Frankly speaking

It was a hectic end of the week for yours truly as a whole bunch of shit happened almost daily. We had a botched update to a plugin, a datacenter outage and a WordPress update. Let’s start from the beginning.

Last Wednesday night I updated our regularly used image gallery plugin. Updates to plugins show up automatically on the admin panel. I opted to update and found out a few minutes later that it promptly broke a few integral parts of the daily posting admin screens. I immediately checked the forums and they were in an uproar. The ones responsible for the plugin are aware of the problem and are working on a solution. When the new fixed update comes up on the admin panel on the site, I’ll be sure to install it to make my job a helluva lot easier.

I found a solution to downgrading to the previous version but I had to manipulate some files on the server to get the plugin back to its previous state and that seems to be working fine. No worries there for now.

WordPress version 3.6 was released on Thursday, but having learned the “fool me once, etc.” lesson too many times, I’ll wait to see who complains and what breaks before I do it myself. During the outage (see below) I kept checking for complaints on the new WP update. They were minor. After the site came back up, I installed the new WP version and everything seems to be fine. The update fixes some things but is still a little finicky on my end. I’ll have to go through a few days of daily posting to ferret out any problems. Still looks the same to me.

Friday morning, sometime around 9 a.m., the HostGator hosting service went down.  Two other web hosting services went down as well. Sometime in the afternoon, about 4 p.m., the services and the site came back up. At first they were slow, then went down again briefly and then up again finally. Since then I’ve been checking almost hourly to make sure all was well. It was. The hosting corporation has issued a statement. Scroll for the End of Day Update.

With all that shit over and done with, the next big thing is to keg my homebrew. Sometime on Sunday, I’ll transfer the contents of the secondary fermenter to a keg and chill it over night. Then I’ll apply three days of 30+ psi of CO2 to force carbonate the beer. By Friday night, I may be swilling down some Spook Powder IPA homebrew right from the tap. I’ll review it once my kids get to taste it and render their opinions. But sheesh, 10 ounces of hops! How’s that gonna taste? Don’t answer. It will taste delicious.

I’m wondering when my penchant for dark beers swings the other way and the lighter, unique flavors become taste of the day or week. Maybe the IPAs will roar back. Who knows. I’ll just sit back and suck ’em down.

Thanks a lot for stopping by.

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