Scheduled Maintenance Saturday December 15, 2011 2:15 PM   Subscribe

We're going to have some downtime for maintenance this Saturday night at 10pm Pacific Time.

We'll need to take the site offline a little longer than our usual maintenance. We plan to be offline for two hours and we'll keep everyone updated with any changes at status.metafilter.com.
posted by pb to Uptime at 2:15 PM (150 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Well there goes my plans.
posted by theodolite at 2:16 PM on December 15, 2011 [4 favorites]


HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO US
posted by Blasdelb at 2:19 PM on December 15, 2011


AAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!

Okay, cool.
posted by Splunge at 2:20 PM on December 15, 2011


Will you put up another Blondie video?
posted by phunniemee at 2:23 PM on December 15, 2011 [3 favorites]


I wish I had a party to go to or something....
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 2:24 PM on December 15, 2011


Some ask Why not, I ask WHY?
posted by Cranberry at 2:26 PM on December 15, 2011


I can't believe it's only gonna take two hours to complete the edit window update, add the travel subsite, AND implement that 15 minute waiting period before anyone can post a comment in a thread. pb, you're a frickin' god.
posted by gman at 2:27 PM on December 15, 2011 [12 favorites]


My date and I made reservations two weeks in advance. and now all of Mefi will be closed?? Put me through to your supervisor.
posted by babbyʼ); Drop table users; -- at 2:30 PM on December 15, 2011 [5 favorites]


MSNBC: The nation's productivity saw an unexpected and strange uptick late Saturday night. Economists attributed it to a surfeit of transnational lunar emanations in advance of the last winter solstice before THE END OF THE WORLD!

Newt Gingrich immediately went on record stating it was all the poor children finally getting to mop American school's floors.

Michelle Bachmann says it was all those gays finally giving up corrupting our youth and doing real work... like collecting farm subsidies.

One thing remains unclear, will this affect Kim Kardashian's plan to marry her best friend's pet koala.
posted by edgeways at 2:30 PM on December 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


nope, nope, and nope we're not doing those. And no Blondie video.
posted by pb (staff) at 2:31 PM on December 15, 2011


The mods will be busy! Post ponies!!!
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 2:32 PM on December 15, 2011 [2 favorites]


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posted by Rock Steady at 2:32 PM on December 15, 2011 [2 favorites]


12AM, DEC 18
BREAKING....KARDASHIAN AND KOALA ANNOUNCE DIVORCE. DEVELOPING.
posted by babbyʼ); Drop table users; -- at 2:32 PM on December 15, 2011


I haven't signed in to g+ in ages, but we could do a hangout there, right? With flameouts and callouts and roasts and bannings and things?
posted by rtha at 2:33 PM on December 15, 2011 [3 favorites]


Why not just rip our hearts out while your at it too??
posted by wheelieman at 2:33 PM on December 15, 2011


And by "god", I meant dream killer.
posted by gman at 2:33 PM on December 15, 2011 [2 favorites]


OMG, the status blog has a comment section!
Hey y'all, let's hang here at 10pm! Bring bourbon and pillows.
posted by babbyʼ); Drop table users; -- at 2:34 PM on December 15, 2011


babbyʼ); Drop table users; --: OMG, the status blog has a comment section!

Lon mem actually told me about that via MeMail. He sounded pretty psyched.
posted by gman at 2:37 PM on December 15, 2011 [7 favorites]


That's cool, it'll give me time to catch up on Memepool and Kuro5hin.
posted by griphus at 2:39 PM on December 15, 2011 [2 favorites]


The hell you will. Why wasn't I consulted??
posted by Think_Long at 2:41 PM on December 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


Hey y'all, let's hang here at 10pm! Bring bourbon and pillows.

And ponies!!
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 2:44 PM on December 15, 2011


Now is a good time to mention that besides the Big Blue/Black Room there are many other places where MeFites gather on the internet and a wiki that could always use some updating.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 2:46 PM on December 15, 2011


I just need a little "me" time every once in a while.
posted by Meta Filter at 2:49 PM on December 15, 2011 [5 favorites]


aaaaaaand pb closed of comments on the status blog.

