austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
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austin_dern

Pump the water, build the pressure, push the piston, press the button

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:

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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.

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