December 18, 2018

Site Update: It’s been a battle, and we sustained a few losses

Hmm. As a migrant from another hosting site, I seem to have run into a wall.

Note from CM:

I’ve completed the process of migrating our site to a new hosting platform.

I learned I’m a complete philistine when it comes to the behind-the-scenes workings of our site.

I also learned that instructions could be clearer for the process, especially for imbeciles like me.

We lost several days of comments in the process, a few pictures, and a few posts that I hope to restore soon, but as far as I know now, that’s it.

If you were affected, sorry to have eliminated your thoughtful input, and I hope you’ll keep contributing where you left off.

Thanks for your continued participation in and support of Internet Monk.

Comments

  1. Pellicano Solitudinis says:

    In these cases, I like to blame Titivillus, the patron demon of scribes.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titivillus

    I am convinced that he’s modernised himself, and is now the patron demon of all info tech problems.

    • Adam Tauno Williams says:

      “””Titivillus has also been described as collecting idle chat that occurs during church service, and mispronounced, mumbled or skipped words of the service, to take to Hell to be counted against the offenders. “””

      He may be the most fearsome daemon in all of Hell’s legions.

    • Patriciamc says:

      A favorite disguise is autocorrect.

  2. Ronald Avra says:

    I’ve lost several days of posts before; that’s why you don’t see many comments from me. 🙂

  3. john barry says:

    CM, I thought perhaps my comments had been deleted by popular demand, for the common good and as a public service in the name of common sense and decency. I guess comments were like the Eastwood movie . The Good, The Bad and the Ugly which could also describe our family reunion.

    The loss of the John Barry comments rank up there with the burning of the library at Alexandria, the wisdom and musing of John Barry have been lost to the world forever. This could foreshadow a new “dark” ages now that the vast knowledge contained in the I Monk comments sections now “belong to the ages”, as they say.

    I guess comments are like my life, fleeting, temporary, unimportant , forgettable and fragile.

    Anyway , do not understand what happened but glad all is well now. . I asked my wife , who could do it , how to keep my “writings” and thoughts on the computer for future generations and the good of mankind, but she said it was not a worthwhile project due to limited capacity in the “cloud”. So enjoy the comments when and while you can. You never know when it will end.

    I was trying to recall some of my past comments and then realized I cannot recall what I had for lunch, so gave up.

    Keep up the good work. Humanity will recover from this set back.

    • Adam Tauno Williams says:

      > Keep up the good work. Humanity will recover from this set back.

      +1

    • Christiane says:

      “I guess comments are like my life, fleeting, temporary, unimportant , forgettable and fragile.”

      J.B.,
      I’d say your and our human efforts to communicate, though fragile and temporary, and fleeting, and forgettable;
      are NEVER ‘unimportant’.

      We ‘try’ to ‘reach out’, and even sometimes to speak in silence, like those silent witnesses the great Christian martyrs,
      and we who cannot find ‘the words’ make futile efforts to look to our poets and our great literary giants, and our artists for help to ‘express’ that which we humans all have within us for which there are no words:

      except that the Spirit Himself pleads for us in yearnings that can find no words, only some primal groaning and keening for the lost Eden perhaps, because in truth, there is no human language for the sadness we encounter along the way to Calvary and to Our Crucified Lord

      even the good St. Paul refused to use human words of wisdom and eloquence, but was instead led by the Spirit
      to preach only ‘Christ and Him crucified’ . . . .

  4. Adam Tauno Williams says:

    In your defense, speaking as someone who has worked in IT for going on 30 years, most of the software is crap; it should be much easier, and could be much easier, than it is. Losing data should be difficult, that losing data is easy lies at the feet of the software developers.

    It has occasionally been my job to get software developers to write readable documentation. That is also much more difficult than it should be.

    • I recall one of the rules in the comprehensive Murphy’s Law collection went something like, “if architects built buildings the way programmers write programs, the first woodpecker to come along would destroy civilization.” 😉

    • Headless Unicorn Guy says:

      It has occasionally been my job to get software developers to write readable documentation. That is also much more difficult than it should be.

      “Why write it down?
      EVERYBODY ALREADY KNOWS THAT!”

  5. Ok a philosophical question…exactly where are the lost posts? Do they simply not exist anymore or do they dwell in some extra-dimensional quantum flux where they perpetually commune with the Absolute? Or did they go to scrivener’s hell, where the lost languages and the forgotten books whisper in the darkness?

    I suppose I am an optimistic universalist who believes that nothing is ever truly lost. There are no fires of hell. There is only mercy.

  6. Christiane says:

    Susan will remember we all wanted for her to have a good birthday. 🙂

  7. Susan Dumbrell says:

    We lost some of our best work!

    I wont forget the love given for my birthday.

    Will try for another year.

    Susan

  8. Thanks for all your work CM.

  9. thank you for your hard work during this process, CM, and the grace and respect with which you treat the commenting community here.