/weeps
posted by babbyʼ); Drop table users; -- at 2:54 PM on December 15, 2011


I wish I had a party to go to or something....

TV PARTY
posted by mintcake! at 2:55 PM on December 15, 2011


That's ok, pb. I'll just call my "girlfriend" and see what "parties" we got invited to. Maybe we'll go get "tapas" and see a "show" or something.

Hope me,I'm so lonely.
posted by babbyʼ); Drop table users; -- at 2:58 PM on December 15, 2011 [7 favorites]


*whimper*
posted by deborah at 2:59 PM on December 15, 2011


I think you mean tapeass
posted by edgeways at 3:00 PM on December 15, 2011


I eat tapas.
posted by grouse at 3:00 PM on December 15, 2011 [2 favorites]


Tapas are really great.
posted by rtha at 3:03 PM on December 15, 2011


Apparently that's two in the afternoon Sunday here, so obviously I'll be out in the park singing Red Songs with the retired state factory workers.
posted by Abiezer at 3:04 PM on December 15, 2011


So, pb ... you switching servers, or adding features, or what?
posted by crunchland at 3:08 PM on December 15, 2011


you switching servers, or adding features, or what?

Upgrades! We'll give more details when the dust settles.
posted by pb (staff) at 3:12 PM on December 15, 2011


YOUR MOM LIKES HARDWARE UPGRADES
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:14 PM on December 15, 2011 [5 favorites]


Upgrades! We'll give more details when the dust settles.

I heard they're planning to implement a threaded comment system. And up/down voting. Quickly everyone, pile on the mods!
posted by Think_Long at 3:23 PM on December 15, 2011


I heard they're planning to implement a threaded comment system.

Not ambitious enough. With the new site up, every comment will actually be a nano-site with its own subdomain; threads will henceforth be called "web rings"; and you'll be able to use an on-site micro-transaction system to give your (or others') nano-sites more prominent placement within any given web ring for only ten cents per bump.
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:26 PM on December 15, 2011 [19 favorites]


Is "downtime for maintenance" some kind of euphemism? It sounds dirty.
posted by vidur at 3:27 PM on December 15, 2011 [2 favorites]


YOUR MOM LIKES HARDWARE UPGRADES

EVEN YOUR MOM LIKES QUICKIES

/1998
posted by Jehan at 3:31 PM on December 15, 2011


Windows Server 2008?
posted by Burhanistan at 3:39 PM on December 15, 2011


YOUR MAMA SO FAT THEY HAVE TO SHUT DOWN ALL OF METAFILTER JUST TO GET HER ACCOUNT SET UP.
posted by babbyʼ); Drop table users; -- at 3:42 PM on December 15, 2011 [9 favorites]


SILENCED ALL MY LIFE FOR TWO HOURS
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 3:46 PM on December 15, 2011


YOUR MOM'S CARPET IS A BOODLEDANG!
posted by Splunge at 3:49 PM on December 15, 2011


Tapas are a bad deal. Who's ever left a tapas place fulfilled and with wallet intact?
posted by 2bucksplus at 3:54 PM on December 15, 2011


What if status.metafilter.com goes down? Is there a status.status.metafilter.com?
posted by Devils Rancher at 3:57 PM on December 15, 2011 [2 favorites]


> Who's ever left a tapas place fulfilled and with wallet intact?

You're supposed to use the corporate card for silly shit like tapas.
posted by Burhanistan at 3:58 PM on December 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


Hey, I just want to thank you for putting that global time thing up there. That's really nice, and thoughtful and makes me (non-American) feel cared about. But 4pm Sunday afternoon?!? I'm going to have to go to a Sunday session or have a nap instead.
posted by b33j at 4:06 PM on December 15, 2011


Well I'll be in Jamaica, but I'll be grumpy with everyone else in spirit.
posted by to sir with millipedes at 4:08 PM on December 15, 2011


Tapas are really great.

