...from the intertubes that is...
I was getting rather frustrated this morning trying to access a press release from the city website...I kept getting a server time out:
I figured it was something on my end...I figured wrong. Whenever in doubt, apply occam's razor....why would I not be able to access the city website? Because there is a technical issue with the website? Or wait a minute....what if....what if the city didn't pay the internet bill?
Apparently the city is so far past due on payments to ATT, they finally were forced to pull the plug. So not only is the city portal down, I'm being told these city services are also defunct:
- off-site email
- NOPD electronic police reporting
- payment processing
I'm not completely sure how this is affecting the NOPD but I'm afraid to find out....it could be a public safety issue.
I suppose Boyd may be honoring my wish to return back to the Flintstones. But hey, on the bright side we were able to pay the portrait artist the money needed to paint Ray's portrait....we still have our priorities in order.
UPDATE: Hey one of my fellow bloggers pointed out that it is 4/20.....fuck it man....we don't need no water let the muthafucka burn!
UPDATE 2: Hey isn't it Digital Unplugged week or some stupid shit like that? Maybe we can just pass it off under that.
UPDATE 3: I'm getting word that productivity in City Hall has increased 20% since this morning.
One city employee was seen wandering the halls mumbling, "What year is it? Man do I have one helluva hangover....is that Nagin dude gone yet?" This supports my theory that City Hall employees were under an electronically induced hypnotic trance created by Boyd and Sunblock. Now is your chance people....run....run like the wind!
SERIOUS UPDATE 1: I'm hearing the bill hasn't paid in over a year and ATT is demanding full payment.
UPDATE 4: Word is the city has turned on the Meffert Bat Signal in hopes that maybe he can go jack Best Buy and set up another ad-hoc wi-fi network like he did during Katrina. I think they're gonna try and jack a signal from the Bentsen building.
KIND OF SERIOUS UPDATE: NOLA's...errrr...Breaking News: New Orleans City Hall website, e-mail back in action after crashing today.
Important to note that Level 3 has to ride ATT's lines in order to provide service....but I don't know if that is a pertinent fact or not.