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The Joy of Being Slashdotted

OK, so, this morning I got an e-mail from an old university classmate, Andrew J. Lundberg, who was a grad student at JHU back when it was tiny (7 faculty, 45 undergrads) and I was one of said smart-alecky undergrads.
From: "Andrew Lundberg"
To: William Hsu
Sent: Monday, July 26, 2004 12:53 PM
Subject: Hi Bill, this is Andrew Lundberg (from jhu)

> I was pointed to you page today from a Slashdot response (regarding your
> Lord of the Rings movie). I thought I'd send you and email and ask how
> you've been doing.
> ...

"Well, that's nice," I thought, "it's always good to hear from old college friends."

Three hours later, on my web server:

3:55PM up 1:27, 1 user, load averages: 10.88, 16.43, 20.41

"What the frell?" I wondered.

Did a top resulting in:
80 processes: runnable, 7 sleeping, 1 on processor
CPU states: % user, 0.0% nice, % system, % interrupt, % idle
Memory: 55M Act, 8K Inact, 636K Wired, 1888K Exec, 41M File, 41M Free
Swap: 2000M Total, 2000M Free

PID USERNAME PRI NICE SIZE RES STATE TIME WCPU CPU COMMAND
370 nobody 6 0 2220K 1988K RUN 0:17 8% httpd
252 nobody 0 2236K 2028K RUN 1:38 8.9% 8.9% httpd
nobody 0 2220K 19% httpd
nobody 4 0 2220K 19K RUN 0% httpd
nobody 0 2220K 1980K 0% httpd
613 nobody 2 0 2220K 1992K 0:29 4% httpd
298 nobody 2 0 2220K 1980K select 0:50 3% httpd
...


Fifteen simultaneous httpd requests? Not likely even with the imminent BNJ release announced on USENET and in bayesnets.

So I went downstairs to the sysadmin to see whether it was a denial of services attack.
He directed my attention to /web/httpd/log/accesslog and /web/httpd/log/refererlog. Sure enough, almost every entry (out of about 1000 in a 2-hour period) consisted of:

<IP address> - - [26/Jul/2004:16:13:33 -0500] "GET /Tolkien/Movie/lotr.mov HTTP/1.1" 200 19405754

The lightbulb went on as I re-read Andrew's e-mail and checked Slashdot - sure enough: we'd been Slashdotted here. It wasn't even a full article, just a follow-up to a "celebrity LoTR movie casting" thread on Slashdot.

The movie parody is by O. Sharp, famous creator of the Tolkien sarcasm page, and it's been there for over three years! I give it to you again, because I miss my server hanging and smoking. :-D

[16:44:27] banazir: We got a reference on Slashdot today
[16:44:39] burkhardt: ooo
[16:44:46] burkhardt: your server crashed yet?


:g: See? Tronkies know.

Oh, and one more thing: when you get Slashdotted, don't go proclaiming "Yay! I got Slashdotted!" to all your friends. Seems the Slashdot effect still isn't the most commonly understood referent in the vernacular known to many folks on IM and LJ. To wit:


(from the user icons of deire - attribution unknown but sought)

--
Banazir

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masaga
Jul. 27th, 2004 06:45 pm (UTC)
The Joy(ful hell) of Being Slashdotted
It's things like this that just add spice to a quasi-sysadmin's life ;). I felt like I was the owner of one of those cozy pubs you find maybe 5 times in your life, and that has been going great for about a decade. Then one night, the Sundance film festival shows up in town - followed by a million tofu and pudding eating cowboys. This of course leads to total destruction of the pub, not to mention the sewage system. Yep, that just about conveys the meaning of being /.ed to me. Maybe I can get google to give a new definition of the term ;).

--Masaga
banazir
Jul. 27th, 2004 10:23 pm (UTC)
Respect Mah Authoritah!
<CARTMAN>I hate you gahs... so much...</CARTMAN>

Need to see about that Isaac Hayes rendition of "The BOFH Song" (I'd personally settle for one of "The Ballad of Serenity"... I think Chef would make a good Firefly cookie, but that's just my warped sponge talking).

OMG! They hung Ringil!
We should just have www.kddresearch.org throw up a "screw yew gahs, I'm rebooting!" :g:

--
Banazir
sui_degeneris
Jul. 27th, 2004 07:16 pm (UTC)
Noted film historian, eh?
Hey, it's weird, but at least you know why there was that spike.

It's the mystery spikes that always confuse me. Where usage triples, and you know something got on someone's list, but for the life of you, you can't figure out where.

(Actually, I was (technically) slashdotted at one point, but it was one solitary link among many. So no visible usage spike. *sigh*)
banazir
Jul. 27th, 2004 10:18 pm (UTC)
Kull Wahad!
That morass of links looks like something a Jedi hobbit might produce!

