Find the Site Outage!

So, yesterday Scalzi.com experienced a bit of technical trouble. Using the graph below, can you tell approximately when this trouble occurred?

Take your time. It may not be obvious at first.

23 Comments on “Find the Site Outage!”

  1. I find charts and graphs confusing.

    Yet they provide a comforting reassurance that others know what’s going on. Perhaps that’s why I voted for Ross Perot.

  2. It looks like, at 14h, everyone hit the site to catch up on whatever they missed during the outage. ;-) Go, surfers, go!

  3. My site totals look like that, once you remove the two zeroes on the ends of the numbers on the vertical part on the side.

    OK… once you remove the three zeroes etc….

  4. changterhune – Before you hear lies from Chang Terhune himself, we thought we’d tell you the truth: without us, his old action figures, he’d be nowhere. He loved science fiction from way back and began reading it at an early age, but it was through us that he acted it all out. That’s what led to the writing. He watched a lot of science fiction shows like Star Trek, U.F.O, and movies, too. But we were always there to do his bidding. And it’s like they say: you always forget about the little people on your way up. Oh, the 70’s and early 80’s with him were good times! He’d use these blocks and make all the crazy buildings for us to be in his stories. I gotta say the kid’s imagination was pretty damn fertile. Oh, he had friends, but they just weren’t into it like him. He was like the Lance Armstrong of action figures. And of science fiction. At first, when he began writing in the eighth grade, we didn’t mind. He still made time for us. And we knew that when he was holding us in his sweaty little hands and he got that far off look in his eye, he’d come back to burying us in the back yard or - god forbid! – blowing us up with firecrackers. But it was worth it for a part in one of those stories. We loved him for it. He kept us around even when we were minus a leg or two - or even a head. In that mind of his, he found a use for all of us. Then he discovered girls. October, 1986. It was like the end of the world. One day we’re standing in the middle of this building block creation he’d pretended was some marble city on a planet near Alpha Centauri and the next we were stuck in a box in the closet. Not even a “See ya later!” Nope, it was into the closet, then we heard some high-pitched girly-giggles then silence. We didn’t see him for years. We got word about him once in a while. Heard he took up writing, but it was crap like “The Breakfast Club” only with better music. We couldn’t believe it. Not Charlie. What happened to those aliens with heads he’d sculpted out of wax? Spaceships? Those complex plots? All gone. For what? You guessed it: Girls. Emotions. “Serious fiction.” I tell you, it was like hearing Elvis had left the building. During our two decade exile in the closet, we heard other things about him. He went to college. He wrote a lot, but not much he really liked. We knew it even then. It was like he didn’t dare write science fiction. Some of us had lost hope and just lay there. Others kept vigil, hoping for a day we didn’t dare speak about. Then we heard he’d stopped writing in 1996. Did he come to reclaim us? No. He took up music for ten years or so. He took up yoga. Once in a while, he’d visit us in the closet. But it was half-hearted. His mind was elsewhere. Then one day, he really did come back for us. One second we’re in the dark and the next thing we know we’re in a car headed for Massachusetts. Suddenly we got a whole shelf to ourselves out in broad daylight! Then he bought a bunch of others form some planet called Ebay. He’d just sit and stare at us with that old look. But why were we suddenly back in the picture? He had a wife now, who didn’t mind that he played with us. So what had happened? Turns out he’d never forgotten about those stories. He’d been thinking about all of us and the stories he’d made up and then remembered he’d been a writer once. From the shelf we could see him typing away. Before long he’s got a whole novel together! Then he’s working on another one. Word is there are two more in the planning stages! Some short stories, too! It’s good to see him using his imagination again. Its good to know he never abandoned us. He returned to his true love of science fiction. We hear the stories are pretty good. Someday we’ll get one of the cats to score us a copy of the manuscript. Man, it’s good to be out of the damn closet! --- I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me
    Chang, puppy wrangler!

    I don’t seen an outage there, all right?

    Everything looks alright to me.

  5. The Executive Committee of The Official Ghlaghghee Fan Club has identified the outrage. It was not difficult.

    The outrage has now lasted for months. Where are the pictures of Our Magnificent Lady?!?! This outrage cannot be allowed to continue. Nor outage.

    The Official Ghlaghghee Fan Club

  6. David #12

    That was pretty much the same response I had when I first glanced at it. :)

    Line graph, pie graph, bar graph, Michael Strahan graph…

  7. Methinks it’s a strike of the Immanent Justice (TM) after the infamous “Big Idea”…

  8. While the gap between 1045 and 1315 is clearly long and troubling, I’d be much more concerned about the systematic outages every hour between xx45 and xx15. Whatever the problem is, it may be costing you up to half your traffic!

    …Oh, you say, it’s just that the bars in the bar chart aren’t the full width of the bin. That doesn’t seem like a very good chart design. Here, the data is so regular that you can get away with it, because the viewer can deduce the bins and the bars’ relationship to them. But what if you have irregular binning? Are the bars aligned to the center or the beginning of the bin? What if the bins aren’t aligned to the graph tick marks?

    And what does Tufte say?

  9. Tied to that Chad Orzel post and folks clicking back to check on your post about whathisname author on The Big Idea.

    If I had to guess, and stuff.

  10. No, it had to do with general server problems at my host company. It didn’t have anything to do with what was here, content-wise.

  11. Well, obviously it was at 14h, after all the Whatever readers attended the big 3-hour Worldwide Scalzi Fan Synchronous Meetup Lunch (with drinks) then came back and all hit the blog at the same time to see what they missed…

    Just so you know what *really* happened.

    – yeff

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