June 3rd, 2019
From today’s inbox:
Hey. Soon your hosting account and your domain chrisblanc.org will be blocked forever, and you will receive tens of thousands of negative feedback from angry people.
Here is a list of what you get if you don’t follow my requirements:
+ abuse spamhouse for aggressive web spam
+ tens of thousands of negative reviews about you and your website from angry people for aggressive web and email spam
+ lifetime blocking of your hosting account for aggressive web and email spam
+ lifetime blocking of your domain for aggressive web and email spam
+ Thousands of angry complaints from angry people will come to your mail and messengers for sending you a lot of spam
+ complete destruction of your reputation and loss of clients forever
+ for a full recovery from the damage you need tens of thousands of dollars
Do you want this?
If you do not want the above problems, then before June 1, 2019, you need to send me 0.3 BTC to my Bitcoin wallet: [redacted]
How do I do all this to get this result:
1. I will send 30 messages to 13 000 000 sites with contact forms with offensive messages with the address of your site, that is, in this situation, you and the spammer and insult people. And everyone will not care that it is not you.
2. I’ll send 300 messages to 9,000,000 email addresses and very intrusive advertisements for making money and offer a free iPhone with your website address chrisblanc.org and your contact details. And then send out abusive messages with the address of your site.
3. I will do aggressive spam on blogs, forums and other sites (in my database there are 35 978 370 sites and 315900 sites from which you will definitely get a huge amount of abuse) of your site chrisblanc.org. After such spam, the spamhouse will turn its attention
on you and after several abuses your host will be forced to block your account for life. Your domain registrar will also block your domain permanently.
My bitcoin wallet:[redacted]
I have a lot of experience. Here are just getting blocking and angry letters my sites that I tried to promote, now it’s time to earn on the skill of blocking sites))
If before June 1, 2019 you do not send 0.3 BTC, I will start a massive aggressive spam of your site for tens of millions of other sites and email addresses and your site will be definitely blocked and will receive a lot of negative reviews.
Transfer 0.3 BTC to my wallet and sleep peacefully without worrying about your site.
My bitcoin wallet:[redacted]
Feel free to let them know your feelings on the matter.
September 26th, 2017
I have always enjoyed this holiday. Not really for the candy, which seems to be of low quality and high price at this point, but for the acceptance of the dark side. For one night, the dead and the living prowl together, uniting the worlds of shadow and light.
April 5th, 2016
Above: the author’s Amazon biography photo. Those who remember will recognize it.
So: tax season. Perhaps not so much fun as the name implies. To make it hurt less, I have set up an Amazon promotion for Code. The book will be free to download from April 13-17, 2016, during the peak of wanting to murder the glorified algebra worksheet that is your 1040.
In addition, to celebrate one year of the book’s release without banning or burning, the sale price has been reduced to the low price of $0.99, which once upon a time could get you a cup of coffee somewhere. Now it represents mere seconds of your workday translated into timeless entertainment value.
Code is not easy to describe. It is like a fusion of cyberpunk and William Blake, with more of the intrigue you might expect from journalism about hacking instead of the post-Matrix hype. It’s more War Games, Neuromancer and Cities of the Red Night than Blade Runner. Here’s the best I came up with:
People become hackers to escape the assumption that symbols are accurate. In “Code,” hackers explore a world created from text in the style of “Choose Your Own Adventure” books or early Infocom text-based games. Experimental fiction of the newest techniques and oldest traditions, “Code” — like its protagonists — takes you outside the boundaries of normal.
You can check out my new Amazon author page for Chris Blanc or check out Code.
April 30th, 2015
Code explores the reasons why people become hackers. Written in a style that resembles text-based video games or books where you can choose actions for the characters to follow, this cryptic tale explores the separation between symbol and reality. Through the eyes of people caught in the hacker underground a reader can look at human civilization from outside of it, where laws and morals have given way to the atavistic struggle for power.
The book is available in Kindle format on Amazon.
Code takes advantage of the unique capabilities of the ebook medium. Inspired by “Choose Your Own Adventure” books, the video game Myst and Infocom text-adventure games of the early 1980s, it invites the reader to navigate a virtual world where a group of hackers try to interpret a message of unknown origin that may reveal the adversary who has invisibly hacked them. Experience the paranoia and thrill of discovery as you raid, bluff, spoof, forge, hack and fight your way across a new strange world.
