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Video Encoding & Other Downtime 2014-01-09 11:18:52


A lot of hardware is getting moved around today while Brendon installs our new storage system and consolidates our rack space. The video encoding server will be down for most of the day, so if you upload a video it will have to wait in the queue until things are back on-line. Sorry for any inconvenience!

Barring unforeseen circumstances, the new storage system will be going live late Sunday night, at which point NG will have around 12 hours of downtime.

When all this is complete, we'll be free of pricey service contracts for our storage system and our co-location bill for rack space will go down. Yay!

In other news, liljim is out of town this week and won't be able to run the Best of December tally until he comes back, so it will be a few more days before those are posted.

EranSh released Chicken Chaser this week. If you're a fan of Castle Crashers and beat'em-ups in general, you'll love it!

There are a bunch of cool games on the front page right now so give them a shot. Also headphoamz made a post about all the latest PC indie games that she has voice acted in so check them out too!

How's 2014 treating you so far?


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Response to Video Encoding & Other Downtime 2014-01-09 11:21:32


Great! Thanks for the news Tom!


Sure, you can extend it, the much is the better.

Response to Video Encoding & Other Downtime 2014-01-09 11:31:53


Premium accounts 2014!

Response to Video Encoding & Other Downtime 2014-01-09 11:35:25


At 1/9/14 11:18 AM, TomFulp wrote: Barring unforeseen circumstances, the new storage system will be going live late Sunday night, at which point NG will have around 12 hours of downtime.

Okay. I'll see if I can find something to do for 12 hours ._.
I can start up Castle Crashers. Though those "Beefy Skeletons" are a pain in the ass.....

When all this is complete, we'll be free of pricey service contracts for our storage system and our co-location bill for rack space will go down. Yay!

Woo! Sounds awesome.

In other news, liljim is out of town this week and won't be able to run the Best of December tally until he comes back, so it will be a few more days before those are posted.

Well that sucks :/ Though I'm in no real rush to see the Best of December.

EranSh released Chicken Chaser this week. If you're a fan of Castle Crashers and beat'em-ups in general, you'll love it!

I'll be sure to check it out!

How's 2014 treating you so far?

It's going okay I suppose. It was really cold here and we didn't have any hot water and our pipes froze for a bit. So in some places we either had cold water or no water.


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Response to Video Encoding & Other Downtime 2014-01-09 11:36:26


goooo headphoamz!
saving money is good too

Response to Video Encoding & Other Downtime 2014-01-09 12:03:43


2014 is going pretty well so far. Thanks for asking!

I was thinking about your last post "Looking backward and looking forward" and it made me think of this dude, Janus, who is the Greek God of beginnings and transitions. He's typically shown with 2 faces, one looking back and one looking forward. January is named after him.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janus

Was your title a subtle reference to him?

I think you're doing a good job of "transitioning" NG. Nobody's perfect, but you've got a long term vision and are small enough and dedicated enough to adapt and absorb the mistakes. I believe you're, rightfully, trying to keep the spirit of the past (looking back), but adapting to current needs (looking forward).

Supporting non-flash stuff, as much as it pains me to admit, is the way to go, so the video support, unity, html 5, and mobile support are HUGE.

I wonder about the NG "image" problem. There are plenty of sites with nsfw stuff that still have mainstream appeal (tumblr for example), but they seem to have cracked the egg of "sharing" their content easily. It's still fairly hard to share my NG stuff outside of linking directly to NG.

I suppose the biggest problem is providing value for exclusive stuff to be hosted ONLY on NG. Apparently the built-in ads aren't paying enough and neither is the exposure factor for the big-timers (who can't be expected to remain loyal to NG exclusively when the traffic isn't there). NG is still great for up-coming talent though because it's so hard to break out on Youtube or independent game channels and getting 5000 to 100k views is a huge break for a new-comer. But I don't know if people are thinking "I need to go to NG to see the newest thing everyone will be talking about" like "The Ultimate Showdown", "There she is", and the Bitey stuff did back in the day. If there were certain things ONLY on NG, then everyone would link to NG to watch/play them from facebook, reddit, twitter, etc. without you even needing a huge presence there. Are you opposed to asking people to make things NG exclusive? Possibly even focusing on the smaller "up and comers" to make some exclusive stuff in a series or something to build their name on NG before branching out?

Sorry for the ramble. Happy New Year!

Response to Video Encoding & Other Downtime 2014-01-09 12:18:18


At 1/9/14 11:18 AM, TomFulp wrote: When all this is complete, we'll be free of pricey service contracts for our storage system and our co-location bill for rack space will go down. Yay!

awesome, awesome.

How's 2014 treating you so far?

so far the new year has been well for me. registering for college is a headache but that will soon resolve. i was called earlier this week for a job interview and today is the day so i am hoping that goes well for me. i have many plans for this month and the next, and i will see to it that i reach my goals.

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At 1/9/14 11:18 AM, TomFulp wrote: at which point NG will have around 12 hours of downtime.

Ah, vacation! :)

How's 2014 treating you so far?

