The Lost Twin

A Half-scale WTC tower in Oklahoma:

For the BOk building, Yamasaki reprised the scheme of a Twin Tower at almost exactly half the scale: 52 stories and 667 feet tall, to the Twin Towers’ 110 floors (1,362 and 1,368 feet). It has 31 steel perimeter columns per side, to the Twin Towers’ 59, producing the same eye-boggling vertical lines on each face. (As Jean Baudrillard noted of the more famous pair, well before its destruction, it is “blind,” with no side presenting a facade.) The BOk, too, has a bilevel lobby, whose height is matched by arched windows. But the arches are big and round, like a child’s plain wooden building blocks, rather than the Venetian Gothic ogees that, in the World Trade Center, flowed directly into the perimeter columns.

I am surprised that the Tulsa tower is not better known as a surviving relation of the World Trade Center, that it hasn’t turned into a site of folk devotion to 9/11. Although I grew up in Tulsa, I discovered the link belatedly, just a couple of years ago. As a child, despite being fascinated by famous tall buildings, I don’t think I ever noticed the likeness. To me, they were both just what big buildings looked like.

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Server Issues

Update 2:

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Currently have 3 support tickets open. Not a happy Dreamhost customer at the moment. Here’s what’s happened.

This blog has grown to the point where shared hosting is no longer a feasible option. On Friday, Dreamhost moved this site to a VPS with a scalable memory/processor option. Within 24 hours, I was maxed out at 2 Gigs of memory and the site was slow to the point where I could barely get on, nevermind update. I put in a support ticket and I got a quick response saying:

If you like I can try installing our process watcher (it runs on shared
hosting machines and will kill runaway processes you have). Bear in mind
though it’s not a fix (really you would want to find and disable
inefficient code or any loops you have that might be causing the resource
usage).

Since sending them an email to tell them to start the process watcher, the memory usage has doubled (before that it was using a measly 1.2Gigs of mem) and I’ve deactivated all wordpress plugins. I’ve sent in two more support tickets asking for help in trying to isolate what is causing all the memory usage and so far have received no help from them. My patience is starting to wear thin with their support. I’m currently looking for other hosting, dedicated or vps but I’m still concerned with the amount of memory being used by wordpress. It’s possible that there’s some rogue script that’s eating memory and perhaps a brand new install would work but I’m hoping to get some support from Dreamhost before I make that move.

If anybody has any suggestions, similar experiences, or Zoloft, send me an email at cc@cynical-c.com (email hasn’t had any problems).

Update:

Still having major problems with the site slowing down or not working at all. I’m trying to resolve it through my current host but I have the suspicion that the problem is that this blog has just outgrown what my current host (Dreamhost) is able to handle. If anybody has any suggestions for dedicated hosting that can handle a wordpress blog that gets over 10,000 hits a day, please email me at cc@cynical-c.com.

I’m having some problems with the server. I have a support ticket open and hopefully it’s only a minor hiccup.

17 Ways To Use Tennis Balls

Besides hitting them:

Many household items have earned a spot in the ultimate do-it-yourself toolbox: duct tape, vinegar, lemon juice, aluminum foil, wire hangers; but there’s one multi-task tool that many people might overlook: the tennis ball.

Yes, that furry yellow orb of happiness is good for a myriad of tasks far beyond its typical role of sitting in the bottom of your closet as a continual reminder of your broken New Year’s resolution to get more exercise. In fact, the common tennis ball might be one of the most versatile and useful tools you never knew you had!

To prove my point, here are 17 helpful tips to make a tennis ball serve you (as opposed to the other way around):

The CIA’s “Family Jewels”

The CIA released some historical documents today which were called “Family Jewels”:

The family jewels is the informal name used to refer to a set of reports that detail the illegal activities conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States in a roughly quarter-century period in the 1950s and 1970s.[1] William Colby, who was the CIA director in the mid-1970s and helped in the compilation of the reports, dubbed them the “skeletons” in the CIA’s closet.

Here’s the direct link to the documents.

(via Metafilter)

Top 10 Uses For Used Coffee Grounds

I’ll give you three but click here for the rest.

10. Deodorizer. Dry them out on a cookie sheet and then put them in a bowl in your refrigerator or freezer, or rub them on your hands to get rid of food prep smells.

9. Plant food. Plants such as rosebushes, azaleas, rhododendrons, evergreen and camellias that prefer acidic soils will appreciate the leftovers from your morning cup. Also, grounds can add nutrients to your compost bin.

8. Insect repellant. Sprinkle old grounds around places you don’t want ants, or on the ant piles themselves. The little buggers will move on or stay away. Used grounds are also said to repel snails and slugs.

Puppy Buying Tips

From StopPuppyMills.org:

The first step on the road to pet ownership is to ask yourself some tough questions: Why do you want a puppy? Can you afford one? Are you prepared to take care of a dog every day for his entire life?

If you’ve decided you’re ready for a dog, follow The HSUS’ top five puppy buying tips and you’ll be far more likely to secure a healthy, well-socialized dog who doesn’t drain your emotions or your pocketbook. One, in other words, who doesn’t come from a puppy mill.

(via BB-Blog)