-nine-day road show called Caravan of Stars that traveled throughout the United States and Canada and featured Bo Diddley, Bobby Darin, Buddy Holly, Annette Funicello and Chuck Berry, backed by a seventeen-piece orchestra. He hosted the Dick Clark Show (1958-60) and Where the Action Is (1965-67), produced and/or hosted TV’s Bloopers & Practical Jokes (on-and-off, in one form or other, from 1984-2012). He founded Dick Clark Productions in 1957, which is now the world’s largest owner and producer of events such as Academy of Country Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Golden Globe Awards and Miss America and weekly programs such as So You Think You Can Dance. Dick Clark hosted New Year’s Rockin’ Eve from January 1, 1974, through January 1, 2004.
In 2012, Clark suffered a massive heart attack during prostate surgery. He died on the operating table at the age of 82 – however, his legacy will live forever.
To celebrate Perpetual Youth Day, learn more about this iconic entertainment legend.

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday, also known as National Day of Giving, is celebrated annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. After the crass commercialism of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday kicks off the season of giving.
The tradition of charitable giving during the holidays began thousands of years ago. Today, it continues to be an important part of many cultures and religions around the world and has been a long-standing tradition in America since its creation.
Giving Tuesday was created when two organizations, the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation came together in 2012, about a month before that year’s Thanksgiving. Their intention was to set aside a day that was all about celebrating the generosity of giving. Social media played a big part in spreading the word about Giving Tuesday quickly. The first announcement about Giving Tuesday was made through Mashable, a technology website. The first Giving Tuesday was covered extensively by the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, ABC News, Deseret News, and the White House official blog, causing the scheme to gain an enormous amount of popularity in a short period of time. Giving Tuesday is organized and celebrated each year with the simple aim of encouraging individuals, families, schools, businesses, and other organizations to give to the less fortunate.
There is no shortage of ways to celebrate Giving Tuesday. Secret Santa programs, donating money, and volunteering your time are just a few.

National Methamphetamine Awareness Day  

National Methamphetamine Awareness Day is observed each year on November 30th. As you can easily infer, this holiday’s primary objective is to generate awareness about the damaging effects of ‘meth’ abuse on individuals, families and communities. Education and public outreach are at the heart of the national drug control strategy, and National Methamphetamine Awareness Day will play an important role in highlighting the nationwide efforts to increase awareness and decrease demand of this highly addictive and dangerous drug.
Each year, the Department of Justice joins with state Attorneys General, along with state and local leaders, and state and local law enforcement to discuss the broader impact that meth production and use are having on our communities. Together, they coordinate a variety of educational events designed to combat ‘meth’ addiction and target problem areas in their specific communities.
National Methamphetamine Awareness Day is a coordinated effort not only to reach potential meth users with a message of prevention but also to educate current users about the programs available to them.
To observe National Methamphetamine Awareness Day, learn more about the problem of methamphetamine addiction in your area.

National Mousse Day

National Mousse Day is celebrated annually on November 30th. This holiday does not celebrate the device that you use to navigate your way around your desktop computer, nor does it celebrate those pesky rodents that occasionally invade your home, nor does it celebrate the largest antlered, cloven-hooved ruminant in North America. National Mousse Day celebrates mousse – the sometimes savory, sometimes sweet, food product – in all of its forms.
The word mousse in French means froth or foam. A mousse is a soft prepared food that incorporates air bubbles to give it a light and airy texture and is typically made with whipped egg whites or cream and is often fortified with gelatin. Its consistency can vary from light and airy to thick and creamy. Mousse first became popular in 18th century France but did not become prominent in the United States until the end of the 19th century. Mousse is soft, and is often light and fluffy, but can also be creamy and thick. It can be sweet or savory and is often served chilled, although some types are served hot.
Savory mousse can be made from meat, fish, shellfish, foie gras, cheese or even vegetables. Hot mousse usually gets their light texture from the addition of beaten egg whites. They’re generally baked in a water bath to prevent the mixture from curdling.
The sweet variety of mousse is made from whipped egg whites and whipped cream and is flavored with things such as chocolate, coffee, caramel, nuts, fruit, and herbs and spices, such as mint and vanilla. It is served as a dessert and can be used as a cake filling.
Whether sweet or savory, a mousse can complement your meal. From a smokey salmon mousse as the first course to a tart lemon or creamy chocolate mousse for dessert, there is virtually no limit to the flavors we can incorporate into your mousse.
So, to celebrate National Mousse Day, simply enjoy some mousse today – whether it is sweet or savory is up to you.
When applied to wine, the word mousse describes the foam that forms on the surface of champagne or other sparkling wine when it is first poured. Mousse is analogous to the term “head,” which is the foam on a freshly poured glass of beer.

Listed below are some other holidays celebrated on this date that deserve mention. 

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