Origin of Species

Evolution of the human species

I’ve been spending a great deal of time lately thinking about anti-intellectualism in all its various forms, after I read a conversation thread about evolution on a different forum in which one poster summed up the “arguments” (if they could be called that) in the creationist crowd by saying something along the lines of “Evolution is just another way that evil scientists try to rob humanity of its specialness.”

That’s a telling idea, and its something I’ve talked about before, but it’s been pressing in on my consciousness again these days. I don’t really have time to write another in-depth post at the moment, but it was fun putting this pic together. 🙂

More info on yesterday’s Russian Business Network nuttiness

Apparently, my LJ post yesterday freaked some folks out; I got contacted almost immediately after it went up by a startling number of people asking for more information. Softlayer.com was on top of the problem with remarkable swiftness, and as of today the intrusion into their servers appears to have been corrected–all the hacked domains I was able to identify on their network are fixed.

Cut for folks who don't much care for the technical details about this sort of thing…

‘Tis a productive morning!

So far today, I have created a new brochure for one of our distributors, found and fixed a very subtle and deeply-buried PHP bug in a commercial video sharing software package that a friend of mine bought, and discovered a massive Russian Business Network attack on the ISP softlayer.com in which thousands of Web sites hosted by them and their downstream customers have been compromised.

I also had a very tasty quesadilla for lunch. And it’s not even 1:00 yet.

Tonight, I think I’ll write some pr0n, track down another RBN hack attack I may have sniffed out against sites running phpBB, and try to level my warrior’s blacksmithing skill in World of Warcraft. Maybe I’ll document the security breach at Softlayer as well. Looks like a zero-day exploit against cPanel.

Movie Madness: Cloverfield

So there we were, in the car, driving around looking for a Wal-Mart and trying to decide what to do with the afternoon, or rather with that part of the afternoon in which she wasn’t sprawled naked on the bed while I did Very Evil ThingsTM to her. She had her Blackberry with her, and her Blackberry has access to the Intertubes, and we were driving by a theater, see, and…

Long story short (too late!), we decided to see Cloverfield.

Sweet Jesus, we decided to see Cloverfield.

Now, Cloverfield is a monster movie. Specifically, it’s a monster movie filmed in first person, by a group of kids who were making a home movie of a party and got caught up in New York when monsters attacked. Think Godzilla meets Blair Witch and you’ve got the basic idea.

This movie should have been made of win and awesome. I mean, Godzilla meets Blair Witch. With giant monsters that knock over buildings. In New York. How do you fuck that up? Seriously, how do you fuck that up?

Somehow–don’t ask me how–these people managed to take a giant monster smashing Manhattan, filmed from a first-person point of view, and make it boring. And slightly annoying. And for fuck’s sake, just once I’d like to see a movie monster that isn’t immune to bullets.

Okay, okay, huge monsters might be immune to small-arms fire, I get that. But immune to incendiary bombs dropped from a B2 bomber? C’mon. The movie Aliens showed that monsters can still be scary without being magically immune to bullets. Fer Chrissakes, people, if the only way your monster is scary is that it can take a barrage of hits from tanks and self-propelled howitzers without even blinking, your screenwriter is lazy.

But far be it from me to dwell on the negative! Since I like to keep things upbeat and optimistic, I present to you, in no particular order:

The Top 12 Things I Liked About the Movie Cloverfield

1. Despite the best efforts of the cameraman, nobody in the theater we were in actually vomited.

2. Some of the main characters die, but it’s no big deal because by then you don’t like them or care about them anyway.

3. The movie is only an hour and change long, so you don’t leave the theater wishing you had two hours of your life back like you do at the end of Pirates of the Caribbean 2

4. Six words: Not filmed in Smell-O-Vision!

5. Only about 15% of the movie is occupied by shots of the ground.

6. This movie has at least 90% of your recommended daily allowance of self-absorbed, narcissistic, vaguely attractive (in that Apple commercial, non-threatening kind of way) Gen Yers. After leaving the theater, you won’t need to log on to Facebook for a week!

7. Three more words: Not Maximum Overdrive.

8. William Shatner does not appear anywhere in this movie.

9. Things on fire. You can never truly be unhappy if you can watch things on fire.

10. The typeface used in the opening credits is readable and not displeasing to the eye.

11. You can get the entire movie from the trailer, and not have to see the hour of filler material they padded the film with to make it (nearly) feature length.

12. The dollar theater right down the street is still showing Beowulf, and man, after this dreck, Beowulf is high fucking art.


*tests hackersluts.com on a bunch of browsers*

*notices weird display glitches in Internet Explorer for Windows*

*spends two and a half hours digging through the CSS*

*bashes head into desk*

*reads up on Explorer’s lame, braindead, broken CSS rendering*

*spends another half hour beating on CSS*


Jumping Jiminy Christ on a pogo stick, how in the hell did Microsoft ever become the dominant force in the IT industry with such poorly-written, inherently broken, crap software? Internet Explorer…what a festering pile of crapware that browser is! Working around bugs in its CSS support is something of a blood sport in Web circles.

See, this is why all my other Web sites don’t use CSS.

*gets it to work, finally*

More accomplishments and stuff!

I’ve been having a great deal of fun tinkering with this RSS feed concentrator, and there’s enough interesting stuff on it now I’ve decided to make it generally available and see what happens. So I now give you:

HackerSluts, the feed concentrator for sex and relationship blogs. I’ve even put a neat little “suggest a feed” form on the front page and everything. 🙂

It’s still not 100% finished, though it seems that Web projects seldom are. I do at some point want to turn it into a fully multiuser system (so that people can create their own unique logins, arrange feeds the way they’d like to see them, and have the system store their preferences and keep track of their read and unread feeds), but the basic aggregator package I’m using isn’t set up for that, so it’d likely take some pretty major coding. Eventually I’ll also make the display of the unread feeds prettier and more flexible.

But hey, if anyone out there knows someone who might be interested, or who has a feed they might like to submit, spread the word!