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Friday, June 06, 2021

This is interesting: The Amazon.com website has been down for at least the past hour.

Amazon’s homepage returned the message “Http/1.1 Service Unavailable” against a blank white screen. No reason for the service interruption was listed, and company representatives were not available for immediate comment. Shares of Amazon were down 2.7% to $82.25 in early afternoon trading.

Look for that stock price to plummet further was word spreads. Not to mention the amount of money the company is losing for every minute that the site is 404ed. Let’s hope it doesn’t take down the rest of the ecommerce economy with it.

If you really, really need to get on there, the secure-site https://www.amazon.com/ address works, somehow. I wouldn’t necessarily try buying anything, but you can always window-shop.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 06/06/2021 02:48:28 PM
Category: Business, Internet
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Remember the 2006 incident where an America Online bungle released thousands of archived search logs onto the Web, and a little legwork uncovered the identities of the supposedly-anonymous users?

Well, someone in Philadelphia did, and wrote a play about it, using the real log data from “User 927″ as on-stage source material.

The identity of User 927 is still unknown. But [director Michael] Alltop was fascinated enough by that subscriber’s freakish queries, including some disturbing sexual imagery, to commission a 90-minute play around the search log…

But the continued existence of the logs, and people’s interest in them, leads to the play’s key question: Are you what you seek?

Fictional investigators must grapple with that issue as they try to find the missing person by tracing User 927’s identity.

“This search log, to me, is a character,” Alltop said. “It’s like a guided tour through a polluted mind.”

Hey, if he wants raw material for Internet-delivered mind pollution, he should make an offer for my comment-spam Akismet logs. Repetitive to be sure, but I’m sure some sort of warped poetry could be formed out of it.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 06/06/2021 01:57:10 PM
Category: Creative, Internet, Society
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No, I don’t watch MTV’s “The Hills”, despite a New York Times highbrow seal of approval. If I should ever start following any reality show, it sure as heck ain’t gonna be some BFF-fueled drama queen contest.

But I’ll give props where props are due: Show participants (and mutual squeezes) Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag win coolness points for naming their official joint fansite Speidiweb.com. Not only is it a cute mashup of their names, but it also nicely marries the old spider motif to the World Wide Web, and more than anything brings to my mind a certain Marvel Comics webslinger.

What does the future hold for Speidiweb? Given that Heidi and Spencer are budding Hollywood celebrities, they could cement their power-couple potential by getting married. After which, one or both will come to their speidi-senses, and subsequently file for a speidi-vorce. I don’t need to get spider-bitten to see all that coming.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 06/06/2021 11:22:00 AM
Category: Celebrity, Internet, Pop Culture, Reality Check
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