Investigating the methods and motivations behind intrusions across cyberspace, Code wanders into the question of whether good intentions or good results warrant stepping outside of the intricate system of morals made to govern the human species. In doing so, it uncovers a layer of reality invisible to almost all of us, but which may decide our future.
April 15th, 2015
The term “ursprache” refers to an original language or hidden codex of true names for things. Since it is an awkward word in English (much like the word “awkward,” delightfully) it is not high on anyone’s list for the name of a small, independent publisher.
And yet it fits what I am doing: releasing fiction that is not consciously against the grain perhaps, but is fully aware that most of what is getting published today has no lasting value other than as a trend. An ur-language is by definition shored up against trends and heading the opposite direction.
You can find Ursprache HQ online but for now, there is only a mention of my first published book, Code. This will expand erratically like the growth of wildlife on newly-formed volcanic islands.
In the meantime, you may ask: why self-publish? The buzzword answer is that old style publishing is obsolete, but the skinny is that for what I am doing, a different kind of publisher is needed. This is not Fifty Shades of Gray or even Cloud Atlas. It is a return to the roots of literature through future methods.
October 23rd, 2012
Purple House, LLC — a brand-conscious design firm
Detroit graphic artist Steve Noxon has launched his new design firm, Purple House, LLC. Specializing in branding and enhancing brand value while providing branded identity in design, the firm gathers talented and experienced graphic designers and uses them to study a client’s brand strategy in order to begin the brand-conscious design process. The result is graphic design that not only visually supports the brand, but seems a natural extension of it.
Steve is an art director and graphic designer with a great deal of experience in high-profile projects. Where he shines is in practical and visually compelling results for his clients. Steve has the skills to make projects beautiful and interfaces excellent. It’s not just diligent attention to detail — lots of designers can do that — but the ability to integrate all of those details into a single functional entity, like a language.
I’ve known Steve for over a decade. His style of graphic design straddles the line between product design and visual art. It reminds me of the work of Steve Jobs, who while no longer with us, lives on through a legacy of revolutionary streamlined product design. That legacy is the idea that design should be like a language, as simple as possible, and every aspect should work with every other toward an overall experience that is not just functional, but pleasant. I’ve seen Steve Noxon do this to interfaces which started out jumbled and ended up like an iPod: simple, intuitive and a joy to use.
He is also a master of branded visual design. He will study a client and their business, talk to their employees and clients, and walk away with a thorough understanding of what they do and how they must present it to succeed. He comes back with sharp designs that are both simple and precisely targeted to the client’s need. It’s no surprise that a collaboration like Purple House is turning heads on both coasts.
It’s going to be great to watch Steve and Purple House, LLC, as this new firm thrives in the up-and-coming market of branded design.
March 9th, 2012
I’ve made available a mix by Jason Lamport, which you can and should download here.
This style of music — mixing together different tracks to create a continuous ambient experience — was popular in the middle 1990s and is still practiced by diehards. In particular, I’d like to thank Lara Schneider for her contributions, and Shepherd Griffin for providing the archive. You can listen to Lara’s music on that page; I recommend this hymn to the dark goddess.
February 18th, 2009
I met an interesting gentleman in Detroit once — his name is Collin LaLonde and he’s a recruiter. I liked him because, while everyone else seemed to try to do a sales job with no substance behind it, he listened to my skill set, assessed how solid I was as a worker, and placed me well. He’s got a new blog, Changing Fast, which chronicles the development of the tech workplace.
October 24th, 2008
A Class With Drucker
by William A. Cohen, PhD
As children, we believe in magic. As adults, we start believing in magic knowledge. Although management science is not universally accepted, and many consider it an excess of theory, I’ve seen how the difference between a studied approach to management and the norm can make a world of difference. As a result, I read Drucker, but in leafing through the volumes of material by and about Peter Drucker, I found William “Wild Bill” Cohen’s summary highly useful.
