Friday, September 07, 2012

Service Interruption notice

You may have noticed is currently down. We're moving servers. Drew informs me it shouldn't take too long. Perhaps tonight or tomorrow. Sorry about that, and thanks for your patience. (And thanks to Drew for his efforts.)
Update: for the duration of the downtime while the DNS migrates, I've turned off the comment moderation. Be good to each other.

Better Update: Okay, we're back.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sweet. I was kinda freakin' yo!

Thanks for the heads up though, Jeffro.


9/07/2012 01:10:00 AM  
Anonymous sunny said...

Glad to hear it! That message was kind of scary.

9/07/2012 08:16:00 AM  
Blogger barracuda said...

It's becoming a tradition this time of the year. I'm not saying it's a conspiracy, but WAKE UP SHEEPLE

9/07/2012 10:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

while twiddling your thumbs, one could do worse than to listen to this Professor Blastoff podcast focusing on the subject of Feminism:

signed, that guy who always posts about podcasts on RI

p.s. Ms. Cohen is not the Borat guy...


9/07/2012 12:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First comment on that webcast:

Dear David:

A friendly reminder that more women die in childbirth than men in wars. This has always been true and is even true today, thus the oft repeated argument that gender inequity is tempered by men doing the risky jobs is false. All over the world and throughout history, women risk their lives basically everytime they have sex. Respect that.

Also, women artists have always existed, despite severe restrictions on their liberty. Art expressed in textiles and pottery is still art. It has never been about a lack of creativity, but a lack of recognition. Lastly, the “power” of being sexually attractive to men doesn’t feel like power at all to most women. If you can imagine bigger, stronger people wanting to have sex with you everywhere you go, you will start to see the fallacy of this line of thought.

9/07/2012 02:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, this is starting well.

9/07/2012 02:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

barracuda said...
It's becoming a tradition this time of the year. I'm not saying it's a conspiracy, but WAKE UP SHEEPLE

that's the problem..too many sheeple woke up and broke RI...go back to sleep sheeple and give us back our site

9/07/2012 02:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would love to see a regular posting on the blog again, Jeff. I guess they are only a staple of the dark days.

9/07/2012 02:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update Jeff. Looking forward to the new and improved server. -- ninakat

9/07/2012 03:05:00 PM  
Anonymous RocketMan said...

Whew! I found myself inordinately panicky after the third failed attempt to get in today. :) Good luck!

9/07/2012 03:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, sunny. That message was hella scary. Just seeing the "suspended" scared the fuck outta me too. I even called Twyla. I'm getting sick of this waiting though. ;)

I can't believe I hadn't heard of this
"Phantom Time Theory" stuff before, until this morning and am dying to either search to see if it had come in the past at RI or if I needed to start a new thread and I'm chomping at the bit! Or at least add it to 8bit's 1111 thread.

"Briefly, the hypothesis is that in order to reconcile the difference between the Julian and Gregorian calendar, we have to remove 300 years from the 'official' calendar. Illig reckons these years would be 614-*911*. Thus many popes, emperors, wars &c never existed. The hypothesis explains this as a massive conspiracy. The entire history of that period was invented by Holy Roman Emperor Otto III, whose conventional dates are given as 980 –1002, but who really lived 300 years before that, from about 680 to 702. However, in connivance with Pope Sylvester II, he decided to convince everybody they were living at the end of the First Millennium, because it was a wonderful opportunity for positive PR, and Otto liked the idea of reigning in the Year 1000. “It was such a nice, round number”. He changed the dates, and got scribes to write an extra 300 years of history.

I have my own ideas about this but welcome the thoughts of people here. In particular, I am interested in how ordinary people in the early middle ages actually recorded years. Did they really rely on priests to tell them the time (it is essential to the hypothesis that the whole Church was involved in the conspiracy)? Or did they record dates and years in their own way? How often did official documents record the exact date?

My only knowledge of reference to dates is Bede, who includes a whole chronology of the world in his book on the English Church and people. (However, Bede was living right in the middle of the 'phantom period' so perhaps his works were a later forgery)."

Put your metallic thinking caps on!


9/07/2012 04:16:00 PM  
Blogger tinyjunco said...

pfft! just when i'd managed to not go all pavlovian whenever the SQL error message popped up......

this! what with menopause and all, my nerves are shot. or i don't know, maybe it's those 42 diet cokes i had so far today.

speaking of which, i gotta go. All Hail Drew! Ms. Rose

p.s. prove you're not a robot?!?!? easier said than done when ya got cataracts, lemme tell ya.

9/07/2012 05:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


ok - so what's the timeframe
for no-service? Anyone?


9/07/2012 06:23:00 PM  
Blogger Jeff Wells said...

Drew reports all is going well. Sorry, though, I don't have a "back by" estimate. I'll let you know as I know.

9/07/2012 07:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeff I'm just giving you a friendly reminder to please reinstate me as you said you would after a suspension. I was not able to log in even before the site went down (and after the 3 days suspension had expired)


9/07/2012 08:10:00 PM  
Blogger Jeff Wells said...

Appreciate the reminder, and your being friendly about it. I'll take care of that once we're back.

9/07/2012 08:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeez, I kinda thought and sure HOPED it was something routine or at least not a major bobble-snafu or worse a malicious virus-terminal cancer assassinbot er sumpin fatal goin on;

I waited all day before getting desperate enough to check the blog for an update -- glad I did! Thanks Drew for duty above n' beyond n' all that.
Virtual drinks' on you, Champ!

9/07/2012 11:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


How does the "Phantom Time Theory" account for the major changes in the known world between the seventh and tenth centuries, say for example for the spread of Islam? If we assume the theory is true, how did an entire new religion controlling a vast land area from India to Spain pop up into existence in a few short years instead of several centuries?

The early islamic centers of power had pretty advanced timekeeping and science themselves and arguably there are several extant independently verifiable chronicles written by islamic scholars dating to the "Phantom" period.

So, is the Mohammedan faith and are, say, several caliphates just a sham invented by a Holy Roman Emperor and a Pope? The work involved in faking all the history, culture, architecture, science etc. seems pretty gargantuan, even for medieval monks.

- Dradin Kastell

9/08/2012 03:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so after over a week my registration has not been approved, and your faq advises me to contact an administrator but does not suggest how to do that without the ability to login. username, simian1, your help is appreciated.

9/13/2012 09:30:00 PM  
Blogger Jeff Wells said...

Sorry, simian1. It's taken care of.

9/13/2012 11:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone else getting the message that rig int is "forbidden" when they try to view the message board?


9/15/2012 09:29:00 PM  
Blogger Jeff Wells said...

It's been up and down today, but it's up now.

9/15/2012 09:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Sandy Krolick said...

You're gonna die up there.

9/16/2012 05:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes, forbidden verboten et al

9/16/2012 05:48:00 PM  

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