Beyonce: Making Your Ears Bleed

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 19, 2016 in Immoral Conversations |

It can happen to anyone, a slight mis-step and something goes wrong. For Beyonce, at her recent concert, it was an earring apparently caught in her ponytail which ripped her ear and then bled. She, of course, continued despite the injury and has earned both praise and some vitriol as a result. And, of course, […]

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Secure Servers: The Sweet Irony

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 18, 2016 in Internet |

Probably everyone in the United States now knows that WikiLeaks – a theoretically impartial whistleblower website dedicated to leaking government and business documents and information – has been posting countless mails from and to Hillary Clinton for the last few weeks, the bulk of which has been incredibly boring and tells us nothing new, nothing […]

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Playing On The Gullibility Of The Masses

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 17, 2016 in Immoral Conversations |

Another two attempts to defraud or infect have come my way this week. They may well be ones which are already well-known to some, but such warnings bear repeating time and time again: there is always someone prepared to buy London Bridge. This first is a clear case of attempted Identity Theft as well as […]

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The Influence Of The Internet

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 16, 2016 in Internet |

This may well become an Internet legend, or it could also be just a story someone made up along the way but it goes something like this: The German supermarket chain Lidl decided upon a new advertising campaign comparing prices of products that they sell, between their own brands and those of market leaders. They […]

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Presidential Campaign: Lest We Forget

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 14, 2016 in News & Opinion |

There are parody accounts, real accounts and stared accounts on Twitter, and sometimes it is difficult to tell the difference one from another. Quite a few people have been caught out recently by parody accounts claiming to be Donald Trump – although I do not understand why anyone would wish to parody a man who […]

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This, Is A Traffic Surge

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 10, 2016 in Internet |

You might remember that I had a problem, a while back now, with someone trying to hack into my server, and with a major DOS attack. My traffic went up from about 50MB to 4GB over a very short period of time and threw a real spanner in the works. At the time we were […]

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News Media Working At Full Steam

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 9, 2016 in News & Opinion |

It’s been a tough few days for the media, far harder than any other election cycle we have ever experienced. Never has the media been forced to fact check so many statements, to delve so deep into the archives – their own and those of others – to sift through leaked and falsified documents, to […]

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Update: Well, That Was Fun

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 7, 2016 in Internet |

Remind me never to try to do an update when most of my traffic is due here. Despite all the statistics various services offer, the bulk of my visitors live in the United States and they, for those of you in the know, tend to live in different time zones. My evening tends to be […]

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The Thing With Dating Sites

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 1, 2016 in Immoral Conversations |

I have been amusing myself recently over an advertising campaign by a dating web site which (as they all do) claims to be the biggest and most successful in the world. Their posters are in all the major cities and have a standard format: a single person in a plain, head and shoulders shot, smiling […]

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Is It Really You?

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on September 28, 2016 in Internet |

Did you catch the comment by François on my last post? A simple but very relevant question: how do you know that I am me. He might just as well have asked how we know who anyone is, on the Internet. How can we trust anyone who we have never met, never seen, never heard […]

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