Aspire theme removed, WordPress virus cleanup

I received the following e-mail today:

The daily antivirus scan of your blog suggests alarm.

Notify message by AntiVirus for WordPress

I’ve spent the last two and a half hours cleaning up the site, removing all themes, installing a fresh copy of the default theme, and cleaning the database of any potentially malicious code.

If you’d like to see a different theme for Brainstorm Warning, please post a comment with a link to download the theme.

Links: Recap of the first 4 books of A Song of Ice and Fire

I checked A Dance With Dragons out from my local library today and found myself struggling to remember plot elements from a book I read 7 years ago. (ADWD picks up where A Storm of Swords leaves off, but with a different cast of characters than A Feast for Crows.) Fortunately, I found this excellent 4-part recap of the first four books of the series:

Now I feel like I’m prepared to get back to reading the 1,000+ page behemoth that is A Dance With Dragons.

Shadows of Truth: John Mayer’s Something’s Missing

Watching the anime series Angel Beats recently led my thoughts to other non-Christian artists producing art that hints at truths that Scripture illuminates more clearly. Specifically, it reminded me of John Mayer’s song, Something’s Missing, perhaps the most blatant recent example of non-Christians sensing a mystery that calls to all people.

The concept of non-Christians recognizing the existence of a higher power or force but misunderstanding or even denying that spiritual “nudge” is nothing new. Paul writes about the very same in his letter to the Romans:

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Reminder: Contact when creating an account

UPDATE: I have installed the SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam WordPress plugin, which I hope will prevent spambots from registering accounts. The plugin should render the request below irrelevant, so there is no longer any need to contact me before or after creating an account.

I delete several spam accounts from the Brainstorm Warning database every week. If you’re a real human being registering an account, please contact me (whether by e-mail, instant message, Facebook message, or the Contact page) before or shortly after creating an account and let me know so I don’t delete it.

My apologies for the hassle.

Please contact before registering an account

I’ve seen several new account registrations (many with e-mail addresses ending in .ru) with suspicious usernames. I’ve deleted all accounts with usernames I did not recognize (under the assumption that these accounts are created by spambots) in an effort to prevent unsolicited advertisements on the site.

If you are a real life human being and interested in creating an account, please use the Contact page to send me a very brief message to let me know you’re not a spambot. Even something as simple as “Yes, I’m a real human being” will suffice.

This method will still allow users to register new accounts while still keeping our user records clear of spambots. If this method doesn’t pan out, I may look at an alternative approach (though I don’t know what form that approach would take).

Merry Christmas to all!

Merry Christmas to all!

May God bless you and your family richly this day and this season. As we gather together, spend time with family, and exchange gifts, may we never forget the true meaning behind the holiday and the greatest gift of all: Jesus the Christ, sent to the world as a baby to redeem us.

Homebrewinstaller and Wii Homebrew Installer are scams

Never pay for homebrew.

Homebrewinstaller ($29.95) and Wii Homebrew Installer ($15) charge money for files and information available for free on other sites. Both of these web sites are scams. For information on free Wii homebrew, I recommend visiting WiiBrew or HackMii.

For those who are unfamiliar with Wii homebrew: It is not equivalent to piracy. The purpose of many homebrew applications is to extend the functionality of hardware past the limits of official software. For example: The homebrew application NuGaSa allows Wii owners to backup and restore Gamecube save files from an SD card.

The owners of WiiBrew, HackMii, and Brainstorm Warning do not condone piracy.

I have blocked all Google AdSense ads relating to Homebrewinstaller. If you see any ads attempting to charge money for homebrew files, please post a comment or use the site Contact form to let me know and I will block the ads as soon as possible.