Yes, it’s only Tuesday but my week tends to run from Friday to Tuesday, at least as far as DramaSec is concerned, so it’s time for a little perspective. Apparently some rando on Reddit was calling me out the other day for…commenting on Gawker. Well, guilty as charged, I do that a lot. I found out because of…a comment on Gawker.
Now, just today I was on the radio talking about money laundering and Bitcoin and the BitInstant arrests and said something like, “I’m no expert, I’ve just seen a lot of money laundering trials….gee, that sounds sort of nefarious, doesn’t it?” And indeed it did (But I have!).
As does what I said about those randos on Reddit. To wit:
Ah, so they were talking about me, were they? That doesn’t bother me. As I remarked to Magister, The Jester wants my head on a platter, the Syrian Electronic Army has been trying to hack into my accounts for months, and there’s still an #OpRaincoaster kicking around sub-groups of Anonymous. What do I care what a bunch of randos on Reddit say?
Speaking of randos, some Jester fangirls didn’t get the memo and slept in till today. Then they apparently misread the memo entirely:
@raincoaster no run off you little unknown journalist! Heard daily dot fired you!!! It must burn!! LOL— Oh la la la la (@Z_BIRD_79) January 28, 2014
To which one could only reply (as one did) with the truth.
After how many years of me refusing to write for him for free (while still contributing thousands of words a week in the form of snippy comments and tips) tonight I finally gave in and….Kinja‘d. Twice!
But it’s about the highest-profile outlet I have since I let this poor blog peter down to virtually nothing, so I posted a couple of articles that have had, through no fault of their own, failed to find a home.
In my own defence, it did take something like eight years to wear me down. Should the posts get zero momentum despite being on a Gawker platform, the experiment will not be repeated. While I was at it, I updated my Media and Public Speaking page. You know I’m all about Operation Global Media Domination! Now, bring me that audience!
Hail Vader! Hail Operation Global Media Domination!
It’s a Christmas Tradition on the ol’ raincoaster blog to re-post this, the greatest Christmas story ever told (sorry, Jesus!): A Christmas Story, by Sarban. It is long, but if I can spend several hours typing it in, you can take an hour or less to read it. I recommend accompanying it with a bottle of Zubrowka and a box of Kleenex.
I will tell you a Christmas story. I will tell it as Alexander Andreievitch Masseyev told it me in his little house outside the walls of Jedda years ago one hot, damp Christmas Eve….
For our second selection, we have the entirely awesome Simon Callow reading one of Charles Dickins’ non-cloying stories, “The Christmas Tree,” a marvellous, metaphorical memoir. I’ve stolen this one from the Guardian.