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The great big banner thread

I’ve got banners out the wazoo now: 19 26 have been installed now, and I can always add more, so it’s not too late to send one in. As several people have noticed, I was wrong. The actual dimensions of the space allotted for banners is 760×126 pixels, but the bottom 24 pixels are obscured…

Bannerless!

Many have noticed that the Pharyngula banner has been gone for a few weeks. This is a completely independent problem from our recent (and still ongoing) access bugginess. For some reason, our tech guy hosted all those images on the Amazon web server when setting up the pages, and Amazon has either locked us out…

Problem diagnosed

We’ve finally received some information from the overlords about the recent problems. We’re being attacked. We have been forwarding reports from bloggers and users to our hosting service, Rackspace, over the past few days. After monitoring our traffic and these reports, Rackspace has determined that ScienceBlogs is experiencing a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack…

As many people are reporting, the site is having a few problems, and you may occasionally experience errors when commenting or even trying to look at Pharyngula. I know the site banner also mysteriously disappeared a few weeks ago, and yeah, I also know about the el cheapo ads for psychics that sometimes appear in…

Moving Molly right along

I really am catching up! Today, I tallied up the votes for the Molly for January, and the winners are…Iain Walker and Ing. Huzzah! Fireworks! Clink of glasses! Screams and alarums! Now moving right along to the next order of business, you need to forget Iain and Ing and think back to last month and…

Frenetically catching up with Molly

I told you I was bad and neglectful, but we’re getting there. The Molly award for December 2010 goes to a long-dead Seleucid monarch, Antiochus Epiphanes…on the condition that he promises to leave Egypt alone, and occupy himself with conquering trolls on Pharyngula instead. Now you get to leave nominations for a Molly winner for…

Post on Pharyngula, win big prizes!

This happens every year about this time: that first month of the new semester is such total chaos that I let stuff on the blog slide…like failing to take care of the Molly stuff. Now I’m going to catch up quickly. The first order of business: I proposed a Molly of the Year award, and…

Guest posts?

This guest post from James Kakalios got me thinking — if anyone wants to take advantage of this prominent platform I’ve lucked into for the purpose of publishing their views, I’d be willing to give them an occasional opportunity. I wouldn’t want to turn the place into wall-to-wall other people (it’s mine, dangit!), but something…

An unfortunate choice of subject

In my previous post about an absurd NIMBY protest in Canada, I suggested that it would be far worse to live next to a pig farm than a hospice. I was not aware of the sordid story of Canadian serial killer and hog farmer Robert Pickton and the rather traumatic associations people in that region…

I missed the turning of the zeroes!

Oh, gosh, the visitometer rolled over to a total of 100,000,000 a few days ago, and I wasn’t paying any attention. I should celebrate. I think I’ll have a bowl of oatmeal and a cup of tea this morning. That should about do it.