A few years ago I was sitting in my studio apartment in the early evening when there was a knock on the door. It was an acquaintance of mine who sometimes worked as an assistant in my landlady's real estate business. This was the first time I had met her outside of her work.

"Hi," she said. "I'm going to take you out to eat."

"Okay, I'll grab my keys", I said.

"You don't need to, we'll take my car" she said. And after a moment "You'll have to drive though, because I'm drunk."

Not wanting to reflect on how she and her SUV arrived at my place, I took her keys and we started to drive. "Where are we going?" I asked. "We're going to F____ for tapas."

A minute or so later she pressed some buttons on the CD player and said "I have some music for you." It was a smooth acoustical Persian jazz, very low and sensual.

When we arrived at the restaurant there was a significant wait, so we walked down the street to a bar she knew to pass the time.

Now there is something with me and alcohol. I hate the taste of it, but I'm constantly aware that turning down a beer can be an unwelcome distraction in social situations. Because of this I've made a point to have a beer every once in a while to practice getting it down without puckering.

Still I have very little experience with alcohol. And that is how I came to nurse a single beer while she had a few, without me knowing that a woman her size shouldn't be standing after three beers in fifteen minutes.

In the middle of the second beer she leaned over toward me and said "I'm going to kiss you now." And did. This could have been awkward in that she was married but as A) I had never really considered my feelings about being an accessory to adultery and B) I was in the middle of a long dry spell and was really horny, I kissed her back.

We walked back up the street, stopping in a few alcoves to make out, and arrived at the restaurant just in time to get our table. I was getting a bit nervous about her increasingly drunken behavior and really hoped alcohol would not play a large part of dinner.

I was immediately disabused of this notion by the pitcher of Margaritas she ordered for the both of us. On the plus side she did order quite a nice selection of tapas and I had the naive hope that getting some food in her stomach might bring the situation back under control.

When the tapas arrived she decided she was going to sit in my lap and feed it to me.

I excused myself to the bathroom and once out of sight breathed a silent prayer to the gods that my cellphone was charged. I called the one of my friends who was best suited to answer "I have a deeply drunk woman I need to dissuade from molesting me as well as deliver safely home" questions. He wasn't home, but fortunately his mother was babysitting his kids and was a registered nurse.

"Get some coffee in her and then get her in the car", she said. "I guarantee you she'll be asleep within five minutes." I still send this woman Christmas cards.

There was one more moment of fun to be had while guiding her to the car, when she asked me if we were going to be having sex tonight. I said no. She said "So I'm not going to get to see your dick?" a little more loudly than I thought was strictly necessary. "No," I said "you're very beautiful and attractive but you're long past the point where you can consent. So no."

Sure enough after five minutes in the car she was sound asleep. I drove her back to my place and knocked on the door of my landlady. "Oh she does this every once in a while", she said. "Just leave her in the car and I'll wake her up in the morning."

I locked my door that night.

There actually wasn't much aftermath to all of this. The next time I saw her I gave her a big friendly hug and neither of us mentioned anything. I discussed the whole accessory-to-adultery issue with different friends and reached the decision that regardless of moral or ethical issues it was the kind of karma that I just didn't need.

And I discovered that F____ makes really good tapas.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 4:17 PM on December 15, 2011 [26 favorites]


Sweden - Sunday 7:00. Cool, I'll be snoring. Seeyall back after coffee.
So this is when Metafilter switches from steam to diesel, right?
posted by Namlit at 4:27 PM on December 15, 2011


I had my time zones fucked up and I'm like what? you're doing this at 8 pm CST? what am I supposed to do? talk to my husband?

but midnight? on a Saturday? yeah, I'm 37 years old. I'll be sleeping.
posted by desjardins at 4:39 PM on December 15, 2011 [2 favorites]


only ten cents per bump.

are you sure you don't mean twenty?
posted by desjardins at 4:40 PM on December 15, 2011


F____ for tapas

Fuck For Tapas is one of those foreign game shows that never really made the transition to America.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 4:41 PM on December 15, 2011 [24 favorites]


Team,

I'm sorry but as you know we are a 24 by seven operation with global reach. Change control forms are required to be submitted a full seven(7) business days in advance. If this is a breakfix change control notification it must be re-submitted with director sign-off to the MRB. If this is a breakfix please be sure to submit an after-action report with post-mortem, remediation steps and lessons-learned. Please be sure to include phone number and access codes to the voice-bridge that will be utilized during this action.

