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My most sincere apologies

April 3, 2015
12:00 AM

You probably think I’m going to apologize for the incredible lack of updates lately. And while that’s clearly something I’m not happy with (as you can see in recent comics), it’s not the subject of this rant. (That said, I’m taking steps to remedy it. Life in Greg-land has been tough to get a handle on lately, and I need to do some readjusting to get things back on track.)

No, this is an apology for the extreme slowness of the site lately, something which I have been wrestling with, because I could not, for the life of me, figure out what was going on. I kept upping the RAM allocation on the VPS, and it kept saying it was maxed out. It’s super weird.

And then this morning I got an e-mail from a reader letting me know that a TON of links were being inserted into the page at the very end. Which is, as you can imagine, pretty upsetting to hear. I downloaded the remote copy of the index file, and sure enough, near the end was a PHP command to dump the contents of a file on some random phony “Beats by Dre Hot Sale” page to all sorts of crazy links. No idea where it came from, but I killed it with extreme prejudice, and will be on the lookout for things like it in the future. That kind of stuff pisses me off, and I won’t let it stand. Hopefully things will move faster from here on out.

Now if I could just get MYSELF to move faster, that’d be a neat trick. I wonder if I’ve got some weird links loading in me somewhere.

…I should probably go to the doctor to get checked. Just in case.

It’s comin’, folks!

June 10, 2014
1:42 AM

Well, you know how it is around here. When I manage to go for (what I feel like) an extended time without a new comic, I feel like I have to justify myself a little bit. (Yes, despite the constant reassurance that I don’t… I appreciate that, you guys. 😀 )

In any case, your boy’s been under a LOT of stress lately, and had to kind of take this evening to deal with it a touch. Realized that what my main problem comes down to is some time management issues, so I’m going to be trying to handle that. It’s my goal to actually make a 5-comic week here before too long, and maybe, JUST MAYBE, try to actually make that the norm again. I have a lot of fun doing the comic, but lately life has been saying “NO! THIS IS MORE IMPORTANT!”, and I just wind up listening, ’cause life talks in all caps, so you just KNOW it’s shouting.

That said, tomorrow, a comic shall be had! I’ve gotta re-prime the pump a bit, but I think this is a train that I can get back on track. Good lord that’s a lot of mixed metaphors. In any case, all will be well. That’s my story, and I’m stickin’ to it. 🙂

Not dead – just in case you were wondering. :P

May 9, 2014
12:02 AM

Hi Guys! So, normally around here, a missed day here or there wouldn’t be cause for alarm or anything, but I got ONE comic done this week, which is pretty miserable. And while that kind of thing kills me, the fact is I know there’s no avoiding it. Your boy’s been sick the past few days, and the bummer about being sick when you’re a stay-at-home parent who also happens to WORK from home is that it’s not as though I can just take a sick day and call it good. So while NORMALLY I can burn the midnight oil like a boss and knock out a strip, I just fell asleep in my chair while trying to think of something, and being vertical is only serving to give me a headache.

I did get one worried e-mail a week or so ago (well, maybe not WORRIED, but still) just making sure I wasn’t going to quit the comic, and while I may have the most sporadic update schedule known to man lately, you can rest assured with one thing: I NEVER plan to call it quits on this bad boy. It’s like anything else in life – sometimes things get nuts and get in the way, and you have to do what you can to keep your head above water. But even if I miss more than my fair share, I’ll always come back for more – and maybe there will even come a time when I’m able to arrange my day such that I can start getting them done earlier – but it’s sure not in the cards just now.

Anyway, my head’s starting to hurt a bit again, so I’m gonna go lie down and attempt to continue not being dead. Wish me luck!