So at work there's been a weird problem where the web sites I built stop answering search queries. The problem looks like the servers suddenly lose their ability to read some but not all of the databases they need to access. I haven't chanced anything on the production server in a month plus. Whenever this happens, the folks in the tech department send me desperate e-mails asking why this is happening. I tell them again and again, I don't know, I haven't changed any of the code, what has changed on the server or on the database settings recently? And after a few hours the problem disappears, until the next day or a couple days later when the same problem comes up and they ask me again why this is happening, and I point out: I know nothing nontrivial about how IIS works. You're the tech department, you do. What changed on the servers? And around we go again.
I have the fear that I'm going to have to make a trip out east just so I can hold up shiny objects until they understand that I'm not fibbing when I say I didn't touch anything, so if something changed, it wasn't me.
Meanwhile, my humor blog is still a thing, whatever else you might think about it. Run in the past week have been:
- Telling Lies About George Washington. Or Not. Hard To Say, about what I learned when I looked into the cherry-tree story.
- Color Classics: Betty Boop in Poor Cinderella, which shows how everybody colors Betty Boop's hair wrong anymore.
- Statistics Saturday: The Whole Numbers Zero Through Twenty, By Length, a quick look into how the numbers are set up.
- Mother Of The Arts, my mention of how a Momma comic strip makes sense.
- Statistics Saturday on a Tuesday: February 2015’s Readership, if you wondered how the humor blog's readership was doing.
- Twitter Recommended I follow somebody I wouldn't have thought to.
- They Also Warn Of Whimsical Dishes, my encounter with the world of Internet Tea Communities.
- First-Class Mailings, about the absurd world of how folks in my family mail stuff. Honest.
Trivia: Fractured Fairy Tale number 12, ``Tom Thumb'', was rejected by ABC Continuity Acceptance because ``juvenile delinquency is not something to be treated flippantly. Please have Tom become something other than a mixed-up JD with a souped up butterfly, leading a juvenile gang on `candy heists'.'' The episode aired. Source: The Moose That Roared: The Story of Jay Ward, Bill Scott, A Flying Squirrel, and a Talking Moose, Keith Scott.
Currently Reading: The First Salute: A View of the American Revolution, Barbara W Tuchman.