My learned colleague Liana Lehua serves at the studios of Podango Productions in San Francisco. On October 4th she went radio silent on Twitter. As I feared something to be wrong I recently attempted to make contact.
From what I can gather, Liana is at UCLA Medical dealing with an unknown illness. I fear this may be related to her being admitted to UMC during BlogWorldExpo after fainting at a party. When we had the chance to talk to Liana off the record I did state at BlogWorldExpo that the crew here would be available to help her if she wished such. We still are quite willing to relocate to help keep Podango running.
Podango Productions appears set to liquidate its entire studio in the coming week. If this is the same physical problem that plagued Liana at BlogWorldExpo, then it has been quite a few weeks in which nobody has been able to figure out what is wrong. All in all, this is not a good situation.
The whole New Media landscape in the US would be taking a significant blow if Podango vanished. Key things they provided for various content producers were guidance as well as aid in professionally producing content. Right now they're one of the few vendors out there that provides this sort of service to those who need it. While my crew is able to do some of this on a contract basis we don't nearly have the hardware and facilities to fully match such.
I ask prayers for Liana that she may be restored in health. Right now this is a scary time for her and her family. That health crisis has also put Podango into a crisis. The whole matter is quite messy to say the least.
I really do not want to get into a discussion of theodicy at this point. All I can say is that the situation sucks mightily.