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.
To celebrate the start of 2012, today, we are introducing a new feature: Phish.net Achievements. In the same vein as the hundreds of iOS and Android apps, you can now collect achievement badges from Phish.net. With increased participation and utilization of features on the site, you can earn additional achievements.
Phish.net is one of the largest online Phish communities in the world. By participating, you know you're helping to build a strong community of the most passionate Phish fans out there.
Over time, we expect to significantly expand these features, adding new achievements, individual badges, and hopefully, some rewards for those reaching certain milestones.
You can view your own achievements - or others' - on the user profile page.
Happy 2012, Phish fans! Apologies for being tardy with this better-late-than-never recap, though we assume many of you were also raging/recovering/traveling. Perspectives on the first three shows of the run up to NYE varied widely from total love to moderate puzzlement to mild disappointment. To be fair there has been something to justify all of those opinions; as always, the only opinion that should matter to you is your own. Let’s walk through the action as we finish our trip around the sun and flip the calendar!
Happy New Year and welcome to the 80th installment of the Mystery Jam Monday series here at Phish.net. Hope everyone had a great time at the shows and/or on #couchtour. 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). The hint will come on Tuesday and the answer will be posted on Wednesday. Good luck...
Wednesday Answer: Congrats to Phshrman for correctly ID'ing the 7/30/03 "Scents and Subtle Sounds." If you haven't heard this version, or the whole show really, you should absolutely seek it out. It's a scorcher, "Secret Smile" encore and all. The Blog will be back on Monday with another Mystery Jam.
Anticipation grows with each passing night of Phish’s annual new year’s run. Each night also carries with it the weight of past glories. December 30th holds a special place in Phishstory. On 12/30/93 the band played one of the greatest shows of their career to that point and a show that still holds up eighteen years later. A year later, Phish made their Madison Square Garden debut. The highlights of 12/30/97 are almost too numerous to mention: among them a mesmerizing “AC/DC Bag,” an epic “Harpua,” and two bustouts of “Sneaking Sally.” It’s possible the fog still hasn’t cleared from the 12/30/99 Big Cypress “Mike’s Song” and, more recently, 12/30/09 is one of the finest shows of the band’s 3.0 era. So expectations always run high on December 30th. Sometimes those expectations are met, and other times... not so much.
Thursday night Phish took the stage at Madison Square Garden for the second of four shows to close out 2011. After a first night where most people had very warm reviews, the second night seems to be a bit more puzzling. After a series of passionate emails among staff here at Phish.net last night fits somewhere comfortably between "amazing" and "frustrating." I mean, we certainly used both words with great frequency but upon further review it's hard to pick which end of the level has more weight. I can probably name more "good" moments than "bad" but for some reason I'm left feeling a bit conflicted. Why is that?
You already know that Phish is in the middle of a four night run at Madison Square Garden. Check out a recap of the 28th and keep an eye out for last night's being posted shortly. Feel free to peruse videos of the show, tons of great ones already up. Don't forget our meet up at Hudson Yards Cafe before New Years Eve. We'd love to see you there! If you can't make the show, see you on couch tour! Happy New Year!