briangefrich:

kaanekii answered your post: Do I have any followers who were born …

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Allow me to tell you a story, child.

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"Stay awhile and listen!"

Back around the time you were born, the Internet was a toddler too, and very little illustrates this like a game called Elf Bowling. This game from NStorm hit the web in 1998. Like many of the whack-a-mole games of that time, it was very simple and involved physical abuse.

In this case, Santa was bored and decided to go bowling, using his elves as pins while a reindeer watched.

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The elves scream in high-pitched synchronized fear every time Santa bowls, and their crushed bodies are swept away into darkness by a giant squeegee.

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Also, the game is really boring, like all bowling games.

Because the internet was still in diapers, of course it went completely viral in 1999.

And it kind of destroyed the Internet.

See, back in those days, most email users were using a program like Outlook Express to download messages to their computer.

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This was before webmail was a thing. A majority of users at this time were still on dial-up (some were lucky enough to get a steady 56k connection, but many would be stuck at 33.6, or even worse, 18.8) and email systems were built to quickly move tiny text messages back and forth. A huge essay-like email to your mom explaining why you need more money? That’s a kilobyte or two in plain text and an email system blasts that out with no issues.

Elf Bowling is 1.1mb.

With a strong 56k connection, 1.1mb takes at least two and half minutes to download.

Outlook Express 5, which came with Windows 98, had a default server timeout of 60 seconds.

In 1999, everybody emailed it to everyone they know.

I was working as an internet tech support rep at the time, and here’s what happened:

  1. Elf Bowling would appear in your inbox on the server.
  2. You would attempt to download new messages.
  3. Everything before Elf Bowling would download fine.
  4. The server would time out trying to download the Elf Bowling file.
  5. The email would not be deleted from the server or marked as downloaded.
  6. Later on you’d try to get new messages and it would start to download Elf Bowling again, preventing new emails from getting through.

Eventually, it might download, or when you called tech support they had you increase the timeout, but then you’d play the stupid game and try to send it to every person you’ve ever met with an email address.

For the entire holiday season that year, email servers were under assault by this stupid game.

And that was only one half of the story. The file that was being sent around was elfbowling.exe.

People were downloading and running an unknown executable file.

Eventually, a chain email started going around, warning that elf bowling was a virus and it was going to delete all the information on your computer on Dec 25th at midnight, but this was determined to be a hoax.

There are two points here:

First off, fuck you, Elf Bowling

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Secondly, kaanekii, marvel at where we have come in just your lifetime. I can watch Doctor Who streaming in HD on my phone, and just 16 years ago, one megabyte of Santa being a jackass almost destroyed the Internet’s email infrastructure.

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2 hours ago on 09.02.14 ✖ 1472 notes

I’m gonna streetpass glen keane

5 hours ago on 09.02.14 ✖ 8 notes

siderealscion:

mALEFISHIENT, MARK

ive been meaning to make work-related comics forever, so enjoy some choice movie title bastardizations.

(these all actually, seriously, happened, with no humor or awareness on the part of the customer at the time as far as I could tell. so, yes, someone actually asked for a ticket to “Detergent” with a straight face.)

6 hours ago on 09.02.14 ✖ 74298 notes
tom-bakery:

she came from venus - for female scientists, space explorers, aliens, droids and other badass sci-fi ladies (x)

1. electric lady - janelle monáe | 2. into darkness - kyary pamyu pamyu | 3. rapture - blondie | 4. electric girl - she | 5. science fiction double feature - joan jett | 6. love without sound - delia derbyshire | 7. starships - nicki minaj | 8. area 52 - yeah yeah yeahs | 9. human behaviour - björk | 10. art-i-ficial - x-ray spex | 11. major tom (coming home) - shiny toy guns | 12. lost in space - starkey | 13. hello earth - kate bush | 14. sally ride - janelle monáe | bonus track: she blinded me with science - thomas dolby

tom-bakery:

she came from venus - for female scientists, space explorers, aliens, droids and other badass sci-fi ladies (x)

1. electric lady - janelle monáe | 2. into darkness - kyary pamyu pamyu | 3. rapture - blondie | 4. electric girl - she | 5. science fiction double feature - joan jett | 6. love without sound - delia derbyshire | 7. starships - nicki minaj | 8. area 52 - yeah yeah yeahs | 9. human behaviour - björk | 10. art-i-ficial - x-ray spex | 11. major tom (coming home) - shiny toy guns | 12. lost in space - starkey | 13. hello earth - kate bush | 14. sally ride - janelle monáe | bonus track: she blinded me with science - thomas dolby

11 hours ago on 09.02.14 ✖ 4541 notes

animationscenery:

Cats Don’t Dance (1997) Visual Development (dir. Mark Dindal

11 hours ago on 09.02.14 ✖ 1485 notes

michelle nguyen and intern maureen are QUEER and DATING

11 hours ago on 09.02.14 ✖ 77 notes

shimmervee:

steve carlsberg is that sleepover guest who whispers way too loudly and is like “hey are you guys still awake” just as you’re falling asleep

12 hours ago on 09.02.14 ✖ 488 notes

steveeugenecarlsberg:

maureen + michelle = cool friends who hate everything together

12 hours ago on 09.02.14 ✖ 127 notes

squided:

It’s almost fall you know that means we will all be needing some

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12 hours ago on 09.02.14 ✖ 46819 notes

kellylugosisdead:

kellylugosisdead:

kellylugosisdead:

Toya Tenice in the Cemetery - MASTER POST

Some details:

Model - Toya Tenice

Photographer - yours truly

Makeup, styling  - done by the both of us

Location - I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Georgetown, TX

I met Toya at work about a year and a half ago. She didn’t like me at first, but I won her over. Her desire to model came up in conversation at work and we scheduled an impromptu shoot that same week. Those are still some of my favorite photos. We no longer work together, but luckily have kept in contact so that I have someone nearby that will let me talk them into crazy ideas like shooting in a cemetery on a Saturday morning. Her modeling improves every time I photograph her. I know this girl is going places. 

I’m still so incredibly proud of these images. I want to do more of this. 

Sometimes, I need to be reminded that I’m actually really good at this, to silence the self-doubt demons. I’ve got this. I know what I’m doing, or I know how to figure it out otherwise.

12 hours ago on 09.02.14 ✖ 7562 notes

modmad:

still working and I don’t normally do requests but this was too cute an idea not to so left-handed speed-hug just for you anon I hope you feel special xxx

12 hours ago on 09.02.14 ✖ 524 notes
15 hours ago on 09.02.14 ✖ 204118 notes

Sept. 2 8:15 am →

justice4mikebrown:

15 hours ago on 09.02.14 ✖ 1166 notes

whiNES okay while i think a frank n sadie blog would be /easier/ for me in the short run i think that i could have more to work with and more motivation to do more things with a sparks-verse blog so THATS PROBABLY WHAT IM DOING, SORRY GUYS. IM SO SORRY TAH FANDOM YOURE GETTING A SPARKS NEVADA ASKBLOG WITHIN THE NEXT WEEK OR SO

22 hours ago on 09.02.14 ✖ 7 notes