Dear Reader,

We are back, and https ready. Feel free to update your bookmark.

Yet, we are not fully functional, the design and layout got screwed up, various plug-ins not working, … etc.

We’ll get there.


happy new year

Dear Reader,

Happy new year and a healthy and prosperous 2018. May it turn out better than you hope.

While everyone was celebrating, I spent some time preparing Diablog for the future. Mainly, because as of this year some browsers show red warning messages, if you try to connect to a website without SSL encryption. If you navigate to a site with http instead of https, that is flagged as insecure. Think of it as http being communication via postcard, while https is a letter in a sealed envelope.

That of course makes perfect sense, if you are entering private data on a website. You should not trust a shopping site, or banking, an airline, etc. without SSL. But it makes less sense, if you are visiting a website for reading only, like Diablog. But, since many users are uninformed, and the red flag might scare them, and prevent visits, I decided to switch to https.

That requires getting a certificate. Those used to cost around £40. Thanks to letsencrypt one can get a certificate free of charge now. Thanks, guys!

What sounds easy and nice in theory, turned out to be a nightmare.

First, our server software needed an upgrade for letsencrypt. Upgrading destroyed the website. Going back required restoring the server from a backup, which can take hours. When eventually the upgrade was done and fixed, installing the certificate destroyed the website again. So we were back to square one, restoring from backup. After days and countless hours I was ready to throw in the towel.

As Glynsky hadn’t bothered to post much during 2017, I asked him by the end of December, whether it was worth the hustle. First he said no. And I prepared to scrap Then I got a break and managed to install the upgrade without destroying the website. Still, installing the certificate did. Then Glynsky said he would be sad to see it go. Just then we got the server upgraded, and the website website restored without losing the content. Then we got the certificated installed and managed to get the website back.

Now the only problem we are left with is, the https isn’t working yet. But I guess, we shall figure that out too. I’ll keep you posted.

In the meantime, we can be glad the whole mess prevented us from having to listen to Glynsky’s usual xmas mayhem, aka what he calls Christmas songs. One has to be thankful for the small things, I guess.

So, I apologize for the inconvenience, best of luck for 2018,

Engine Room




I came across this recently and it fascinated me, more especially now that everyone is talking about plastic pollution etc., since the Blue Planet series has been televised. Will it really get built?

Official Launch of the Ocean Phoenix Project

  • Published on Published on February 21, 2016
Christophe J. Poizat

Christophe J. Poizat

Very happy to share with the community we have now launched phase 1 of the Ocean Phoenix Project.

SAS OCEAN PHOENIX is proud to present the concept of a giant factory-ship capable of eradicating the layers of plastic waste in the North Pacific Ocean and other Oceans around the world.

The design of this giant factory-ship, named “Ocean Phoenix”, enables the retrieval, compression and packing of ocean pollution in accordance with road transportation regulations. Each of these steps will take place on the Ocean Phoenix itself, prior to the transferal of the aforementioned waste to an accompanying support vessel, which will transport it onshore for recycling.

The Ocean Phoenix does not discriminate between shipping containers, multi-ton logs (occasionally found where currents converge), plastic waste (and other forms of debris) as well as plastic microbeads, practically the size of plankton.

The Ocean Phoenix’s technical specifications are impressive: 360m in length and 115m in width (the size of two supertankers side by side).

Designed by Serge Menard, the Ocean Phoenix concept is patented (patent delivered in France in 2013 and extended internationally in 2015).

If you wish to support our mission, please visit our website for further details: