As you will probably be aware, we had a fairly serious issue on Monday night into Tuesday, which caused the site to be taken offline. In the light of this, we are about to move to a new and hopefully more robust server and hosting platform.
“What will this mean for us?” I hear you ask.
Well, hopefully not a lot in terms of the inconvenience. But due to the nature of the Internet, we can’t guarantee everything will progress as smoothly as we hope.
So, what will happen?
In the very near future, We will make a short post on the front page notifying everyone that we are about to start transferring the site to our new webhost and we’ll also close down the comments temporarily to allow everything to transfer without missing anything.
We’ll then transfer all the data onto our new host server and migrate the domain name to the new server, this may take a few hours to achieve and we beg your patience whilst this is achieved.
How will we know when it is completed?
Once the migration has been fully achieved we will Tweet (@volcanocafeorg) and post into the Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/189749654542072) . You can also drop a message to our email account (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject “Are We Back Yet?” and we shall email you to let you know.
Please note, that due to the nature of the beast, users may need to reregister with the site. We hope that this will prove unnecessary, but we are just not sure!
We thanks you for your patience during this transition.
After last week’s fantastic climax to the NDVP, it was decided that we should have a smaller, more irreverent post for this week to prove that we still don’t take ourselves TOO seriously, regardless of how much media attention we get!! I have drawn the short straw and tasked with coming up with something to lighten the mood… So, here goes…
A few days ago, myself and Henrik were having a quiet conversation on Facebook, when I had to cut it short to head out to visit the nearby high school that my youngest son is about start next year. On my return, Henrik asked how it had gone and jokingly asked whether the school in question was Hogwarts and this started us down a completely bizarre route of discussing “What if VolcanoCafé was Hogwarts?” or perhaps more accurately, “If VolcanoCafé was Hogwarts, what roles would you see everyone playing?”
I would also like to use this as a kind of “who we are” as some new users may not know all the team.
Our first member of the Hogwarts VC team is Lughduniense. Lughduniense fulfils a very important role (mostly behind the scenes) of The Janitor. I wish it was a more glamourous role that I have bestowed her, but Lughduniense really is the janitor of VC! This place would probably fall apart from within if it wasn’t for her diligent work, she is responsible for ensuring that all the server side software is up to date and that the site remains online.
In the world of Hogwarts VC however, she most certainly would be our Care of Magical Creatures professor for her sterling work in the fostering and rehoming of dogs from rescue centres. However, she is always hard at work behind the scenes (especially this week!) and we never see her, so perhaps she is our House Elf? Please don’t give her a sock!!!
Also behind the scenes (mostly) is myself. I’d love to claim to be the lynchpin that holds the whole place together, however my role (as I see it) is mainly in the social media side of VC. I mostly try to keep the Twitter feed up to date and to keep track of our “followers” (some very impressive scientists keep tabs on us!). I also try to keep the Facebook group clear of spam and process the membership requests. I occasionally help out behind the scenes here and troubleshoot the odd issue that comes up.
In the Hogwarts world though, I could only be part of the Weasley family. My bright red hair and freckles make it impossible for any other role.
A name that will be more familiar to members is that of Diana Barnes. If we were a military organisation, Diana would surely be our Morale Officer. Diana normally pops in from time to time, reminding us to play nice and generally being a ray of sunshine in our lives.
In our fantasy Hogwarts scenario, Diana surely would have to be our Herbology teacher given her background in biology and her love of gardening.
Now we come onto our more recognizable members:
Probably our most active contributor and perhaps saviour of VC is Geolurking. Almost a year ago now, there was a period where almost all the main contributors to VC stopped posting (for one reason or another that we won’t go into). This left the site pretty much dead in the water. Geolurking stepped up to the plate and along with Diana Barnes (and a few others), managed to keep VC ticking over with his Ruminarian series of posts.
At Hogwarts, I would see GL as fulfilling one of two roles or perhaps even doing them both. First would be Muggle studies, GL is always quick to post when he witnesses some bizarre act from the “Homo Stultus” or even just commenting on something that is topical. His second and perhaps his main role would be Defense against the Dark Arts. GeoLurking’s military career makes this almost too easy to place him into this role, but his professional role in IT where he is in constant battle with “Homo Stultus” makes this position his for life!
Next is Albert. Albert joined the team early this year posting a couple of articles on the old site and stepped in to assist Henrik finish up the NVDP series when Carl was unable to fulfil his commitments. It is thanks to Albert that the series managed to get all the media coverage that we did with the posting of NVDP #1.
In our Hogwarts scenario and given his love of the celestial bodies, Albert world surely be our Astronomy teacher 😀
Now we come to our “big two”!
Henrik has been one of the driving forces of Volcano Café for a long time. I would say head to the old site and take a look at his posts under the name “Pyrite”, however the all his posts were deleted in the vandalism that led to us moving to our own hosted site. Henrik was one of the two who conceptualised the NDVP list (along with Carl) and ultimately was the author who (along with Albert) completed the list so spectacularly with the Ioto conclusion last week. Henrik would probably like everyone to think that he had nothing to do with this list and that he has a serious scientific mind, however I can confirm that this list came from a conversation that we had and that HE was the one that pushed this post as a Friday post for the Vulcan’s Forge!!
As such, I am casting him as an bad guy! I’d originally suggested to him that he’s make a perfect Severus Snape, however he pointed out that whilst his hair was the required length, it was much MUCH lighter in colour. Therefore, Henrik fills the role of Lucius Malfoy.
Without this man, there would be no VolcanoCafé!
The once self-titled Carl-Le-Strange is the founder and owner of VolcanoCafé. Back in November of 2011, Carl opened VC with the message “Starting a new blog is an audacious and scary project.” and four years later, we are still here, albeit with a few minor changes. Carl’s analysis of the Bardarbunga eruption was spot on, and was one of the first to publically suggest that it was heading for an eruption as early as July 2014, his eruption analysis of the Bardarbunga event was even praised by the scientists involved in Iceland. Earlier this year in June, he repeated his feat of accurate prediction when he stated that Cotopaxi was gearing up for an eruption weeks before it actually happened.
Now in our Hogwarts scenario, what role should we give him? Headmaster? Divination??
I am going to opt for the role that Robbie Coltrane filled in the movies, Hagrid. After all there is only one (half)Giant of VolcanoCafé. Currently Carl is hiding under a cloak of invisibility, although it begs the question, where did he find one to fit a giant?
As a small addition to this post, I would like to draw everyone’s attention to the various media outlets that covered the Ioto post from last week.
In no particular order:
Have we missed any?? Let us know in the comments and we will add them 😀
GL Note: This is a planned “outage” and not some happenstance event that occurred without our control. You may or may not be able to post comments on this thread, it really depends on the state of the server that the site is hosted on, and whether DNS propagation has completed. The goal of this event is to get a more stable set-up for VC and lessen the probability of unexplained issues.