The Curse of the Broken Database
Another Monday morning, and another crash of the AWS database that drives our web site story content (and news). This makes the 3rd time this has happened since moving the web site to AWS. We are continuing to work on a solution. Hopefully, it won't be to move to yet another service provider. We'll see. Thanks to our intrepid readers who brought the problem to our attention.
Well that sucked...
Sometime early this morning, 10/9/2013, the cloud service we run the Big Head Press web site and email service on went down unexpectedly. We have not been told what caused the outage yet. The web site is functioning again, serving today's Quantum Vibe update. Though email is not functional at at this time, we hope it will be back soon. Look for us on facebook for further updates or to send us a message.
Update: All systems seem to be working again. Email is getting caught up now. We thank everyone for their patience this morning and will keep looking for ways to make the site less vulnerable to single points of failure problems.
You Thought We Were Kidding?
Well, actually, we still are. Scott bent his knees a little. But it gives me the chance to publicly thank Spiral Twist for her help, charm, and all around good company while exhibiting at Lone Star Con 3. So, thanks again Spiral!
Meet the real-life 'Nicole' at LoneStarCon 3
Not many people know that Nicole Oresme, the heroine of QUANTUM VIBE, is partly based on a real-life woman of science. She goes by the monicker "Spiraltwist" on-line, and she will be with us at Lone Star Con 3, which happens in San Antonio during Labor Day weekend.
"Spiraltwist" is a medical laboratory scientist for a private lab that specializes in immunoassays. "I escaped college with a degree in clinical laboratory science and then passed a crazy ASCP certification exam because extra paper on the wall is amusing."
"I am honored to be the basis for Nicole, who has many more adventures than I do," she says. Which is most likely true.
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