Boy, there are a lot of spam profiles on Facebook now. I’m getting friend requests from anywhere from one to eight of them daily, and they all meet the same odd algorithm:
Created very recently
One or two stock photos of a woman (I have yet to go reverse image search these, I’m lazy)
Spewing friend requests to people from nearby geographical locations. For whatever reason it seems like the city of Coral Springs is a … nest… for these.
First post has a very… awkward English translation of a ridiculous pickup line
If I wasn’t so lazy I’d set up a browser in a throwaway VM to see where these point, but I am so I just used Links. Links is nice in that it doesn’t support plugins, much in the way of scripting, or pretty much anything that can sneak out and bite you. Also, no images, so I won’t get BOMBARDED BY DICKS or anything. (Always nice to not have to worry about that on the web.)
The domain name pointed to by the goo.gl redirect is either the result of someone pounding on their keyboard or a Domain Generation Algorithm, and those just don’t get used on the up and up. Each profile I’ve seen actually seems to go to a unique domain with a subdomain.
Eventually after redirecting through a second site which is consistent, it lands at flirt4free (dot) com.
I’d guess both of the intermediates are just tagging affiliate links, but holy crap I can’t trust anything that got generated by a DGA or a cat walking across the keyboard. Cats are shady characters sometimes, you see.
Now there is one image from these I want to look up, because I want to know who made this awesome looking choker.
Something totally alien appeared at this remote crapshack transmitter site. I’ve yelled about the hilarity of this site on here before, and it seems like… uhhhh, well, it gets “maintained” still in the sense that someone mows the grass. Yes, the ATU is still dangling open and even at NIGHT POWER the thing was singing on modulation peaks. The station sounds horrible! But wait, what’s that colored light? Is that the ATU or base insulator arcing over? Hang on, it’s even stranger…
Wait, what? Is that Santa? NORAD, your tracker better not be leading us astray–
Upon seeing the condition of a guy wire anchor the strange visitor backed away really quickly, saying “nope”.
So this was a really crude but successful experiment – I put a set of LED holiday lights down two of the tubes and the result was just majestic. YEARS AGO I had briefly experimented with doing this and never got around to actually making anything of it. The power arrangement to this is just awful — I zip tied the battery box with four AA batteries to that silver collar and wore it like that. It held out for hours of continuous use but was just too damn bulky. Oh well, rough prototype and all. Next version’s gonna have addressable RGB LEDs and a freaking MICROCONTROLLER… and a smaller lithium ion battery. 😀
A while back, Dominik at Slaughterhouse Apparel was just getting his amazing line of post-apocalyptic grunge fashions going and he was looking for a logo.
I designed one using a composite of textures sampled from photographs of decayed materials around the office of the moment to make it look like old stencilled paint on a surface that’s all being slowly reclaimed by the elements.
Then, he had it screen printed on T-shirts and I just had to have one. Yes.