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Amazon AWS S3 is what’s causing internet issues and outages today

Don’t worry, it’s not just you. The internet on the East Coast is unbearable right now, and you can blame Amazon. On Thursday afternoon, you probably noticed images and video were slow to load on some popular websites. The culprit is AWS S3, or Amazon Web Services, a massive cloud storage service run by the online retail giant, which became unreachable sometime early Tuesday afternoon.

East Coast internet outage: Why is the internet down? What’s causing internet issues today?

The internet isn’t technically down, but Amazon S3 services are down in the Northeast region of the U.S. — which is affected any website or company that use it to host files.

What is AWS S3?

AWS S3 hosts images, pictures and videos for other companies and websites (the S3 stands for simple storage service). So when it has issues, it means that you may still be able to visit websites, but any large files they use that are hosted by AWS won’t show appear or may look broken. According to the Independent, some of the websites affected by Tuesday’s issues include Imgur, Medium and SoundCloud.

How do Amazon Web Services work?

AWS charges users for the service of storing their data. So other sites use it to host their files, including images, videos and audio, and then link out to them. That way, the smaller websites can rely on AWS to host larger files.

Is there an AWS status page I can check?

Yes — Amazon has a status page that users can check for news about outages. But Amazon is notoriously bad about reporting its own issues, and, on Tuesday afternoon, the AWS status page indicated that most service was operating normally and featured a small alert at the top warning users of “Increased Error Rates.” The note also said “We’re continuing to work to remediate the availability issues for Amazon S3 in US-EAST-1.”

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Ohio gothic

- the house three doors down has been foreclosed for years. you think you see a shadow but it’s just a stray cat. the back of your neck prickles when you turn away.
- the taco bell on the edge of town has a special sauce. they don’t tell you what it is, but you ask for extra every time. they are hiring again. weren’t they just hiring last week?
- you wear blue on a game day. people in scarlet and gray are everywhere. “O, H,” they chant. “I, O,” you reply. “O, H.” “I, O.” “O, H!” “I, O!” you can’t remember why your shirt isn’t red.
- the mayflies are swarming. they come in clouds so big they cast shadows. you pull your shirt over your mouth to breathe. inside your house you cough and a wing lands in your palm.
- the billboard by the shoreway reads “new lakefront condos! inquire within!” in shiny yellow paint. there hasn’t been a building there in years.
- there’s broken bottles in the valley. there’s always been broken bottles in the valley. do not touch the broken bottles in the valley.
- the four am train doesn’t wake you up anymore. the four am train slinks silently through the night. sometimes it stops. it waits. it starts again. the next morning you take the long walk to starbucks so you don’t have to step on the tracks.
- the wind sounds like whispers in the cornfield. you start to sleep with headphones in but you can’t escape the breeze in the daytime.
- the weatherman promises a balmy sixty degrees and sunny. when you look out the window, the sky is heavy and ice is forming on the sidewalk. the weatherman smiles. “sixty degrees.”
- the church on the corner has been closed for fourteen years. every Sunday at noon you hear church bells. no one seems surprised.
- the interstate is long and flat and you swear you’ve seen that farm stand before. the man in the hat holding the zucchini waves slowly. ten minutes later, you see him again. this time, you do not wave back.


Meet Taika Waititi – The Multitalented Goofball Writing Disney’s Moana

Yesterday news leaked that Taika Waititi will be writing the screenplay for Disney’s next animated princess film, Moana.

Waititi is a Maori of Te-Whanau-a-Apanui descent, and hails from the Raukokore region of northeast New Zealand. One cool thing about Waititi’s hiring is that Disney has actually hired a person of Polynesian decent to write about a person of Polynesian decent. Seems obvious, but it is all too rare. (I know what you’re thinking — ‘But they still hired a man to write about a woman!’ — and hey, when you’re right, you’re right.)

