07  Sep
WordPress hack

I found a nasty “superuser” that was trying to inject my blog with redirects. Got rid of it fairly quickly, but really, every time a WP update is released, it pays to update. Here is the solution for people that still have the problem. Apparently, it is affecting most WP blogs that haven’t updated to the latest version.

Posted by Matt, filed under Random, Technology. Date: September 7, 2009, 8:56 pm | No Comments »

exosquad

If you don’t know about the cartoon exosquad, then read about it here. Exosquad was an awesome space opera with mature themes, suitable for both adults and intelligent children. You can watch the entire series here on Hulu.com.

If you are outside the United States, you can use hotspot shield as a VPN with a United States IP address to watch it.

Posted by Matt, filed under Random, Technology. Date: March 14, 2009, 7:12 pm | 1 Comment »

I found an interesting blog by a British man called ‘The Devil’s Kitchen’. The blog is a libertarian take on UK and EU social issues, and he has a knack for pointing out hypocrisy in the politicians, parasitic bureaucrats and limousine socialists. Even though I am not from the UK, I felt angry reading it (probably because similar stuff happens here in Australia).

Go and have a read if you want to see some very critical analysis of the UK and EU.

Posted by Matt, filed under Random. Date: September 1, 2008, 6:38 pm | No Comments »

Japanprobe reports that Debito’s wikipedia entry has been edited and the criticism removed after he requested that people make alterations on his blog.

However just because changes were made does not mean that it will not be changed again or reverted.

Posted by Matt, filed under Random. Date: August 25, 2008, 11:20 am | 28 Comments »

… bots hijacked Occidentalism and started posting all kinds of nonsense. In the meantime, I was fighting the bots (unsuccessfully), but I think I have them beaten now. Everything working?

UPDATE: I have worked out exactly what happened. A black hat SEO put in hidden links on my pages using a exploit in the code of wordpress. A side effect of this was the broken formatting. Basically what I have had to do is go through every post on Occidentalism, more that 700 of them. I deleted the hidden links and hidden text but I am not sure if I have missed anything. Does anyone know how to find hidden text on this blog quickly so I can quickly nuke the remainder?

Posted by Matt, filed under Random, Rants, Technology. Date: May 18, 2008, 6:06 pm | 11 Comments »

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The creator of D&D, Gary Gygax, has passed away.

I played as a teenager, read the books, and even as an adult played the computer games. It was a great adventure in this fantasy world he created. Keep adventuring, Gary.

Thanks to T_K for the heads up.

Posted by Matt, filed under Random. Date: March 5, 2008, 5:21 am | 3 Comments »

I walked into a discount shop and amazingly stumbled upon a DVD of the classic scare movie, Mazes and Monsters, and bought it for only $2. This is the movie that Tom Hanks wants people to forget he was ever in. From wikipedia –

Mazes and Monsters came out in the heyday of the RPG Dungeons & Dragons (the movie’s title is a thinly veiled reference to the game) and was seen by some as a warning to parents about the dangers of RPGs. It came out at a time when Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) was starting to be attacked by Christian groups who alleged that it promoted Satanism and other forms of occult activities.

Back in those days when I was a teenager that played D&D, my bible bashing older female cousin came into my room and told me that I was casting spells and worshiping Satan, and that I should stop it. I told her that spells don’t exist, and Satan probably doesn’t either. :)

Anyway, it is a great movie, so bad it is good. There is also another movie on the DVD with Bill Murry called ‘Loose Shoes’. Never heard of it.

Mazes and Monsters

Posted by Matt, filed under Funny, Random. Date: February 21, 2008, 11:04 pm | 12 Comments »

Here.

I was walking on the street with this Chinese Canadian girl (she was a teacher at the school we worked at). Some Korean guys thought she was Korean and drove after us on this scooter and knocked her over and ran off. This was kind of a one off event and it was the only time I saw it in 6 months but it shook her up though (as a note, in 7 years in Japan nothing at all even remotely close to this has ever happened, it has been a while since I even got a dirty look here!). In general if we walked around together people made it clear that they did not like it.

As for the local women, I never had many dealings with them as it was just so hard to meet them let alone get to “know” them. In general I just did not like the people, they were so god dam arrogant. I was there during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, I NEVER heard the end of how great Korean this and that was and how they would win XXX and YYY. National pride is one thing but this was over the top, such an arrogant people and they really needed for someone to knock them down a peg or 10. Each Korean Olympic loss started to actually make me happy, I did nto care who won just as long as it was not a Korean. They also hated everyone, Japanese, Canadians, Brits, Americans… yes even though the Americans were helping to keep the North Koreans out. As for the other groups they hated like Canadians or Australians..etc, WTF have these two countries ever done that could be considered a slight to Korea? Seriously, these attitudes put me off wanting to interact with the people… even the chicks.

I did not have a good time there. The work conditions were terrible as the contracts are never followed and broken at the will of the school. An American guy had his passport held from him by his school. The embassy was powerless to help get it back, it was almost as if he was property of the school he worked for. He ended up having to break into the school one night to get it back. Immediately after he hopped on the night train to Seoul with his stuff to head to the airport and get the hell out.

I was going to stay a year for the experience but I left after 6 months. That was a long time in those days as most foreigners left after about 3 months. There were no long timers (over a year) that I ever met up with.

This is just the experience of what I would think is a typical foreigner in Korea. A lot of what happened to him would not happen to me because I can speak Korean and even when bad things happen, the damage can be reduced or bad situations defused. But that is not an option available to the vast majority of foreigners in Korea that are intending to stay there for a year to earn some income.

Take a look at the link and see some foreigners comparing Japan and Korea.

Posted by Matt, filed under Random. Date: January 23, 2008, 4:38 pm | 51 Comments »

A reader brought this to my attention, a comfort women blog written by a Japanese person living in America. I haven’t had much of a chance to read it, but by all means, take a look.

Posted by Matt, filed under diplomacy, Random. Date: December 27, 2007, 5:13 pm | 1 Comment »

A Korean run net cafe in my area was raided by the Australian Federal Police the other day. Since I walk past there almost everyday, I was there when the AFP were raiding it. They were pulling data off computers and generally had the place locked down. I would say there were more than 10 members of the AFP there.

The Australian Federal Police have raided an internet cafe in Sydney’s CBD where large volumes of pirated music and movies for re-sale were suspected of being illegally downloaded.

A spokeswoman for the AFP confirmed an operation was taking place this morning at Interville Technology in World Square, but would give no further details.

The raid follows an investigation that was carried out in co-operation with officials from the anti-piracy arms of the Australian music and film industries – Music Industry Piracy Investigations (MIPI) and the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT).

It is understood that heavy duty electronic equipment was discovered at the premises and that employees at the internet cafe were hired to scour the web for suitable material to download.

This included popular music and newly released movies.

These downloads were then made available to customers to upload onto portable hard drives.

One of the other Korean run net cafes just up the street got the hint because I noticed them dumping all their files in a flurry of activity while the raid was going on elsewhere.

I took a photo from my mobile phone. When I was outside the AFP members could been seen but unfortunately the photo quality is poor and cannot really be seen in it.

korean net cafe

The local arms of the American music and film industries have been getting fairly aggressive lately, which accounts for the actions of the AFP. How about the AFP also start raiding Korean run businesses that exploit Koreans on Working Holiday visas and student visas by paying them below the minimum wage, without superannuation or workers injury compensation? Although it is Korean run businesses exploiting their fellow Koreans in Australia, it is happening in Australia and is damaging to the national reputation, and should be stopped.

Posted by Matt, filed under Random, Scams. Date: December 23, 2007, 7:45 am | 2 Comments »

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