[I feel, based on my own reactions each time I think about the loss described here, like I should provide some kind of content-warning to avoid ruining someone's day if this is their nightmare fuel. But I'm really not sure what form this warning should take.]( Linda Ronstadt describes what she can't do. May be upsetting to artists. Many people may just calmly think 'oh, that's sad'. )
I'm uh, still reading about it, and even just as I was reading and trying to find out which version I have - without actually opening the program because holy crappola - Windows Defender displayed behind-the-scenes scan results saying it found an infection...in CCleaner. I'm not sure what to tell anyone as far as "what to do" because I don't know the answer to that.
It's a backdoor called Backdoor:Win32/Floxif that's been in the wild since CCleaner v.5.33 released in August of 2017.
Time to reinstall my OS, if the fucking backdoor hasn't already destroyed our ability to do so...
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Our main building, containing cafeteria, store, offices, classrooms, is under construction. An enormous scaffold surrounds the front doors. Today, exiting with a sustaining bannana in one hand, I heard the burr of welding and then felt a sudden hot-cold shower on the left side of my head, just about the region of the parietal lobe. I put up my hand and plucked a speck of grit from my hair.
As I crossed the quad and mounted the stairs to my building, I began to work out that I'd been sprayed with tiny bits of metal -- little curled chips of aluminum were in my hair and speckled my sweater-vest like glittering lint.
It was not a great cascade of sparks or anything -- just a smattering and a peculiar sensation -- but Jesus. That could have gone into my eye. I spent the whole of my lesson on proper quotation partially convinced that a speckling of tiny holes might newly pepper my skull, like a thought-colander.
After Ted Hughes
I imagine this midday moment's sensation-salad:
Something hot but lifeless
burrows into the occipital
makes a blank page of this field where
newly kindled hallucinations move
Sorry, Here's "The Thought-Fox" to Make Up for That
Actually by Ted Hughes
I imagine this midnight moment's forest:
Something else is alive
Beside the clock's loneliness
And this blank page where my fingers move.
Through the window I see no star:
Something more near
though deeper within darkness
Is entering the loneliness:
Cold, delicately as the dark snow
A fox's nose touches twig, leaf;
Two eyes serve a movement, that now
And again now, and now, and now
Sets neat prints into the snow
Between trees, and warily a lame
Shadow lags by stump and in hollow
Of a body that is bold to come
Across clearings, an eye,
A widening deepening greenness,
Coming about its own business
Till, with a sudden sharp hot stink of fox,
It enters the dark hole of the head.
The window is starless still; the clock ticks,
The page is printed.
* * * * *
I feel like "midnight moment's forest" must have kinship with Hopkins' "morning's morning's minion" from "The Windhover." Discuss.
Fine, Here's "The Windhover" As Well
Gerard Manley Hopkins
I caught this morning morning's minion, king-
dom of daylight's dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon, in his riding
Of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and striding
High there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing
In his ecstasy! then off, off forth on swing,
As a skate's heel sweeps smooth on a bow-bend: the hurl and gliding
Rebuffed the big wind. My heart in hiding
Stirred for a bird, – the achieve of, the mastery of the thing!
Brute beauty and valour and act, oh, air, pride, plume, here
Buckle! AND the fire that breaks from thee then, a billion
Times told lovelier, more dangerous, O my chevalier!
No wonder of it: shéer plód makes plough down sillion
Shine, and blue-bleak embers, ah my dear,
Fall, gall themselves, and gash gold-vermilion.
* * * * *
Nobody alliterates like our Gerry.
Downdates (What an Update Isn't)
I skipped the monthly reading post for August because, well, there was so little to discuss. I have trouble directing sustained attention under conditions of anxiety (such as term prep). Combining with September will give the list a more respectable heft.
At least I'm transparent in my machinations.
Likewise I think if I'm writing a report on how the term is going -- which is an idea I like a lot as a way to chronicle the development of this course I love -- it'll have to be a biweekly report at best.
A propos of some (very positive) recent events -- I wish I didn't feel so terrible when happy things breathe themselves across the membrane.1
Something wonderful takes place and afterwards it feels like a crisis -- I can't be happy because I'm so convinced that it was secretly a disaster or I am about to make it one.
Too much jouissance. Not enough swimming laps and meditation.
1. Isn't transpire a great word? All those spire words are a gift basket from Latin: conspire (to breathe together); inspire (to breathe in); aspire (to breathe on); expire (to breathe out) -- my library card is about to breathe its last -- what else? What others? I love them.
2. Actually, if I weren't so tired I might write though the whole of "The Thought-Fox" just for the exercise.
What you may need to know about drones in journalism schools.
One twin is a US citizen; one isn't. One for the law books.
What's the end result of offensive speech?
Please take note of style for Strunk/White slashers.
