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Petition to shut down Operation In Our Sites

Hello, all. This isn't technically a Karlheinz-related issue, but I need to get the word out.

I have just created a petition on Whitehouse.gov to shut down Operation In Our Sites. Here is the shortened URL:

It needs 150 signatures to make it publicly viewable, and 25,000 signatures to get a response. Read it, and if you agree with the sentiment, spread the word.

Thanks for your patience. I promise the next newsletter will be less politicky.

Karlheinz goes down, in every way except the one you're thinking of

Hello, all. Long time no see. But I have a couple of things I need to get off my chest.

First of all, you may have noticed that khznoise.NET has gone down. The khznoise.COM domain is still working just fine.

...No? You didn't notice that at all? Never even heard of the .net domain before? That's what I thought. It's also why the .net domain is staying down: I don't feel like paying for a domain name that nobody knows exists.

Second of all, I suppose I should talk about the Great Karlheinz Face Plant of 2012.

As you may know, two weeks ago I performed with Cut Hands, Veiled, Sean Greenlee, and Sharpwaist. I performed early, packed up early, and had ample time to enjoy the show and have a few drinks. Which I did, and did. After the show, I remember hanging out at the merch table, and afterwards my friend Nate agreed to drive me and my gear the two blocks it takes to get to my house from the venue.

The next thing I remember was waking up the next morning, half a tooth missing, blood all over my clothing, with my right eye swollen shut, my glasses shattered, my gear not in the apartment, and my cell phone gone. After a few freaked-out emails to Nate, Egan, and a few friends, I spent Sunday in and out of consciousness. Looking back on it, I likely had some sort of concussion, though at the time I assumed it was a hangover.

Apparently, between loading out and getting home, I did a full faceplant on the sidewalk. Nate had my gear and merch, but not my cell phone. I tried calling the phone without luck; called the owners of the venue; even retraced the route between the venue and my house. No luck.

I also missed school (and tutoring) on Monday, which is probably for the best. Besides being in no shape to teach or learn, I think the other students would have run screaming from my Quasimodo-like visage.

Here's a photo of me that Nate took right after the accident:

Faceplant. Not pictured: half a front tooth.Faceplant. Not pictured: half a front tooth.

In the end, most of the damage was able to be repaired. My swolen eye is now receeded (though it still looks like I'm wearing eyeliner on that eye), Nate brought back my gear, and I ended up buying a new cell phone (with the same phone number as before).

I still need to find a dentist, though.

In dorkier news: One of the informal challenges of my Java Data Structures course was to come up with a new sorting algorithm. And, I did. Unbeknownst to me, it is loosly based on the Gnome Sort, except that it works from both ends inwards. Thus, I have decided to call it the Double Baggins Sort.

If anyone is actually interested, shoot me a line. Somehow, I don't think many people will, which is why I'm not going into details here.

Karlheinz: Pwned

Some of you may have noticed that the site was down for the past few days.

This is because the site got attacked by the dreaded Pantscow.ru attack:

This attack adds a script tag to index pages which points to a JavaScript on their site. It also re-writes all the JavaScript files, to write that script tag to any HTML page.

It is a bitch and a half to get rid of, especially if you use a CMS (like Drupal), which has hundreds of JavaScript files, all of which have to be cleaned and re-uploaded. Instead, I just downloaded fresh CMS files and uploaded those. I've also changed the permissions on all the files to 555, changed the SFTP password, and (just to be safe) did a virus scan on my 'puter (nothing found). I also installed some extra security measures through the CMS itself and re-submitted the site using Google's Webmaster Tools.

If this is all Greek to you, don't worry about it. It just means "I fixed it."

Note: I double-checked, and no site data was compromised, so you shouldn't have to change your password or anything like that. But if it makes you feel safer, go ahead change it.

I did, however, block a bunch of new users who signed up, that I thought were probably spam. If this is not the case, contact me, and I'll unblock you.

I really apologize for even having to send this note. I just thought y'all should know what was up.

XFest 2010, Last.fm, and more free music

Hello, all. More news from the land of Karlheinz.

First of all: I am playing tomorrow night (that's Friday) as part of the XFest 2010 at the 119 Gallery in Lowell. I have no idea if it will be any good, as I was put on the bill without actually being told it existed, and am playing in an ensemble group of improv musicians. But, hey, it's free, so you have nothing to lose, and there are plenty of other swell people who I'm sure will be excellent. The fest is a three-day affair, so if you like improvised music, you'll want to stay for the weekend.

Details and lineup here:

In other news: Because I am so forward-thinking and ahead of my time, I am now exploiting a music website called "Last.fm." The link to my page is here:

Through there, you will also be able to view pages for Karlsruhe, and Lord and Karlheinz:

Most of the music on these pages is free to stream and free to download; the only exceptions are in-print material, and the Karlsruhe live recording (due to our cover of Godflesh's "Pulp").

Inspired by this new venue, I dug deep into my dusty archives and made my out-of-print album "Shit" available. MP3's can be downloaded through Last.fm, and registered users at khznoise.com can download a lossles FLAC version from here:

An informative documentary about the making of the album is here:

One final note: I may very well be having problems with this mailing list reaching people. If this is true, I need to make some changes to my website. So, when and if you get this missive, I would be extremely grateful if all y'all wrote a reply saying you got this. Sorry for the inconvenience, I just want to make sure everything is hunky dory.

Quick update

Hello again, all.

Just thought I'd let everyone know about my current situation.

The power at my practice space is back on, and everything appears to be back to normal. I am tenderly easing back into recording music again, though my live gear is still at the apartment.

However, I am still very poor, so I will be selling a LOT of musical equipment, most of which is only slightly shoddier than when I first bought it. Be forewarned, I will probably send you a list, which of course you can ignore at your leisure.

Having discovered Facebook, I now see the virtue in what us tech geeks call "micro-blogging." Which is this. Whenever we discover anything we think is great, we can throw it up on our wall (or, soon, twitter page). Naturally, this thing actually is just annoying to anyone other than ourselves, but since it's only a short paragraph, it doesn't really matter. It's kind of like "agile blogging."

The Facebook page for Karlheinz, noise performer, is here:

The Facebook page for Karl Giesing, fat boring human, is here:

Try not to confuse the two, as the latter will be within eyeshot of future employers. But that is the place to go for the stultifying minutiae of my daily existence.

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