Administrativa: Ground Control To Major Tom – Commencing Countdown Engines On

An update on noises from behind the curtain.

The STSOZ 2.0 today completed one migration. From a creaky, ancient software base to a more modern and trendy version. In practical terms, you may notice slightly faster load times. A recent post or two may be hors de combat.

Why do it? This successful transition gives comfort that STSOZ 2.0 in its entirety (from the Quote Machine to the relic .com site) can move to ‘the cloud’ safely. And, as consumers, we’ve certainly been conditioned to believe everything “should go to the cloud.” Right?

Our focus turns to STSOZ 1.0. It’s antique software is not actually in digital code; it was carved into oak by Druidic sages while intoning “Inna Gada Davida” from the album. Long before Rachel Maddow became Olbermann’s Mini Me. (How was that for a little memory jog?)

The long and short? You may (or may not) see odd things happening here. If we throw the dice — and bet the last 8 years or so — we’ll give a shout. Unless we screw up unintentionally the site will go down for at least 6 days. (Just to clear the Internet Root Servers, etc.) If it arrives in pieces, one day at time then.

Stick around. It might be fun rubbernecking.


  1. Dr Leo Strauss says

    @Sam Lowry Will check out “I’m Afraid of Americans” again, give it a fresh listen. Great line from Brazil – always giving up new surprises and laughs.

  2. Sam Lowry says

    While I wouldn’t go out on a limb to defend a lot of Bowie’s work in the 80s, I have to admit that I found out about him from MTV friendly tunes (and videos) like “Let’s Dance”, “Modern Love”, and “China Girl”. So there is that. And while I like his work with Tin Machine, I don’t like like it. Same for Earthling and Heathen. Meh. IMO, though, he more than made up for a couple of lost decades with David Bowie (feat Nine Inch Nails) – I’m Afraid Of Americans

    I was checking out the IMDb page for Brazil the other day. Had never noticed it before, but one of the tag lines for the movie apparently is “Have a laugh at the horror of things to come.” This should be our national motto. It’s as if Gilliam was working with Nostradamus or something.

  3. Aldershot says

    If we read of one man robbed, or murdered, or killed by accident, or one house burned, or one vessel wrecked, or one steamboat blown up, or one cow run over on the Western Railroad, or one mad dog killed, or one lot of grasshoppers in the winter, — we never need read of another. One is enough. If you are acquainted with the principle, what do you care for a myriad instances and applications? To a philosopher all news, as it is called, is gossip, and they who edit and read it are old women over their tea. Yet not a few are greedy after gossip. There was such a rush, as I hear, the other day at one of the offices to learn the foreign news by the last arrival, that several large squares of plate glass belonging to the establishment were broken by the pressure, — news which I seriously think a ready wit might write a twelvemonth or twelve years beforehand with sufficient accuracy. As for pain, for instance, if you know how to throw in Don Carlos and the Infanta, and Don Pedro and Seville and Granada, from time to time in the right proportions, — they may have changed the names a little since I saw the papers, — and serve up a bull-fight when other entertainments fail, it will be true to the letter, and give us as good an idea of the exact state or ruin of things in Spain as the most succinct and lucid reports under this head in the newspapers: and as for England, almost the last significant scrap of news from that quarter was the revolution of 1649; and if you have learned the history of her crops for an average year, you never need attend to that thing again, unless your speculations are of a merely pecuniary character. If one may judge who rarely looks into the newspapers, nothing new does ever happen in foreign parts, a French revolution not excepted.

  4. Dr Leo Strauss says

    Aldershot, if we go back each year in sequence and look at the big controversies and passions of the moment, it feels like a weird kaleidoscope of someone trapped in quicksand – everything changes and yet nothing does. Except the MSNBC line-up maybe.

    Sam, thought you might find the video amusing. Lord knows there have been nights when little green wheels seemed to be following . . . My momma said, to get things, done, you better not mess with AEI. My momma said, to get things done . . . A shame he went commercial with Nile Rodgers after that. Fafafafafa-ashion.

  5. Sam Lowry says

    All of us in the Ministry of Information’s Records Department are looking forward to the successful completion of the transition. While the site disappears for a few days, we’ll always have Paris Twitter?

    Let’s hope none of us have the experiences of the Major Tom character in David Bowie’s “Ashes to Ashes” (1980)

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