[This week's Video of the Week entry was written by Dave Lutz, @slavephan. Thanks Dave! Have a favorite video that you'd like to blog about? Feel free to let us know, we are always looking for contributions!]
Winter tour of 2003 had brought everyone back out of the wood work. After more than a year and a half with no Phish, it seemed that everyone I talked to was ready and rearing to go on tour. After an initial brief romp in MSG and 3 nights in Hampton, finally, the band was back…but not just back for a few nights – Phish would play 11 dates across the country to the delight of the many who had been missing them tremendously. After over a decade with near-constant touring, none of us had experienced such a long time without Phish, so this tour was certainly one to celebrate.
One of the staple topics of Phish discussion on the internet as far back as I can remember, when I first got internet access and hopped onboard the old “rec.music.phish” newsgroup in 1994, is “scalping” and the extreme dislike for those engaged in reselling Phish tickets for well above “face”.
People were complaining then about “scalpers” and three digit prices being asked for tickets to the sold-out Halloween show at my hometown hockey rink, the Glens Falls Civic Center (capacity 5,500), during Phish “1.0’s” meteoric rise in popularity in those years.
Another Monday, another Mystery Jam here at Phish.net. As usual, we will be playing for a free MP3 download, courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. The rules haven't changed: you need to correctly identify the song and the date to win. Post your guess in the comments. One guess per person per day (with the second “day” starting after I post the hint). A hint will be posted on Tuesday (if necessary) and the answer will be posted on Wednesday. Good luck...
Tuesday Hint: Alas, no hint necessary this week.
Wednesday Answer: Congrats to cerqs for nailing the 6/8/95 "Tweezer" in near-record time. The blog will be back on Manday with MJM82...
As "Mike's Song" ends, the music gets very quiet as the crowd tries to decipher what song will be inside this "Groove's" sandwich. "The Great Gig in the Sky" was played quite often in 1993. It was already the ninth appearance since its debut on 3/14/93 and the fourth following a "Mike's". The last appearance this song ever made was the famed 11/02/1998 show in Utah where Phish played Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety to a very small audience. Fishman is featured on the vacuum and vocals.
Every Friday, we highlight a video with a brief recap of the show it is from and what makes it interesting, noteworthy or simply fun. With the help of Dan Saewitz from Phishvids.com, we hope to keep the stream of videos coming at you entertaining and interesting. Have a cool video you’d like to suggest? Interested in contributing a review yourself? Submit ideas here.
From time to time, people ask me to post something about the technology behind Phish.net. I'd started writing this piece several times, but ultimately, never completed it. Given the problems that Phish.net experienced in the last few days, it seemed the right time to share not only a little bit about how we can host a site that sustains an onslaught of traffic during shows, but also powers our Phish.net API and, in turn, sites around the internet.
As Phish.net has grown in breadth and size, the codebase has ballooned into a major project. There are thousands of users - often tens of thousands of concurrent users - during shows. Maintaining a site of this size can be unwieldy. There are currently over a quarter of a million lines of PHP and CSS, over 700,000 lines of code altogether that make up Phish.net and its services (including the API, the administrative backend, the mobile site, etc). Read on for the painfully technical details.