Monday, February 26, 2007

Tuesday in teh Life Boat

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83 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love teh life boat, X.

See ya'll (sic) in teh morning, campers.

DFC!

Blizzardlane said...

Hello? Anybody still aboard?

Blizzardlane said...

WTFF happened to our wheel?

Oh well. Nice boat. Reminds me of something ... what is it ... ah yes ...

Farewell and adieu to you fair Spanish ladies
Farewell and adieu you ladies of Spain

john said...

On?

Well, that's weird- logged on using IE sted FF, as backhoe, displayed SN is John...

Oh, well, what the Hell?

If Vile Debbie hasn't figured out who and where we are by now, she's not much of a Decision Scientist, and I'm a Molan Labbe ( come and get some ) kind of guy.

Regards to you all.

The Heavy Equipment Guy...

Blizzardlane said...

Hey there BH.

Blizzardlane said...

You want to change your name, your avatar, etc., just click on your name and it'll take you there. I'm testing avatars now

john said...

Blizz, "blogger" is giving me the typical XXX about needing a Google account ( which I don't have ) to get into my profile.

Just one more reason I hate blogger.

It's not worth the annoyances.

I'll be at Free Dominion
http://www.freedominion.ca/phpBB2/index.php
if anyone needs me, Mac & Harper have my personal email, too.

Anonymous said...

hey blizz!

backhoe! don't go!

Fatwa Arbuckle said...

Ski-Doo-by comment -

Goooood morning, campers...

[hennyyoungman]

...and welcome to Teh Leaky Wheel!

*Ba-dum-pssht*

If we've indeed been hulled by a Frischberg, that makes this "A Night To Remember"

*Ba-dum-pssht*

Has anyone seen Michael? He rowed teh boat ashore and then disappeared...

*Ba-dum-pssht*

It's a good thing that so many gerbils espouse life boat humor.

*Ba-dum-pssht*

Oar locks?!? I thought you said Morlocks!

*Ba-dum-pssht*

I'll be here all week; try teh coconuts!

[/hennyyoungman]

I'll certainly be curious to learn precisely why TSW got torpedoed. I, too, suspect revenge.

I blame Hillary!

See you all later; I've gotta get teh sand out of my man-thong...

Blizzardlane said...

Ok, I'm curious what happened to TSW ... violation of terms of service? Did it have anything to do with the foulfest going on yesterday afternoon?

Fatwa Arbuckle said...

Blizz -

From skimming teh overnights, it appears that we got yanked for violating teh host's TOS. Sinner will, no doubt, keep us updated.

As to why, I've got a couple of guesses. But since they're just that, I'm going to wait and see what we learn later.

Once again, kudos to BroTimmeh! for his foresight.

[conspiracytheorist]

Saaayyy...you don't think that he's teh one who got us yanked just so we'd appreciate his setting this place up?

[/conspiracytheorist]

Blizzardlane said...

You mean this might be some kind of weird case of munchausen syndrome by proxy? Oh NOES!!1!!

Sinner said...

I guess HostMonster.com has people that are willing to make a TOS decision to kill a site on site 24/7 but the 1 person to call to get it restored is never in the office...

I called last night and left a message. I just called because the HostMonster.com site abuse department is open at 6am MST and got the voice mail again.

This is really starting to tick me off.

Well... OK continuing to tick me off.

Sinner said...

Also, funny thing is that one of the last hits recorded by the offsite stats service was Miss Debbie©

When did it stop responding?

Blizzardlane said...

Hey Master Sinner, did they define what exact term we violated?

Sinner said...

No they did not. In fact the person on the phone was considerably less than helpful.

I told him the domains and he cheerfully looked it up saying "Lets see if we can't get this right". Then a drawn breath, a log pause and a terse "your site is in violation of the TOS" you need to call XXX at ext. XXX to get more information.

Of course, this person does not exist, at least she is not taking my phone calls.

Fatwa Arbuckle said...

Sinner -

G'morning!

Glad I stopped by prior to leaving the house. TSW went down approximately 20.15 EST.

Good luck, Mr. Phelps.

Sinner said...

I feel a hostmonstersucks.blogspot.com comming on...

Sinner said...

Debbie's© visit was at 19:45...


hmmmmmmmmmm

BrendaK said...

