Some Quick Housekeeping

Several of you have noticed the website crashing periodically and I am aware of the speculation about Slabbed coming under attack from rogue elements in a certain state agency.

Yesterday’s crash came at a bad time, I’m super busy in the day job and am trying to walk a few miles this week to continue the journey to better health. That said a long time friend stepped up to help and the problem has been identified and solved. In the process I became hipper to the kernel and like most things in the computing world I’ll be able to solve this issue again, should it arise.

I now return you to our regular programming.

Almost 6 months ago to the day…..

We started a journey to better health and fitness. Such would also be the reason for the decrease in activity here as there are just so many hours in the day. We’re now doing 6 miles of walking before most of you leave home for work. And that does not count the weightlifting four days a week.

The good news is I haven’t felt better in years losing weight and gaining muscle mass in the process.

My thanks to all who have inquired about the lack of activity here. Slabbed is not going anywhere, even if I do not post as much. Sometime in the next year I expect to meet the goals I set for myself back in May and gain more time back for this place.

The Time Away was Refreshing

We didn’t plan to take a three week break folks it just kinda happened that way. It was nice to get away.

Now the primaries are over the folks in Louisiana will have their elections and my inbox is already filling up with political paraphernalia from there – here is an example:

Reader submitted photo
Reader submitted photo

Somewhere buried deep in Slabbed’s archives would be the inspiration for the above which is why I reckon we got an advance copy.

Meantime Senate District 50 came down to one vote and upon recount one vote again. Scott DeLano now is taking his electoral challenge to the Courthouse. Once the dust settles my advice is for DeLano to get with Waveland Alderman Charlie Piazza to get some perspective.

About a month ago the website was down for almost 30 hours…..

It happened a few days after this post was published. That turned out to be an important weekend for a few other reasons as I also caught up with a particularly well connected source with a deep institutional knowledge of the South Louisiana political landscape.

In any event while Slabbed was offline the tech team here, working with Slabbed’s web host made several security improvements to the website that insured that the odds of being knocked offline by another major DDoS attack would reduced to the minimum. Along those lines yesterday’s attack was a mere blip on the radar with the added bonus that we were able to trace certain of the traffic from proxy server to proxy server. It will only take one slip up and we’ll have an IP address. Such is a simple matter of time.

As for that visit I had last month with an old friend, I was told that prominent politician that was subject to those indictment rumors is likely in the clear. Indictment rumors are notoriously unreliable as I mentioned back in January the twist here being that Team FBI was indeed building a case but it evidently wasn’t strong enough to merit prosecution. That observation isn’t coming to Slabbed from the government. Sometimes the best sources in such matters would be the targets themselves. That is how Kim Savant’s indictment leaked for instance. We will file that old post under case closed.

Quote of the day….really the century. Thanks Nowdy.

Of all the quality posts the artist known as Nowdoucit wrote for Slabbed, this post which borrowed a quote from Anais Nin is one that sticks with me:

We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.

The notion has application for virtually everyone. I thought about it last night tweeting out the happenings at two public meetings where Slabbed relied on the attendees in order to be three places at once. That said, in an alternate world where I was a lawyer instead of an accountant, I’d carry that quote with me and tape it to my notes before every jury trial.

Abraham Lincoln is very quotable too so instead of the post I could put up today I’ll share a quote that is also applicable:

Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.