October 18th, 2004

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Claw & Quill

How did you spend your weekend?

  • Write 3 plugins in PHP for Textpattern
  • Discover 2 bugs in Textpattern
  • Fix the easy bug
  • Find stupid workaround for other bug
  • Realize that while I said illustrations could be 600 pixels wide, the way I’ve written the style sheets makes ones longer than the fixed-width text box jut out to the right
  • Fix the style sheets in a way that makes the illustrations work and breaks everything else
  • Fix style sheets in better way
  • Chew on leg
  • Add things to the style sheets like epigraphs, multi-level subheadings, “about the author” blocks, information/image blocks for reviews, etc.
  • Write three or four pages of missing content
  • Decide I need to have a nonfiction article so the section isn’t empty, pull out my kitsune article that appeared in “Fuzzy Logic” years ago
  • Hope nobody notices that using my article violates my own writers’ guidelines, prepare I’m the editor neener neener defense in case I’m called on it
  • Chew off leg
  • Remove the rewrite rules that block off the site, or in non-webgeek terms: press the big red button

As of about 15 minutes ago, Claw & Quill is live. I haven’t announced it anywhere else yet—consider this a “soft opening” for you folks to look at and give me feedback on, to find the inevitable broken things.

Now, time to get ready for bed.

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...and today is, of course, the first day in the hosting service's history where they've apparently had some kind of major failure at the data center. Textdrive has their servers at The Planet, a hosting center in Dallas. The Planet has a 100% uptime SLA -- not 99%, not 99.999%, but actually 100% in the SLA -- and it appears they've been down for at least three hours now.

This makes me very, very, VERY unhappy right now. I know I'm not alone in being stressed out, given that there's probably thousands of sites of down thanks to this. But somehow that doesn't really make me feel better.

I'm glad I didn't announce it anywhere else.

I'm really hoping that whatever's wrong doesn't involve data loss, because if it does, I could be really, really screwed. I hadn't had time to export the database yet. (Textdrive does automatic backups, but I don't know how real-time they are.)

I'm going to go make a big pot of coffee and pour it over my head.