Posts Tagged ‘Hope Larson’

Julie Michelle rocks…

August 15, 2009

Originally uploaded by tangobaby

Stu over at BAS GD Website hooked me up (professionally, get your mind out of the gutter!!) with SF photog Julie Michelle recently.  Julie is a CRAZY TALENTED photographer who is working on the I Live Here: SF project and Stu posed for a series of kick ass pix with her not so long ago.  While I technically don’t fit the “live in SF” bill for her awesome project, I’ve needed good photos for http://www.katekotler.com for a while now; so I gave her a shout to see if I could work out something with her in terms of trading for photos, etc.

She very graciously accepted my offer and even though I was two hours late due to my nutty schedule this week and my totally fried brain we met up this afternoon to shoot my pix.  Julie did professional makeup for me and we went to shoot in the Shakespeare Garden in Golden Gate Park and in Green Apple Books on Clement (two really awesome SF place – Green Apple being amongst my favorite bookstores of all time…)

She just emailed me the link to the set of pix on Flickr: book baby

I’m really excited about the pictures; and, thought about keeping them in my hat until I launch my website… But there are so many good ones and I have some tough choices to make in terms of the website and business cards and my new press kits… so I thought I would share.

I’m really feeling great right now.  For the first time (not in private) in a couple of weeks.  Thank you, Julie – you’ve really made my week!

Oh yes – and, please check out my DIY Diva column and part two of my Women to Watch w/Hope Larson.  Linkage below!

DIY Diva: No Sew Fleecie Blankie

Women to Watch: Part 2 of Our Interview With Hope Larson

[photo by Julie Michelle]

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File under WTF – Twitter hit with DDoS

August 6, 2009

So I have been offline all morning (it happens sometimes) and I just logged on to check to see if my interview with Hope Larson had run on BitchBuzz yet so I could blast the URL on the various and sundry social networking websites I use (because, despite what people might think, there is a purpose to using Facebook and Twitter and such for me, career wise.  I now anticipate getting at least three “you’re so self-promoting/narcissistic/self-involved” comments on this post – fire away, I’m ready with pithy comebacks involving gymnasts and Christian Dior.)  Clearly (as you can tell by the link in the first sentance of this post) the story is up; and, after posting it in various places I was going to tweet it to the 196 random people following me on Twitter.  (That includes @hopelarson, the person the piece spotlights.)

Twitter – of course – was being completely janky and timing out on the connection.  I was actually on the phone with Rosie at the same time and I said “WTF, Twitter, you suck! Fail whale, fail whale!”

Yes I know I’m a dork.

Anyhoo… At that same time I picked up an RSS from Mashable – a post by Barb Dybwad – apparently this morning Twitter was hit with a DDoS attack.  (Incidentally – Barb – love the first line of the article, “This morning civilization almost ground to a halt as Twitter was hit with a DDoS or Distributed Denial of Service Attack and went down for over two hours, with intermittent outages continuing even as they got the situation more under control.”  Sweet snark, woman – that’s awesome writing!)

M’kay – that explains the Twitter acting like a jackhole issue.  I’ve talked about DoS (denial of service) attacks in a previous post about trolling and 4Chan.  DDoS (or, distributed denial of service) is basically the same thing as a DoS – it’s a hack that is intended to interupt the use of a website by it’s intended users.

This is not a hack that a bored teenage miscreant can carry off.  It takes some mad skillz.  (Yes, I used a z at the end of that word, deal with it.)  Not that I’m pointing fingers or anything (because why would I?  I actually admire skilled hackers as being geniuses) but is it coincidence or just irony of timing that this big site takedown comes on the heels of DefCon 17?

For those who do not know — DefCon = the biggest, most notorious, most awesome gathering of some of the most brilliant hacker minds in the world.  Something I’ve been dying to go to for years just to observe (though I’m terrified of my lappie w/the crap passwords I use being hacked and being mocked by hot hacker dudes and dudettes for using my Mom’s first grade teacher’s name as a pass.  FYI – not my pass – don’t bother trying it.)  AND DefCon happened to be last weekend in Las Vegas.

Could it possibly be that some gauntlet was thrown in the wee hours of a geek party amongst black hats and the Twitter DDoS is the result?  Is someone paying up in beer and hardware today?  The world will never know; but, it sure is interesting to think about.

^5 tricky hackers.