During lunch today, Doug Butscher was kind enough to drive me around to take some more train pictures for Brandon's room. I can honestly say I have not had that much fun with a camera and a car in a long time.
We ended up in the bottoms of Kansas City, KS near a whole lot of steel distribution plants, but most sketchy areas that made me feel like the possibility of robbery or death was in the picture.
The fearless driver, Doug, was truly fearless. We were driving along side train tracks through gravel in his fuel efficient compact car, but we managed to not get a flat tire and got some good candidates for printing. Take a look at what we shot.
JellyTelly, from the mind of Phil Vischer of VeggieTales, is a network for children to follow along the lines of Christian videos from the 90s/00s. The idea is to get children to visit the site daily to view wholesome Christian-based cartoons and shows. With hopes to bring this to the television, but it will launch online first due to the amount of money it takes to launch a television network. This is definitely exciting and I pray he does very well.
The revenue model will be subscriptions (like Disney Online, PBS Kids Zone) instead of ads. The model is unique however as you pick your own price. The first month is free, but after that you pay what you feel the value is and what you can afford. Much like Christian radio shows, you just give what you can and what you feel it is worth. I absolutely love this model. Phil, plan on us as subscribers!
Phil has a wonderful book out called Me, Myself, and Bob that covers his life and experiences creating VeggieTales.
"A connection was successfully established with the server, but then an error occurred during the login process.
(provider: TCP Provider, error: 0 - The specified network name is no longer available.) "
This is what has been causing issues with the site this weekend. Thankfully the hospital has good WiFi and my cell's bluetooth connection to the HSDPA network from AT&T makes being able to debug the servers ok. However, we will be in the hospital the rest of the day and going home tomorrow so I do have my machine on at all times to see if it is happening. Please bare with me in this case.
The weird thing is I can communicate with both servers via RDP during the time the web server thinks it can't see the database server. If anyone has seen this issue and can do some come up with some solutions besides rebooting or debugging techniques, please contact or comment.
[Update: Applying a hotfix may have solved the issue, only time will tell. Please continue to alert me if you see issues]
Addison is finally here! I can honestly say, that is the first time I have Tweeted from the hospital in an operating room. Looks like we will be here for a few days, but our room has an awesome view so we might see some fireworks tomorrow.
Geekswithblogs.net was completely down this morning with random, never seen TCP communication errors between the web box and the database. I like to call it the jealous sibling that didn't want us to leave for the hospital. I got her squared away at 5:30 and we took off.
Got to love all the bloggers we have on this site. Today we had some database issues and I started to receive emails, blog comments, text messages, IM messages, and trouble tickets about the timeout issues we were having. Thankfully it happened today, because Addison will be joining the family tomorrow morning and I will be out of pocket.
The problems should be fixed, but if they aren't ping me via one of the methods above.
Well I am back to spending the last day with Brandon as the only child, later!