Actor / EntertainerI am Lynn Ruth Miller, 83 year old stand up comedian, cabaret performer, and storyteller. AMA!
Jun 1st 2017 by lynnruth • 5 Questions • 4173 Points
EDIT: Thank you guys so much! This was tons of fun, great questions from everybody. We might create a recap of some of the questions and answers on our blog in the near future, we'll keep you updated!
EDIT2: I see a lot of people still have questions, keep them coming, we will try to come back to this thread and answer everything we can.
Hi, I'm Amit Serper, principal security researcher at Cybereason, here as well are the team of security researchers and incident response professionals who work with me.
We've done low level operating system research, reverse engineering, vulnerability research and exploitation. We’ve also impersonated a plane, cloned building badges, broke into networks, found new malware, won hacking competitions, and cut bad guys off at the proverbial knees.
- Work experience varies from 1 year to 25 years in InfoSec
- Some have a GED, some have multiple Masters degrees
- Some came from IT, SysAd, Programming, Investigations, or Radio Equipment
- Most of us are self-taught and transitioned from other fields (some not even tech)
- All of us have a passion project or white whale that led us into the field
As we’re all aware, the demand for good people in this field is slowly outpacing the supply. Hoping this would be helpful and productive.
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I'm a big fan of stand up comedy but have always been too nervous to consider trying a set at an open mic. When you were first starting, how did you get over the jitters? Or are you just a natural performer?
How will budget cuts to NOAA hinder your job and public safety when predicting/tracking hurricanes?
What do you feel is the primary link between Odinism and ancient Nordic religious beliefs? On its face value they seem very different to me, and that's it's more of a "wild interpretation" of Viking Paganism from American men who are white supremacists. Almost like they're bored with neo-Nazism, occultism and satanism and this whole Viking thing sounds pretty cool. But it's extremely fascinating to compare an Islamic terrorist with an Odinist terrorist because they both interpret a religion in a way that it clearly wasn't meant to be interpreted. Which ends up being dangerous(not that Islam or Paganism are inherently dangerous because I don't feel they are). Hope this makes sense and thanks for doing this!
1)What path would you recommend for someone who wants to pursue a career in something Cyber security/Ethical Hacking related.
2)For someone with zero experience,and wants to get their foot into the field(Something related to Information Security) what certificates would you recommend for a beginner?
I just bit the bullet and did it. I kept telling myself these are people just like me and they too put their knickers on one leg at a time. I am not a natural performer. I learned how to do it by doing it.
Well, this year there are no cuts so that's a good thing and we also have a new, super tech satellite (GOES-16) up there to use this year. My concern with budget cuts would be in the areas of hurricane research more than forecasting. The brilliant men and women that do research help advance the science of hurricane forecasting each year. It isn't sexy work but it is needed and well worth it. So any budget cuts, IMHO have a long term detrimental impact to us.
This does make perfect sense and I think your analysis is spot-on
1) Watch CSI Cyber - kidding. Read...read...read. Stay current and know and understand the basics. Build on a strong foundation of understanding OS internals; learn how to code in C than go to Python, but understand it and not superficially. If you are a student and are preparing for university, look for a credible Cyber Security program, but also put the time in and explore on your own.
2) Certifications are not for everyone and some may not find them to be credible, practical, or relevant; however, there are a few that are strong and those are the certs that test your practical understanding of the subject matter, such as the OSCP or some of the SANS training offered for our field.
Do you see Sharknado scenario happening any time soon?
How do Odinists spread their message and maintain their network? Also how do you get these subjects to cooperate and talk to you? Are the interested because they want to promote their cause?
- I installed the central mgmt console, now I can just forget about it right?
- Yes, of course they do! how else are they going to install iTunes while at home?
- Pure laziness
Hmmm, Sharknado season is almost over so I think we are done for now.
Good question. Mainly through social media, as well as through the prison system, where Odinism is VERY big. Lots of these guys become Odinists in prison. Most of the Odinists I talked to didn't want to talk to me, or anyone in the media. A few of them did. I'm sure there was some narcissism involved, but also these guys have very set beliefs that they're proud of. They're not ashamed and want to spread their word.
Most common fails: Configuration management - lack of automation - lack of understanding of your assets (inventory) and how critical they are to your business.
That's what they thought before Sharknado 3
I was doing comedy for a stag party of Stanford graduate students and had included a strip in the routine and my clothes got caught in the wire of the microphone. There I was, 75 years old, drooping as we old people do, half naked and my audience was sleeping.
That's a good point but there are always outliers. Can't forecast those....
when you say credibility, do you mean like, believability or attention to detail? And thank you!
How does El Niño work?
Your listeners have to think what you are saying is true. It never is of course. They also have to WANT to believe it is true.
Hmmmm, depends where I am. In the Bahamas Kalik! In the US I am more of a Hefeweizen snob.
This is certainly the main criticism I've received: Several mainstream heathens are upset that this radical strain of their religion gets so much attention. And they wonder why mainstream heathenism isn't covered more by the mainstream press. My job, however, is to cover hate and extremism. And there's no question that racist Odinists are a real and credible threat to the American public. I therefore wholeheartedly defend the choice to cover this group. I think it's an important story. And I believe I make very clear in the piece that these people are a small subset of the broader heathen population!
What do you mean "still a fascist organization?" Where does that come from?
If you could tell yourself of 50 years ago one thing, what would it be?
Hi Craig. I've lived in South Florida my whole life. My dad has refused to get hurricane shutters for the last 15 years, and his house was fine after Wilma which just made him feel validated. What can I say to convince this stubborn man to take the plunge and buy shutters? He can afford them, he's just that stubborn.
