This post is intended to act as a sort of sonar ping into the web rather than to provide substantive information, but members of the Octopus Overlords forum and community who are interested in its fate should visit the site. It isn't back up yet, but there is an update on the front page which is highly encouraging of a return to operation in a very short time. It appears Rip has resolved his server problems, and only database transfer remains.
More encouraging news comes from Zack in our forum, who had sites with the same provider. Zack informs us that both of his sites are back online.