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speakeasy fire [May. 18th, 2001|11:36 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
[Current Mood |sad, shocked]

OMG SPEAKEASY CAFE BURNED DOWN!!!! :-( :-(

News.

LiveJournal's servers are a block away, at the offices, not at the cafe, but still ..... this totally totally fucking sucks. :-( I hope nobody got hurt. :-(
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[User Picture]From: paigelynn
2001-05-18 11:38 pm (UTC)
=/ *hug*
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[User Picture]From: steve_maximus
2001-05-18 11:39 pm (UTC)

glad i got hold of kenji

harbor view says there are no injuries
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-05-18 11:41 pm (UTC)

Re: glad i got hold of kenji

thanks for calling...
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[User Picture]From: steve_maximus
2001-05-18 11:44 pm (UTC)

Re

no prob, i was just glad i was reading my friends journal when i heard the news, about 5 minutes after i heard about the fire i scrolled past ur entry about the new servers going to speakeasy and almost had a heart attack
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[User Picture]From: nyctanessa
2001-05-18 11:41 pm (UTC)
Argh. I'm sorry. =\ How did it happen?
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-05-18 11:42 pm (UTC)
i don't know... it's still on the news showing it burning/smoking/fizzling.
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-05-18 11:45 pm (UTC)
that remodel was moving all the employees into the top floor(s) of the cafe and turning the existing employee office space into colo space..... i was getting all excited about having more space for servers (they're totally full now) but I guess that's not going to happen now... at least for quite awhile.

but i'm mostly sad because that cafe was just damn cool.... and the speakeasy people totally rule. i'm sad for them too. :-(
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[User Picture]From: nder
2001-05-19 05:19 am (UTC)
yep- it'll likely be attributed to the floor treatment.. once shellac goes up, the entire floor goes- burns like a mother too. that fire was HOT- the window frames are allll warped, in and out- so it's not jsut from the firehoses banging on them.
everyone's fine, btw. al the SE folk are spooked, and a good portion of them saw it on news, and migrated.
crappycrappy thing, considering how god things have gone as of late for SE. hopefully the structure's salvagable- though i'd be REALLY surprised.
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[User Picture]From: dl
2001-05-19 04:43 pm (UTC)
Found out last night that Mike only leases that building, he doesn't actually own it... still has insurance on it though. I am still in total shock.
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[User Picture]From: flashfire
2001-05-18 11:45 pm (UTC)

Eep!

Holy shit...fires suck.

There have been two I can remember on the hill I live on, and fortunately neither came too close to our house nor did they get any other houses, but still. Both were brush fires and with one of them, I rushed down the block to hurry behind a neighbor's house and use a hose on part of the fire that was creeping up towards someone's fence. That's how close it got. The fire department was on the ball, but I think it would've at least gotten the fence if I didn't slow it down.
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[User Picture]From: angelicdestiny
2001-05-18 11:49 pm (UTC)
shitty. guess ill never get to go there then.
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[User Picture]From: ntang
2001-05-18 11:49 pm (UTC)
This is the one right?

http://www.king5.com/localnews/storydetail.html?StoryID=19411

That sucks, I've heard nothing but good things about speakeasy from friends (and what I've seen on here too). I hope it doesn't hurt them too much.
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-05-18 11:57 pm (UTC)
yup. ;/
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From: stonebutterfly
2001-05-19 12:04 am (UTC)
Eek :(

It's always awful when something like that happens.. I'm really glad to hear that nobody was hurt though. Phew!

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[User Picture]From: marcoo
2001-05-19 07:58 am (UTC)
Holy crap ! Glad nobody got hurt... Close shave ! That sucks :(
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From: ahze
2001-05-19 08:12 am (UTC)
That sucks =(

what is a two-alarm fire ?
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From: curtankerous
2001-05-19 09:03 am (UTC)

Two-Alarm Fire

It's fire that's so out of control the ladders, engines, and pumper trucks that responded cannot adequately handle it. Therefore, they must issue a second alarm for reinforcements to come in from nearby fire stations.
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[User Picture]From: flashfire
2001-05-19 05:00 pm (UTC)

Re: Two-Alarm Fire

So if you ever hear of a four-alarm fire...it's really bad.
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[User Picture]From: linzbinz
2001-05-19 08:47 am (UTC)

*Sigh*

Yesterday I read that you were going to go put the new servers in there, and then when my friend and I saw the fire on the news, we totally freaked...then when LJ was down last night, we were totally convinced that everything was gone. We were uber-bummed. =( SpeakEasy ruled...it sucks that it's gone. *Sad Linny*
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[User Picture]From: herbie
2001-05-19 04:36 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry such a cool place burned down - my condolences as wel as hopes that they are able to rebuild good quick.

Perhaps LJ ought to have some servers hosted somewhere else? Like accross the country? I believe a good portion of your userbase is also around east coast, specifically DC/Baltimore Metro Area. I know of a few pretty sweet server hosing places here, and have a friend who owns a web-hosting service who is a member of LJ. He might be able to give you dedicated server hosting, and their rates are fairly low, I believe.

If you did host some machines here, you could sync them up both 9ouch - what a bitch that'll be.

I've got some ideas on how we might keep some redundant LJ systems up. Email me if you're interested in talking about it - aprotim@sanyal.com

Take care.
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[User Picture]From: jhf
2001-05-20 02:00 pm (UTC)
This might be a good idea; if the database were lost many people would lose personal stuff that could not be recovered.

I hope this is not the wrong place to ask this, but does LJ have off-site backups? I don't imagine someone is going to Speakeasy and taking out any removeable media copies of the database; it sounds like a real pain.
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-05-20 02:10 pm (UTC)
I periodically copy data over to my home machine where I have a RAID aray, for safe keeping.
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[User Picture]From: dl
2001-05-19 04:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah...
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/134297152_fire19m.html

They interviewed me right after it happened. Everyone was accounted for and got out ok. I think it was the most difficult thing to be seeing - Mike was numb, Al was crying everyone was in shock looking for everyone else...

I was totally freaking out last night.
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[User Picture]From: feline
2001-05-19 10:03 pm (UTC)
I'm glad no one got hurt. I was attempting to get back to my hotel in Redmond from the Capital Hill area when I saw all the firetrucks & the ambulances. It wasn't until I read my mail this morning that I found out what happened.
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