In addition to writing and directing Eagle vs Shark (a goofy, Napoleon Dynamite-esque film), What We Do In The Shadows (a HILARIOUS mockumentary about a group of vampires living in modern-day New Zealand) and Boy (an amazing, odd, incredibly imaginative and heartfelt film about an 11-year old boy who’s obsessed with Micheal Jackson and reconnecting with his troubled father), Waititi is also an actor, painter, standup comedian, fashion designer and photographer.

Or, to put it another way, dude keeps busy.

I look forward to seeing what such a creative person brings to the screenplay for Moana. While most screenplays are written by writers more concerned with words than images, Waititi’s work in photography, fashion and directing gives me hope that Moana will be the sort of cartoon that takes full advantage of its unique place as a ‘visual medium.’

I can’t wait!

The first and only LGBTQ+ Latino Festival in the Northeast

[NEW YORK, NY] – Almost a year after the Pulse Club tragedy—in which 36 of the 49 victims were Hispanic and almost all LGBTQ+—FUERZAfest will bring together New York’s diverse LGBTQ+ communities, allies, and artists to honor Latino LGBTQ+ cultures. In light of the current sociopolitical climate, FUERZAfest’s goal this year is clear: to be a catalyst for action against the issues impacting these communities including homophobia, transphobia, racism and xenophobia.

The 12-day-long festival will dive into universal race and LGBTQ+ issues through a robust and provocative selection of films and a one-act play theater showcase. The cultural festival also boasts workshops, panel discussions, networking events, and art exhibits exploring intersectional issues such as undocumented immigrants, family rejection, religious conservatism, and LGBTQ+ youth.

As the first and only Latino LGBTQ+ Festival in the Northeast region, FUERZAfest was born last year around the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. This year’s event will take place from May 10 to May 21, 2017, at the Julia de Burgos Performance & Arts Center, located at 1680 Lexington Avenue in the heart of El Barrio. The initiative is organized by the Hispanic Federation, a nationwide leader in advocating for the most vulnerable members of the Hispanic community for almost three decades.

FUERZAfest’s second edition will embrace and encourage a strong dialogue of resilience, love, and unity galvanized under this year’s theme: Breaking Down Walls. This will also be the topic of the event’s opening —a panel discussion on May 10th at 10 am. Panelists include Ricardo Negrón, director of the initiative Proyecto Somos Orlando and a Pulse tragedy survivor.

“The last year has seen an alarming rise in homophobia and xenophobia as a direct result of the hateful narrative in our national political debate. Being a Latinx LGBTQ+ person these days in the United States can be scary, especially following the Pulse tragedy in Orlando. That’s why now more than ever we need to revisit how our communities respond to and resist these threats,” stated Mario Colón, Assistant Vice President of Special Events, Hispanic Federation, and FUERZAfest Director.

On its second year, the cultural festival will honor and remember the 49 Pulse shooting victims throughout the event including a memorial installation highlighting each victim’s story. There will also be a special commemoration ceremony where artists will make a tribute through music and performances.

frogprinceus  asked:

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⛄ - Do you have a favorite holiday? 

Hm… Kind of, I guess? It used to be Christmas when I was a little. Nowadays I’d say it’s probably Halloween. I love the whole scary and horror movie vibes, especially the trick or treating part!! :D I’m also always excited to change the entire decor of the house and start pranking my friends!

Apart from that… Could I share my favorite holiday in my country? It’s something traditional that happens every June in every goddamn city, and it’s called “June Fest” or “Feast of Saint John”. It’s a big party that lasts from the very start of June till mid-July or so, and every town arranges carnivals and county fairs.

You’ll find weekly (if not daily) celebrations organized by churches, with tents, good food (usually traditional from the northeast region of the country), with live folk music (our so called sertanejo) and joyful people!

