Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Best flow chart ever

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Pics from the weekend

Well, we didn't do anything exciting this weekend, but it was super nice out today so I busted out the camera and decided to take some pics after we got back from the dog park with mr. bear I ran the Element through the wash and put the rack back on, its looking pretty good these days.

Ever since we got a crockpot recipe book, every sunday we've made something in it. This week we're making a pot roast with a 2.5lb chuck roast, yellow onions and potatoes. Its smells pretty awesome, I'm excited to dig into that when we get back later.

The salt on the roads has been bugging Bear's feet, so we got him some space boots to wear on walks. He's not real fond of them yet. Heres some pics of our maiden voyage.

Awww Puppah Awww......

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Scientology under attack

Well folks, the inevitable has happened. The whackjob Scientologists have pissed off enough computer savvy people to get themselves into a predicament. A group called "Anonymous", who have been responsible for quite a few news worthy events/pranks/hacks/what-have-you, have targeted them head on with denial of service attacks (DDOS Explained) shutting down almost any site on the internet relating to Scientology. They've apparently taken down the big 5 and have real time status updates on the remaining ones (not linking to that one, sorry). They've also apparently acquired ALOT of highly confidential material from the church of Scientology and are distributing it (which is apparently a big deal because they have been known to charge their members up to $900 per cd for some of this stuff). Its made national news in Britain already (video) and probably has in the US too. Here is an older Fox news story on Anonymous and a Wikinews article on Anonymous' statement here. Below is the video statement that Anonymous released via You Tube a couple days ago (before anyone started taking any of this seriously).

Is there a lesson to be had here? Yep...don't piss off computer geeks.

Edit: The animated GIF I had posted here has already been taken down from the server it was on. For a quick and dirty background on most ridiculous religion in the world, click here.

Update 1: Anonymous has acquired the 15 disc "spirit of man" set of cds, which is apparently a huge deal because they are extremely rare and ultra expensive (god knows why) and are distributing them on public torrents. They also have 2-3 discs worth of classified documents from the leaders of the church. All their targets have been taken down so far, and they are trying like hell to take down the big boy, which is being protected by Prolexic (security company).

Update2: Ruh Roh....looks like they got too! Apparently now there are between 9000-10000 people active participating in the attack (with at least a few of them being bot-net hearders that control a shit ton of compromised computers). Below is another video that Anonymous/Chanology has put together of some of the footage that started this whole thing:

Here is the traffic graph that shows when they got through Prolexic and took down the .org site:

Here is a synopsis of "Project Chanology"

Update 3: Alright, so all was quiet for a while last night, then apparently someone took offense to the Chans or Anonymous or whatever calling themselves hackers, as they really don't hack anything as much as cause trouble with DDOS attacks and shit like that (script kiddies). So a group of hackers called The Regime hacked (one of the main chan sites) and posted this message in place of their homepage:

The Regime doesnt have an opinion on the war on CoS.
in fact we couldnt give 2 shits about scientology.
but we do have an opinion on lame "hacker" groups.
your site has been rm, your backups have also been rm.
all your db are belong to us.

They followed this with by posting some of the chans email addresses and irc chat logs along with the message "The moral of this guys are not hackers". It looks like they've taken down chan's insurgency wiki (list of procedures, targets and tools for attacking the scientology sites). The top google results for are all returning links to live viruses as well. Some of the Anons are speculating that the Regime was contracted by the Church of Scientology for a little push back.

Update 4: Over the last day has been taken down and put back up a few times, and it seems like there are all kinds of groups of people getting in on the action. The FBI has been monitoring the IRC channels where these guys are actually giving out orders and setting targets, so they've been bouncing around alot. The 711 site was the homebase where they would get the current channels to join, but it looks like since they've been getting attacked a whole bunch too, the 711chan's networks have left the battle (just the networks, not the members). It sound like things are getting really loose on their end with a bunch of newbs blabbing about plans and letting out info (violating rules 1 and 2). The Anons managed to deface the Regime website as well, posting all their personal info (w/SSNs apparently) in place of their homepage. Last night, when the Anons were being DDOS'd (ironically) the ip traces they were getting were FROM! So, they were being attacked from the network they were attacking. If you remember the previous posts, Prolexic (perimeter security company) was securing, well, the perimeter. So, in other words, all the traffic had to go through them, so it looks like they might have actually been attacking back (which I have to think is against their business model). The word is that all these DDOS attack against the church of scientology are just preperation for "Phase 4" which they're doing a pretty good job of keeping under wraps. I do know that there is supposed to be some pretty newsworthy stuff going down 2/10/08, that is the date that keeps getting mentioned.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

