Wow. You know when you’re doing something right (or wrong) when you get bile thrown at you. After a long silence, the ever loving La Russophobe has once again made me the object of obsession. “Sean Guillory, Three Time Loser” is, well, what you would expect.
If I’m really all the things Miss Bliss says I am, then why waste the column space? If I’m so pathetic and insignificant, then why not just ignore me? I guess I’m a thorn in her side. The funny thing is that I didn’t even know it. I probably wouldn’t have found out about this latest tirade if someone didn’t email it to me. And she calls me a loser!?.
Kim is so obsessed with me that sometimes I really do think that she’s just in love. And that is the scariest thought of all.
Hey, Kim, if you’re reading, thanks for the laugh. And for the plug.
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By Sean — 9 years ago
The past five days have been an utter nightmare. On Thanksgiving morning I got an email from my hosting company, BlueHost, saying that they unceremoniously pulled the plug on my account. There was no warning. No clear explanation. The email they sent said, “It has come to our attention that your site is using an extreme amount of resources on our servers and network.” I had no idea what this meant and calls to their technicians offered no explanation. I was constantly referred to their terms of service agreement, which like most legal documents is littered with vague and roundabout ways of saying that they can do what they want, when they want. One tech even told me that my account was “deactivated” by order of the president of the company. I didn’t believe him since each of the five techs I talked to gave me a different answer. Apparently it was true.
I was left at a total loss all weekend. What would cause my little blog using “an extreme amount of resources”? What does all of this Internet-ese even mean? Was the site hacked? Are there FSB spooks out to get me? No tea, thank you.
I was unable to get a hold of BlueHost’s Abuse department until Monday morning because of the holiday. They told me that there was something in my site that downed their entire shared hosting network. The president of the company was notified and he gave the ukaz to axe me. My immediate question: “Is he Russian?” He isn’t. And no they weren’t going to restore my account. BlueHost wanted no part of me. And at this point I wanted no part of them. I had to pack my bags and go elsewhere. The only question was where?
I eventually signed up for a Virtual Private Server with InMotion. Yesterday was a elementary crash course in the difference between Shared Servers, Virtual Private Servers, and Dedicated Servers. Words like SQL Databases, phpAdmin, and Cpanel are now part of my everyday vocabulary. I must have called tech support 10 times. All of that and I still barely understand what the hell is going on.
I’m just happy that the site is now back up. Thanks to InMotion for their assistance. Thanks to everyone who sent emails asking where I went. A pox on BlueHost for ruining my holiday weekend.
Now back to the regularly scheduled program . . .Post Views: 440
By Sean — 5 years ago
I’ve encountered a lot of interesting people in my seven years of blogging. But none have been as flamboyant as the infamous La Russophobe. Here’s an email that I received from Ms. Zigfeld this evening that proves why:Dear Sean,In a recent blog post, you called for Yulia Latynina to lose her job. Not that, of course, you have even 10% of the kind of influence that would be needed to make that happen, or that she or her employer even know who you are, but I think that if you review these posts calmly you’ll perhaps see they are childish, bitter, petty and ought to be beneath you. They make both you and your university look bad. The mere fact that you have the time to devote to such drivel does so, to say nothing of the wretched content. Yulia risks her life exactly the way Politkovskaya did, and she is published by editors who are among the bravest and most important of any editors of any newspaper at any time in world history. Your comments are grossly disrespectful of their judgment and the risks she is taking. You are not qualified to pass judgment on them, to say the least. Worst of all, you didn’t even see fit to call for Zhirinovsky to lose his job, which clearly establishes that this is a personal thing you have with Yulia. She didn’t even make a factual mistake, she just expressed an opinion that turned out to be bogus, and she owned up to it. It’s not a basis for her to be fired, just that simple.So here’s what: I’m giving you one week to reconsider, apologize for going too far and admit she should not be fired. If you don’t, I’m going to call for you to be fired. In my view, I have more ammunition that you did in regard to Yulia. And I’m for sure way more powerful than you are.Regards,Kim
As the great Stan “The Man” Lee often says, “Nuff said.”
Here’s a screen shot as proof of the missive’s authenticity. I’ve removed our respective emails.Post Views: 1,282
By Sean — 11 years ago
I’ve finally got my own url, server space, and moved over to WordPress. Please update all your necessary bookmarks and links. I’ll be adding things as time goes on. In the meantime welcome to the new Sean’s Russia Blog. I hope you enjoy. Please let me know what you think and if there are any changes I should make.Post Views: 306