ScienceBlogs server migration in three hours…

And now for something completely different. Well, not exactly. It’s just that I have an announcement to make that is for your benefit. Our (usually) benevolent overlords have informed us that they are going to be moving ScienceBlogs over to a new server beginning sometime after midnight tonight:

ScienceBlogs will be moving to a new server environment on Wednesday, November 20th. Although the site will be available throughout the transition, you should not post, edit, draft, comment, or do anything else in WordPress after Tuesday evening, or your work may be lost. Once the new server environment is live on Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning, I will post an update and business can resume as usual.

A day off! The timing is actually quite good, because I have a talk to give tomorrow evening, and I’m not quite done with my slides yet. I’ll let you know when the all-clear has been given, but because this talk is in the evening and I’ll driving about 90 miles to give this talk tomorrow late afternoon, I might be later than Wes in giving the all-clear. So if you’re really antsy, and can’t wait to get back into the commenting fray (and you know who you are), you might want to monitor the official ScienceBlogs Page 3.14, where the announcement will appear first.

You’ll also have to forgive me if I have a bad feeling about this. I’ve been with ScienceBlogs for nearly eight years now, and I’ve never seen a server migration go without a hitch. Something always happens. I sure hope this time is different. Hopefully by early tomorrow afternoon, the migration will be complete, and we’ll know. If anything happens, I will activate the mothballed original Respectful Insolence with the hideous template (what was I thinking at the time?) until this blog is up and running again.

In the meantime, smoke ’em if ya got ’em. I mean, you only have around three hours before the migration starts, and any words of wisdom you post to this blog after that run the risk of disappearing into the ether when the migration is complete.