Sinner - is there anyone you can escalate this to?

I'd call the terse dude back and get another name. Ask for his supervisor...that usually galvanizes people.

Voice of Reason said...

My guess is she has been huddled by the woodstove with her computer, just waiting for the opportunity to report TOS violations (her having nothing better to do). My guess is she is probably doing the same here.

The thing is, she just doesn't understand that teh wheel is not a place that can be destroyed. It is a community, and no matter what happens, teh wheel will keep spinnin'.

Deb, if you are reading (and I know you are)... you lose ... AGAIN!!!

Oh, sorry, Brenda's dryer, and all. Drive-by good mornin' to everyone. Now, lets get back to work.

-VoR-

Sinner said...

The person that I need to talk to keeps banker's hours. So at least another 3 hours.

I did get someone there to say that the TOS violation was that it was used specifically to harass someone.

I guess this flowery language on their site means nothing.

Blizzardlane said...

What she doesn't seem to grasp is that the Wheel is not a Web site. The Wheel is a community.

And I think the powers that be will be very surprised when they find out who cried "harassment."

Sinner said...

I'm sorry that you're having trouble with one of our clients.

As you know, ours is a democratic country, where people can say what they like about one another. Certainly, if you've been libeled or slandered you may have some legal recourse for that having happened. This legal recourse would be between yourself and our client exclusively, and would be a matter for civil court to decide on.

We do not take down websites without an official court order to do so. It would be a violation of our clients' rights, to demand anything less, prior to removing a site from our servers. If your attorney is able to obtain an injunction, or other form of court order, please share a notarized copy of that letter with us. If we're able to verify the authenticity of the document, we'll honor the request therein to remove the website from our servers.




I don't see how this happened given the above text proudly appearing in their FAQ.

Sinner said...

Could it be that Host Monster Sucks?

Sinner said...
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Blizzardlane said...

That says "if you can produce a court order." Did they READ Teh Debbie's court order? It probably shut HER down. ... She can't even get a lawyer.

Sinner said...

It does seem unlikely that she could get a court order.

Blizzardlane said...

Well, a court order applying to US, she probably has a big fat folder of court orders applying to her! Cease and desist. Contempt. STFU Debbie.

dipsy said...

*yawn* Gooood morning, all! We're in the midst of a wild downpour here in So. Cal.- thick fat drops and howling wind. And I have to drive teh ribbon of death today! Yipes! I want some o' Timmeh's coffee...

Sinner- thanks for the updates. You go get 'em, boss! Didn't teh courts just rule that teh hosts are not liable for comments left on a blog? I'm no lawyer, but if we were shut down due to comments, someone at Hostmonster needs a good asswhupping.

"R-r-release The Hounds!"

dammit.

Pretty avatar, Blizz!

tim said...

I love Blizz's avatar, too

:)

dipsy said...

Good morning, Timmeh!

Sinner said...

Is this the ruling you are talking about Blizz?

dipsy said...

*sigh* Time to roust teh pups and begin my scary morning. Wish me luck!

I'll check in later.

dipsy, out.

tim said...

Morning Dipsy~~

| ******** |
| ******** |--
| ******** |**|
|__________|--

I hope this coffee-cup will do.

;)

dipsy said...

Sinner, that's teh one. Applicable?

tim said...

Hmmmm...

ASCII Art leaves much to be
deesired...

:)

john said...

OttavaRima

backhoe! don't go!


I'll be lurking in between RL stuff-

Building baby gates for Cole, who gets obedience training Sat. and neutered a week from Thurs.

Need to check email and Free Dominion to see if any of the Gerbils are trying to get in touch with me.

largenfirm said...

ASCII art?

Ha, back in the day, we used EBCDIC, and were happy to have it! Before that, we had buckets of bits, ones and zeros (except for the Ruskies, who had negative ones, too), and we had to assemble every character by hand.

Programming those computers we chipped from flint (again, by hand!) was always a bitch.

Ah, but Snoopy calendars printed on a chaintrain printer - now *that* was art!

If Deb did indeed get us shut down, the only proper response is to get back up, never mention it was her, and make merry!

A good day to all of the GN!

Kirk, Knight Gerbil of Teh Serious Pwnage

largenfirm said...

