March 18th, 2011

giles black

All the clouds turn to words.

I still haven't finished meeting my obligations from last summer's charity auction (no, I have not forgotten, am still chugging), so I may not get involved in another one. But there is one going on if you're so inclined: help_japan. We've had a lot of humanitarian crises in the last year, but this one is staggering in scope. You might, however, want to consider how to make sure your donation is effective.
Spammity spam: Livejournal is once again in hot water with Spamhaus for hosting known spam sites and doing nothing about it for weeks. This is why your notifications/PMs/etc were getting spamblocked. It's not clear why our new Russian overlords are doing nothing. It is clear that LJ is slowly dying as a site for fannish journals, and there really isn't a replacement out there. Tumblr's pretty unsatisfying for what fans do on LJ. Ah, well, it'll take a few more years to crumble.

Random: A plea for baked weblogs. I don't get why people need databases to serve blog content. What's dynamic about it? This is one reason why my fic archive tool design uses a database as a local cache for generating/regenerating static pages. It's possible to be blazingly fast serving static pages. It takes a lot of work to make sql-backed pages serve quickly. And if you're using ORMs & heavyweight frameworks, you probably have no idea why your sql-backed pages are rendering slowly. And how freaking often does that content actually change? Never, compared to how often it's being served. What's more you have a really clear bottleneck to use for regeneration: the moment when the user adds a new post/story/whatever. You can take seconds to regenerate then and it's fine, there's no expectation of instant response.

Witter witter: Let's see, what else? Wrote 2000 words of rather Buffy/Xander-ish kink fic yesterday, in a surprising burst of id-tastic activity. The world clamors for this, I know. In the sense of "not at all". Especially the Buffy/Oz/Xander bits. (I have mentioned this story before.) I guess I just needed a break from the serious stuff. Where by "serious" I mean that stories where concerns about craft slow me down. I need to stop taking everything seriously. WTB sense of play.

Okay, back to work now. /irony
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