March 12-13, 2015

I wrote briefly the other day about being mysteriously DDoSed on an IP address at WXDU that doesn’t even have a public website or service on it. 

Turns out it *did* have an unsecured forward proxy listening on it, though. It was started [by me, I hasten to add – inadvertently, but definitely by me] sometime in January & apparently it took a couple of months for seekers of open proxies to find it & start using it.

It was kind of fascinating to see the types of traffic that were moving across it. 

Also kind of fascinating that at least 160 people are still trying to use it now, 2 days after I turned off the forward proxy & started sending everyone 404 errors.

Last night we watched Spike Lee’s 25th Hour, which was cited by both AO Scott and Ava Duvernay as his best film, in this interview. Spoiler: It’s not Spike Lee’s best movie. It’s his first post-9/11 film, and there are a ton of references to 9/11, particularly in the first half. So maybe one of the lessons here is that you can’t trust New Yorkers to be objective about art that references 9/11.

It’s still a damn good movie, though, with great performances by Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rosario Dawson, and especially Brian Cox, as the Norton character’s father. Definitely well worth a rental.

March 12-13, 2015