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FBI Charges Blind Phone Phreak With Intimidating a Verizon Security Official

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Matthew Weigman, a blind hacker who has been under investigation since he was 15 years-old has been arrested just two months after his 18th birthday.

The article (linked below) is fascinating. However, even more interesting are the two recorded phone calls you can listen to on the sidebar. One is of Weigman making an inter-company call to a Verizon phone operator and posing as a fellow phone employee to fish for data. The other is of Weigman making a 2005 “swatting” call that sent police to the Colorado home of Richard Gasper, a TSA screener whose daughter refused phone sex with Weigman.

Fascinating stuff.

Click here for the article.

Up until now Weigman, who was taking in by FBI already once in December of 2007 (while still a minor) has, up until now, been known only as “Li’l Hacker” by the press. As of turning 18, he’s no longer protected by juvenile civility laws.

Here’s the article from last December.

Nature As Amusement Park

Posted on by Joshua Dysart Posted in Art, Cool Stuff!, Journal | Leave a comment

Artist Ilkka Halso believes that, once we’re done depleting the ozone, destroying the rainforests, and using up all arable land, nature will be on view in amusement parks.

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More awesome imagery here.

Eight Reasons Why The Hero’s Journey Sucks

Posted on by Joshua Dysart Posted in Cool Stuff!, Journal, Writing | Leave a comment

Great article here on how lazy writers use the Hero’s Journey template.

Some highlights…

“It discourages originality”.

“The ‘hero’ is always a man”.

“It confuses personal growth with solving problems”.

Etc.

It’s a good read that I couldn’t agree with more.

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Eight Reasons Why The Hero’s Journey Sucks

Posted on by Joshua Dysart Posted in Cool Stuff!, Journal, Writing | Leave a comment

Great article here on how lazy writers use the Hero’s Journey template.

Some highlights…

“It discourages originality”.

“The ‘hero’ is always a man”.

“It confuses personal growth with solving problems”.

Etc.

It’s a good read that I couldn’t agree with more.

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The Day, upcoming MMO…

Posted on by Joshua Dysart Posted in Art, Cool Stuff!, Journal, Video Games | Leave a comment

I don’t play mmo’s, too much of a time suck, but the concept work is amazing!!

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Giant Robot Repairs the Arc de Triomphe

More here