Regular readers of Kirk's have doubtless noticed that his popular blog "The Visual Science Lab" in inaccessible today. This is no doubt very temporary; Kirk asked me to tell you that he's working on the situation and hopes it will be resolved soon.
[UPDATE 6 p.m. Central Time: VSL is up again, none the worse for wear.]
It's no fault of his. Longtime TOP loyalists might recall that the same thing happened to me at Blogger. Blogger is apparently entirely automated, so when some algorithm or whatever pegs you as a possible offender in some way, there's no way to do anything about it—in June of 2007, at least, there was no way for me to get in touch with a human at Google about it, short of getting on a plane to Mountain View and throwing a pebble at someone's window. The vagaries of using a free service.
I was panicked about it at the time—unnecessarily, it turned out. But it did initiate our move to TypePad, which has been our home ever since. TypePad isn't free, but it provides customer service. (Good customer service, too.) Worth it to me. At the time, Michael Reichmann at L-L kindly passed the word along to my readers, so I'm happy to pay the favor forward and do the same for Kirk.
I'll pass along any further news from Kirk, and I'll post a notice when VSL is back up and running. You can do Kirk a favor by passing the word along to any other photo communities you frequent: it wasn't something he did, and, he'll be back soon.
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MJFerron: "Kirk announced yesterday that he would be taking some time off for the holidays and would not be adding new posts until after Jan 1. If there is such a thing as good time for a blog to perform a technical meltdown this would be it."
Mike Hunter: "'At the time, Michael Reichmann at L-L kindly passed the word along to my readers'...which by the way is how I discovered your site. Now I've got to check out Kirk's...."
kirk tuck: "Thanks Mike. I really appreciated the notices. So did my readers. I am amazed it was resolved so quickly. I'm now looking at TypePad...."