Also, we work together and I'm wondering -- Were you planning to bring any of those tiny Misha's Cupcakes again anytime soon? They were delicious.
Difference between pagan and heathen, in your opinion?
Also, did you work with Randy Blazak at all in researching this ?
But you never do. Hindsight is the only thing that's 20/20.
That's the craziest thing that has happened LIVE on TV. I have seen baseball sized hail, a flash flood of hail and rain washing cars off the road, lightning that struck near the road and created a steam geyser.
I did not look into the spread of Odinism on campuses. That could be a good follow-up! I'm well aware of Identity Evropa, and have written about them, but I don't believe they're affiliated with any heathen traditions/religion. I would be very interested to hear about active Odinist groups on campus, if you learn about them!
What is your creative process to come up with new material? In other words, How do you write jokes?
How do you feel about the US potentially backing out of the climate change agreement?
I write until I get something good.
Have you come across Varg Vikernes in any of your studies? I'm a big Burzum fan but despise Varg because he says things exactly like what you described
I can't remember.
There are several fronts in tornado forecasting but surprisingly, tornado warning skill has decreased a little bit since there has been an effort not to make too many false alarms. So that means some storms are "underwarned". I think Dual Pole Doppler radar is really state of the art and now we are waiting for models and model ensembles to keep catching up.
That's not a name I know, no. But I have seen lots of people on social media who call themselves "Varg." Can you tell me more about him?
Most people I meet at your age seem mentally dull, slow. You on the other hand seem sharper and more quick witted than I've ever been. What's your secret? What keeps you so awesome 83 years in?
With a Hefeweizer.
The workshops usually go over the latest research advances, new forecasting techniques, all kinds of things on communication. There is a lot of emphasis on messaging because even if the forecast is perfect, if no one gets the correct message, it doesn't matter.
In a new place it's important to listen to the messages from the local emergency managers, probably those on TV. I always try to live by "local knowledge is the best when you're new to an area"
Actually, a lot of racist Odinists actively boycotted Thor because of the casting of Idris Elba in the movie!
Coming from Ireland where he have a long history of storytelling I have always been fascinated with the art and would love to know if you differentiate storytelling from comedy. Do you have many engagements solely as a story teller? Do they even exist anymore? Also welcome to Dublin, I hope you enjoy it. The international is a great spot.
In this scenario I'm pretty sure that the family has evacuated and now they pick up one sticky shatter instead of many shards.
This map gives a good layout of the most likely parts of the state that could receive destructive winds. http://www.floridabuilding.org/fbc/Wind_2010/figurea_colors8.png
No, I don't think that's true. From my research, Odinism was developed as a sort of "fusing" of racist, national socialist (Nazi) beliefs with ancient pagan beliefs. There are lots of different "flavors" of Odinism, but its' main proponents were all about spreadig a philosophy/religion. I don't believe it was done as some sort of support or catalyst for the far-right
What joke or video of yours do you personally think is the funniest thing you have produced?
When a hurricane is coming, do you feel happy for being able to study and report it or do you feel sad for the potential damages and deaths caused by it?
You know this isn't a recent phenomenon, right? The Nazis were ass deep in paganism and esoteric magic, look at Alfred Rosenberg who's hilarious Kafka-esque title was Commissar for Supervision of Intellectual and Ideological Education. He was a rabid de-Christianizer who wanted to replace it with what he called a "Religion of Blood".
Of course they were all hopped up on other weird shit like Blavatskyism too. This isn't a new trend, violent and hateful people find Christianity to be generally restricting and disagreeable.
Did you ever smoke weed in your youth? If you did, have you smoked it lately? I'm not trying to fit into the silly burnout stereotype; I genuinely think that, as a storyteller, it is a fun segment of society to learn about. I apologize that I am unfamiliar with your work, thanks for reading.
What are your thoughts on storm chasers who are more thrill seekers less meteorologist?
The attacker in Portland was a Bernie Sanders supporter who claims to be Jewish. How does that square with the narrative you're trying to tell? https://imgur.com/a/QsVkC
No. I don't like to lose control of reality; I like the life I'm living too much.
This. This was the laugh i needed today. And with one dumb word, you gained a fan. I hope i can find you in texas soon.
Craig, how is the influx of fresh water from the north affecting hurricane season and predictability/severity?
Well, that is part of the AMO (Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation) also know as the ocean thermohaline circulation. Over the period of decades the ocean conveyor belt flips. During one of the periods there is fresh (low salinity) water that spills in from the north. One of the results is believed to be a decrease in hurricane activity in the Atlantic because the north Atlantic into the tropics is cooler. The other impact is a slowing of the Gulf Stream current which results in higher sea levels along the Florida coast. We may be seeing some of that lately (past few years).
Can any local Miami meteorologist live down the legend of Bryan Norcross?
Bryan hired me in 2000 because I believe he saw some of the same qualities that he has. Hopefully I won't have to live down his legend but maybe I could live up to it. At least it's a worthy goal.
I am writing a television pilot about San Francisco in 1973, particularly about the Tenderloin/Castro districts. Did you ever happen to run into Magnolia Thunderpussy when you lived there?
'sup Craig! I have a sever weather question for you: Can you explain (layman's terms if you have them) what's going on with our Arizona summer this year?
Normally, we're well into the 110+ temps starting around March/April, but we're only now just scratching 100 this week and next. We had a couple days between where it got hot, but it's unusually cool this time of year. We're all going to die, aren't we?
Hey there, I don't do much SW US forecasting but I believe it has a lot to do with the trough (jet stream dip) that has persisted over the western US. When there is colder air aloft, it's hard to heat up the surface too much before the atmosphere convects and mixes that warm surface heat out.