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Fark NotNewsletter: The story behind THAT "server down" pic, plus an update on our TotalFark/BareFark promotion
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On occasion, I get asked what the origin of the Fark "beerspill" photo is. I figured the 10-year anniversary of its taking would be a good time, especially because it's turned up without attribution in a few weird spots lately.
 
I don't remember offhand what prompted us to do this, other than we needed something funny for our error page. I'm sure the "we spilled beer on the server" error message we had since day 1 was an inspiration, but beyond that, I can't remember anymore. "Spilled beer on the server" became "spilled bourbon on the server because, well, unlike Drew, I don't actually like beer.
 
Around June 10, 2007, I took this shot in the data center we were renting a rack in (we've since moved to another, since that data center has since been converted to a hotel). Obviously, that one wasn't that great. So, trying to improve on that pathetic effort, my friend and I decided to stage the passed-out-drunk picture on June 21, 2008: (Oh, and I found the uncropped originals, which have never been made public until now, probably because of the jorts -- 2008, remember: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12)
 
We used an empty Supermicro case we'd just bought to use for a pending database server upgrade. After the photo, we transplanted a board out of an old 4U case into it. Hardware for the database server has been upgraded twice since that, but this 10-year-old system is (sadly) still in use, as a FreeNAS box.
 
We discovered pretty quickly that bourbon doesn't photograph well and is hard to keep from dripping onto motherboards, so the spilled bourbon is really maple syrup. The reason the floor tile doesn't look like a data center is because, well, it isn't -- it's actually the laundry room of the house we were renting at the time -- it was the only uncarpeted room big enough, and bringing maple syrup into a live data center is generally frowned upon. The maple syrup was put in the freezer to make it more viscous (spoiler -- it won't freeze solid). Not all the hard drives in the shot even fit in the case -- see if you can spot the EIDE drive that doesn't fit in a SATA enclosure. What really, really dates the photo, though, is the Palm Treo 650 -- well, that and the goofy shirt, which I still have. And we didn't use the guinea pigs (stars of many previous "h4x0r3d by p1g5" April Fools gags) because they hated the smell of even empty bourbon bottles. Also, my friend had to stand on the washing machine to get far enough away to take the picture.. but she managed to do it without spilling her drink, which is always a bonus.
 
It's time to make a new one of these. We have some ideas. (I have permission to borrow p1g5 for it.) Stay tuned.
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Also, let's do some Fark parties in Iowa in July!  My friend Buck Wolf from the Huffington Post has talked me into riding RAGBRAI this year; we've put together a team of seven people.  It's a bike ride across Iowa from July 22 - 29. You ride 50-70 miles a day and stop in a pre-selected town along the way, apparently so you can drink the town out of beer - or so I'm hoping.  I also hear there's pie. Lots of pie. Anyhow, the towns this year are Onawa, Denison, Jefferson, Ames, Newton, Sigourney, Iowa City and Davenport. I've already had conversations with folks in Davenport, but I figure there are Farkers living in the other towns as well.  Plus nearly 10,000 people do the ride itself, so odds are there are some Farkers that will be out on the road with us as well. Let me know if you'd be up for a Fark party or just want to catch a beer on my way through. I haven't seen much of this part of Iowa so let me know what I should look for on the way!
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2018-06-05 01:28:39 PM  
Heads up, this renders like shiat on mobile.
 
2018-06-05 01:29:56 PM  

STDMan69: Heads up, this renders like shiat on mobile.


Mike's obviously drunk.  Again.
 
2018-06-05 01:30:34 PM  
It's Fark, why apologize?
 
2018-06-05 01:30:46 PM  

STDMan69: Heads up, this renders like shiat on mobile.


That^
 
2018-06-05 01:31:58 PM  
your data center had linoleum flooring in it? there is some sort of southern trailer park joke here...
 
2018-06-05 01:32:54 PM  

Unobtanium: STDMan69: Heads up, this renders like shiat on mobile.

That^


It's the picture, obviously causing the problem. Needs to have a set % for height and width.
 
2018-06-05 01:33:24 PM  

SnowPeas: your data center had linoleum flooring in it? there is some sort of southern trailer park joke here...


reading is fundamental.
 
2018-06-05 01:36:27 PM  
"o the spilled bourbon is really maple syrup"

I always thought it was one of those gag 'spilled drink' things. Like you would find in an
Archie McPhee catalog.
 
