ScienceBlogs server migration in three hours…

And now for something completely different. Well, not exactly. It’s just that I have an announcement to make that is for your benefit. Our (usually) benevolent overlords have informed us that they are going to be moving ScienceBlogs over to a new server beginning sometime after midnight tonight:

ScienceBlogs will be moving to a new server environment on Wednesday, November 20th. Although the site will be available throughout the transition, you should not post, edit, draft, comment, or do anything else in WordPress after Tuesday evening, or your work may be lost. Once the new server environment is live on Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning, I will post an update and business can resume as usual.

A day off! The timing is actually quite good, because I have a talk to give tomorrow evening, and I’m not quite done with my slides yet. I’ll let you know when the all-clear has been given, but because this talk is in the evening and I’ll driving about 90 miles to give this talk tomorrow late afternoon, I might be later than Wes in giving the all-clear. So if you’re really antsy, and can’t wait to get back into the commenting fray (and you know who you are), you might want to monitor the official ScienceBlogs Page 3.14, where the announcement will appear first.

You’ll also have to forgive me if I have a bad feeling about this. I’ve been with ScienceBlogs for nearly eight years now, and I’ve never seen a server migration go without a hitch. Something always happens. I sure hope this time is different. Hopefully by early tomorrow afternoon, the migration will be complete, and we’ll know. If anything happens, I will activate the mothballed original Respectful Insolence with the hideous template (what was I thinking at the time?) until this blog is up and running again.

In the meantime, smoke ’em if ya got ’em. I mean, you only have around three hours before the migration starts, and any words of wisdom you post to this blog after that run the risk of disappearing into the ether when the migration is complete.


  1. #1 palindrom
    November 19, 2013

    Orac: Drive carefully! The world needs you.

  2. #2 Calli Arcale
    November 19, 2013

    A server migration? Oh, those always go perfectly smoothly! Nothing to worry about.


  3. #3 lilady
    November 19, 2013

    Have a safe trip and wow ’em with your presentation, Orac.

  4. #4 Chris Hickie
    November 19, 2013

    Does this mean it’s true that it is only possible to master one server?

  5. #5 Narad
    November 19, 2013

    ScienceBlogs will be moving to a new server environment on Wednesday, November 20th.

    I do so love IT pseudotechnical blob-word posturing, especially when prefaced by English constructions that assign agency to an abstraction. Will ScienceBlogs be hiring movers? Did it finally get sick of the landlord at its old place, where the clocks were always wrong and the plumbing constantly overflowed?

    Well, more power to it then. If I were ScienceBlogs, I wouldn’t even leave a forwarding address for those guys.

  6. #6 Rebecca Fisher
    That London
    November 20, 2013

    In other news, Jake Crosby has announced that the NVICP Congressional Hearing has been cancelled.

    As is to be expected these days, he’s blaming Mark Blaxill.

  7. #7 AnObservingParty
    November 20, 2013

    This will probably be lost, but meh…

    Rebecca, if that’s true, maybe, MAYBE, members of Congress listened to reason (I know I wrote to my rep), and that’s why it was cancelled, rather than because of the circle-jerk of conspiracy that Jake wrote about. Although it is funny to see them fracture from the inside out.

    If it’s true.

  8. #8 Nick Theodorakis
    November 20, 2013

    I’ve been on two message boards that have had server migrations, and it always
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  9. #9 Jeff1971
    November 20, 2013

    Maybe the committee would instead try to do something constructive. Like maybe explore the role of FDA in vaccine safety.

    I haven’t given time to explore it, so I wonder: does FDA simply approve an application for a new vaccine and then leave the manufacturer to get on with it? Or do they regulate or conduct any kind of post-marketing surveillance?

    You would think there was a pretty good argument for an additional level of scrutiny for vaccines, given who receives them and the social benefit involved.

    I know that Neil Halsey and others have long argued that CDC has an institutional conflict of interest, and that there should be separate monitoring of vaccine safety. I would have thought FDA ought to have a unit, but maybe it does and I’ve just never heard of it.