Thank you,
posted by Ad hominem at 4:42 PM on December 15, 2011 [4 favorites]


desjardins: only ten cents per bump.

are you sure you don't mean twenty?


Either way, at sub-Colombian prices, I'd like to party with cortex.
posted by gman at 4:45 PM on December 15, 2011 [3 favorites]


I like the idea of nano sites. Would increase discoverability immensely. Have you looked at gamification? Is there a way to check-in or rate each nano-site? Can I earn badges?
posted by Ad hominem at 4:49 PM on December 15, 2011


Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
posted by kmz at 5:12 PM on December 15, 2011


Not ambitious enough. With the new site up, every comment will actually be a nano-site with its own subdomain; threads will henceforth be called "web rings"; and you'll be able to use an on-site micro-transaction system to give your (or others') nano-sites more prominent placement within any given web ring for only ten cents per bump.

I read something like this and I think, he could have been rich—but no. He took this job instead.
posted by Toekneesan at 5:15 PM on December 15, 2011


>F____ for tapas

Fuck For Tapas


Damnit, I thought I was being discreet.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 5:24 PM on December 15, 2011


Man, I can't believe you mods. Silencing the entire community for all my life, er two hours. As if deleting every third comment wasn't enough. probably so you can all get drunk and wrap presents too.

Atrocious censorship! THIS SHALL NOT STAND!
posted by spitbull at 5:24 PM on December 15, 2011


to sir with millipedes: "Well I'll be in Jamaica, but I'll be grumpy with everyone else in spirit."

Braggart.
posted by deborah at 5:49 PM on December 15, 2011


Now is a good time to mention that besides the Big Blue/Black Room there are many other places where MeFites gather on the internet and a wiki that could always use some updating.

Alright, an IRC party! What a great opportunity to get a Mefite roleplay chat started.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 6:09 PM on December 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


Mefite roleplay chat

Ooh, can I play jessamyn? I've always wanted to be a progressive militant librarian!
posted by slogger at 6:21 PM on December 15, 2011 [2 favorites]


I'll role-play the "stakeholder" that keeps demanding updates.

Are we still a go on the roll to production?
posted by Ad hominem at 6:31 PM on December 15, 2011


I'll roleplay the guy who abuses the /me command and keeps linking to other peoples' DeviantArt pages.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 6:47 PM on December 15, 2011


Devils Rancher: "44What if status.metafilter.com goes down? Is there a status.status.metafilter.com?"

STOPHITTINGREFRESHGODDAMMIT.metafilter.com
posted by zarq at 6:57 PM on December 15, 2011 [3 favorites]


Well this will screw with my reading material for the dreaded midnight nursing. I'll be forced to surf Facebook.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 7:39 PM on December 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


Ooh, can I play jessamyn? I've always wanted to be a progressive militant librarian!

You left out "ninja".
posted by hippybear at 7:56 PM on December 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


We'll all be in Glitch anyways.
posted by IndigoRain at 9:22 PM on December 15, 2011


No worries. Fart jokes on standby.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:44 PM on December 15, 2011


redirecting to butts.lol.com...
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 9:48 PM on December 15, 2011


2pm on Sunday... *twitches*
posted by infini at 9:55 PM on December 15, 2011


Ahhhhh why not two days earlier?? Then I can stop procrastinating on the two papers I have due tomorrow!

