As I experiment with bringing in guest bloggers, the old subtitle of the blog, ‘Musings from Adam Shostack on security, privacy, and economics’ is now inaccurate. Now I could simply declare this “Adam Shostack and friends,” but that is both boring and, with no offense to my invitees, inaccurate. (I’ve never met the fellow who will likely be the first guest.)
Names and headlines have power. They shape perception, and interact with the reality of what people write.
As I thought about what I’d like to do here, the image that sprang to mind was a jazz combo. There’s a selection of songs, even standards, that we might play here. How we play them is controlled by the song, the participants and the interplay between them, and the soloist at a given time. There’s tension, straining against the beat, there’s improvisation within a set of rules. (If you have to ask what they are, you ain’t never gonna know.)
I hope that as we play, we’re going to change what we play. We’ll get bored playing the same tunes, and play them differently.
I look forward to seeing what emerges on the Emergent Chaos Jazz Combo, and I hope you enjoy participating.
Oh, and the picture is “Jazz at Loeb (Combo #4),” by Bernard Krigstein.