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Stone Falling Through Wat ...

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Quite sudden how I came to be here. One moment basking carefree in the sun, the next sailing spinning flat and wild, hurled by the boy’s learned hand. Now ...

Icarus Falling

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“The more you approach infinity, the deeper you penetrate terror” ― Gustave Flaubert   Armstrong Station – Thursday, March 14, 2097, 4:42 pm ...

What Some Hearts Need

Today is like all the others, gray like a barren winter sea, the sun a pale and heartless orb. And it’s on days like this, that I feel certain my journey is nearing its end.   Only now I see, as I look out to the distant horizon, a whirlwind of outlandish color, trick of the light perhaps, but no less real.   And in that moment I hear a note ring out, then another, and before long a melody that seems to reflect perfectly from off the colors.   And I feel my senses inundated, My fears dissipated like morning fog, an effect so complete that no space remains for those thoughts of a journey’s end or of some hopeless cruel travail.   I just stand and take it in, mesmerized in that unexpected instant, marveling at the ...

Dispatch From the Hereafter

Despite a lifetime of religious cynicism and disbelief, it was still something of a disappointment, upon my death, to discover that there really is nothing afterward. Well, not nothing in the literal sense. My ability to be here and to tell you about it pretty much means that there must be something. But it’s certainly nothing in the eschatological sense that most everyone is back there basing their lives on and which serves as the foundation for everything they’re looking forward to in the hereafter—in fact, not only looking forward to, but for many people actually spending their lives striving toward. Only here’s the eye opening reality of it—what awaits over here is exactly the same for everyone, regardless of what you did ...

Rob Wicall—A Life in the Mom ...

Imagine for a moment the paradox of being, for nearly two decades, one of the most well known, best loved personalities in your hometown. Now imagine that for that entire period of time, no one in your town has the slightest idea who you are. Sounds a little ridiculous, and yet this is the story of Rob Wicall, the man who served as The San Antonio Spurs Coyote mascot for the past sixteen years. And, while we’re busily pondering the irony of being one of the most famous guys in a city full of people who have no idea who you are, how do you even become a professional sports mascot? And what makes a person want to do that for a job? And what is the life of a full-time mascot like? Yeah, lots of questions, but let’s start at the ...

Debbie Perez – Living Wi ...

If it seems like every time you drive on the highways of San Antonio lately there are more and more cars around you, that’s not just your imagination. Recent statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau confirm that seven of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. are in Texas. And San Antonio tops the growth list for the state, with more than 24,200 new residents having come here in the past year alone. So, how best to make sense of the growing popularity of the Alamo City, where the city has come from, and where it’s headed in the coming years? Well, turns out one of our neighbors right here in the Dominion is Deborah Perez, a professional statistician and Ph.D. in Applied Demography, just the person to fill us in on what the future holds ...

Service Level Agreement

Service Level Agreement between Vysk Communications and <Customer Service Support Provider> October 19, 2017   Table of Contents   Overview                                                                                            3 1.a. Parties to the agreement 1.b. Purpose and scope of the agreement   Services to be Provided                                                                       4   Service ...

Doug Moe – Living the Fa ...

A few months ago we did a piece in these pages about the life and achievements of former Spurs head coach Doug Moe and his wife Jane. Well, apparently the members of the National Basketball Coaches Association are readers of The Dominion magazine, because only a few weeks ago they voted to recognize Doug with the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented to him in Oakland during Game 2 of the NBA Final Series between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. It’s a terrific and much deserved honor in recognition of Doug’s contributions to the game in general and, in particular, to his impact on the pace and style with which the game is played today. So, I asked, how were you notified of this auspicious ...

Manny Pelaez – Getting I ...

At one point in our conversation I asked Manny Pelaez to talk about the personal characteristics he believes account for the success in his legal and political career. “Most guys have hobbies—fishing, football, ranch work. I enjoy reading budgets and meeting minutes.” As unusual as that response sounds, it nicely encapsulates the complex individual who has represented the Eighth District (in which The Dominion is located) on San Antonio’s City Council since June of last year. However, understanding why this response makes sense requires a bit of context, which he was more than happy to provide during the rest of our discussion. Manuel (Manny) Pelaez came to San Antonio in 1992, following an itinerant childhood that included being ...

Lynette Aleman – In The ...

One of the great things about the two-plus years I’ve spent writing these interview articles for The Dominion magazine is getting to meet the many interesting folks who call the Dominion home. Some of you will know Lynette Aleman as an occasional arts writer for this very magazine, as well as the author of Girl About Town, whose musings on local culture and events adorn these pages from time to time. One thing you learn very quickly from talking with Lynette is that she is the artsy type, though by no means are her creative efforts limited to writing, as we will see shortly. She recalls growing up on the southeast side of the city during its period of rapid growth. It was there that she and her future husband Anthony met in high school ...

Man in the Middle Attack

The Threat Man-in-the-Middle (MITM) mobile attacks can be accomplished in a wide range of technical ways, but the high level effect is the same in every scenario. An individual manages to insert himself between a call originator and recipient, and manages, as well, to fool each party into believing they are communicating directly with the other desired party, when, in fact, they are each communicating with the attacker. Having thus convinced each party that they are taking part in a legitimate and secure conversation, the attacker then has access to both parties’ IMSI numbers, physical locations, and all of the contents of their conversation, which can, in turn, be eavesdropped on or recorded for other nefarious purposes. How Does It ...

Malware/Spyware Attack

The Threat There exist many types of malware targeting mobile devices. And with the proliferation of mobile phones over the past decade, malware developers have dramatically ramped up their efforts to create and distribute malicious software to the cell phone community. Unsurprisingly perhaps, financial attacks are the single largest category of malware. According to a recent article by Ori Bach at SecurityIntelligence.com, about 30% of all extant malware is built for the purpose of stealing financial information. Other popular categories include stealing personal information, keystroke logging, deploying cryptographic ransomware, or opening the phone up to remote control of cameras, microphones, or call eavesdropping.   How’s It ...