In the city carnivals, though, there are lots of games, delicious food (especially soup, corn, candy apples, popcorn, pastel - I don’t know if that one exists outside Brazil), bonfires, square dance, and people dressed as farmers, with girls in beautiful dresses, wearing braids and sometimes with fake freckles. Young boys paint fake mustaches and beards, wear boots, straw hats, checkered shirts, etc. This is mostly done by children and almost every school organizes a party for this with all years dancing… I know I danced every single year XD

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Northeastern Gothic

Because Southern Gothic is a thing. And Midwestern Gothic is becoming a thing. And New England Gothic is a thing. But not much treating the Northeast as a region. Not much with the groaning highways of the Boston-Washington corridor, the constant rush, the constant flow of human life between the teeming sea and the old old hills that just seem a little too tangled and a little too inviting.

Moving, always moving. Portland, Boston, Providence, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore.

Trying to move away, but only moving between, always between.

You will only tread a circle, and all roads will lead you back to the mountains or the sea.

They meet. They encroach. They wed, they meet beneath and above and around and through your cities.

And the sun passes down not over the open water like it does in California, but through the broken trees, through the twisted black treelines, passing down like the bloodied skull of a Indian, smashed in in King Philip’s War, or like the red red copper of a Dutchman’s trinket.

And there are the patches of wilderness, your Pine Barrens, your Eastern Shores, your Katahdins, maybe less extensive than those further west and south but darker and deeper, but always with the endless teeming oppressive highways on and between and around and through them, as a prayer, as a force, as a hope. That it really, truly stays hemmed in.

Because there’s something ineluctably toothy about the shorelines of Maine, about the islands whose profiles seem to reflect those of the conifers that shroud the mountains, that protect the mountains from the harsh nor’easter winds (or that make sure the mountains can make the winds their own). The winds from Canada, also, barrel down the Connecticut Valley, and the livestock on that warm string of farms wail to meet them. There might be lumberjacks rolling logs in the river, but you’re not sure. You are in any case from MetroWest or the suburbs of Providence or Hartford, only here on vacation, before you can go back to your normal life and its cheer that covers up the nagging questions: Why here, Lovecraft? Why then, Ives? What is it about Providence, about Danbury? The music clashes and wheels–so much creativity approaching madness to be teeming within the mind of an insurance executive…

It’s Hallowe’en. Of course it’s Hallowe’en.

You’re not from around here.

The angels decay and burn as they plunge into the steaming Hudson. They dance in the orange reflections at dusk. The locks of the canal creak and moan and tremble. Further down the river, in the streets or in the subways, something grazes against your foot, and hope and regret pour down from the Catskills and down through Westchester like a waterfall. Down the Hudson rolls the silence, up the Hudson roll the tears.

The neon lights caress the skin in the dead of night with the hint of music, and whisper, All is not lost, All is not lost, All is not lost, We are not dead, We are not dead, We are not dead.

We’ve already discussed the Pine Barrens. We’ve already been through the Pine Barrens. I could swear we’ve passed that diner, that lake beach, that old glassworks or iron foundry or whatever it is twice already. We laughed at devils, laughed at what might lurk between the river and the shore, bitter naiads of too much or the wrong kind of water, sand like sugar shot through with water like cedar and iron. But we don’t know where the cranberry bogs begin and end any more. (Any more than we did on Cape Cod.) Considering how hard we laughed and how very lost we are, that’s something that we’re going to have to get realistic about real fucking fast. If we’re lucky, we might be able to make it back to the old industrial cities, where gates into an underground world might lurk behind every chain link fence, but at least people have senses of humour about it.

Trenton Makes. The World Takes.

Resentment, hard words, stern claws, a decade or two after it was gone, after it upped sticks at last, the industrial conglomerate that they had named for the birthplace of the Messiah. And you don’t know since when the battlefield at Gettysburg has been so teeming with…something, or since when the suburbs curled out like mushrooms and at last surrounded the Amish and reduced them like an amoeba.