It started out relatively regular, but then one fateful day... I stumbled upon a mystery box in stock! Now it's rocking a lots.

Good news.


Check out the NRC / Hexa #61 (Jun)

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Response to Video Encoding & Other Downtime 2014-01-09 13:30:23


2014, meh.

One more year til hoverboards so that's good..

Response to Video Encoding & Other Downtime 2014-01-09 13:33:21


At 1/9/14 12:35 PM, Cyberdevil wrote: It started out relatively regular, but then one fateful day... I stumbled upon a mystery box in stock! Now it's rocking a lots.

Good news.

Awe snap, it's rare one of those things are available! I'd like to get one, but I'm worried some of the things I left behind at NG HQ last year, will be sent straight back to me! Make a post in General after it shows up, yeah?


Vault 101 I have many old and deleted Flash submissions, PM me the filename, maybe I got it.

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Response to Video Encoding & Other Downtime 2014-01-09 13:47:12


So this mean Newgrounds will be off line for 12 hours?


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Response to Video Encoding & Other Downtime 2014-01-09 13:51:33


At 1/9/14 11:31 AM, Tony-DarkGrave wrote: Premium accounts 2014!

If you mean the 2014 Supporter Upgrades, yes please. I'd like to make my yearly donation to the Newgrounds staff, but I'm going to need a brand new bro-fist in return!

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At 1/9/14 01:33 PM, VicariousE wrote: Awe snap, it's rare one of those things are available! I'd like to get one, but I'm worried some of the things I left behind at NG HQ last year, will be sent straight back to me! Make a post in General after it shows up, yeah?

Snap of awe indeed. :P Yeah, definitely. Need to post that art I got from yurgenburgen too...


Check out the NRC / Hexa #61 (Jun)

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Response to Video Encoding & Other Downtime 2014-01-09 14:14:49


At 1/9/14 12:03 PM, BoMToons wrote: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janus

Was your title a subtle reference to him?

IIRC Janus is the god of war and peace by derivative, so maybe shit's about to go down or be resolved.

Will the door of NG be opened for war or closed for peace?

Response to Video Encoding & Other Downtime 2014-01-09 14:36:02


2014 has been magical for me. :D


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At 1/9/14 12:03 PM, BoMToons wrote: I wonder about the NG "image" problem. There are plenty of sites with nsfw stuff that still have mainstream appeal (tumblr for example), but they seem to have cracked the egg of "sharing" their content easily. It's still fairly hard to share my NG stuff outside of linking directly to NG.

Tom kinda covered this last year, but I'm with you - there has to be a way to get more and better advertisers on board, as well as making the 18+ thing legit, without having to split the whole site up.

Are you opposed to asking people to make things NG exclusive? Possibly even focusing on the smaller "up and comers" to make some exclusive stuff in a series or something to build their name on NG before branching out?

I'm wondering if Tom could ask us to send some nasty email to Verizon and Cogent, so they can resolve this Netflix/bandwidth throttling issue, so my connection to NG doesn't resemble what it was, when I first joined up here |: It really is that bad. Whose doorstep do I have to poop on to get results?


Vault 101 I have many old and deleted Flash submissions, PM me the filename, maybe I got it.

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Response to Video Encoding & Other Downtime 2014-01-09 15:08:22


At 1/9/14 02:36 PM, VicariousE wrote:
At 1/9/14 12:03 PM, BoMToons wrote: I wonder about the NG "image" problem. There are plenty of sites with nsfw stuff that still have mainstream appeal (tumblr for example), but they seem to have cracked the egg of "sharing" their content easily. It's still fairly hard to share my NG stuff outside of linking directly to NG.
Tom kinda covered this last year, but I'm with you - there has to be a way to get more and better advertisers on board, as well as making the 18+ thing legit, without having to split the whole site up.

I think BOMtoons was making a point about making it easier to share work via Facebook, pinterest, etc., rather than advertising.


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Response to Video Encoding & Other Downtime 2014-01-09 15:11:50


At 1/9/14 11:18 AM, TomFulp wrote: The video encoding server will be down for most of the day, so if you upload a video it will have to wait in the queue until :things are back on-line.

AAahhh that explains it! Been staring at the video encoding 0% and trying to figure out what I'd done wrong! Ahah

How's 2014 treating you so far?

Pretty great - Just finished my most ambitious animation to date yesterday, which I'll post as soon as the video encoder's back online ;)

Response to Video Encoding & Other Downtime 2014-01-09 15:19:52


That's some pretty exciting news to start off the year with! For me personally the year is progressing okay. I decided to change up some things in the house. A new and refreshing start, so that's all good.


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Response to Video Encoding & Other Downtime 2014-01-09 15:29:20


At 1/9/14 03:08 PM, TurkeyOnAStick wrote:
I think BOMtoons was making a point about making it easier to share work via Facebook, pinterest, etc., rather than advertising.

Yeah, I don't think the hosting of the NSFW content is the problem, because lots of other successful sites have that and are still "making it"/being successful.

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2014 is treating me well, it seems.


