World War 3 as media event?
Hackers are deluging web users with malware-laden spam claiming that World War III has started following a US invasion of Iran.
Security experts warned today that spam emails with subject lines including ‘Third World War has begun’, ‘20000 US Soldiers in Iran’ and ‘US Army crossed Iran’s borders’ have been intercepted.
The emails contain links to a malicious webpage that displays what appears to be a video player showing the mushroom cloud of a nuclear explosion
My mindset has changed a great deal since even this time last year. I used to think about things that didn’t need to be thought about in my everyday life. I seemed to have lost this. I am not sure if it is depression, or a kind of depression that specifically targets intellectual whimsy, I am not sure. I have had to make do with the weekly grind of teaching and surviving, and I definitely have a different relationship to intellectual work in that it is mostly teaching-based thinking, so maybe this is partially the cause. I know I am not happy with the situation. Contemplation is an action affronted by my practical resignation to the tasks at hand. I guess I am learning the hard way the I need to fight for contemplation. It doesn’t just happen, even though it seemed to come naturally to me in the past. I need to figure out ways to encourage this disposition to return. Maybe this is like in mathematics where you do your best work in your mid-20s, but I don’t think so.
I also saw Hancock, and while in the cinema I broke a tooth eating unpopped popcorn. I have 12 days until I see the dentist and it hurts. The movie was terrible; all the best bits of the preview featured in the film as youtube clips representing Hancock’s exploits. Using diegetic peri-texts to make a flash, or at least mildly-interesting, preview is a new low for filmmakers to suck in cinema-goers. Breaking my tooth was the best thing about the movie.