I went to do my morning hit and run at Comics Curmudgeon before I walk the dog and found that Josh had exceed his bandwidth allotment and was unavailable. Normally this fall in the same category of problems I would like to have such as "having to stay faithful to my nymphomaniac supermodel girlfriend" and "fending off shady investment brokers that want to manage my lottery winnings portfolio".
Unfortunately, it probably means Josh has to shell out money for a bigger allotment to pay for a sideline he probably started as a lark. He's not PvP or Penny Arcade or any of these sites where fanboys that need ironic black t-shirts spend their allowance. We haven't had any new roll-outs of Cafe Press items in a while which has to mean there can't be that much cash in them.
The difference between a job and a hobby is that a job is what people pay you to do and a hobby is what you pay to get to do. Fortunately, this blog hasn't cost me anything yet except time and aggravation. I did shell out $25 for the FlikrPro account, but I credit that against the money I saved on photo processing by going all digital on my last vacation.
It is minor annoyances like these that make you realize how totally dependent on technology we are and how totally unprepared we would be for a real disaster. Back in my youth I read all the classics of post nuclear holocaust fiction and realized that I was one of the people that would be looted and shot in the first chapter while the survivalists were still cleaning their stockpiled Army surplus semi-automatics. I am very fond of civilization, the Unibombers and Luddites can rant all they want. They can have my mouse when they pry it out of my cold dead fingers.
This is the second outage of a site on my daily hit list this week. A few days ago the fine folks at Drink At Work had server problems that left their fans wandering lost in the dark for a few hours. Other than through the CC website, I have no way of hearing about or from all the people I know only by deliberately cryptic username aliases. If any other Cardinals, acolytes, or just plain lurkers stumble over here because my blog is still somewhere in their history file, make yourselves at home until Josh oils the hamster wheel and buys more Squirrel Chow® to get more bandwidth up and running.
I'll roll out some yoga mats in the cafeteria and start an extra pot of coffee and we will wait out this cyber-outage together and tell each other ghost stories until we can move back home and clean up the water in the basement.
UPDATE: Our long national nightmare is over. The Comics Curmudgeon servers are back up and running as of about 4 pm EDT. Now back to your regularly scheduled snark.
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