I want to talk to you about Bill Cosby

Rather, I want to talk to you about Bill Cosby's sweaters. A couple days ago at work, this guy (not real sure he's into chicks, if you get what I'm sezzin) wore a hideous sweater. I stopped and stared at this patch work catastrophe a little too long, and he noticed, and engaged the Fox in a conversation. I didn't really want to talk to him, but felt I should explain my staring. I said "That's one hell of a Cosby sweater you're rockin there". He just looked at me, very confused and said "Cosby sweater?" obviously looking for an explanation.

What do I tell the guy? We're not exactly buddies, and for all I know, he really likes this sweater. I mean, I thought we've all seen enough episodes of the Cosby show to understand (at least sub-consciously) the magnitude of the Cos' knitted attire. I kind of froze and said "uh, uh, its, uh, colorful" and walked away quickly. I decided to consult the trusty urban dictionary for a definition for the next time I am in this situation, and this is what I came up with:

1. The sexual act of eating Fruit Loops, Fruity Pebbles, Trix, and Boo Berry- or any other 'bright, colorful' breakfast cereals- and then vomitting the tacky, dazzling mixture onto your partners chest. The result should look similar to the incredible sweaters that Bill Cosby wore during his highly successful 1980's sitcom "The Cosby Show".

Nicole was overjoyed to receive "a Cosby Sweater" for her birthday.

2. A: A oversized, hideous looking sweater with ugly patterns and colors, often worn by old men or hipsters with no taste.

B: A sweater a senile colorblind person would pick out.

As referenced in HIGH FIDELITY: "That's a COSBYYYY SWEATAAH, a COSBBY SWEATAAH!" - Jack Black

"Aww look at that sad sweater, did your mom pick that out for you?"

3. The Cosby sweater is in fact a brand name known as a "Coogi."
Ultra expensive and worn by only the most eccentric of poorly dressed, wealthy men.

Look for the reference to the Coogi in the song "Would You Die For Me" by the one and only Notorious B.I.G.

"Got the Coogi (Cosby sweater) with the bubble Fubu"

4. The type of sweater that everybody idolizes you for wearing, often worn in the days of "the cosby show" by suave debonair Bill Cosby. Usually described with such words as Frizzle Frazzle.

"Have you seen Zach's new cosby sweater?! He is so fashionable!"

5. A loud obnoxiously colored article of clothing worn by a man who will preach to you about family values while he fathers children with women who aren't his wife.

I saw this guy wearing a cosby sweater back in 84, he was stealing the hubcaps off of a school bus.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

A video for Brain

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Crappy fortune

We got some some sweet and sour chicken from this shady chinese place by our house (best sweet and sour ever, and its only like $6 for huge order). I ate entirely too much as per usual, and was all excited to crack my fortune cookie and see what the future has in store for me. This has to be the gayest fortune I've ever seen. I don't even think its a fortune. WTFFORTUNECOOKIE.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

So I was out walking Bear....

...and I passed by my neighbors house who has some of those light up deer things in her yard. Me not being a fan of the light up deer, I decided to put them in a compromising position and take pictures of them. I really like how the one on top is totally throwing his head back like "take that, YAR!" So here they are, I apologize for my poor photog skillz:

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Happy day at the Fox household

Jesus I love Craigslist. Sara and I decided we wanted a foosball table. I jumped on CL last night and found a bunch, but I knew this is the one I wanted when I saw it. Its a 6-7 year old Carrom Tournament table, with FACTORY raised corners and a one man goalie setup. Pretty much everything you buy now is a flat playfield with a three-man goalie, and you have to buy a hokey conversion kit to make it a single goalie. Anyway, its mint and I got it for a steal (luckily i was the first one to call, I guess 5-6 people called right after me and were offering him more money). I tell you what, it ain't light, I think its a 175lb cabinet. Not fun to get downstairs. Here it is, in all its glory.