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    February 23, 2012 by CJ Marsicano


    February 23, 2012 by CJ Marsicano


    February 23, 2012 by CJ Marsicano


    February 23, 2012 by CJ Marsicano


    February 23, 2012 by CJ Marsicano

    It had to happen…

  6. Update: We Were Hacked!

    February 19, 2012 by CJ Marsicano

    To make a long story short:

    Friday afternoon, ex-Romeo Void singer Debora Iyall had discovered my overview of It’s a Condition at Music Is Like Oxygen and posted the link to it on her Facebook page. Since I’ve been Facebook friends with her for awhile and had participated in her Kickstarter campaign for her new EP, I knew about it because she had linked to my personal Facebook page in her status update about the post. I hadn’t told her about the post (I didn’t want to be spamming her page or whatnot) so I was happy that she had found it and was giving me props right back for giving her old band props.

    For whatever reason (a bit of ego, maybe?), I went to click through the link on my iPhone (I was at dinner with my mother at the time) and found myself getting rerouted to a .ru page that was basically dead. What?

    Thinking it was some odd Facebook quirk, once I got home I got on my computer and checked the link. Through Chrome, I got the same dead page. Through Firefox, I got a fake virus scan site that (thankfully) Norton had cockblocked before any damage could be done.

    Yep – some fuckers — probably Russian hackers — had somehow gotten into the account that holds all of my music blogs (The Groove Music Life, Music Is Like Oxygen, my Reina Tanaka worship blog So Hot She Shits Fire) as well as the blog for Resonant Blue and a blog for a friend’s charitable work (Sounds For Scoliosis, a series of benefit shows in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area booked and promoted by my friend Lucia Peregrim). Going directly to the main sites was fine… but anyone clicking through a link from just about anywhere (Google, Bing, Facebook, whatever) was getting redirected to some Russian pecker’s malware festival instead – and making me look bad. So bad that one of Debora Iyall’s friend had gotten hit with that shit, forcing the link to be removed.

    So, after a few phone calls to my hosting provider, here’s what happened – the hackers had gotten into a file called .htaccess that, in the case of these blogs, works within WordPress installations and makes sure whoever visits one of my blogs is seeing one of my blogs. The hackers had replaced it with their own version that, within its hardly-complicated code, tricks links from search engines and social networking sites into taking people’s browsers into the Russian assholes’s virus playground instead.

    Thankfully, a little Google research – a few seconds worth, more than most Tea Party members do – turned up how to fix this shit, using only Notepad and an FTP program. But I had to do it for every WordPress installation on my account – a minor pain in the ass, but it had to be done. Now all links should be fine.

    Now, I don’t know if this kind of thing can affect the “free” WordPress blogs hosted on their own server farm, but if you’re independently hosting your own WordPress blog elsewhere, here’s what you should do to make sure these hacker motherfuckers aren’t messing with your hard work. With your FTP program (like Filezilla), check the size of the .htaccess file on your server. If it’s a little more than 200 bytes, you’re fine. If it’s bigger than that – the hacker’s version was over three thousand bytes – delete it immediately, Google for “.htaccess wordpress” and you’ll find a proper code to get your blog back to normal. Boot up Notepad, cut and paste (or type it up) it exact, and use your FTP program to upload it to your server. Note that you can’t simply just upload the clean version over the dirtied one – some of their code in the dirtied one prevents that, so you have to delete just that file.

    My apologies to anyone who had been affect by visiting one of my blogs – in fact, at the time of this writing there was still a malware alert for So Hot She Shits Fire, which I’ve already applied for a correction on with Google. (Right now a direct search in Google warns that the site might harm people’s computers, especially if they don’t have something like Norton installed.) Everything on all of my blogs should be safe.

  7. Changes afoot.

    November 28, 2011 by CJ Marsicano

    If you’re wonder what the hell is going on here, I’ll explain very briefly:

    For one thing, I thought this place was long overdue for a theme overhaul. I was running on the same theme pretty much since this site opened, with a theme that essential brother Ray Mescallado helped modify not long afterward. However, I couldn’t decide on one.

    Then, for the second time this year, some scumbags had snuck spam links for illicit pharmecuticals and the like into this site’s HTML, and it was coming up in the reader options on my iPad’s browser – and no doubt on other tablets and maybe even on the RSS feed as well. I was certainly not amused by this development. So, I switched to a new theme that I hope is not spambot friendly and just in case, passwords had to be altered as well. I’m not taking any fucking chances, folks.

    At some point I’ll restore the little browser icon Ray made for this blog, but in the meantime, I did what I had to do to keep this blog free of bullshit. If anyone catches any other problems or has a better theme idea that we can use, please do not hesitate to e-mail me.

  8. 11 Days of Tanakachi 2011, Day 11

    November 11, 2011 by CJ Marsicano

    And so, Reina Tanaka, aka Her Royal Hotness, aka The Wonkylicious One, begins her 22nd trip around the sun today. (Yeah, I know that technically, she’s already been celebrating it for at least the past 12 hours as this is being posted, but since this blog is based in the Eastern Time Zone of the USA, we’ll go with this writer’s location chronologically.) And the 4th Anniversary of this worship blog is today as well. Did I ever think I’d be doing this blog or even my music blog for this long? Quite honestly, I’m glad I am – Reina and her band are one of the reasons this blog and the mothership The Groove Music Life exist in the first place. I am forever in my debt to them.

  9. 11 Days of Tanakachi 2011, Day 10

    November 10, 2011 by CJ Marsicano

    Words may sometimes fail me (don’t call it writer’s block – more like writer’s constipation) but my fanhood for my favorite MoMusu will never fail.

  10. 11 Days of Tanakachi 2011, Day 9

    November 10, 2011 by CJ Marsicano

    reina_t_1111: OK, Ceej, level with me here.
    minimoniotaku: Oh, you saw what Langdon posted today at YODC?
    reina_t_1111: Yeah, nice Photoshop job… NOT!
    minimoniotaku: Hey, he’s entitled to his sense of humor.
    reina_t_1111: True, but part of him is entitled to something else as well…
    minimoniotaku: And that part would be?
    reina_t_1111: The part where we have to remind him of a certain legal document from 2008 😉
    minimoniotaku: Ouch!
    reina_t_1111: Hey, there’s still Risa and Sayumi for him to chase… 😉