BTW, remember that there are *plenty* of hosting services.

(hint, hint)

Kirk

Rabbit said...

Testing
I hate blogger

tim said...

Kirk~

That's really kewl!

I wish I'd've been in on teh
early days of 'putin.

Rabbit said...

I already did long typing trying to get in.
Short version:
This is a driveby. Gotta take BW to teh dr. in a few hours. Much to do before then.

BW is very freaked because teh voice is still completely gone at volume. Not even a gerbil "squeak" comes out. Whisper only. Supposed to return to work tommorrow, ain't gonna happen.

Much paranoia about voice being gone forever. I know that isn't teh case. Anyway, whistling worked for Harpo Marx. (BW not amused by that comment}.

Thanks in advance for teh thoughs & prayers that are ongoing.

I will check in later today when I can.

This was teh short version? Haha

P.S. Did anyone notice that Blizz's washerspecs said "Silver ions are dispensed with the washing and rinsing cycles" ?

Californican said...

Good morning!
The rain hasnt hit us yet but my heater went kaputz last night. Good thing I got wood.

Californican said...

So....
Was it my fault? I didn't post any of those nasty pics I swear. I only used a few choice words.

Rabbit said...

Blizz's dryer said:
" Green display color on control panel for ease of seeing".

HEY DEB-Bile : It's a code for where we are going next- you won't find us! BWAHAHAHA!

Blizzardlane said...

We do get teh silver ions! There's actually a special cycle to put the ions into your clothes, and reportedly some small silver bars that produce them. They're supposed to make your clothes more santiary!

X_LA_Native said...

When did it stop responding?
Not that I'm obsessive about paying attention or anything, but I'm pretty sure it was close to 6pm Pacific.

*yawn*
G'morning everybody!

Farewell and adieu to you fair Spanish ladies
Farewell and adieu you ladies of Spain

Blizz,
You are SO my kind of "Jaws" geek...

Rabbit said...

Must be frustrating for teh DEB-Vile. Shelob gets shut down & no one knows or cares if she sets up someplace else. We go dark & legions of folks follow. Hahaha
FREE KIVA!
FREE JEB!
JAIL DEB!

tim said...

Cali~

Don't worry. No 1's blamin' no 1.

Except Rabbit, of course--she's alwayz 2 blame.

:)

john said...

Rabbit
I hate blogger


Me, too.

Good luck with BW. Miss Emily's singing voice vanished after surgery. Know the worry and fear quite well.

I see TSW is still offline- I'm a pretty sanguine and laid-back fellow, but the Bugs Bunny cartoon, "Of course, you know, this means WAR!" come to mind.

Not only the person behind this, but the unresponsive blog host shares the blame. No excuse for treating a customer like that.

I'm hanging out on Free Dominion, my perrenial fallback site:

Excerpt from a morning email to SBH:

Harper, to locate Free Dominion, here is the front page:

http://www.freedominion.ca/phpBB2/index.php

If your email allows clickable links, click on it, otherwise, cut and paste the addy.

You would have to register, or course, using whatever screen name you like... it's been so long since I did this there,
( Year 2000, member 330 or something out of 7,500+ )
I'm not sure how that goes, but typically, they send you a temporary password, you log on with your SN and temp, go into your account, and change the PW over to one you can remember easier.

Once logged in you can access the whole range of board features, including posting your own threads or articles, private messages to individual members, etc.

Not sure the "ignore" feature works for non-paying members, but everything else does, and you likely won't run across any you dislike enough to ignore, anyway. They are generally pretty civil up in Canada.

Rabbit said...

Thanks Backhoe...
I really gotta go now.
I'll see y'all later.

Blizz- are your appliances going to guest blog in Brenda's Dryer?
Tarnation- really gotta go-

(POO-f)

Californican said...

Well gerbils, Ill see y'all later. Ive got a torture machine in my gym that is calling my ass and the dentist at 9. Costco run, then work.

Bilgeman said...

Hola floating gerbil peoples!

Glad to see most everyone here.

So...it was a TOS violation "Harrasment" complaint.
Hate to say it, but I Am glad that I deduced that 'un.

Boy..."Pot meet Kettle", eh?

So El Presidente Sinner, how much specie is this malicious TOS violation complaint costing you in accrued damages?

