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Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:31 am

Sorry, folks—the site was down from 8:47PM to 2:57AM EST due to the backbone going down; there was an ice storm in Atlanta and a fiber was cut. This took out the hosting service that provides webspace for this blog as well as all my other blogs. (Some other ISPs were down too.) Anyway, things are back up and running now.

I have an emergency blog on Blogger for problems such as these. Whenever they crop up I try to post an announcement. Keep this bookmarked until I find my Admin had and put it in the FAQ or something:

I’ll be turning this post off later today.

UPDATE. Portrait of an outage:


It’s like being Antony Loewenstein for a few hours.

Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 02/02/2007 at 07:27 AM
    1. Ice storms in Atlanta can only have been caused by Gerbil worming.

      Posted by Rob Read on 2007 02 02 at 07:33 AM • permalink


    1. An ice storm in Atlanta?

      Global warming is a bitch, eh?

      Posted by Phranger on 2007 02 02 at 07:35 AM • permalink


    1. Shithouse.

      Ice storm in Atlanta.

      I guess Al Gore was visiting there.

      Posted by The Best Infidel on 2007 02 02 at 07:36 AM • permalink


    1. That’s how the poms won!

      Posted by murph on 2007 02 02 at 07:46 AM • permalink


    1. Quck start your SUV’s before hordes of randy polar bears start frotting on the streets and scaring old ladies.

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 02 02 at 07:47 AM • permalink


    1. 8:47PM to 2:57AM EST

      That’s not Australian Eastern Standard time is it? HMMMM???

      I’m sure Tim loved the gazillions of emails he received. Right up there with “Excuse me Sir? Your hair is on fire”.

      All the usual RWDB blogs weren’t informed, emergency site duly bookmarked.

      I blame Al Gore, for both Global Worming as well as the Information Superhighway.

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2007 02 02 at 07:48 AM • permalink


    1. I couldn’t load Tim’s blog, and I couldn’t load Whacking Day. I thought Australia passed out drunk.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2007 02 02 at 07:49 AM • permalink


    1. Dan Lewis: the website is stored in a server in Florida, so it’s not on Australian time. (I checked the World Clock site and it was afternoon over there when this was happening so I figured people were frantic.)

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2007 02 02 at 07:51 AM • permalink


    1. This is clear the work of that 31337 Hax0r d00d that Murph pissed off earlier.

      Andrea, Google’s pretty good at time conversions as well. Search for e.g. “Time in Sydney”. It even does currency, so “0.5AUD in USD” will let you calculate how much your bolding costs.

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2007 02 02 at 07:57 AM • permalink


    1. The blog was down while I was at the cricket and couldn’t drop in anyway? Serendipity. Andrea, could you arrange for an outage same time tomorrow? I have to go shopping.

      Posted by Penguin on 2007 02 02 at 08:03 AM • permalink


    1. Oh, and Pommygranate, please start your crowing any time you like.

      Posted by Penguin on 2007 02 02 at 08:04 AM • permalink


    1. I thought that the whole point of the internet was that it was going to make communication resources resistant to failures at one or even several points – the system would just route around the damage. I would suggest that if an ‘Australian’ website goes down because of ice in Atlanta then the chances of the system surviving a Russian nuclear strike were never that good. Al Gore needs to go back to the drawing board.

      Posted by SteveGW on 2007 02 02 at 08:17 AM • permalink


    1. Thought IPCC had closed you down. The CSIRO scientist there has demanded no more debate, saying it is unequivically very likely that climate change is man-made. Then she went back to her hotel to pack for her flight back to Australia. She has created more greenhouse gases in a week than I create in a year (farting not included but then she was eating all that rich French food).

      Posted by Contrail on 2007 02 02 at 08:26 AM • permalink


    1. Just watched Skynews – it’s irrefutable evidence that humans are causing global warming/whatever, now that the esteemed UN report is out

      Debate closed

      Now it’s time to be green taxed out of existence

      How depressing – first the cricket then this

      Now the footy season is almost here in OZ do we talk about footy too here?

