Code push scheduled for Sunday night

Apr. 27th, 2017 03:03 pm
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We are planning to do a code push late this weekend, at approximately 8pm PDT / 11pm EDT / 3am UTC on Sunday, Apr 30 (or May 1 for you transatlantic types.).

I don't have a list of changes for you yet, but most will fall into the following categories: things users have complained about to support volunteers, things support volunteers have complained about to developers, things [staff profile] denise has complained about not working the way she expects them to (and as we all know, The Boss is Always Right), and things that were printing warnings over and over in the production server logs, making it hard to spot when less frequent, more urgent errors were being printed. Oh, and also all the unused code I ripped out at the roots, which if you notice that, I did it wrong.

To sum up: we are rolling out a bunch of requested changes, so thank you all for your feedback!

If you're new to Dreamwidth and interested in tracking our development process, our commit logs are published to [site community profile] changelog and [community profile] changelog_digest, and every month or so, one of our volunteers will translate those often-cryptic entries into witty, informative code tours! The most recent one was published on April 1, so we're about due for a new one. Hint, hint.

We'll update here again to let you know when the code push is imminent!

The importer has (mostly) caught up!

Apr. 19th, 2017 11:02 pm
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Our content importer has mostly caught up with its backlog; almost everything that's still listed as being "in the queue" are jobs that were tried, failed once or more with a temporary failure, and are waiting to try again. (The importer tries a few times, at successively longer intervals, when it gets a failure it thinks might be temporary/might correct itself later on.) This means that new imports scheduled now should complete in hours (or even minutes), not the "several days" it's been taking.

If you tried to schedule a second import while the first one was still running, at any time in the past 10 days or so, you may have confused the poor thing. If you think your import should be finished by now and it isn't, and you're seeing "Aborted" on the Importer Status part of the Importer page, feel free to open a support request in the Importer category and we'll look into it for you. (It may take a little bit before you get a response; those of us who have the access to look into importer problems have been really busy for the past two weeks or so, and I at least need a few days to catch my breath a bit before diving back into the fray! But we'll do what we can.)

I hope all y'all are continuing to settle in well to your new home!
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The Truth Shall Rise
idol season ten | week 15 | 522 words
Patchwork heart

x-x-x-x-x

It is a harsh thing to discover that you should not exist. We did not ask to be here, nor does anyone, but we were no accident.

We were an invention of man.

One man in particular created us, a very odd man. He called himself Doctor Fremd, but he was a scientist and not a healer. He spent decades perfecting unholy miracles without once considering whether they ought to succeed.

I was born in a laboratory hidden in the cellar beneath the ruins of a crumbling church. I was not the first of the doctor's creations to survive, nor the most complex. I was simply the most recent. The doctor's strongman and his thinker had come a year earlier, both rungs on a ladder to some unknown destination. Whatever Doctor Fremd was seeking, all we knew was that he had not yet found it.

Were we servants for him? Mere amusements? Or were we the beginning of some obscene army preparing to enact his will upon the world?

There were no castles to storm, no villages to burn, and there were no sworn enemies for the strongman to conquer. The thinker—with the mind of the doctor's wisest colleague stitched in place under the patchwork of his skin—could not conceive of wrongs to be righted or of schemes to be developed.

Had we been pieced together with no purpose? Such were the questions we asked ourselves there in the cellar that ever more closely resembled a dungeon.

The doctor had an assistant, an ill-formed man who was eager to be useful. The assistant hung on the doctor's every word, desperate for knowledge or perhaps only for a hint of companionship.

When the doctor was away, the assistant had no one but us for company. In those circumstances, he was inclined to talk.

Over time, we learned what we were, and that our very existence was wrong.

Every other living thing, down to the beetles that crawled on the floor, came into being as a new sub-form of its kind. Some were smaller versions of what they would become, still others were eggs or larva that would develop on their own.

None of them were pieced together from the unearthed cadavers of those who came before them.

Oh, the horror of it! Loved ones who had been laid to rest in the churchyard above became fodder for the doctor's terrible experiments, and anyone who vexed him might fall prey to his sinister vengeance.

We were the unnatural admixture of murder and desecration.

If anyone knew we existed, they would call us monsters. But I believe that only the truth of a person can be a monster, not the exterior (however hideous it may be).

The kind of man who would rob the dead of their dignity, steal the very heart of the girl who failed to love him (the heart now sewn into my chest)… that man is the very definition of a monster.

The three of us have found our purpose now, and we do not care what it costs us.

Doctor Fremd is evil, and he must be stopped.


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So behind, so behind...

Apr. 18th, 2017 01:06 pm
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I didn't mean to fall off the map for so long there! I'm still trying to get caught up on all of my f-list news in that time, those LJers who haven't fled LiveJournal since the last Nyet Offensive from Russia. :(

Our daughter came home for her early Spring Break, and we had her for about 5 days before she flew off to D.C. Only one of her friends was home (the non-UC colleges had spring break later, i.e., last week), so we got to spend lots of time with her. Low key, but really nice. :)

Our son got his college admissions info back. He made it into UCLA, but not Berkeley. We were really hoping for Berkeley, as it's within driving distance and he could come back on the occasional weekend (or would be easy to visit). But no. He's going to UCLA, so both kids will be in Southern California. We think he'll have a great time there, but still kind of a bummer for us!

His friends fared very badly in the admissions lottery, and that has been extremely disappointing. These are kids with good grades who are all in an advanced high school program, and they had good SAT scores (one just 10 below our son). But they got rejected even from their safety schools, and it has made us really grumbly again about higher education in California. Too many slots are going to kids from out-of-state (and out of the country!), because the universities can charge them more. But it's residents who pay the taxes that fund those colleges. And college is astronomically more expensive than when my husband and I were younger (way beyond rate-of-inflation increases). What are they spending the money on, apart from maybe coping with reduced federal funding? Actually, if it's anything like lower education in California, they're funding administrators (system and school-level) rather than teachers/professors/classrooms. :(

I had a couple of weekends free from the office insanity, so I did our taxes. SO much more to wade through now that our oldest has been in college an entire year. Those 529 funds are a great way to save, but the paperwork! /o\

I hope those of you who celebrate Easter had a lovely day yesterday! I haven't bought any half-price Easter candy today, but I haven't forgotten that it exists, either. :O

Still vaguely hoping to have an Idol story done by tomorrow, but we'll see. Last week's was more work than expected. The idea and the "events" in the storyline came quickly, but setting it up coherently without revealing too much? Days of effort on that. Crack is not as easy as you might think. ;) This week's idea is not crack (probably?), but taxes came first on the agenda...

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