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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Goodbye, Instagram.

For those who don't follow me on Twitter here's a quick recap of the last 24-hours.

- My Instagram account (Alaskanaut) was hacked.
- I logged in, changed the password, and the hacker changed it five minutes later.
- I couldn't log in and my account was now following and posting some unsavory things.
- I reported the hack.
- Instagram told me to send a picture as identification.
- I sent the picture.
- Instagram told me they couldn't identify me by matching my selfie to my other selfies and they could no longer do anything to help me. So sorry. The account belonged to a hacker. Goodbye.

*all the rage*

But I realized I was still logged in on my phone. I tried it, was able to get in, and for the safety of my family and my brand deleted the account.

Instagram customer service wasn't willing to help, and I don't think their security was good enough that I wanted to continue any form of business relationship with them. Instagram had my telephone number, and that wasn't enough for them to use to identify me and get the hacker out of my account.

What did we learn from my very bad Monday?
1) Good passwords are key  - mine obviously wasn't up to snuff and now I need to change all of them.
2) Don't dismiss notifications at 6am because you don't know what's going on. Last time it was someone try to set up an Apple account with my email, this time it was someone trying to hack my Instagram. They succeeded because I dismissed the notification.
3) Customer service is not as helpful as you want them to be.

... so goodbye, Instagram. It was fun while it lasted.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Impulse Buy Book of the Week: THE DROWNING GOD by James Kendley

To uncover modern Japan's darkest, deadliest secret, one man must face a living nightmare from his childhood...

Few villagers are happy when Detective Tohru Takuda returns to his hometown to investigate a string of suspicious disappearances. Even the local police chief tries to shut him out of the case. For behind the conspiracy lurks a monstrous living relic of Japan's pagan prehistory: the Kappa. Protected long ago by a horrible pact with local farmers—and now by coldly calculating corporate interests—the Kappa drains the valley's lifeblood, one villager at a time.

As the body count rises, Takuda must try to end the Drowning God's centuries-long reign of terror, and failure means death…or worse.

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James Kendley's first published novel, The Drowning God (HarperCollins, July 28, 2015), was chosen out of more than 4,500 entries for Harper Voyager Impulse's digital-first campaign. Kendley has written and edited professionally for more than 30 years, first as a newspaper reporter and editor, then as a copy editor and translator in Japan (where he taught for eight years at private colleges and universities), and currently as an educational publishing content wrangler living in northern Virginia.
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Monday, July 27, 2015

Falling Into Bad Habits

This summer has been the worst for actual productive activity. I'm getting writing done but almost nothing else.

I haven't gone to the gym in two months. I'm still paying the outrageous fees, but I'm not going because getting up, getting dressed, and getting out the door are way too hard on a cold, gray, rainy summer day. These are the kinds of days where you want to roll over in bed and make rude gestures to the universe.

And I can because I work from home.

Finding motivation to get back out there is killing me. So, lay it on me, what do you do to motivate yourself and restart good habits when the bad habits take over?

What's your go-to trick for convincing yourself to do the hard stuff?