outage

The site outage this afternoon (and now on into the evening) is brought to you courtesy of the Los Angeles blackout, which knocked my hosting provider offline. I’m still not clear on why their datacenters lost power, and from looking at their blog, neither are they. Yay for SLAs and all that good stuff.

The timing of the power outage is interesting, to say the least. The current story, according to Bloomberg, is that “a worker with the utility accidentally overloaded a transmission line, tripping circuit protectors”. So, good news: it ain’t the terrists. Bad news: the power grid seems pretty fragile…