Fiddling

I’m doing some backend stuff to try to deal with some of the slowness I’ve been noticing on the site. This may result in some short-term wonkiness with the site. If that happens to you, don’t panic. It’s not you, it’s me.

17 Comments on “Fiddling”

  1. That’s what /she/ said!

    (sorry, was obligatory)

  2. changterhune – Before you hear lies from Chang Terhune himself, we thought we’d tell you the truth: without us, his old action figures, he’d be nowhere. He loved science fiction from way back and began reading it at an early age, but it was through us that he acted it all out. That’s what led to the writing. He watched a lot of science fiction shows like Star Trek, U.F.O, and movies, too. But we were always there to do his bidding. And it’s like they say: you always forget about the little people on your way up. Oh, the 70’s and early 80’s with him were good times! He’d use these blocks and make all the crazy buildings for us to be in his stories. I gotta say the kid’s imagination was pretty damn fertile. Oh, he had friends, but they just weren’t into it like him. He was like the Lance Armstrong of action figures. And of science fiction. At first, when he began writing in the eighth grade, we didn’t mind. He still made time for us. And we knew that when he was holding us in his sweaty little hands and he got that far off look in his eye, he’d come back to burying us in the back yard or - god forbid! – blowing us up with firecrackers. But it was worth it for a part in one of those stories. We loved him for it. He kept us around even when we were minus a leg or two - or even a head. In that mind of his, he found a use for all of us. Then he discovered girls. October, 1986. It was like the end of the world. One day we’re standing in the middle of this building block creation he’d pretended was some marble city on a planet near Alpha Centauri and the next we were stuck in a box in the closet. Not even a “See ya later!” Nope, it was into the closet, then we heard some high-pitched girly-giggles then silence. We didn’t see him for years. We got word about him once in a while. Heard he took up writing, but it was crap like “The Breakfast Club” only with better music. We couldn’t believe it. Not Charlie. What happened to those aliens with heads he’d sculpted out of wax? Spaceships? Those complex plots? All gone. For what? You guessed it: Girls. Emotions. “Serious fiction.” I tell you, it was like hearing Elvis had left the building. During our two decade exile in the closet, we heard other things about him. He went to college. He wrote a lot, but not much he really liked. We knew it even then. It was like he didn’t dare write science fiction. Some of us had lost hope and just lay there. Others kept vigil, hoping for a day we didn’t dare speak about. Then we heard he’d stopped writing in 1996. Did he come to reclaim us? No. He took up music for ten years or so. He took up yoga. Once in a while, he’d visit us in the closet. But it was half-hearted. His mind was elsewhere. Then one day, he really did come back for us. One second we’re in the dark and the next thing we know we’re in a car headed for Massachusetts. Suddenly we got a whole shelf to ourselves out in broad daylight! Then he bought a bunch of others form some planet called Ebay. He’d just sit and stare at us with that old look. But why were we suddenly back in the picture? He had a wife now, who didn’t mind that he played with us. So what had happened? Turns out he’d never forgotten about those stories. He’d been thinking about all of us and the stories he’d made up and then remembered he’d been a writer once. From the shelf we could see him typing away. Before long he’s got a whole novel together! Then he’s working on another one. Word is there are two more in the planning stages! Some short stories, too! It’s good to see him using his imagination again. Its good to know he never abandoned us. He returned to his true love of science fiction. We hear the stories are pretty good. Someday we’ll get one of the cats to score us a copy of the manuscript. Man, it’s good to be out of the damn closet! --- I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me
    Chang, pendulous

    HEH~ You said “backend.” It’s… It’s….

    Oh, it’s incredible how bored I am.

  3. Hadn’t noticed slowness as much as the random occasional server error when trying to pull up individual blog posts. The RSS feed would generally pull up fine, and would have the full post content, but trying to directly access the site made things all kersplodey.

  4. Yeah, server errors are the major problem at the moment. I’m trying to figure out whether it’s me or if it’s my host provider. I do know it’s happening with greater frequency particularly in the last couple of weeks, which does not inspire confidence. Fortunately I did just back up my database.

  5. 500 errors are because your sql server can’t keep up with the traffic / wordpress, and these are the errors that I’m (personally) getting on Whatever. I’m finding that my own sites are having trouble with wordpress’s shoddy sql when they get spikes. I’ve tried a few different caching systems, but none of them work as well as I would like. Mind you, I’m only getting around 2 million page hits a day, which I would imagine is significantly lower then your own site.

    if you happen to find something that prints out the individual pages to html, I’d love to hear about it. Also, I’d love to hear an after action report on your activities tonight in dealing with these problems, either in a dedicated post or just a response in these comments.

    Also: I would love for you to add a method of receiving notifications of new comments on Whatever after I leave mine. I personally use Subscribe to comments, but I’m sure there others out there.

  6. tiki god:

    The site is using wp-cache, which should be handling most of the load issues, and which in fact has handled them before. So that’s not the problem.

  7. Its a secret denial of service attack from the Night Ranger Legion.

  8. Or, you could go back in time and re-edit your books so that they stink and you don’t gain teeming masses of fans.
    That should clear up some bandwidth

  9. It’s not you, it’s me

    Yeah, I know. My network connection just flickered in and out – quit monkeying around with stuff, you’re screwing up the internet

  10. 8. # Chris – Its a secret denial of service attack from the Night Ranger Legion.

    I *KNEW* it! They won’t leave the Journey fans alone!!!

    Curse them! They know theirs is the inferior music – that’s why they attack!!!

  11. Ah, good for me it’s you, not so good for you it’s you.

    Thought it was my provider’s latest round of free “improvements” to my DSL service.

    Good luck with the fix.

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