You may have noticed that for an extended period of time today, the Irregular Times website was unavailable to you. We pay money to provide this space that not only contains our writing but your thoughts, which we welcome whether we agree with you or not — in the comments to each post, yes, but also in the freer-form diaries and forum. Someone out there wants to shut it down, hitting the dedicated Irregular Times server with denial of service attacks through last night and most of today. Whoever did this is a coward, cloaking their actual identity and IP address. That’s typical; most of the people who try to censor others are weak like that. Here at Irregular Times we (and you) regularly irk so many different kinds of intolerant people that I can’t even begin to guess what sort of liberty-hating prude is responsible for today’s shenanigans. I’m not even going to try. It’s not worth it.
And no matter: our web hosting service folks have patched the particular security hole this attacker exploited, and we’re back up and at it. They can’t keep us down without nuking vast swaths of the United States or amending the U.S. Constitution to death. Even if these people managed to wipe out the entire contents of our server, even if they fire-bombed it, we have backups in multiple states separated by hundreds of miles, and we’re ready to re-establish Irregular Times and get right back in the saddle again.
Tomorrow morning, we’ll get right back to writing about the events and information and ideas we think are important, and we look forward to you writing back and doing the same. Tonight I’ll sleep soundly, knowing that together we’ve made some zealous censor’s undies get all twisty. I kind of like that.