Not that anyone will notice, but this site has been migrated away from Media Temple’s grid server to a small VPS. If you’ve ever tried to run a Drupal site on “the grid”, I’m pretty sure you know why I’ve moved. Media Temple’s mysql performance, unless you purchase a “mysql container”, is dismal at best. This site, which was running pretty bare-bones as far Drupal module usage goes, was taking up to four seconds for each page to load when logged in since the database queries took a horrendously long time. I’d been on Media Temple since way back (when they still offered old-school shared hosting), and I think I was much more pleased with the service/performance/price level then, and have been just suffering through things silently as they’ve segued into “the grid”.
This isn’t as random as it may seem. The machine we used to strip the rinds from the nuts was actually called “The Wizard”; it’s name embossed on the large gear that turned cylinder inside of it.
One little project that I wanted to get done on this site was to have the monthly archive links (over there on the left) load a list of post titles via AJAX and list them underneath the month when clicked. For some reason, I thought this was how Blogger was set up, but I can’t seem to find any pages that work that way. This was a fairly straight forward project that took about 2 hours (or something like that—work, eating, and all that stuff makes me unable to time things correctly).
Redoing this site has forced me to re-assess my portfolio. It’s not as strong as it should be, and I need to do something about that quick. Of the pieces I’ve had on this site for the last few years, I think I still like about three, and that’s unacceptable. Of course, I’ve been in semi-retirement/hiding for about five years, so it’s a little like walking into a house you lived in a half-decade ago, and realize how memory has distorted your perception and looking at things with fresh eyes, you realize how much it was falling apart when you left it.
It’s done. At least it’s done enough to work. The design’s not quite what I had in mind from the get-go, but it works well enough for me. (This isn’t to say that it works on Internet Explorer, but, fact of the matter is, it’s almost a miracle that anything does.)