      As the Rugby Super14s has already started…

      Posted by aussiemagpie on 2007 02 02 at 08:38 AM • permalink


    1. I have it on good authority that the ‘power play’ has been removed from cricket as a waste of energy that contributes to global warming.

      Posted by Penguin on 2007 02 02 at 08:57 AM • permalink


    1. Here’s some good news .

      Posted by paco on 2007 02 02 at 09:26 AM • permalink


    1. I know when I’m tired – I’ve been looking at this post’s heading and reading “outrage” instead of outage

      Yes I was just positively seething when I came home for a break from work and found Tim to be inaccessible! An outrage indeed

      #16 paco

      Thanks for that link – good news definitely

      Posted by aussiemagpie on 2007 02 02 at 09:33 AM • permalink


    1. “It’s like being Antony Loewenstein for a few hours.”

      Happy to answer any Israel questions you might have.

      Posted by fidens on 2007 02 02 at 09:40 AM • permalink


    1. #16 Yes indeedy, good news.  Now I think we should put Miss World Canada in charge of negotiating with Iran vis-a-vis their nuke program.  She’ll definitely be an improvement over the UN or the EU.

      Posted by rbj1 on 2007 02 02 at 09:43 AM • permalink


    1. #17: I was outraged, too! No access at all to this blog last night. For all I know, Andy Canuck was attempting to take Paco-Canada public, Wronwright had perished in a last-ditch battle to stop the Goremacht in Ohio, and Antony Lowenstein and Margo were married in a quiet, civil ceremony attended by a few friends and homeless people looking for a free meal.

      Posted by paco on 2007 02 02 at 09:44 AM • permalink


    1. It’s like being Antony Loewenstein for a few hours.

      Priceless Andrea.  Priceless.

      Posted by Craig Mc on 2007 02 02 at 09:56 AM • permalink


    1. Andrea, why remove this post later on? It already has far more appeal than any post I’ve read on a left wing blog.

      Posted by Penguin on 2007 02 02 at 09:56 AM • permalink


    1. If it was like being Antony Loewenstein, imagine how we felt.  I thought nuclear war had started somewhere in the world and the TV talking heads just hadn’t noticed yet.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 02 02 at 10:08 AM • permalink


    1. I was afeared that Murph’s Nemesis, the Dick from Hax0r Inc. had struck with a concentrated beam of Kryptonite.

      Merely a Glowball Warmening Ice Age attack. Yawn.

      Posted by Pedro the Ignorant on 2007 02 02 at 10:12 AM • permalink


    1. It’s like being Antony Loewenstein for a few hours.

      That line means this post must not be deleted. It must live! LIVE I tell you!!!

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2007 02 02 at 10:12 AM • permalink


    1. Snow in Atlanta my ass. That’s impossible, due to gerbil wormening, we all know that. It’s a coverup of the fact that Wronwright cut the power with that prototype death tractor he has been seen testing.

      Posted by Latino on 2007 02 02 at 10:23 AM • permalink


    1. I guess we’re all doomed, folks, thanks to global goreming.  The UN sez so.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 02 02 at 10:26 AM • permalink


    1. #25 Goebbel wurmerening is now threating posts on  Rising ocean currants are threating the whole of the intertubes.

      Posted by rbj1 on 2007 02 02 at 10:58 AM • permalink


    1. There was actually no ice storm in Atlanta, although there were problems in the mountainous areas north of Atlanta in north Georgia (at the foot of the Appalachians).  Perhaps the cable in question passed through there.