This is not Drucker for Dummies. It is recollections of classes taken with Drucker as run through the filter of the lessons Drucker taught that could be applied in Cohen’s business career. Cohen very carefully unites the principle to Drucker’s example to anecdotes from his own experience and research, and it makes for a convincing illustration of Druckerian ideas. Even more, it distills the complexity of Drucker’s body of work into a few powerful insights for newcomers which will help them see its usefulness and want to read more.
A format of this nature is essential for this topic since it is frequently heretical to “common sense” as repeated to us by others. Starting with “What Everybody Knows is Frequently Wrong,” Cohen walks us through a Drucker approach to deconstructing management, and then with the chapter “You Must Know Your People to Lead Them,” he starts building for us a vision of what a Drucker-informed corporation would look like, and why it would succeed. This approach yanks the reader from a mindset informed by preconceptions, reframes the question of management, and then rebuilds knowledge in an informative way.
Throughout my time as both a consultant and an employee, I have been repeatedly shocked by how smart people in management positions can be so lost on the basics of management science. Management science is both learning how to lead people, and knowing how to make business-sensible decisions, and joining the two is not necessarily as much complex as it can be delicate. It’s easy to get lost in tangents. As an introduction to Drucker, A Class With Drucker also teaches us why management theory can be essential and gives us a footpath to get started.
For these reasons, I’d recommend A Class With Drucker to any people newly in leadership positions, or leaders frustrated with lack of success. It reads easily because it uses simple language in sentences of varied length, giving the text a smoothly flowing, conversational rhythm. Every point in the book is well documented with examples and explanation. Cohen’s voice is reassuring when he deals with provocative ideas. You can read it like a novel but learn it like a textbook.
What I would not do is try to use this book as a summary of Drucker. It’s an introduction to the Druckerian principles most vital to a manager, but not a survey of his work. Summarizing all of his 40-plus books and many articles is a different kind of task entirely. However, as a pleasant read to get your feet wet and make you curious for more, A Class With Drucker is first-rate.
A Class With Drucker: The Lost Lessons of the World’s Greatest Management Teacher, by William A. Cohen, PhD $16.47 on Amazon.com
April 25th, 2008
If you’ve read Glitter Gold, a short story on this site, you’ll see the relevance immediately (and if not, consider clicking that link above for two free short stories):
Experts say gold and silver spray paints are preferred by “huffers.” They say the propellants in the cans for those color are stronger. ^
I’ve never had any desire to huff paint, but it is fascinating, perhaps because it is the most obviously self-destructive chemical habit I’ve seen. It’s the act of desperate people caught in the grips of motivational entropy.
A long time ago, I wrote a story called Glitter Gold about those who huff paint and what it does to them. In it, one detail was that gold paint gets paint huffers the most intoxicated. Ever since then, reality has been imitating fiction:
According to a Bellaire Police Department report, Tribett’s pupils were constricted and he replied slowly to their questions. Oh, and “officers observed the paint on face and hands,” as can be seen in the below mug shot. ^
One point of the story was that humans had to make life hopeless for paint huffing to seem attractive (as is the case with many intoxicants). You don’t need an escape valve until you so screw up the situation that people are desperate for escape. They don’t even want to enjoy life — they just want to check out.
In surveying the park, the officer noticed a man sitting in a lawn chair outside of a residence. He asked if the man had been huffing paint and the man said no.
However, when the officer approached and shined his flashlight toward the man, he noticed what appeared to be â€œfresh, gold-colored paint clinging to his nose and cheeks.â€ The officer also noticed paint in the manâ€™s facial hair. ^
One disturbing aspect of checking out is that once you’ve been out, you don’t want to be back in. Literally, you’ve seen a world where you don’t care about a damn thing except your bag full of paint. Why would you go back, to mortality, wars, corruption, pollution, Schadenfreude and bad TV? Inhale. Check out. Repeat.
In June 2006, Wheeling police said they found Tribett on 16th and Main Streets intoxicated and covered in paint. He was charged with public intoxication.
A week prior to that arrest, police found Tribett huffing paint under the Interstate 470 bridge. Police said when they found him, Tribett looked right at them but continued huffing. ^
As much as the story shows its age, or rather my lack of experience at the time in getting said what I needed to say, its premise still rings true. People lock themselves into mazes of “can’ts” and the messy control issues of others, and finally, it all culminates in either total checkout or a conflagration.
© 2012 Chris Blanc