I can stop any time really
posted by The Biggest Dreamer at 11:15 PM on December 15, 2011


So MeFi Claus is coming to the Web a week early?
posted by oneswellfoop at 1:35 AM on December 16, 2011


For the first time in ages I have a party to go to that is indeed on Saturday night. Unfortunately, my Saturday night is not on at the same time as yours.
posted by h00py at 3:25 AM on December 16, 2011


Noooooo! No really, I might go outside for a change.
posted by arcticseal at 3:43 AM on December 16, 2011


I did not consent to this screwing (around).
posted by maxwelton at 4:25 AM on December 16, 2011


If you could turn off Metafilter for two weeks while I study for my exams, that would be great.

/dodges tomatoes
posted by Phire at 5:44 AM on December 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


In college, I had to install a Firefox plugin to keep me from visiting MetaFilter, Facebook, et. al. while I had papers to write.
posted by griphus at 6:41 AM on December 16, 2011


We didn't have anything remotely close to the internet when I was in college - but vices were cheap as was petrol
posted by infini at 6:47 AM on December 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


Yeah but I don't doubt that sitting on a ratty old couch in a windowless basement with a headful of acid and staring unblinkingly at a blacklit Jerry Garcia poster while the turntable plays out the locked groove at the end of Dark Side of the Moon is really that much different than blowing time on MetaFilter.
posted by griphus at 7:30 AM on December 16, 2011 [3 favorites]


Alright, an IRC party! What a great opportunity to get a Mefite roleplay chat started.

I'll warm up my robe and cortex hat.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 7:41 AM on December 16, 2011 [2 favorites]


Aw. Old enough to remember 9622.net. Those were the days. *sigh*
posted by ColdChef at 7:43 AM on December 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


griphus, your version sounds more intriguing than some of my realities, I was pretty timid when it came to my tripping but the music and the ambience were usually accompanied by that biker gang I hung out with. I'd do college again
posted by infini at 8:36 AM on December 16, 2011


Well I'll be damned. I had no idea I knew griphus in college.
posted by mygothlaundry at 9:31 AM on December 16, 2011


I know the mods are SAYING this is for an upgrade, but they can't fool me: it's really so they can all get together and have the Official Mods Holiday Party.... and WE aren't invited. Hrumph.
posted by easily confused at 4:29 PM on December 16, 2011


I hear our profiles are going to be converted to Facebook Timelines.
posted by desjardins at 4:31 PM on December 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


And MySpace blogs for our profiles!
posted by zarq at 4:27 AM on December 17, 2011


Ooohhh... and a Clippy assistant.

I see you're trying to post a question to AskMetafilter. Would you like some assistance?"
posted by zarq at 4:30 AM on December 17, 2011


And MySpace blogs for our profiles!

[Devils Rancher +1-ed, liked, recced, promoted and up-voted zarq's personal blog page]
posted by Devils Rancher at 8:18 AM on December 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


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posted by babbyʼ); Drop table users; -- at 5:58 PM on December 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


An hour left to go
posted by infini at 9:03 PM on December 17, 2011


37 minutes, but who's counting?
posted by cjorgensen at 9:23 PM on December 17, 2011


13 minutes. Oh god.
posted by rtha at 9:47 PM on December 17, 2011


You're fine. You'll all be fine. Don't be frightened.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:54 PM on December 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


Are we there yet?
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:56 PM on December 17, 2011


We haven't even left yet so how could we be there?

Somebody hold my hand, please.
posted by rtha at 9:59 PM on December 17, 2011


Is it done yet?
posted by gingerbeer at 9:59 PM on December 17, 2011


I can help!

*gets out toolbox*
posted by rtha at 10:00 PM on December 17, 2011


Aaaand back in 51 minutes flat. Good job, guys!
posted by Scientist at 10:52 PM on December 17, 2011


Done! We are moving the DNS, so in less than an hour you should start hitting our whiz bang new hardware.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 10:58 PM on December 17, 2011


My goodness that was quick!
posted by mosessis at 10:58 PM on December 17, 2011


Cortex has really nice colors on his various walls also a hammock.
posted by The Whelk at 11:01 PM on December 17, 2011


hammock? I thought that was a sex chair. Also: restless_nomad has hair!
posted by mathowie (staff) at 11:10 PM on December 17, 2011