I found your link, though.
(Meep!)

--
Banazir
ellie_desu
Jul. 27th, 2004 08:13 pm (UTC)
That icon is the best. There is a 700 page follow up slashfic sitting in my house right now that I'm eyeing.
banazir
Jul. 27th, 2004 09:31 pm (UTC)
Ulairi!!!
Fear! Fire! Fen! Awake!

--
Banazir
ellie_desu
Jul. 28th, 2004 04:27 am (UTC)
Re: Ulairi!!!
I'm not of the fen, I swear! My soul is clean!


....mostly
banazir
Jul. 28th, 2004 09:23 am (UTC)
It's that little "mostly"...
... that leads to the DarkSlash Side.

--
Banazir
(yodge can give you some soap for cleaning your soul, BTW)
yodge
Jul. 28th, 2004 11:23 am (UTC)
Re: It's that little "mostly"...
Indeed I can. SoulSparkle, now available with Peppermint essence.

-yoj
banazir
Jul. 28th, 2004 12:54 pm (UTC)
SoulSparkle
Ooo! Peepermint!
/me places order now

Place yer odors, eople!

--
Banazir
ellie_desu
Jul. 28th, 2004 12:18 pm (UTC)
Re: It's that little "mostly"...
Slash can be cute.

Slash can also be sometimes horrifing

yet oh so wonderfully horrifying.

Although I love it at media that all the slash people are middle aged white women.

err...nevermind that that is the general population of the con...
banazir
Jul. 28th, 2004 12:51 pm (UTC)
Re: It's that little "mostly"...
Slash can be cute.
Slash can also be sometimes horrifing
yet oh so wonderfully horrifying.

Eh, I wouldn't know, having had neither the inclination nor the time-curiousity.

Although I love it at media that all the slash people are middle aged white women.
So I noticed!
I was outed as a first-timer when I gaped a little too long in the elevator (though it wasn't a full glassy-eyed stare; that wasn't until I hit the door decorations).

err...nevermind that that is the general population of the con...
LOL! Yeah, I noticed that, too.
Though there were more couples and babies this year, or so I am told.

--
Banazir
ellie_desu
Jul. 28th, 2004 01:24 pm (UTC)
Re: It's that little "mostly"...
The elevators are the best part of media. I remember a few thursday nights when the non-con people are still in the hotel and getting ready to leave, and there are the first batch of posters up. This old couple witha lapdog looked at me, "What are....fanzines?"

I think I'm going to go this year...I've skippped the past two just because I haven't really had a fandom, but now I want to sit in on a few / panels.
banazir
Aug. 1st, 2004 11:33 am (UTC)
Media West
The elevators are the best part of media. I remember a few thursday nights when the non-con people are still in the hotel and getting ready to leave, and there are the first batch of posters up. This old couple witha lapdog looked at me, "What are....fanzines?"
LOL, I saw some of those folks, and they had their heads down as if urged by some inner impulse to flee. Me, I was curiously looking at all the other con notices (Shore Leave, etc.) and taking fliers for various interesting-looking zines.

I think I'm going to go this year...I've skippped the past two just because I haven't really had a fandom, but now I want to sit in on a few / panels.
Our group doesn't do many panels at Media, and most its members probably won't be there next spring. It's an interesting con, though. I got a kick out of the art room. Lots and lots of LoTR and HP stuff, and of course crossover is always fun.

--
Banazir
ellie_desu
Aug. 1st, 2004 11:34 am (UTC)
Re: Media West
Did you by chance see some pillows in the art room?
banazir
Aug. 2nd, 2004 05:40 pm (UTC)
I might have
To be honest, there was a lot to take in in a short period.
Were they yours?

Where were they in the room, roughly?

--
Banazir
ellie_desu
Aug. 2nd, 2004 07:03 pm (UTC)
Re: I might have
My aunt did the display, but I had pillows in there.
banazir
Aug. 21st, 2004 12:43 am (UTC)
Cool
Let us see some pics some time!

--
Banazir
ellie_desu
Aug. 21st, 2004 03:21 am (UTC)
Re: Cool
www.custom-arts.com/sewing
baranoouji
Jul. 28th, 2004 05:54 am (UTC)
:looks at Nazgirls:

:snorts coffee:

Damn you! Can I put this up with a link to you?
banazir
Aug. 1st, 2004 11:05 am (UTC)
Nazgirls icon
:looks at Nazgirls:
:snorts coffee:

Heh. Funny, innit?

Damn you!
They always blame me!

Can I put this up with a link to you?
Well, you may certainly say "last seen with banazir - attribution sought". deire found it somewhere and was using it temporarily, but we'd both be glad to learn the author's identity.

--
Banazir
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