2018-06-05 01:38:16 PM  
I can't be the only one that expected to find the Rock in the list of uncropped originals, can I?
 
2018-06-05 01:38:49 PM  

olapbill: reading is fundamental.


https://www.rif.org/

"For over 50 years, RIF has built a legacy grounded on the basis that all children have the right to learn to read."

// but apparently they're fine with illiterate adults :P
 
2018-06-05 01:40:58 PM  
Whoa dat mobile formatting
 
2018-06-05 01:42:17 PM  
This newsletter is literally unplayable.
 
2018-06-05 01:43:03 PM  
All this time, I never noticed the spilled drink on the computer.

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2018-06-05 01:43:57 PM  

SnowPeas: your data center had linoleum flooring in it? there is some sort of southern trailer park joke here...


LOL I had the pleasure of using what was previously a bathroom converted to a server room.  One day the boss man asked me for a drawing of the layout, so I used a toilet instead of a desk chair.
 
2018-06-05 01:44:47 PM  
Dev is looking into the mobile issue. Should be a few minutes.
 
2018-06-05 01:45:30 PM  

SnowPeas: your data center had linoleum flooring in it? there is some sort of southern trailer park joke here...


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Salvation is linoleum.
 
2018-06-05 01:46:07 PM  
They could have used
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It looks vaguely bourbonish.
 
2018-06-05 01:46:18 PM  

STDMan69: Heads up, this renders like shiat on mobile.


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2018-06-05 01:48:29 PM  
I always thought the spilled drink was one of the gag spilled drinks they used to sell years ago. They had all types of drinks, beer, hard liquor, fruity mixed drinks and I think milkshakes. They looked pretty good from a distance like in the picture.
 
2018-06-05 01:55:47 PM  
If you ever have cause to film something like this again, they make a "fake beer spill" novelty item crafted from a single piece of plastic; the cup, the "spilled beer", ice, and all, all plastic.
 
2018-06-05 01:57:31 PM  

SnowPeas: your data center had linoleum flooring in it? there is some sort of southern trailer park joke here...


Back in the Web 1.0 days, I worked for a dial-up ISP that had its modem pool in a converted hay barn.
/Welcome to Albama.
 
2018-06-05 01:58:34 PM  

10.0.0.1: SnowPeas: your data center had linoleum flooring in it? there is some sort of southern trailer park joke here...

LOL I had the pleasure of using what was previously a bathroom converted to a server room.  One day the boss man asked me for a drawing of the layout, so I used a toilet instead of a desk chair.


You worked for Hillary?
 
2018-06-05 01:59:03 PM  
We need more fake or real passed out Fark pics
 
2018-06-05 01:59:50 PM  

BeotchPudding: 10.0.0.1: SnowPeas: your data center had linoleum flooring in it? there is some sort of southern trailer park joke here...

LOL I had the pleasure of using what was previously a bathroom converted to a server room.  One day the boss man asked me for a drawing of the layout, so I used a toilet instead of a desk chair.

You worked for Hillary?


Legit question, do you actually think that is funny?
 
2018-06-05 02:00:51 PM  
nice about:blank links, braaah.
 
2018-06-05 02:03:43 PM  
They fixed it and now it sucks.
 
2018-06-05 02:08:29 PM  
"What really, really dates the photo, though, is the Palm Treo 650 "

Hey, I had a treo 650.
 
2018-06-05 02:16:28 PM  
Hey Drew, glad to here that you are doing RAGBRAI. Rumor is that you are a beer fan (W00tstout anyone?). As you are doing RAGBRAI, you will see the Iowa Craft Beer Tent (google it) twice a day. I encourage you to stop by and see what Iowa has to offer. I will be serving beer at the second stop each day (AKA the party stop). Stop by and say hi!
 
2018-06-05 02:16:54 PM  
nothing mentioning the hardware donation ( s ) thread (s ) ?
 
2018-06-05 02:30:15 PM  
Explain this photo then...
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2018-06-05 02:31:14 PM  

netizencain: Explain this photo then...
[img.fark.net image 640x480]


Given the euphemism that plays off, I think I'd rather he didn't, thanks all the same.
 
2018-06-05 02:31:41 PM  

Ambitwistor: All this time, I never noticed the spilled drink on the computer.

[img.fark.net image 225x225]


You're not alone.
 
2018-06-05 02:33:05 PM  

xxBirdMadGirlxx: netizencain: Explain this photo then...
[img.fark.net image 640x480]

Given the euphemism that plays off, I think I'd rather he didn't, thanks all the same.