Ok, if you guys see a small * in the lower right of the footer, after the FAQ, Contact, then you are at the new server. Within 10min I was on the new server hardware.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 11:12 PM on December 17, 2011


The site seems a lot faster now.
posted by Burhanistan at 11:14 PM on December 17, 2011


I'm at the new server! The cocktails are delicious!
posted by taz (staff) at 11:15 PM on December 17, 2011


zzzip!
posted by rtha at 11:17 PM on December 17, 2011


Right. Now who's going to help me unpack?
posted by Meta Filter at 11:43 PM on December 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


hee hee
posted by infini at 11:50 PM on December 17, 2011


Oooh, an asterisk!
posted by cgc373 at 11:52 PM on December 17, 2011


So (knocking on wood) the new servers are giving us tons of new capacity. Twice the RAM in both machines, nearly twice the number of processors as well. We might have a couple rocky days while we tweak settings, but we will have tons of capacity to grow and do new things with this setup.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 11:58 PM on December 17, 2011


Awesome! They're a lot faster.

Thanks for the entertaining video, too!
posted by zarq at 12:08 AM on December 18, 2011


I heard you like metafilter. Odd UI glitch I saw on an iPad running 3.2.1
posted by Ad hominem at 2:19 AM on December 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Whiz is good, also bang!
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 3:07 AM on December 18, 2011


Wow, this is really a shock. I honestly expected you guys wouldn't be migrating my account over and I'd just be sitting there commenting on random old posts for the next month, until eventually they were all closed.
posted by gman at 3:46 AM on December 18, 2011


restless_nomad has hair!

Just until I get too frustrated with wearing a dead rat on my head while I wait for it to grow out. The clippers are always nearby.
posted by restless_nomad (staff) at 5:22 AM on December 18, 2011


ah ha... the secret is out - trying to make a new FPP gives error reports - big bug indeed or holiday weekend?
posted by infini at 5:56 AM on December 18, 2011


Yeah, we just got another email about that, too, infini, so definitely a problem there. Still early on the left coast, but I imagine pb will be checking it out as soon as he wakes up.
posted by taz (staff) at 6:25 AM on December 18, 2011


Was that from funny? If so it might be mine - I'll just go away now and play some computer games shall I? ;p
posted by infini at 6:28 AM on December 18, 2011


Out of curiosity (and because I'm up for some mysterious reason) are you on the new site, infini? You can tell, like Matt said, by looking for the * at the end of the last line in the far right of the footer.
posted by restless_nomad (staff) at 6:29 AM on December 18, 2011


hammock? I thought that was a sex chair.

Matt makes this joke every time he comes by the house. Every time. I finally understand how other people must feel about my Your Mom jokes.
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:36 AM on December 18, 2011


No, I meant another contact message after yours, infini. :)

Anyway, looks like pb did his magic!
posted by taz (staff) at 6:40 AM on December 18, 2011


Yup I had the asterisk from the very first moment :)
posted by infini at 6:48 AM on December 18, 2011


Hm... has anyone tried to resubmit their post? I see a deleted test post from pb that went through successfully, but no new posts.
posted by taz (staff) at 7:05 AM on December 18, 2011


Sex chair

Finally! Something for the mod who has everything.
posted by The Whelk at 7:24 AM on December 18, 2011


why isn't the asterisk clickable?

/first complaint
posted by desjardins at 7:33 AM on December 18, 2011


I've gotten some intermittent "connection to server was reset" errors on various parts of the site this morning. Not sure if it's related to the server move, or if it's just me, or what.
posted by FishBike at 7:40 AM on December 18, 2011


so now I can tell newbies that I've been here since before the asterisk and it was better back then goddammit.
posted by Think_Long at 7:51 AM on December 18, 2011


I'm feeling old enough to have been here before Obelix as well as Asterix
posted by infini at 8:21 AM on December 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Never before have I been so happy to see an asterisk.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 9:22 AM on December 18, 2011


Cortex looks better with his hair fluffed up a bit.
posted by brujita at 9:43 AM on December 18, 2011


Hammock chairs are brilliant. Anyone with a nice strong beam in their home should get one.
posted by homunculus at 9:48 AM on December 18, 2011


Cortex looks better with his hair fluffed up a bit.

