Firefly fan club
Chief information officers are a somewhat geeky crowd.
Transportation Department CIO Dan Mintz is a big fan of the Fox TV show Firefly, a science fiction program created by writer and director Joss Whedon, who also created the popular programs Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.
Firefly, which only had 14 episodes before it was canceled, had an incredible cult following.
Mintz hosted a regular lunchtime gathering for Firefly fans to watch the show.
Firefly inspired a 2005 film, Serenity. The DOT group wanted to watch that movie together, but the 119-minute running time was more than feds can allocate for lunch without triggering some oversight issue.
The movie session, however, was allowed to go forward when the agencys general counsel determined that it could be classified as a team-building exercise.
Mintz spoke last week at a breakfast forum sponsored by Input, the market research firm.
His presentation was peppered with quotes from Firefly characters.
Having never seen the show, we couldnt quite make sense of them, but apparently others could.More missing laptops
Its not only agencies that have trouble tracking their laptop PCs.
The Associated Press reported last week that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romneys Boston campaign headquarters was broken into.
The thieves apparently took a TV and several laptops.
Romneys campaign staff told the AP that the incident appeared to be a routine burglary. He said the computers were password-protected and the hard drives were encrypted.
This isnt the first such crack into a presidential campaigns headquarters. In August, Sen. Chris Dodds (D-Conn.) Hartford office was broken into. A 47-year-old homeless man was charged with taking a TV, a computer and other electronics, AP reported.Rising Star deadline
The deadline for nominating an outstanding person for Federal Computer Weeks Rising Star awards program is coming up fast. The final, final deadline is Sept. 21.