Category Archives: My Blog

The MKX® 11th Anniversary Party

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Graceful hosts The MKX® Editor and Chief and The MKX® Hummus Maker in Chief.

We had a small (who am I kidding? HUGE!) gathering to celebrate the 11th anniversary of The MKX®. Several famous celebrities attended, including some but not all of the following: Rihanna, prince William, the artist formerly known as Prince, will.i.am, Michael Jackson.

We had a fully functional disco ball and enough homemade hummus for all of the Middle East. Total success.

Happy 2014!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
View of motorized disco ball in the techno music hall.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Our most important guests: Amaresh, Emily, and our friends on the table.

The MKX® has moved!

mkx_no_com

Notice anything different? Look up. As in the URL bar of your browser. Yes, that’s right. After The MKX® has moved. We have dropped the .com!

Our team of economists determined that given 2 million daily page views, and the fact that typing .com takes about 0.67 seconds in average, we are saving the world economy about 372.2 hours of lost productivity every day!

Since we have way less hits, the productivity increase is not nearly as dramatic. But still, the new URL is cooler. Visit us at http://Marcos.Kirsch.mx from now on! Or just use the old address which will just transparently redirect you… but wouldn’t you want to save 0.67 seconds of your day?

Cease and desist

It’s fairly common for large blogs to receive “cease and desist” letters threatening legal action unless some content is removed. Usually this happens when a website posts photos of an unreleased iPhone lost in a bar.

The MKX® recently received such a letter from an individual claiming that our popular “English with Andy” series slandered his persona due to the physical resemblance between a recurring character used in the images and his persona; given the possibility that someone may stumble upon one of the images and mistakenly believe that the depicted situation happened in real life and that the individual in question may actually confuse the terms “mushroom” with “much room” or “tissue” with “teach you”, to quote two examples.

In order to eliminate all possibility of said mistake, we:

  1. Stress that the situations shown in the series are not real. Some were invented by our team of writers but most were lifted directly from unfunny mass emails that were forwarded to us. All the characters are fictional and any resemblance to actual persons is purely coincidental. Names were not changed to protect any identities, because there are no identities to protect.
  2. Don’t actually know of anyone who speaks English like that; but would like to meet him/her.
  3. Added a disclaimer to all posts.
  4. Modified all the images using a face from the more crude yet widely known Rage Comics. This image is in the public domain.

The MKX® staff hopes that these actions are sufficient to satisfy all the parties involved. No further entries to the series are planned.

Destroy The MKX®

Having a bad day? Frustrated by my poor handling of the English language? Or are you plain psycho?

This is your lucky day! Thanks to fontBomb and the magic of HTML5 you can destroy The MKX® without physically damaging our extensive data centers! All you have to do is click here to load some destructive JavaScript. Then click (or tap, for those of you on an iPad) anywhere on the page. You will have three seconds to run and take cover.

I wish I didn't have to use yet another "hacking photo" on a post.

Hacked! Again!

If you visited The MKX® today and was redirected to a hardcore porn website… you are welcome. However, I must admit this wasn’t me making a quick buck by getting into a new business venture (not yet, anyway). This was me getting hacked.

Again.

I wish I didn't have to use yet another "hacking photo" on a post.

It happened again, around 5 AM. I keep WordPress and all plugins up to date, and yet somehow a malicious attacker found a vulnerability on something I use in the site. I verified my logs and they didn’t gain access through FTP nor SSH, so a vulnerability it is.

Most PHP files were modified to include an extra line at the beginning that looks like this (I abridged):

<?php /**/ eval(base64_decode("aWYoZnVuY3R <--- lots and lots of gibberish like this ---> ZW5fNzCB9"));?>

When run in the server, this inserts code to redirect you to the naked ladies.

I assure you that The MKX® is clean… for now. The battle continues.