Meet our new sysadmin, Travis Zajkowski!

Friends, for the first time ever, we have a gentleman on the staff. Some of you may remember Travis — he of the whiskey bucket? He worked for our longtime webhost for many many years. Over the years of working on our server (first in small capacities, and then staying all night to help us with epic downtimes) Travis basically made himself completely indispensable.

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The Dark Day of September 5, 2013, and our brand new server

We're still recovering from our epic outage, which lasted from about 8pm PST September 4th until 4am PST September 6th. By several magnitudes, this was the longest downtime we've had in our 7 years of publishing. That shit was brutal. After troubleshooting on the old server for 20 hours, we decided to abandon ship and move to a brand new server. So far, it's sparkly and doing well.

I've been using the Offbeat Empire's Facebook page to keep everyone updated, but now that offbeatempire.com is back online (on an entirely new server, built from scratch) I'll update this post with updates as we have them.