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Hey la, hey la, my blog is back!

It’s remarkable how my personal sense of well-being is tied to how well the blog software is running. This morning was pretty bad when Obama Conspiracy Theories was nothing but a “404 Page not found.”

It didn’t take long to find the problem: the whole web site directory had been deleted.

I’ve been having technical problems with comments. The root of that problem was a new version of the caching software the blog uses to speed up serving pages to visitors. My blog uses WordPress to manage the content and that system dynamically generates the pages you see. Generating all those pages takes time. Caching software saves copies of the generated pages, and if someone wants to see a page that’s already generated, they get the saved version. Anytime someone comments, the page is updated. The saved versions appear much quicker, and caching causes less overhead on the server.

A recently-installed update to the caching software changed the location of where it saved pages; the cache was writing pages into one directory and the web server was serving them out of another directory. That’s why you sometimes saw old pages.

The caching software I employ is widely-used and highly reliable; however, my blog is a little odd because the directory where it lives has an upper-case directory name. It’s the distinction Linux makes between upper and lower case directory names that sent things awry with cached pages in a lower-case directory and the server pointing to the upper-case equivalent.

I had a number of options for resolving the problem, most involving waiting for someone else to get me a fix — or I could make the directory name lower case and all would be well. I inquired of my hosting company whether the name could be changed. Rather than answering the question, they deleted the blog directory and changed the web server to point to the lower-case directory which had nothing of use in it. Whammo! No blog.

I decided that I would go to church instead of staying home to working on the problem. I had 20 minutes before I had to leave and as a long shot, I tried the web host’s “restore” feature. The most recent backup was so recent that it didn’t have the deleted material; however, an older backup did and I was able to get the web site files back. I then had to move some directories round, re-install the caching software and viola, blog. The actual blog “content” (except for media files) is a database somewhere else that wasn’t effected by any of this, so once the software and media files were reloaded, everything picked up where we left off.

I made it to church on time.

32 Responses to Hey la, hey la, my blog is back!

  1. avatar
    john March 6, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

    Doc goes to church!!?

    It’s hard to believe that church goers actually could have the nerve to vote for Obama in 2008 and think about voting for him again in 2012.

    I guess Doc’s church is not very pro-life.

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    john March 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    Doc,

    You should be ashamed of yourself by having this blog and defending Obama, as you probably voted for him in 2008, by stating that you go to church. No church goer would be in their right mind to even begin considering a vote for Obama.

  3. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy March 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    john: Doc goes to church!!?

    It’s hard to believe that church goers actually could have the nerve to vote for Obama in 2008 and think about voting for him again in 2012.

    I guess Doc’s church is not very pro-life.

    I’m a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. My church says: “Members of this church hold different opinions about the role and extent of public law and regulation in relation to abortion.”

    The full statement is here:

    http://www.elca.org/What-We-Believe/Social-Issues/Social-Statements/Abortion.aspx

    Discussion of the topic of abortion itself is beyond the scope of this web site.

  4. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy March 6, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

    john: No church goer would be in their right mind to even begin considering a vote for Obama.

    Jesus was a liberal.

    And you’re still banned.

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    Sef March 6, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

    Dr. Conspiracy: I’m a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. My church says: “Members of this church hold different opinions about the role and extent of public law and regulation in relation to abortion.”

    The full statement is here:

    http://www.elca.org/What-We-Believe/Social-Issues/Social-Statements/Abortion.aspx

    Discussion of the topic of abortion itself is beyond the scope of this web site.

    It’s so sad that people in this country have been so dumbed-down and regimented that they can no longer think for themselves, and also think that everyone else should be dumbed-down and regimented. I do not see an easy way out of this dilemma.

  6. avatar
    sfjeff March 6, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

    John is a perfect example of a certain sort of Christian/Birther- “if you don’t condemn “X” you aren’t a Christian”.

    I have found lots and lots of Birthers who call themselves Christians to be this type of Christian- the narrow minded, convinced that only they understand the true nature of Christ Christian, and that not only is everyone else going to hell, anyone who doesn’t join in on condemning them is going to hell also.

    While I am not a Christian, I have read the New Testament many times- it is really a lovely piece of writing with much to learn from. And I always, always wonder why my version seems to very different from the version that they learned from.

  7. avatar
    John Reilly March 6, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

    John:

    It is wholly inappropriate to criticize the faith of another, or even to criticize those who belong to no church.

    You will find this concept in the Constitutional prohibition against any religious test for office as well as in the First Amendment. Or perhaps your concern for American and Constitutional principles is limited to getting the scary Black guy out of office.

  8. avatar
    Slartibartfast March 6, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

    Oh thank god! I saw that your blog went down last night and I knew, I just knew that those evil Obots had gotten to you! Clearly your blog had been ‘scrubbed’ from the web in a cyber attack by muslim terrorists (wait a sec… that’s redundant!) working in league with the evil usurper and his New World Order masters… – then I remembered that I’m not a birther.