Warrantless searches are now allowed in parts of Virginia, Maryland and DC. No, it wasn't on the news; it was in a bill.
Traditional chokecherry pudding is proven useful as a medicine.
What really happened in 2016, with charts and tables -- about the election, not other stuff.
Camperforce, Amazon's mobile retiree army.
Silent majority-- how responses to sexual assault reporting govern whether a woman will report a rape.
Technology and Amish country.
Harvard dishonorably disinvites Chelsea Manning and Michelle Jones.
The unlikely return of Cat Stevens. Peace Train on!
Aung San Suu Kyi, the ignoble laureate.
Martin Shkreli, the pharmaceuticals pirate (and not in a good way) is in a tough Brooklyn jail, not a minimum security country club.
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2017-03-08:
"I found much that was alarming about being a citizen during the tenures of Richard Nixon and George W. Bush. But, whatever I may have seen as their limitations of character or intellect, neither was anything like as humanly impoverished as Trump is: ignorant of government, of history, of science, of philosophy, of art, incapable of expressing or recognizing subtlety or nuance, destitute of all decency, and wielding a vocabulary of seventy-seven words that is better called Jerkish than English." -- Philip Roth, novelist
(submitted to the mailing list by Mike Krawchuk)
Writing between countries and across borders: a conversation with Jamaica Kincaid, Marlon James, Valeria Luiselli and others.
100 images from Cassini's voyage to Saturn.
Why not hire women your mom's age? They're experienced, they know how to deal with people.
How Bernie's Medicare-for-all proposal might affect you.
Does swearing make you likeable?
A Jesuit priest who wrote a book accepting LGBT Catholics has been uninvited from speaking to seminary students at Catholic University in DC.
"Just because your electronics are better than ours, you aren't necessarily superior in any way. Look, imagine that you humans are a man in LA with a brand-new Trujillo and we are a nuhp in New York with a beat-up old Ford. The two fellows start driving toward St. Louis. Now, the guy in the Trujillo is doing 120 on the interstates, and the guy in the Ford is putting along at 55; but the human in the Trujillo stops in Vegas and puts all of his gas money down the hole of a blackjack table, and the determined little nuhp cruises along for days until at last he reaches his goal. It's all a matter of superior intellect and the will to succeed.
Your people talk a lot about going to the stars, but you just keep putting your money into other projects, like war and popular music and international athletic events and resurrecting the fashions of previous decades. If you wanted to go into space, you would have."
-- George Alec Effinger (not sure which story -- I can find lots of sites repeating that it is from Live! from Planet Earth, but I haven't seen any saying which story in that anthology the quotation is from)
The Most Inspiring Hot Air Balloon Ride Ever
Scientists use light to purge defects from solar cells
Every childhood vaccine may eventually go into a single jab (Though it does seem that the UK doesn't have as many childhood vaccines as the US, judging by the list)
Mathematicians Measure Infinities, and Find They're Equal (Mind. Blown.)
Can American soil be brought back to life?
Quotas bring wave of Nepalese women into office. What they need next.
Judge: Sessions can’t deny grant money for sanctuary cities
Disability Fraud: You know what?
For Chinese millennials, despondency has a brand name
A Son’s Race to Give His Dying Father Artificial Immortality
Research Shows Spanish Speakers Take Longer To Learn English. Why?
Catalan mayors defy Spanish courts ahead of independence vote
Survey suggests nobody actually watches those Emmy-nominated cable or streaming shows
Suicide among veterans highest in western US, rural areas
Viruses Would Rather Jump to New Hosts Than Evolve With Them
Your Childhood Experiences Can Permanently Change Your DNA
Third-Hand Exposure to Cigarette Smoke Can Still Damage Your Organs
Protesters march through St. Louis after policeman's acquittal
Attorneys Suspect Motel 6 Calling ICE on Undocumented Guests
Since Trump’s Big Photo Op With Black College Leaders, He’s Delivered on Nothing, They Say (Surprise, surprise.)
Homeless And In College. Then Harvey Struck
Hurricanes may be getting bigger, but death toll is shrinking
Irma's 'forgotten' evacuees struggle to find housing
Hurricane Irma Unleashes the Forces of Privatization in Puerto Rico
Philippines' Duterte asks head of human rights agency: 'Are you a pedophile?' (Because, you know, that's the only reason to care about minors being straight-up murdered)
Entire Philippine city police force fired over killings
The Window Is Closing to Avoid Dangerous Global Warming
U.S.-backed Syrian fighters say will not let government forces cross Euphrates
Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh to restrict movement of migrants
Overnight exodus: Rohingya use cover of darkness to reach Bangladesh
This is from a few years ago. I wonder what the people who thought it was plausible are doing now? Aside from presumably supporting Trump.