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Posted on 2009.02.10 at 07:00
Current Location: 75409
Current Music: The Very Best of Sting & The Police
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Mr. Krushchev said we will hotlink you
I don't subscribe to this point of view
It would be such an ignorant thing to do
If you don't want ehowton after you.

Was notified yesterday that downloads were spiking on the server which hosts my images and my other various files. Without looking, I knew the Russians had struck again!

The last time this happened, I found my various mp3's on Russian "hosting sites" where they built entire databases out of my music and made them readily available for download. No worries, I moved them all into another directory and put in a 'no spidering' file. That had worked relatively well...until yesterday. At something like 2500 downloads alone for Mark Ronson's "Ooh Wee" (which I had downloaded for schpydurx several years ago) on a single day, it was time for action.

I knew what my top hotlinked images were, I'd researched it before. But this time, it was too much. I ran across several sites which provided code to set hotlinked images as desktop wallpaper and as web page backgrounds. HOTLINKED! A business, who does all their hosting on another's servers. So...I renamed them, made my changes, and swapped out the various pictures for this bowel-clenching one:


I know I could've simply removed the image, but I don't think that's a punitive enough sentence for hotlinking. Hotlinking is rude. What I have done, well...it may change the landscape of hotlinking forever, and isn't that worth just a little short-term bandwidth? Especially since these images were on official sites like the Apple Support Forum, political/journalistic sites, and digg.com. I must admit, thinking of that image splayed across computer screens everywhere as their background wallpaper and/or myspace backgrounds makes me giggle almost uncontrollably. Is that wrong?

The Red Scare is over!

Also, they've somehow wised up, and were listing my soundtracks and scores which were in zip, tar, rar, bzip2, and 7z format and had indexed those as well - despite my obfuscated naming conventions! I removed every song and tarball out of the web accessible directory. Potentially, I could crash the entire Eastern hemisphere's music sharing service. I'll be lauded a hero.

A little more humorously, I found this picture of me standing in front of my Back to the Future pshop'd Tiburon on a forum in the Netherlands and a picture of schpydurx's cuntface on the humor-in-pictures web forum http://www.b3ta.com/talk/5909784 (link is work safe).

I'm out to change the world today.


Joshua Gizelt
swashbuckler332 at 2009-02-10 13:14 (UTC) (Link)
A little more humorously, I found this picture of me standing in front of my Back to the Future...

The link for "this picture" seems to simply reflect whatever page you're viewing it from.
ehowton at 2009-02-10 14:01 (UTC) (Link)
Oops! I'd forgotten to *actually* paste the URL in the link. Thanks!
prog_guy69 at 2009-02-10 13:16 (UTC) (Link)
I have a friend you speaks and reads Dutch if you would like a translation.
ehowton at 2009-02-10 14:03 (UTC) (Link)
Remember the picture of the Honda Del-Sol modified a few years back to make it look like an A-Wing fighter from Star Wars? Yeah, I was curious if they thought I'd actually bolt-on modified my car so used google to auto translate it. Turns out that wasn't the case.
codekitten at 2009-02-10 13:37 (UTC) (Link)

That is some *funny* shit!!!!

Oh how I wish I could see their faces this morning.

edited: and i can't see the picture of you...

Edited at 2009-02-10 01:37 pm (UTC)
ehowton at 2009-02-10 14:28 (UTC) (Link)
You flatter me, really. Thanks.

"Changing the face of hotlinking since 2009"

I hope others pick up my torch and burn hotlinking to the ground through radical measures.

edited: and i can't see the picture of you...
codekitten at 2009-02-10 14:03 (UTC) (Link)


i love that one has "When I die, bury me face down so the whole world can kiss my ass" underneath of it!

oh this is fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ehowton at 2009-02-10 14:22 (UTC) (Link)
I'm really glad you think so. I was dying last night as I looked up all these different sites which displayed my image. And think of the myspace pages OMG!
thesweetestnote at 2009-02-10 16:37 (UTC) (Link)
It would be such an ignorant thing to do
If you don't want [info]ehowton after you.


Russians: 0
ehowton: 1
ehowton at 2009-02-10 16:40 (UTC) (Link)
I'll win the war through attrition! And tasteless hotlinked wallpaper!
dentin at 2009-02-10 17:54 (UTC) (Link)
There's been an increase in traffic since you changed the images, but nothing compared to the previous russian load. I suspect people keep clicking 'reload' hoping that they've got the wrong background due to some temporary glitch. I expect it'll go away over the next few days; for now, it's pretty amusing.
ehowton at 2009-02-10 18:14 (UTC) (Link)
First of all, I'm so glad you think so. Secondly, "THAT'S AWESOME!" You know what this means - its working! My evil plan is coming to fruition.

Thank you!
codekitten at 2009-02-10 17:59 (UTC) (Link)
fyi - i HAVE to show this entry to people. you may be getting some distinct hits.

*still giggling*
ehowton at 2009-02-10 18:13 (UTC) (Link)
By all means. I'm out to change the world today.
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2009-02-10 20:42 (UTC) (Link)
Next time you beseech us not to click something ... REMIND ME NOT TO CLICK IT! *facepalm*
ehowton at 2009-02-10 21:35 (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry you had to see that, but this is war!
ex_crowy at 2009-02-10 23:10 (UTC) (Link)
Though I shouldn't have clicked, I did. The fingers to the right made me giggle like crazy for whatever reason.

I bow down to you today, Sir.
ehowton at 2009-02-10 23:17 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, that one set of fingers over there. Geez. What an odd picture. I wonder what the motivation was behind it? Either way, its out there now, righting wrongs in the most wrong way possible.

And thank you!
photogoot at 2009-02-12 02:56 (UTC) (Link)
You sir, are my f***ing hero! It's one thing to f-with the Russians, its entirely another to do so with flair and style. Well done.
ehowton at 2009-02-12 05:52 (UTC) (Link)

This business will get out of control. It will get out of control and we'll be lucky to live through it.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2009-02-14 01:06 (UTC) (Link)
There are some things you can't unsee!!!
ehowton at 2009-02-14 01:13 (UTC) (Link)
This is very extremely true.
lesabre500 at 2009-02-23 19:40 (UTC) (Link)

Holy Shit!

I read tons of your posts here yesterday but didn't look at any of the pictures. I am pissin' myself laughing today!! I now know what a cunt face looks like and that other fucking mess - well, not much I can say about it. I hope those fucking Russians realize who/what they're dealing with now! hahahahahahah
Reminds me of a hilarious movie called "Snatch" - it had a wild Russian named Boris the Blade, that everybody wanted dead. They had to shoot him about 7 times, with a 50 cal. desert eagle because he wouldn't die. I'm sure glad I came over here to LJ, this is too wild!

Thanks Tom

ehowton at 2009-02-23 20:11 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Holy Shit!

There's a lot of stuff I leave off my xanga...And this avatar? I call it my "Bulletooth" icon from that character in Sntach. I wish he made more movies. He's also hysterical in Eurotrip.

Good to see you here. Glad you like my "cunny visage" rendition of schpydurx! I'd send you to the original post, but alas, I am at work and am unable to :(
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