Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Today marks a 10-year anniversary of a bizarre, disturbing event when I was "subbing"

It was ten years ago, Thursday, October 13, 2005, that a very bizarre incident occurred why I was substitute teaching, eventually leading to my resignation (although I worked in other capacities for the Fairfax County School System in 2006, and returned as a sub for a while in the first part of 2007).
The details are explained here in an earlier posting, July 27, 2007, with in turn a link to a Wordpress blog posting that shows the actual forensics.
I had told an interning teacher Wednesday October 12 during break about my “do ask do tell” site, in conjunction with newspaper editorials running then about campaign finance reform and free speech (and the possibility that blog posts could be viewed as “campaign contributions).  Then on Thursday afternoon, I got a sudden cell phone call (many generations earlier of phone technology) after school (at 3:41 PM EDT, interrupting my writing a review on my legacy DADT site of the 1927 movie "The Most Dangerous Game", which we had watched at school that day,  lasting 90 seconds -- I remember that much detail!) that I was no longer to come to that school.  History really got complicated, as I eventually did return. The whole sequence seems dependent on a number of improbable situational coincidences over several months in 2005, going back to June.  
The principal at the school was concerned about one specific item on my websites which apparently had been discovered earlier.  I was able to determine that the item had not been accessed that week until Thursday morning, but that the principal had actually requested my banishment at the end of the day Oct. 12.  Since it is very unlikely that the teaching intern could have known about this issue. It must have been a problem already.

But the incident is interesting and disturbing for another reason.  I was able to analyze what happened on my ISP log files because at the time (ten years ago), search engine arguments could be logged, and connected to IP address that had requested them.  Privacy concerns seem to have led Google and probably some other search engine companies no longer to allow search arguments to be viewed.  Indeed, seeing the search arguments helps a webmaster know what attracts visitors to his or her site.  Sometimes the interests expressed in search arguments are quirky and understandably, some people would not want them connected to their own IP addresses.  But this suppression of search arguments would work even without https.

By the way, yesterday I did complete a little day trip, and one of the destinations was a park in Winchester, VA where supposedly some UFO’s have been sighted.  What I found interesting was a motorbike trail pit, with its unusual geometry.  It reminded me of a “volunteer” job at the Metrodome, working in fast food for the first time in my life ever, in February 2003, during a biker “rodeo” at the now torn-down stadium. I had become a prole.  

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