So cortex has both a sex chair and a fluffer? Damn boy.
posted by Think_Long at 9:51 AM on December 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'll be honest- I put away the hammock chair every time I hear Matt might be stopping by our house, in an attempt to foil his plans to make the sex chair joke.
posted by Secretariat at 1:30 PM on December 18, 2011


might be stopping by our house

Who's that at the door?
posted by homunculus at 2:03 PM on December 18, 2011


I put away the hammock chair every time I hear Matt might be stopping by our house, in an attempt to foil his plans to make the sex chair joke

:(

My new repeating joke will involve Josh's ukulele collection. Every time I come over I'll hold one and bellow "I AM A GIANT!!! WHAT DOES THIS TINY GUITAR SOUND LIKE, MUCH SMALLER HUMAN?"
posted by mathowie (staff) at 4:28 PM on December 18, 2011 [4 favorites]


To be fair, Cortex is 12 inches tall.
posted by The Whelk at 4:37 PM on December 18, 2011


And plays a different instrument.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 5:05 PM on December 18, 2011


I shall call him "wee cortex" from now on.
posted by Think_Long at 5:26 PM on December 18, 2011


Now we know what happened to Jessamyn's star, it's been re-purposed. Cutbacks at the OK Corral.
posted by arcticseal at 12:19 AM on December 19, 2011


Not sure if it's related to the server upgrade, I'm getting very sluggish pageloads and frequent connection timeouts this afternoon.
posted by crunchland at 11:38 AM on December 20, 2011


Me too, crunchland (though it's intermittent) and I'm also having trouble downloading the infodump data file from stuff.metafilter.com. It doesn't stop at the same place every time, but I can say for sure that when the site seems to stall in general, my download also stalls and then breaks.
posted by FishBike at 11:46 AM on December 20, 2011


Yep, site is running like shit for me today as well.
posted by Burhanistan at 11:58 AM on December 20, 2011


Ditto.
posted by rtha at 12:42 PM on December 20, 2011


tritto. is that a thing? If not I claim ownership.
posted by Think_Long at 1:04 PM on December 20, 2011


Quattro.

(actually I'm not having any trouble. It just seemed like the right thing to say.)
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 1:11 PM on December 20, 2011 [1 favorite]


Yeah, as mathowie mentioned upthread we're having our couple rocky days while we tweak things for the new servers. We're keeping an eye on things and adjusting where we can.

FishBike, you can grab a copy of the infodump on our static file server here. We're planning to move the infodump files to that server next time we update the infodump.
posted by pb (staff) at 1:41 PM on December 20, 2011


It's like when I bought that Jaguar XK and it was totally fast and smooth for the first weekend, and then when I had to drive it to work on Monday it started sputtering and having all kinds of weird electrical glitches.
posted by Burhanistan at 1:54 PM on December 20, 2011


We've made one major-ish change to the webserver this afternoon while looking over the log files. We noticed a lot of errors from our gzip library in Apache, so we're no longer gzipping all pages. This means you'll have to pull down more data, but the server may (knock on wood) get more stable as we prevent those errors from happening.

So let us know here if you get more weird connection refused errors, and we'll watch it closely tomorrow when the traffic starts to peak again in the late morning.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 6:03 PM on December 20, 2011


Burhanistan: "It's like when I bought that Jaguar XK and it was totally fast and smooth for the first weekend, and then when I had to drive it to work on Monday it started sputtering and having all kinds of weird electrical glitches."

I'm not sure whether you're joking or not, but a friend of mine bought a fancy Audi, and it stopped dead four blocks from the showroom. Car's been resold for a while now, but the debate continues: since it was so convenient to call someone over from the showroom, was it actually better than if the car had broken down later/further away?
posted by vanar sena at 9:44 AM on December 23, 2011


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