    Glad to see you got the problem sorted, Doc. Can you imagine the uproar in birtherstan if this had happened to Dr. K(h)ate or, heaven forfend, Orly?

  9. avatar
    obsolete March 6, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

    john:
    Doc,

    You should be ashamed of yourself by having this blog and defending Obama, as you probably voted for him in 2008, by stating that you go to church.No church goer would be in their right mind to even begin considering a vote for Obama.

    Says the guy who is banned from multiple sites for posting his judge-spanking sexual fantasies…

  10. avatar
    Dr. Kenneth Noisewater (Bob Ross) March 6, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

    john:
    Doc goes to church!!?

    It’s hard to believe that church goers actually could have the nerve to vote for Obama in 2008 and think about voting for him again in 2012.

    I guess Doc’s church is not very pro-life.

    Maybe your bible has different verses in it but I distinctly remember that there was no commandment handed down to moses that said “Thou shalt not vote for democrats”

  11. avatar
    HellT March 6, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

    john:

    You should be ashamed of yourself by having this blog and defending Obama, as you probably voted for him in 2008, by stating that you go to church.No church goer would be in their right mind to even begin considering a vote for Obama.

    Doc went away and you hung around
    And bothered us, every night
    And when Doc wouldn’t go out with you
    You said things that weren’t very nice

  12. avatar
    Northland10 March 6, 2011 at 6:23 pm #

    Dr. Kenneth Noisewater (Bob Ross): Maybe your bible has different verses in it but I distinctly remember that there was no commandment handed down to moses that said “Thou shalt not vote for democrats”

    Oh, you must not have the correct, Super-Sekrit Birther Bible then. Besides the corrected commandment you mentioned, it also gets rid of those commie/marxist/liberal additions like helping others, treating others as you would be treated (including Aliens, darn liberal Leviticus), and the pesky false witness thing. There is nothing better than the true Bible before the progressive/socialist add-ons by Peter, Paul, Matthew, Luke, John, Mark, Isaiah, Ruth, Daniel, Jeremiah, Jesus, etc.

  13. avatar
    Scientist March 6, 2011 at 6:25 pm #

    Why is it so hard for certain people to distinguish between things that one religion or another might condemn as a sin and things that secular law should take a position on. Here is just a small sampling of things that one or another reliigion considers sinful:

    Eating pork
    Eating beef
    Eating any meat at all
    Eating milk with meat
    Eating too much
    Working on Friday
    Working on Saturday
    Working oon Sunday
    Masturbation
    Charging interest
    Men and women dancing together
    Wiping your butt with your right hand

    Are we seriously going to forbid the above by law?

  14. avatar
    Eglenn harcsar March 6, 2011 at 7:42 pm #

    Whew. When your Blog went goo goo I though it it was a just a big conspiracy against me. When I got got back from church and your site was up again, I thanked the heavens that it’s still only about our leader. Still waiting for my password. πŸ™‚

  15. avatar
    Rickey March 6, 2011 at 7:55 pm #

    A friend has a photograph of a sign as his Facebook profile photo. The sign says this:

    Obama is not a brown-skinned anti-war socialist who gives away free health care. You’re thinking of Jesus.

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    Dr. Kenneth Noisewater (Bob Ross) March 6, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

    Scientist:
    Why is it so hard for certain people to distinguish between things that one religion or another might condemn as a sin and things that secular law should take a position on.Here is just a small sampling of things that one or another reliigion considers sinful:

    Eating pork
    Eating beef
    Eating any meat at all
    Eating milk with meat
    Eating too much
    Working on Friday
    Working on Saturday
    Working oon Sunday
    Masturbation
    Charging interest
    Men and women dancing together
    Wiping your butt with your right hand

    Are we seriously going to forbid the above by law?

    You forgot about talking to women while they’re menstruating. This should have been an actual commandment that moses got as a general rule of thumb… don’t do it.

    Also mixing garments made of different fabrics together

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    Dr. Conspiracy March 6, 2011 at 10:06 pm #

    Eglenn harcsar:
    Whew.When your Blog went goo goo I though it it was a just a big conspiracy against me. When I got got back from church and your site was up again, I thanked the heavens that it’s still only about our leader.Still waiting for my password.:)
    As I have told several folks, the password is secret.

  18. avatar
    misha March 7, 2011 at 8:17 am #

    john: No church goer would be in their right mind to even begin considering a vote for Obama.

    Obama got 78% of the Jewish vote. Google it.

    Obama will be re-elected, and Cory Booker will follow. Better get used to it.

  19. avatar
    misha March 7, 2011 at 8:27 am #

    john: I guess Doc’s church is not very pro-life.

    Judaism believes the rights of the woman come before any abstract rights a fetus may have. I might add as a libertarian, a woman’s uterus is never property of the state. Also, as a libertarian, I believe in reproductive freedom. The Supreme Court was correct.