      Posted by kcom on 2007 02 02 at 11:06 AM • permalink


    1. Yup, I’m in Atlanta, the weather had actually eased up by the time your site went down.  Instapundit went too, so I thought it was an ideological DOS attack. (looks around suspiciousl while adjusting the aluminum hatband on a 30” sombrero)

      Posted by kiwinews on 2007 02 02 at 11:26 AM • permalink


    1. See that dip in blog visits?  Bush did that.

      Posted by wronwright on 2007 02 02 at 12:09 PM • permalink


    1. I just assumed you’d been hacked by sand goblins, Tim. But then I’m one of those awful racists you’re always hearing about.

      Posted by Daniel San on 2007 02 02 at 12:20 PM • permalink


    1. Whew!  I’m glad other Atlantans are saying there was no ice storm.

      I was sitting here thinking “How could I have missed an ENTIRE ice storm?”

      I didn’t even stock up on milk, bread and eggs – because in the South, an ice storm means French toast for everyone!

      Posted by VKI on 2007 02 02 at 02:10 PM • permalink


    1. Well, we had a little ice east of Atlanta, but not enough to keep the “little cruller” from having to go to school.

      Posted by joe bagadonuts on 2007 02 02 at 03:41 PM • permalink


    1. I think Dan Lewis got it…Atlanta? Let’s blame those guys at the Atlantic Free Press.

      Maybe we can even convince those loons that Karl Rove will send the black helicopters after them now.

      Posted by PW on 2007 02 02 at 05:03 PM • permalink


    1. It’s like being Antony Loewenstein for a few hours.

      Now that’s cold, Andrea.I love it!  ;-p

      Posted by Barbara Skolaut on 2007 02 02 at 05:19 PM • permalink


    1. #36 I agree, Barbara.

      And I thought you lot had just moved while I was asleep!

      Posted by kae on 2007 02 02 at 05:36 PM • permalink


    1. There couldn’t have been an ice storm in Atlanta because of all that Goebbel Warming.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 02 02 at 06:41 PM • permalink


    1. I’d like to take credit for that line but it’s Tim’s, he added that (and the chart) later.

      Well by popular demand I’ll leave the post up unless Tim says no.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2007 02 02 at 07:54 PM • permalink


    1. And hm, no ice storm? Well, I’m back to my idiot-digging-in-the-backyard theory.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2007 02 02 at 07:58 PM • permalink


    1. I thought Timbo had been hacked.

      Posted by Bonmot on 2007 02 02 at 08:20 PM • permalink


    1. No, No, NO!!

      Remember that according to the Holy Words of the Watermelon Church of the Luddite-Moonbats, gerbil worming and glowball cooling are all PART of climate changificerisation.

      So the same thing that is drowning all the polar bears is also causing ice storms in Atlanta, haze in Beijing, and gay penguins to tapdance in the west Antarctic ice sheet to music crafted by left handed negro lesbian redheads who work for the WWF.

      So it WAS all George Bush’s fault!


      Posted by MarkL on 2007 02 02 at 09:25 PM • permalink


    1. Maybe it’s just them damned Okeechobee gators been chewin’ on the data lines ag’in.

      Hear tell there’s a big one down there to Orlando with a Zulu spear stickin’ in ‘is gizzards. Well, he sure-ass-hell won’t bother no-one no more.

      Posted by splice on 2007 02 02 at 10:06 PM • permalink


    1. Be honest. Tim was drinking in his pajamas, got totally blitzed, tripped over a power cord, cracked his head and didn’t wake up for a few hours?

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 02 02 at 10:38 PM • permalink


    1. #44: Yeah. Or maybe Tim tripped a circuit breaker driving out of the garage in his new car while it was still plugged into the wall socket.

      Posted by splice on 2007 02 02 at 11:10 PM • permalink


    1. I was half suspecting the Marieke Hardy fanclub. After all, they created a whole new blog in her/our honour. But it seems that they weren’t as lowly and vindictive as they could have been.

      Posted by AlburyShifton on 2007 02 03 at 08:21 AM • permalink


    1. Good lord Andrea, Your graph looks like proof of climate change!

      Posted by Observer on 2007 02 03 at 09:39 AM • permalink


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