  10. #10 kruuth
    November 20, 2013

    Jeff, this has all been covered already. Please, please do more than watch that awful Rob Schneider video.

  11. #11 Lawrence
    November 20, 2013

    @Jeff – the FDA & CDC work in tandem on post-market surveillance (including manufacturing safety, plus monitoring for adverse reactions).

    To say that there isn’t an intensive focus on the safety profile of vaccines, is not to understand how they are created, regulated and monitored…..and parrots nothing bu a typical anti-vax talking point.

  12. #12 Lawrence
    November 20, 2013

    “is to not” damn, I can’t type.

  13. #13 Johanna
    November 20, 2013

    Aha! I see the migration happened and… this entry lost about 2/3 of the comments. Could have been worse!

  14. #14 Darwy
    Røde grøde med fløde
    November 20, 2013

    Is it safe to come out yet?

  15. #15 Janet
    On the couch finally at home
    November 20, 2013

    @ #4 Chris
    It’s my experience that punters live to be appreciated, so here goes:

  16. #16 Janet
    On the couch, slapping forehead
    November 20, 2013

    That was “punners”
    (Autocorrect strikes again)

  17. #17 Science Mom
    November 20, 2013

    Aha! I see the migration happened and… this entry lost about 2/3 of the comments.

    What a shame, Krebiozen made a funny.

  18. #18 Narad
    November 20, 2013

    Aha! I see the migration happened and… this entry lost about 2/3 of the comments.

    Give it time; they’ve been expertly flipping the switch back and forth for hours, so it’s been as likely as not that the old version will show up.

  19. #19 Narad
    November 20, 2013

    The “migration” appears to have broken G——le searches of the “” form, so there’s that.

  20. #20 lilady
    November 21, 2013

    It’s not as though anything of great importance happened and was discussed during the past 24 hours. 🙂

  21. #21 Narad
    November 21, 2013

    It must have been very successful, as the comment tallies on the subject-tab pages made it through safely broken.

  22. #22 Julian Frost
    Gauteng East Rand
    November 21, 2013

    Well, since this is being treated as an open thread
    A sample of the article.

    An amendment to the Medicines and Related Substances Act has just come into effect…[M]ore than 155000 “complementary medicines”, including vitamins, sprays, herbal and homeopathic products, now have to prove to the Medicines Control Council they are safe.

  23. #23 Khani
    November 21, 2013

    Have you tried opening up the hatch and blowing on it? It worked with the Nintendo…

  24. #24 Lawrence
    November 21, 2013

    “Have you tried turning it on and turning it off again???”

    “Just restart services”

    “No, its not a bug, its a new feature!!!”

  25. #25 Krebiozen
    November 21, 2013

    Give it time; they’ve been expertly flipping the switch back and forth for hours, so it’s been as likely as not that the old version will show up.

    How long until they collapse the wavefunction and we know which eigenstate this blog is in?

  26. #26 Julian Frost
    November 21, 2013

    “No, its not a bug, its a new feature!!!”

    feature: n. bug with seniority.

  27. #27 Antaeus Feldspar
    November 21, 2013

    Oy, and we’re still missing comments from the last server migration…

  28. #28 Lawrence
    November 21, 2013

    or better yet….

    “so, what are all these bolts for?”

  29. #29 Mark Thorson
    November 21, 2013

    Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead!

  30. #30 Julian Frost
    Gauteng East Rand
    November 22, 2013

    Today’s Google Doodle is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.

  31. #31 Lawrence
    November 22, 2013

    @Mark – I wonder if she saw that one coming?

  32. #32 Julian Frost
    November 22, 2013

    @Lawrence: clearly not. She predicted she would die at age 88. She was 77. So – out by more than a decade.

  33. #33 Narad
    November 23, 2013

    I see that the IT monkeys have at least taken the trouble to reset the “slow down”-o-meter to a level, in the finest IT-monkey tradition, appropriate to those who don’t actually use the platform.

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