Juilliard says it never blocked Slipped Disc

Juilliard says it never blocked Slipped Disc


norman lebrecht

February 01, 2018

A senior executive has sent us a friendly denial of our previous story:

Reading your blog from my desk at Juilliard this morning (as I often do and have for years!) and eager to clarify – Juilliard doesn’t block (and has never blocked!) access to Slipped Disc! 

Based on some informal polling, it sounds as though some our students and faculty are trying to access your site through slippeddisc.com (two “d’s”), rather than the correct address slippedisc.com, which loads for all of us without a problem.  I’m checking with our CTO as to whether there could be some other technical issue, as well as why the incorrect slippeddisc.comdomain is posing problems both here and off campus (malware?), but please note this is most certainly not an editorial choice on the part of Juilliard management, as my colleagues and I have been able to access your blog without a hitch in recent days / months / years.

Well, that’s really good to know.


  • Been Here Before says:

    A dialogue from the film Shipping News (2001):

    Billy: It’s finding the center of your story, the beating heart of it, that’s what makes a reporter. You have to start by making up some headlines. You know: short, punchy, dramatic headlines. Now, have a look, what do you see?

    [Points at dark clouds at the horizon]

    Billy: Tell me the headline.

    Quoyle: Horizon Fills With Dark Clouds?

    Billy: Imminent Storm Threatens Village.

    Quoyle: But what if no storm comes?

    Billy: Village Spared From Deadly Storm.

  • Robert Fitzpatrick says:

    I just typed in “slippeddisc.com” from Paris and got an offer from GODADDY to buy the name for my new website. Shall I ?

  • AndyHat says:

    There is definitely a problem with slippedisc.com (with one “d”) returning 403 Forbiddens based on the incoming IP address. Looks like Cloudflare is somehow triggering perhaps? At any rate, something you definitely want to take up with your ISP (since I’m pretty sure my home IP address is not in fact contributing to a denial-of-service attack on slippedisc, but I’ve been unable to access slippedisc.com for several months.)

    Below is what I get when I do a manual HTTP connect (with cookie blanked for safety and HTML markup removed so it’ll actually post). You’ll note I get a 403 Forbidden from which reports itself as a Cloudflare server (so it’s definitely nothing on my network).

    C:\> telnet http://www.slippedisc.com 80
    Connected to http://www.slippedisc.com.
    Escape character is ‘^]’.
    GET / HTTP/1.1
    Host: http://www.slippedisc.com

    HTTP/1.1 403 Forbidden
    Date: Thu, 01 Feb 2018 19:03:22 GMT
    Content-Type: text/html
    Transfer-Encoding: chunked
    Connection: keep-alive
    Set-Cookie: __cfduid=xxx; expires=Fri, 01-Feb-19 19:03:22 GMT; path=/; domain=.slippedisc.com; HttpOnly
    Vary: Accept-Encoding
    Last-Modified: Tue, 07 Mar 2017 20:26:57 GMT
    MS-Author-Via: DAV
    Server: cloudflare
    CF-RAY: xxx-IAD

    403 Forbidden
    You do not have permission to access this document.
    Web Server at slippedisc.com

    • Ravi Narasimhan says:

      I’ve had Cloudflare report issues with this site from time to time as well as well occasional short term connection problems.

      Looks like Juilliard is in the clear and has responded tactfully to a heated accusation.

  • Glerb says:

    Say sorry, Norman. Go on, I bet you can’t.

  • Yo Mama says:

    Press means never having to say you’re sorry.

  • Paul Wells says:

    I very much enjoyed the two-minute hate over at the other post. Doesn’t really matter who gets designated, there are plenty of people willing to declare it’s wicked/ cowardly/ collapsing/ too old/ too young/ hidebound/ trend-obsessed/ tarty/ dowdy. More false accusations please! People need to blow off steam.

  • Wai kit Leung says:

    On the other hand, the IDRS (International Double Reed Society), whose executives are almost exclusively American, banned me from their Facebook page for posting several Slipped Disc articles there.