Who Needs Empathy?

Doors that people occasionally open to help us understand them don’t ever stay open. They require the same level of nurturing + gentle-reign-holding each + every time we endeavor to make safe passage near + through them. In order to guide our human collective to better design decisions every day, many opportunities to deliver the best solutions are still missed for reasons out of our control, because of budgets, politics, bias, etc.

What’s the 10/65 Film Festival?

Evanston’s District 65’s Green Team is a committee dedicated to helping promote sustainability in our communities + schools. This year, we’re promoting the idea of Reuse, Reduce + Recycle through a 10 Second Film Festival.

Let’s Talk About Penetration Testing.

I had the pleasure of assembling + moderating an industry panel to discuss Penetration Testing. Heaps of gratitude to Dawid Balut, Mattia Campagnano, Kimber Dowsett, Chris Roberts + Georgia Weidman for sharing their well-grounded thoughts on an often polarizing topic.

Farmers Fight for Our Right to Hack

Out of necessity, farmers wear many hats: electrician, veterinarian, carpenter, botanist, mechanic, businessperson, maker, tinkerer + in this high-tech era, hacker. Their ability to maintain their own equipment is currently being challenged by manufacturers, becoming an issue that will impact future generations of farmers, as well as our rights as consumers to hack, modify + tinker with our own devices.


My name is Chad Calease. I keep artifacts here having mostly to do with people, ideas + technology. They’re prolly metaphorical crumbs, too, a trail to help someone find their way back to whatever it was they were supposed to be doing before they got lost on the internet.

Impervious to Change.

The working world is unpredictable. It already exists as something other than it did 20 years ago. Work doesn’t look the same as it did then. Working looks the same as playing to many people. When we are doing work around our parents, for example, it’s difficult for them to tell if we’re “doing social media” or looking at that spreadsheet Bill from accounting just sent over.

TAG, you’re it.

Yesterday was kind of a big deal, celebrated quietly inside my own heart. It was the 10th anniversary of the day I completed a labor of love that changed my life for so much the better.

Star Wars, Role Models + Making Choices

Few things are more satisfying to geeky parents than watching Star Wars with their child(ren) for the first time and noticing which character they take to. I was 5 years old when I saw it, my first movie. It wasn’t just a movie. It was a drive-in movie. It wasn’t just a drive-in movie. It was Star Wars.

Gratitude for Lunch Napkins

One of the many things I’m grateful for this year is my little boy + the gifts of imagination + inspiration he gives me with his ideas to draw a unique napkin for his lunch each day.

Make lists!

Like making lists? Me, too. Even though my lists may not look like lists in the traditional sense, they still serve a pretty cool purpose.

Thanks, Mom + Dad

Dear Mom + Dad,

Thanksgiving was your favorite holiday, bar none. It was the most special of them all, the only day of the year everyone else acted the way you two did each and every average Sunday: preparing food for the ones you love in a most festive way, with great attention to detail for the ritual and sheer joy of it.

Trust vs. Control: Empowering vs. Limiting

We technologists are partially to blame for the death of Cyber Security. We are largely responsible for the havoc of Cyber Crime that’s impacted our privacy and overall ability to use the internet safely. It’s not too late to fix it.

Identity Theft + Credit Freezing

It’s important for us to understand the implications of the Equifax breach and ways to protect our identities. What options are best? Experts on the subject suggest freezing our credit. What does that mean? What does it involve and what do we need to know?

Oh, honey!

Since becoming a grown-up, there are many things about childhood I remember fondly. One thing I was happy to forget about forever was allergies. For several years during my early life, growing up in mostly in Colorado and Michigan, I had the pleasure of getting allergy shots each week, rotating arms because it took about…

Hide + Seek – Incident Response

I wrote about this on my professional blog the other day but sometimes it makes sense to cross-post as some of my more technically-minded pals and colleagues read stuff here. Hopefully, this sort of thing will be helpful to someone at the right time when they need it the most. If you’re the intrepid type,…