from “A New Refutation of Time” by Jorge Luis Borges

“I am told that the present, the specious present of the psychologists, lasts from a few seconds to a minute fraction of a second that can be the duration of the history of the universe. In other words, there is no such history, just as a man has no life; not even one of his nights exists; each moment we live exists, but not their imaginary combination.”

from “A New Refutation of Time,” pg. 223.

Borges, Jorge Luis. Labyrinths: selected stories & other writings. New Directions Pub. Corp., 1986.

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from “The Theologians” by Jorge Luis Borges

“He argued with the men on whose judgment his fate depended and committed the extreme ineptitude of doing so with wit and irony.”

from “The Theologians,” pg. 125.

Borges, Jorge Luis. Labyrinths: selected stories & other writings. New Directions Pub. Corp., 1986.

Hacked!

My self-hosted WordPress site was hacked in late July/early August. In a short time period almost one million files were uploaded to the server. The first sign that there was a problem was redirects sending visitors to unexpected sites. I spent a frantic weekend deleting files using FTP programs on two computers, but the hackers must have installed backdoors which resulted in repeated problems. Over the next two months, I dealt with files that were mysteriously deleted and php files that autogenerated SPAM. By October, scripts installed within my sites triggered my web hosting service to suspend any sites hosted within my account until I showed proof that the sites had been professionally cleaned. I talked to the service recommended by my web host, Hostgator, and the cost for my site alone was $120 with no guarantee that the scan would actually solve the problem. Since I was hosting multiple sites, I chose to discontinue my personal blog and move my site to Wordpress.com.

The unfortunate side-effect of being hacked is that all of my work from the last four years has been destroyed. I generally received between 3,000 and 4,000 pageviews each month, and starting over is a very frustrating and disappointing consequence to being hacked. Unfortunately, I can’t see any other way to bounce back from the damage that was done. I will be attempting to recreate those posts that were most popular on my self-hosted site. This will take some time, however, so I apologize for the inconvenience this has caused you.