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New Site + Raver Hell in Paradise

Posted by on May 10th, 2011 with 0 Comments

So you may have noticed that things look a little different around here.

While the wordpress blog side of the site has been kind of ready to go for a while now, the integrated photo gallery portion is still a ways off… mainly because I need to find some time to create some galleries.

So why did I launch a half finished site? Well… the old got hacked by a very common wordpress redirect thing. Malicious entries were inserted into the MySQL database, an untold number of php files were compromised, htaccess had been edited… all not good. All very, very bad.

Since I’ve been so negligent with proper backups as I’ve let this domain lapse a bit, last night I went nuclear. I changed all passwords. I deleted all wordpress files and directories, I deleted my wordpress database, purged users… killed it all.

Then I crossed my fingers, took my development wordpress install from an old domain and moved it over here. Actually I just kind of repointed you there, but whatever. Fresh start. After a little tweaking, it seems to be working ok.

As you can see, the layout is a little more newsy and a little less bloggy. That’s intentional.

But anyway, Lightroom tells me that I’ve taken close to 14000 photos since the new year. It’s probably time I share them. I’ll try to update the site with new photos often.  Soon you’ll even be able to buy prints if you like them. Nice eh?

Here’s a photo from India that has stuck with me. It was taken in a town that I can only describe as West Philly on the Indian coast.

In the 1960’s, Anjuna was swarmed by white hippies. In 2011, it’s an international rave spot with a wild west feel. The problem is that these kids are creating and enabling a local black market for the drugs that they consume. That creates an undercurrent of aggressiveness that I felt nowhere else in the country. I was far from any danger and was in no way threatened, but the feeling was there. It was as thick as the smoke that hung over the place. Here’s a random shot from the main street:

Anjuna From the Hip

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