There is nothing of importance in Delaware. There is nothing of importance in Delaware. There is nothing of importance in Delaware. There is nothing of importance in Delaware. There is nothing of importance in Delaware. There is nothing of importance in Delaware. There is nothing of importance in Delaware. Keep saying that or…

The shore calls to us. Camden Yards yawns and hollers. From the District on the borders of the unknown South that we once put down but that now in some ways rules us come the whispers and insinuations of Revelation.

“Oviraptor is a genus of small Mongolian theropod dinosaurs, first discovered by technician George Olsen in an expedition led by Roy Chapman Andrews, and first described by Henry Fairfield Osborn, in 1924. Oviraptor lived in the late Cretaceous period, during the late Campanian stage about 75 million years ago; only one definitive specimen is known (with associated eggs), from the Djadokhta Formation of Mongolia, though a possible second specimen (also with eggs) comes from the northeast region of Inner Mongolia, China, in an area called Bayan Mandahu.”

Italian politician sparks controversy with asylum-seeker rape remarks

Trieste (Italy), May 12 (IANS/AKI) The centre-left Governor of Italy’s northeast Friuli-Venezia Giulia region has sparked controversy with comments suggesting that rape committed by an asylum-seeker was “more unacceptable”.

“Sexual violence is always a hateful and disgusting act but it is even more unacceptable socially and morally when committed by someone who seeks and obtains shelter in our country,” Deborah Serracchiani wrote in a statement on the region’s website.

“In such cases, I can understand why people can want to reject individuals who commit such sordid crimes,” he continued on the May 10 statement, which has been trending on social media in Italy.

Serracchiani, who is from the Democratic Party, went on to say she believed that refugees convicted of crimes like rape should be tried, jailed and expelled from Italy once they served their sentences.

The Governor’s comments came after the attempted rape of a nine-year-old girl in Trieste on Sunday by an Iraqi asylum-seeker and unleashed a critical backlash on Twitter.

Twitter users accused Serracchiani of creating “First Division and Second Division” rape and of bowing to Italy’s populist anti-immigrant Northern League party.

“According to Serracchiani, the gravity of the sexual violence depends on the perpetrator’s nationality. This is unacceptable,” read a tweet from Stefy.

“Serracchiani is giving the nod to the Northern League electorate and losing those few voters who still thought the Democratic Party was leftwing,” tweeted Francesco.



Seeing Air Travel in a Whole New Light

by Marsha Lewis, Inside Science

Each day, thousands of airplanes fly over the United States at the same time.

Nearly 87,000 flights crisscross the country each day.

“The United States is very crowded especially if you go to the northeast region … the northeast corridor is the busiest traffic anywhere in the world,” said Banavar Sridhar, a senior scientist at NASA Ames Research Center in California.

It takes a small army of air traffic controllers, dispatchers, forecasters and engineers to get all of these planes and their passengers where they need to go safely and efficiently.

Watch videos below on how a new system is tracking flights in real time and routing aircraft around weather to avoid delays.

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Southeast Asians: Regarded As “Servants” in Northeast Asia

I feel as if an unintentional, but nonetheless damaging, sort of ethnic discrimination against Southeast Asians has emerged in places such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, and to a lesser extent Japan.

The Southeast Asians I am referring to are the Thai, Indonesian, Malaysian, Filipino, and Vietnamese domestic helpers who left their home countries to work in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mainland China, and Japan.

Recently, when I was speaking to a Hong Kong resident on how widespread Southeast Asian migrant workers, or more specifically domestic helpers, are nowadays in Northeast Asia, we stumbled upon an unintentionally disturbing impression that the people in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mainland China, and Japan may have developed of Southeast Asians. Before I reveal what the disturbing impression is, let’s first try to understand how that idea manifested in our minds.

Before continuing to read, please let me clarify that I am neither demeaning the occupation of a domestic helper nor articulating any discriminatory prejudices that are representative of my own thoughts. I am only trying to explain an emerging mindset that the people in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Mainland China may be subconsciously developing.

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