Maintenance At The Main Site

Testing … Testing …

Well, the place still seems to work so I’ll continue.

I’m upgrading Why Now?, so the only people who are apt to see this are the curious from there.

I’ll update this post if there are problems.

Update at 9:41PM CDT – It seems to have worked, which is amazing given my recent luck.

Posted in Geek Stuff, Meta

Tempting Fate

Since everything else has been a major PITA lately, I’m taking this rest day on Le Tour to do a major upgrade on the WordPress software at the main site.

Depending on how things go, I could end up over here for an extended period while I clean up the mess.

UPDATE: It worked and the site is back up with only an hour of screwing around copying files.

Posted in Meta

The Main Site Is Unreachable

It would appear that my host has some problems, and I am being affected. I can’t get to my site or the host site. There is nothing on the status page to indicate a problem, nor on their Twitter feed, but something isn’t working.

Update: It’s back up, with no word yet as to the problem.

Posted in Geek Stuff


Evergreen Yes, it’s the time of year when the Sun dies and must be re-born through an elaborate ceremony that involves some form or type of sacrifice, such as finding gifts for people you can’t stand and smiling brightly as you receive yet another gift based on an urban legend that you actually like truly stomach-wrenching color combinations.

Of course there was a time when the Solstice sacrifices were more visceral and the evergreen was covered in things that pleased only ravens and such, but we have put all that behind us by opting for the possibility of electrocuting one another and causing chaos on the power grid.

What a brilliant idea: moving a large supply of pre-kindling soaked with highly flammable resins into your house, loading it down with petrochemical-based ornaments, lacing it with heat-producing electrical devices, and surrounding the base with cardboard boxes and tissue paper. You just can’t have a traditional celebration without a proto-bonfire in your living room.

I do think that followers of Mithras might want to curtail their typical birthday service in light of Mad-Cow Disease, but global warming will certainly make the services in the oak wood in traditional druidic robes more comfortable.

When you put up your stocking on the mantel and put out the turnips for Gouger, Rooter, Tusker, and Snouter as well as the pork pie and sherry for the Hogfather, you can rest assured the Sun will come up, because it just slipped around back to return the lager it rented.

Enjoy! You have nothing to fear, except that sniveling little creep with the camera/phone at the office party or the eggnog that was put out rather early causing you to suspect that the bits on top aren’t nutmeg. [The pictures probably won’t appear on the ‘Net and the brandy will surely take care of the salmonella.]

A Calendar of Coming Events

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Tune Up

I did some cleaning and dusting over here before upgrading my main site.

The major bit was switching to the Twenty-Ten template so I could have more space to write, and cleaning up the blog roll a bit.

Posted in Meta

New Neighbors

Looks like there will be a lot of new blogs on WordPress after the latest Blogger problems.

It does get annoying, especially when they don’t tell people what is going on, or what the time frame will be to fix it.

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Main Site is Down

I blame it on a cousin who is entering the Web and using my host.

There is no indication of a problem on the off-network status site, but I can’t reach anyone to report a problem.

Posted in Geek Stuff