Saturday, April 12, 2008

Amanda Baggs (Ballastexistenz) Goes Missing!

Yes, for those of you who have been wondering what happened to Amanda Baggs's "Ballastexistenz" blog on, for the most part, your guess is as good as mine.

HOWEVER, there is an entry in my RSS feed from that site that says the following:

This server is going down for maintenance.
from Ballastexistenz by ballastexistenz

I have already performed a backup in case something goes wrong. Please make your own copies of any comments you might leave in the meantime, because they will not be included in the backup.

Yikes - years upon years, for one thing, of MY witty comments will be lost forever.

The message also does not seem to suggest that the site was going to be down for DAYS.

Could this sudden dissapearance be related to the Kathleen Seidel situation?

Interesting ... very interesting.

Anyone have any info?

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At April 12, 2008 at 6:57 PM, Blogger Dave Seidel said...

There is no connection. As far as I know, the maintenance is simply taking longer than was expected.

Remember, correlation does not equal causation. :-)

At April 19, 2008 at 12:44 PM, Anonymous Amanda said...

I sometimes think it would be best if you stopped attempting to draw conclusions about me altogether, because the ones you come up with are so divergent from reality.

I don't spend all my time constantly moving, and that's clear even in some of my videos (where I actually sit stiller than normal, which is quite common for me).

Posting at different times of the day and night does not imply I was moving, or even awake, during the interim time between posts. Please consider the fact that I have a movement disorder rendering voluntary movement very difficult. How much I seem to move is mostly dependent on whether there is background movement ("stimming") going on or not.

But I find it especially weird that you're saying this when I've been largely flat on my back for several weeks trying to recover from a nasty bug I caught. Internet posting is about all I've been up to when I've been up to anything.

Be aware that posts on the Internet can be worked on over a long period of time, with long breaks taken in between, and that you might be dealing with someone who's straining to do something and then crashing as soon as they stop, or that writing is the only movement going on when movement is happening. That's one reason why I've been missing in places like Second Life and other realtime systems.

Also be aware that I am more likely to be able to make videos at times when I am more animated, so there's a bit of a bias towards movement in them than stillness. My real life includes a great deal of stillness, more than most people, otherwise I wouldn't get pressure sores. :-P

As for blogs being down, most of the ones on still are. That's because my blog was the only one with a proper backup (the rest were backed up in a much more obnoxious-to-administer fashion), and there are other hitches in getting some of the others up and running again.

Remember that the website is mostly administered by an autistic person with a severely mangled spine, an autoimmune disease, and probably undiagnosed ADD. And then where I come in is some of the lighter-weight work on the site (content, skins, stylesheets, blog administration, etc), and I'm not in the best of health either. Both of us are amateurs, not professionals, and our skills are way inadequate for the task.

I have a friend who works in government and says, "Never attribute to malice what can be attributed to stupidity." I would add, "Don't attribute to malice/elaborate conspiracy/etc what can be attributed to incompetence." Long delays are what you get when a website's administered by a group of half-competent amateurs and one professional whose work generally means he doesn't have time to do administrative tasks.

I sometimes wonder if you're the one with a paranoid streak. ;-)

At April 19, 2008 at 4:11 PM, Blogger Axinar said...

Oh, I DEFINITELY have a paranoid streak - I freely admit to that.

So are you trying to say that you'd AGREE that the term "Vegetative State" accurately applies to you at times?

At April 19, 2008 at 6:33 PM, Anonymous Amanda said...

Errrr, no, especially since I don't think that the term "vegetative state" applies to mammals, ever.

I was referring to your claim that I'm in constant movement 24/7, I didn't even check the article to figure out what the other reference is.

At April 20, 2008 at 2:29 AM, Blogger Axinar said...

Ah, yes ... poor choice of wording on my part.

I think what I intended to say was, "Based upon the sheer volume one might get the impression Amanda is in motion 24/7/365 ..."

But, yes, I still wonder why the author of the original article used the phrase, "vegetative state".


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