  20. avatar
    misha March 7, 2011 at 8:35 am #

    Scientist: Here is just a small sampling of things that one or another reliigion considers sinful:

    I’m secular. I hate rules. My step-father insisted on a glatt kosher kitchen. An hour after he died, I took a bowl from the ‘meat’ side, and poured cereal and milk into it, and ate it with a spoon from the ‘meat’ side.

    End of separate dishes.

    My mother, alev hashalom, always used to say that life was tough enough without adding artificial hurdles.

  21. avatar
    misha March 7, 2011 at 8:36 am #

    Dr. Kenneth Noisewater (Bob Ross): Also mixing garments made of different fabrics together

    Don’t you hate it when someone wears a striped shirt, and plaid pants?

  22. avatar
    JD Reed March 7, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

    John, whether Obama constitutionally qualifies for the office he holds and the morality of the policies he pursues are two entirely different questions. Your desire to conflate them implies that you think that because Obama shouldn’t hold office for policy reasons, no one should defend his eligibility to be president — even if he is in fact eligible.
    That’s a slippery slope, because it implies that if one’s cause is (subjectively) just, then a host of unjust methods may be used to fight for that just cause.

  23. avatar
    Sef March 7, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

    JD Reed: That’s a slippery slope

    I’ve got sawdust tread, studs & my chains on.

  24. avatar
    Paul Pieniezny March 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

    misha: Don’t you hate it when someone wears a striped shirt, and plaid pants?

    Men should not wear plaid, except when it is a kilt. Said by a man who danced Flamenco.

  25. avatar
    Bovril March 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

    Ahhhhh, Sumptuary Laws…….

    One of my favourites

    Zaleucus in the 7th century BC, stipulated that “no free woman should be allowed any more than one maid to follow her, unless she was drunk: nor was to stir out of the city by night, wear jewels of gold about her, or go in an embroidered robe, unless she was a professed and public prostitute; that, bravos excepted, no man was to wear a gold ring, nor be seen in one of those effeminate robes woven in the city of Miletus.”

    Now, that Orly……….

  26. avatar
    dunstvangeet March 7, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    One of my favorite Evangelist authors had this to say:

    “The reason why I buy into the Democratic Party more than the Republican Party is because there are over 2,000 verses of Scripture that deal with responding to the needs of the poor.”

  27. avatar
    Keith March 7, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

    Paul Pieniezny: Men should not wear plaid, except when it is a kilt. Said by a man who danced Flamenco.

    A kilt is not plaid. It is tartan.

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    Keith March 7, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    dunstvangeet:
    One of my favorite Evangelist authors had this to say:

    “The reason why I buy into the Democratic Party more than the Republican Party is because there are over 2,000 verses of Scripture that deal with responding to the needs of the poor.”

    Recommended reading: Why Evangelicals Hate Jesus

  29. avatar
    Paul Pieniezny March 7, 2011 at 9:25 pm #

    Keith: A kilt is not plaid. It is tartan.

    Have you ever seen a plaid, obviously to be used as a cover for sleeping, miraculously transformed into a kilt, shoulder wrap and all? That is how the kilt was born. Not so long ago as people think, by the way. The kilt is not much older than Calvin’s case!

    http://www.scottishtartans.org/kilt.html

  30. avatar
    NBC March 7, 2011 at 10:04 pm #

    You are old and in the way… of history.

  31. avatar
    Keith March 8, 2011 at 12:22 am #

    Paul Pieniezny: Have you ever seen a plaid, obviously to be used as a cover for sleeping, miraculously transformed into a kilt, shoulder wrap and all? That is how the kilt was born. Not so long ago as people think, by the way. The kilt is not much older than Calvin’s case!

    http://www.scottishtartans.org/kilt.html

    I am of Scots descent; my grandfather was ‘Grand Laird’ ( or ‘Clan Chief’ or ‘Chief Mufti’ or ‘Head Gonzo’ or whatever they called it) of all the Scots in Michigan; he had a ‘proper’ kilt and went out of his way to wear it at any thing resembling a formal occasion. I never knew him – he died before I was born – but I think his ‘clan’ was just a social drinking club 😎 and my Grandmother being a teetotaler probably hounded him to his grave.

    Today one of our best friends here in Melbourne is a lovely Scots lady, who just about takes my head off if I ever use the word ‘plaid’. Believe me, you don’t want to cross her.

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    Dr Kenneth Noisewater (Bob Ross) March 8, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    Paul Pieniezny: Have you ever seen a plaid, obviously to be used as a cover for sleeping, miraculously transformed into a kilt, shoulder wrap and all? That is how the kilt was born. Not so long ago as people think, by the way. The kilt is not much older than Calvin’s case!http://www.scottishtartans.org/kilt.html

    Barf: Aah!
    Barf: What the hell was that?
    Lonestar: Spaceball 1.
    Barf: They’ve gone to plaid!