Hamsters aren’t the solution to our problem…

Why, yes: after lots of moves from one webhosting company to another, each involving increasingly larger hamsters, we’ve decided that hamsters are way, way, way off out.

Gavin adds:

So what did we do? Easy (these things write themselves you know): we’ve opted for a dedicated server, better known as a server powered by R.O.U.S.. Have fun and get ready for further changes in the days to come. (No no, we won’t be moving to a different dedicated server next week).


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Does the dedicated server come with a Preview button?


better known as a server powered by R.O.U.S.

I don’t believe they exist…


On a non-server-related note:

Did any of y’all catch the Simpsons last night with the mega-shout-out?!

from alt.tv.simpsons:
After his lackluster first attempt at refereeing a game, Lisa tells
Homer he’s making a joke of the sport. “A hilarious joke?” asks
Homer. Perhaps sensing critical reaction to this subplot, Lisa says,
“Sadly, no.”

At long last, S,N! has arrived*. Rejoice!

* – er, actually y’all arrived back in April when this otherwise crappy episode first aired.


Rabbit Operated Uber Server?



Oh, my friend, you’re so naive. I suppose you also don’t believe that Hillery murdered 57 grown men with her bare hands. Or that Our Glorious Leader doesn’t subsist entirely on the blood of “Oh so nourishing Muslim babies”. And the greatest threat to humanity isn’t the engorged tumescence of “The CLENIS”.

Man, our only hope is the R. O. U. S.


That’s no more a hamster than this is.


It looks to me like you aren’t using any server side caching, which would probably help take the load of the db. If I am wrong, my apologies, but may I recommend this plug in: WP-Cache


Stop throwing hamsters at the problem. You’ve hit the point of diminishing returns or “the Geer Zenith” as its correctly known.

Smiling Mortician

I don’t believe they exist…

Just a conspiracy of cartographers?

Wait. Different movie. Carry on.


I was going to suggest steroids for the hamsters but some crank-pots around here think that’s cheating.



I also thought teh Sadly got a shout out when I saw that episode back in April. By the time Lisa delivered that line I was ready to think so because earlier in the same episode Homer said he had read on a blog that Lil’ Debbie Snack Cakes were controlled by Hizbollah. Either there’s a Simpsons writer who frequents this place or I just frequent it too frequently. Or both.


Bubba! How could you even go down that road? You know that after just a couple of weeks on steroid treatment said hamsters would desert us entirely for the far-more-lucrative realm of sports entertainment!


But I liked the hamsters. They tickled.


DAMN THE HAMSTERS, MAN! They’re treacherous beasts, and we are well rid of them. What if they savaged the SN! crew?



Oh Please, Oh Please, won’t someone think of the hamsters!


But I liked the hamsters. They tickled.



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Again with the dam’ Princess Bride references. You guys are suuuuch geeks…


Sadly, No! using excessive Princess Bride references? Inconceivable!


One word.


It is the world’s largest living rodent.

And Magically delicious!


Damn. Never had that. I want to get a couple chops. You know, top rib, above the lungs. Season ’em gently,salt, fresh black pepper, a little Rosemary, sear ’em for less than a minute per side. (More fish than meat? Wow!) Dress ’em with a simple thickened wine sauce along with steamed haricot vertes with wild mushrooms. Dood, I’m IN!!



Mieky, remember this is just a warning to the capybaras who won’t pedal fast enough to power teh servers.

P.S. Habaneros are gude.


“Princess Bride references?”

You keep using those words. I do not think they mean what you think they mean.


You know what Bush says to his Cabinet members everyday, right?

“I hired you to start a war! It’s a prestigious line of work, with a long and glorious tradition.”


I suppose this means your new secret headquarters are located in the middle of a fire swamp. Perhaps not the best choice – I’m just sayin’…


“celticgirl said,
July 10, 2007 at 9:36

I suppose this means your new secret headquarters are located in the middle of a fire swamp. Perhaps not the best choice – I’m just sayin’…”

Dun worry about it. We know how to avoid the fire pits, and R.O.U.S.s don’t exist.


You’ve got an overdeveloped sense of vengeance. It’s going to get you into trouble someday

Richard Gere-y Ruppert

The fact is, Gerbils are far superior to hamsters in all respects.


Never get into a land war in Asia (Minor).

Emperor U.S.A. (the naked truth)

Have fun and get ready for further changes in the days to come

Not more permanent guest bloggers? You guys are already becoming the Use Your Illusion – era Guns n’ Roses of the blogosphere. I can’t keep up anymore.

Smiling Mortician

Have fun storming the castle!


Is Mikey always hungry? First, it was the children. Now its the cappys. What’s next? Sleeve dogs?


I suppose this means your new secret headquarters are located in the middle of a fire swamp.

Well, I’m not saying I’d like to build a summer home here, but the trees are actually quite lovely.


The terrorists went that way! They came directly from Iraq. They also have weapons of mass destruction. We will root them out and install democracy.

Unless I am wrong. And I am never wrong.


Saddam, you wouldn’t have six fingers on your hand by any chance?


Dun worry about it. We know how to avoid the fire pits, and R.O.U.S.s don’t exist.

You forgot the lightning sand!


Slightly off topic: has anyone noticed how much Mandy Patinkin has aged in the intervening years between Princess Bride and Criminal Minds?


Why do I have the strange feeling that if I gave $50K or so to the various odious GOP candidates here in Southern Cal, and a couple months after their safe re-election, if I came to them with a proposal to mass-produce a “Holocaust Cloak” for the Marine Corps to use to intimidate Anbar Province, I’d get at least $100 mill in “exploration funds” … well, as long as I employed a couple of relatives of the various congresscritters and threw Doughy Pantload et al several bones as ad-hoc directors of corporate communications…?

And … say …

Mikey – quick – gin up a business plan! Dood – we’re in!!!111!!


And wheelbarrows! Don’t forget the wheelbarrows!


Mandy Patinkin was pretty good in “Dead Like Me”. Any of you see that? It was only on for 2 seasons before Showtime got rid of it…
Ah well.


Rodents of Unusual Sweetness?

I’ve never tried a sweet rodent but, hey, I’ll try anything.

I do recall a bamboo rat dish in Hebei that was edging towards sweet but the MSG put paid to that.


And wheelbarrows! Don’t forget the wheelbarrows!

Just don’t leave any wheelbarrows next to the Albinos. Then you might forget where they are when you need them.


Say, I’m hungry. Maybe I should fix myself a Mutton, Lettuce and Tomato Sammich.




As for Mandy P aging since Princess Bride…have you looked at the year printed on the DVD you are watching? Do you know how many intervening years have passed since that movie? You too will look very different after all that time.

All things considered, and health issues involved, I think the guy looks pretty darn good. He is in great physical condition and has worked hard to overcome a number of health problems.


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