Sitemeters are a two-way street.

Meanwhile, I'm going back below.

Fixing a washing machine today.

X_LA_Native said...

I emailed a few people about our lifeboat and a good thing too. I just got an email from Sven, and initially he thought we were pulling another prank!

Rabbit,
I hope the Doc is able to soothe BW's fears and that the healing is progressing nicely.

tim said...
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Pixie said...

Good morning Gerbils! It is no longer Monday, shall we celebrate?

Would someone please send me Teh Debbie's IP info... I had several hits from You Gene just before TSW imploded.

*rubbing hands together* I have a plaaaaaaan.

Making coffee...brb!

*~tink~*

Miss Emily said...

Just dropping in to say hi. It took me a while to get here- I couldn't remember my password from last week. Kinda spooky in here. I miss teh bigger cage.

tim said...

Pixie~

I can send ISP.

Do I have ur email here?

X_LA_Native said...

Minteh,
I didn't have the IP stuff, but I had one of the unique identifying characteristics, and I sent that to Miss Pixie.

tim said...

X~

Yeah, that's prolly bettah.
(I sent u mail, tho *^^*)

Homey social like that

X_LA_Native said...

{{{Homey social like that}}}
And I appreciate it SO much.

tim said...

{{{X}}}

*^^*

blushin'...

tim said...

Someone has an SOH~~

http://eugene.craigslist.org/rnr/285430845.html

teh-HEH™

dipsy said...

I'm back! Ok, I never actually made it to teh ribbon of death, mostly because the frickin' line to get on the damn thing is over an HOUR LONG. No WAY!

I called in, got the ok to skip teh office this morning, and am on call for any billing related emergencies. I'm anticipating a quiet morning:) Yay for great bosses!

dipsy said...

Timmeh! Thanks for teh blogspot coffee this morning. While it wasn't fancy, it was certainly servicable- like a camp out should be.

tim said...

teh-HEH™

http://www.ljplus.ru/img/d/o/donor_darom/fallout_shelter.jpg

tim said...

Dip-C~~

Always my pleasure~~

Gladja got a nice, quiet a.m.

:)

Pixie said...

Thank you X! Tim, my email is um... maybe in my blogger profile? I dunno. I'm askeered! *wink*

Hope you are all having a lovely morning!

~*tink*~

Anonymous said...

Cali said: "Good thing I got wood."

Just wanted to remind you all of that.

DFC!

X_LA_Native said...

Cali said: "Good thing I got wood."
I'm thinking damn the downpour we need to get some off the stack in the back!

dipsy said...

oop! Manners are still being chomped by brenda's dryer...

Good morning, X!

Good morning, Pixie!

Good morning, Denny!

Anonymous said...

I guess I misinterpreted something Sinner said yesterday, that made me think it was teh wrongness thread that shut us down. That's a relief.

As for TSW being set up to harass, what a crock! Half a dozen or so threads are put up every day, and Sinner has referred to DF only what? -- 2, 3, 4 times in total?

Some commenters refer to her at times, but he's not responsible for teh comments.

This is a no-brainer: There was no TOS violation.

dipsy said...

Sounds like someone at teh hosting site overreacted. Or maybe there's lawbaw action we know nothing about yet.

Either way, it wasn't your fault, Denny! Sorry if my mocking was out of line last night.

tim said...

Has Sinner given us teh 411 on which "term" was said to have been violated?

I might be behind on me thread-readin', but my impression wuz that teh company has only said "TOS" and not gotten more specific (yet).

tim said...

But, I hasten to add, I ain't blamin' no one.

Except Rabbit.

Anonymous said...

Tim:

From Sinner's 5:44 comment:

"I did get someone there to say that the TOS violation was that it was used specifically to harass someone."

Anonymous said...

I'm thinkin' we need a new thread?

tim said...

DFC~

Thanks very much!

I gotta read threads after
coffee...

Priorities!

:)

X_LA_Native said...

I'm with Dipsy on the overreaction. That sounds about right. The ratio of Deb© posts to fun is somewhere in the 50:1 range.

Teh Squeaky Wheel Fallout Shelter said...

New Thread on der vay...

Kate said...

argh?

Kate said...

Hey X! It worked! Thanks!