What? It's just a guy choking a chi........

Oh.
 
2018-06-05 02:33:52 PM  

supek:  stop by and see what Iowa has to offer. I will be serving beer at the second stop each day (AKA the party stop). Stop by and say hi!


Having visited my family in Iowa and the Iowa Craft Beer Tent at the Iowa State Fair I can attest to the quality of the fair state's brewing offerings.  Back when I was an Iowanian our local options were Dubuque Star and, well, Dubuque Star is the only Iowa brewed beer I can remember.  I still haven't tried all the new offerings but there are some excellent beers being made.  Bless you and your brewing compatriots for making Iowa sudsy again.  You're truly doing God's work.
 
2018-06-05 02:35:09 PM  
Also, add me to the RAGBRAI team for next year, I've always wanted to do it.
 
2018-06-05 02:36:01 PM  
CSB-My grandma was born in Onawa, Iowa

Even Cooler: The Eskimo Pie was created in Onawa in 1920 by Chris Nelson, an ice cream shop owner.
 
2018-06-05 02:41:52 PM  
So if you're wondering what the problem was with the picture formatting, the blog editor strips out some types of formatting, so we couldn't set it to a percent because it wouldn't allow it. We could only make it look super tiny on the non-mobile site, or just link to it. I decided to link to it. We thought it would handle images like the comments do, but it didn't for some reason.

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Also, I, too, thought that the bourbon was one of those fake spill novelty things.
 
2018-06-05 02:42:45 PM  
When you replace the pic, there will be complaints, but we'll get over it :-)

/thanks for the laughs, tho
 
2018-06-05 02:49:35 PM  
I wanted the story to that picture exactly as much as I wanted to see the Kessel Run.
 
2018-06-05 02:51:04 PM  
first time in a newsletter, now thing will start to happen!!
 
2018-06-05 02:51:23 PM  

STDMan69: BeotchPudding: 10.0.0.1: SnowPeas: your data center had linoleum flooring in it? there is some sort of southern trailer park joke here...

LOL I had the pleasure of using what was previously a bathroom converted to a server room.  One day the boss man asked me for a drawing of the layout, so I used a toilet instead of a desk chair.

You worked for Hillary?

Legit question, do you actually think that is funny?


I did.

/server guy here
 
2018-06-05 02:59:23 PM  

Sim Tree: "What really, really dates the photo, though, is the Palm Treo 650 "

Hey, I had a treo 650.


And he dated you. QED.
 
2018-06-05 03:22:27 PM  
i was wondering why  Photoshop these bombardiers https://www.fark.com/comments/1004262​3 was greened one day after my submission rather than sitting in the queue for several days where it might have attracted more submissions from the regulars.

img.fark.netView Full Size
 
2018-06-05 03:25:10 PM  

SnowPeas: your data center had linoleum flooring in it? there is some sort of southern trailer park joke here...

I've seen a restroom used as a server room
I posted a photo of that up on Reddit hardware gore
img.fark.netView Full Size

It was a working restroom and the toilet faced the rack, so I guess you could flush all the cache
then there was the place with a converted restroom
 
2018-06-05 03:26:13 PM  

Sim Tree: "What really, really dates the photo, though, is the Palm Treo 650 "

Hey, I had a treo 650.


Me too, me too
 
2018-06-05 03:26:46 PM  

netizencain: Explain this photo then...
[img.fark.net image 640x480]


he's choking the chicken while at work......
 
2018-06-05 03:30:40 PM  

netizencain: Explain this photo then...
[img.fark.net image 640x480]


There were temperature and light sensors in the beak, and an Arduino Nano in the ass to gather the measurements and send 'em to Nagios.

Yes, really.
 
2018-06-05 03:31:55 PM  

netizencain: Explain this photo then...
[img.fark.net image 640x480]


also, that's the older now-gone data center that's now a hotel.
 
2018-06-05 03:36:45 PM  

HairBolus: i was wondering why  Photoshop these bombardiers https://www.fark.com/comments/10042623 was greened one day after my submission rather than sitting in the queue for several days where it might have attracted more submissions from the regulars.

[img.fark.net image 174x230]


No idea. You should contact Farkback and they can find out from the admin what done did it.
 
2018-06-05 03:38:53 PM  
unlike Drew, I don't actually like beer

THE BEST PEOPLE
 
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