I don’t write posts very often. In fact, I’ve only ever written one before, and I didn’t even post it under my account. That’s because I’m not a doctor or a scientist, I just babysit the server on a volunteer basis.

Trying to keep a site as popular as SBM running on a non-profit budget is no easy feat. Especially when everyone involved has their own day jobs. I’m constantly amazed at the dedication of the SBM staff. The hours everyone puts in writing these posts is nothing short of monumental.

Well, something happened today, and SBM reader and contributor Dr Andrey Pavlov deserves recognition and gratitude.

The technical details are pretty boring, but the main thrust is that an unknown number of readers were unable to access SBM. Everything was working fine on our end. This was a problem somewhere in the Byzantine mess of a certain national-level ISP who shall remain nameless. Before we even knew what was happening, Dr Pavlov took it upon himself to deal with the ISP and get the whole mess sorted out. He even managed to pull off a really impressive magic trick and got the ISP to admit that it was a technical fault on their end.

Again, we don’t know how many people this affected. But thanks to Dr Pavlov’s efforts, the issue has been resolved without me developing a single tech-support-hotline-induced headache.

Dr Pavlov, on behalf of myself and the entire ScienceBasedMedicine crew, you have our sincerest gratitude.

And now, here’s a picture of a hamster wearing a sweater.

Admit it, that’s just adorable.



Posted by drspacemonkey