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Response to Video Encoding & Other Downtime 2014-01-09 16:10:41


At 1/9/14 03:44 PM, mandog wrote:
At 1/9/14 03:29 PM, BoMToons wrote: stuff
Your sig needs to be updated

So does yours.


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Response to Video Encoding & Other Downtime 2014-01-09 16:21:38


Sweet, this may be a good year!


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Response to Video Encoding & Other Downtime 2014-01-09 18:23:32


I wonder what we will see from @WadeFulp this year?!?! Hopefully more weather porn!


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Response to Video Encoding & Other Downtime 2014-01-09 18:28:13


At 1/9/14 12:03 PM, BoMToons wrote: It's still fairly hard to share my NG stuff outside of linking directly to NG.

Right. From my general observations of the site, Newgrounds has primarily been a site where artists can showcase their work, not necessarily share it outside of NG. The showcasing notion has been at the core of the site since it's origin.

Only up until about a month ago Newgrounds lacked the ability to share content directly onto a web page (i.e. embed). If someone wanted to share their own content that they uploaded to NG they had to link to the content's page. This added an extra step for viewers, right? They had to click the hyperlink to NG, wait for the site to load (which could take a bit of time considering all the images and ads), wait for the content to load, and finally view the content. We know from experience that Internet users feel very entitled to fast loading times so, I imagine this process drew away users who wanted a quick and easy way to share and view content...

Butt yeah, Psychogoldfish announced Content Embedding about a month ago. This is obviously a great step forward towards easily sharing NG content across the webosphere. Let's hope people start utilizing it and begin discussing NG content around the web.


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Response to Video Encoding & Other Downtime 2014-01-09 18:40:20


At 1/9/14 01:49 PM, Amaranthus wrote: so this is why I can't embed videos in my newspost?

Are you talking specifically about YouTube video embeds?

If so, I'll have you know that the YouTube team mucked up the Copy/Paste embed code for their videos. BrenTheMan made a post about this issue and it's solution. :)


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Response to Video Encoding & Other Downtime 2014-01-09 19:45:52


At 1/9/14 11:26 AM, CrazyRock wrote: Oh boy!

But come on, announce the Lit Portal already.

You know you want to :3

At this point the Lit Portal is all I care about, too.

But cheers for the less expensive way of doing things!


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At 1/9/14 06:23 PM, ZJ wrote: I wonder what we will see from @WadeFulp this year?!?! Hopefully more weather porn!

You know, I almost forgot about that! I should've said something to him about it last year, Oh well, plenty more opportunities for wx pron this year, but I doubt he'll be as creative as this....

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Response to Video Encoding & Other Downtime 2014-01-09 20:40:29


At 1/9/14 12:03 PM, BoMToons wrote: I wonder about the NG "image" problem. There are plenty of sites with nsfw stuff that still have mainstream appeal (tumblr for example), but they seem to have cracked the egg of "sharing" their content easily. It's still fairly hard to share my NG stuff outside of linking directly to NG.

It drives me nuts how sites like Tumblr have gotten away with it while NG has been eternally punished for having a lax censorship policy. Since being bought by Yahoo, I heard they took some steps such as no longer allowing search indexing of pages with adult content (when they find them at least)... But still the main reason it seems to work is everything is so... Is insular the right word? Everyone's page is their own and no one holds Tumblr responsible for what is on it.

I suppose the biggest problem is providing value for exclusive stuff to be hosted ONLY on NG. Apparently the built-in ads aren't paying enough and neither is the exposure factor for the big-timers (who can't be expected to remain loyal to NG exclusively when the traffic isn't there). NG is still great for up-coming talent though because it's so hard to break out on Youtube or independent game channels and getting 5000 to 100k views is a huge break for a new-comer. But I don't know if people are thinking "I need to go to NG to see the newest thing everyone will be talking about" like "The Ultimate Showdown", "There she is", and the Bitey stuff did back in the day. If there were certain things ONLY on NG, then everyone would link to NG to watch/play them from facebook, reddit, twitter, etc. without you even needing a huge presence there. Are you opposed to asking people to make things NG exclusive? Possibly even focusing on the smaller "up and comers" to make some exclusive stuff in a series or something to build their name on NG before branching out?

In the past I never liked to push exclusivity because I didn't want people to think of NG as having limited their options. When you create something it can feel like there is no real price to put on it because you don't know what it's potential is, so it's nice if you can do deals that give you flexibility and freedom into the future. Nowadays though if we got ad revenue up and I had the opportunity, I would be down for doing more stuff with lengthier windows of exclusivity, since that is definitely what we're missing right now. Hopefully the new video ads will create better opportunities for everyone.

Also I didn't know about that whole January thing but now I'll have to keep that in mind!


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Response to Video Encoding & Other Downtime 2014-01-09 20:41:46


At 1/9/14 01:49 PM, Amaranthus wrote: so this is why I can't embed videos in my newspost?

Nah that's something else. If it's YouTube, they changed their embed code and it's failing our whitelist check. liljim will be able to fix that when he's back.


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