Things That Make Me So Happy

During my diseased state last week, I did manage to get out my old guitar, shine it up a bit and restring it. Then I managed to play for about a half hour before my fingers started to weep blistery tears. But it was nice to play for a bit. I don’t think I’ve touched it much in the past decade or so. Lack of spare time is the worst part about being grown up. Well, that and every tick of the clock brings you that much closer to death. Oh, and jury duty sucks.

Site Update

After a few hours of using the default theme, I didn’t have any memory spikes and now have moved to a permanent theme which has been running smoothly since upgrading.

I’m guessing that the old theme just had too many bad scripts (I had disabled all plugins which didn’t solve the problem) so I’m sticking with this theme. There are a few adjustments that I’ll make to it when I get a chance.

And now, we’ll resume our regularly scheduled blogging.

Cthulhu Christmas Ornaments

From ThinkGeek:

In ages past, before men walked the Earth, the Elder Gods came to this world – a walking mountain of awful claws and writhing feelers. Some say that, even today, he sits in the sunken city of R’Iyeh, waiting and dreaming. But, dreaming of what? The day when he’ll rise again? Spread madness to the four corners? Bring rise to the Deep One, and continue his war against Hastur the Unspeakable?

Or is he just a huge fan of Egg Nog, Fruit Cake and Charlie Brown Christmas specials? I’m hoping for the latter ’cause we have our own plans for world domination, thank you very much.

More Testing

I’ve put up the default WordPress template since it is basic as it can get without any frills so I can test to see if that has any effect on performance.

I got in this morning and my server was eating up cpu’s again. Since making the change to the the default template, it has been quiet. I’ll keep it up for a few hours this morning to see how it handles the noon traffic.


For those who want to be in on the loop. Here is what my server is looking like right now:

The number you want to look at is the 223628k used which is how much RAM the server is eating. 223MB is about normal for my blog which gets about 500 to 700 hits an hour. It hasn’t gone above 250MB since I put in the default theme which means either:

1. The type of traffic that was giving me problems hasn’t shown up.

2. There’s some script in my old theme which is eating up cpu cycles and memory (the temp theme I used last week was a poor test since I was too quick too add the old theme’s code to it.

3. I dunno. I haven’t thought this far ahead.

I’ll keep this default theme up past noon so I can keep an eye on the memory being used. In the old theme, we would spike past 800Megs throughout the day. I have no idea how to debug a theme so if the memory stays low, I’ll have to find a nice clean efficient theme so I can concentrate more on blogging and not keeping the damn thing from crashing every 20 minutes.