Ok... To summarize: The site ran poorly for the past few days because our fileserver lost a HD and was struggling with what it had left in the RAID array. That HD has now been replaced, rebuilt, and is running strong.
Prior to setting up the new fileserver, NG had a big problem with NFS resets - where the webservers re-mount their drives several times per minute. Currently, 80% of the servers only have an NFS reset every 90 seconds or so (which isn't too bad), while the other 20% are having a whole bunch of resets every minute (which is bad). This means that if the site runs poorly for you, it is most likely because you are hitting those servers. They are actually more recent servers, so the only problem we can think of now is that the new kernels need to be replaced with old kernels. More news on that later.
For now, get back to reading the ALIEN HOMINID INTERVIEW at Gamezone! There are new pics there... Hopefully the better quality pics will be up soon!