I guess I'm back after several days of downtime as the result of me being an irresponsible webhosting customer. If you think it would be a good idea to handle 60% of the traffic from a popular automatic image hosting/redirection service on your Dreamhost account, I suggest that you rethink it. All the CPU cycles resulting from the server fetching and processing thousands of images is not something Dreamhost is designed to cope with, and they understandably get mad at you.
Speaking of free image hosting, those mad geniuses over at The Pirate Bay have now launched an image hosting service, the likes of which we've never seen. You can upload anything without creating an account, it's completely anonymous, and the authorities are unable to force anyone to remove said images -- you know, if that's a concern of yours. They're getting ready to launch a YouTube killer as well (imagine a YouTube that never results in that annoying "this video has been removed at the request of the copyright holder" message that plagues us all), and I assume this is sort of a resource test to see what they're going to have to do to keep it running. So far it looks pretty slick.
And in other news, guess what I just did?
If you said "knocked over the tripod holding the brand new expensive camcorder you got for your birthday, smashing it into the floor," then you were right. It SEEMS to be OK, which I'm quite pleased about, but considering I only got that because I broke my other one by dropping it, it makes me feel pretty lousy. Fingers crossed that it stays OK.
Anyway, I'm stoked to be back, and hopefully I'll write up and post even a fraction of the things I kept wishing I could while I was down.
(How can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat?!?)
Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince is due to be published at midnight on Saturday and is expected to be the UK's best-selling adult hardback of the year.
I realize that plenty of adults are going to be reading the book, but last time I checked it is still categorized as a childrens book.
Pirated eBook update: There are a few .torrents floating around that purport to be the book, but they're actually bad fanfic novels. Who writes a 289 page Harry Potter fanfic? Hopefully a legit illegitimate copy will turn up soon after the actual release. Please don't make me lug that thing!