Archive for September 2008

Post #1,501

Wow, that’s a lot of posts. Why do I blog again? Oh yeah. “I blog for me.”

You know what would be a fun art car at burning man?

Rick T wrote me today….

Subject: You know what would be a fun art car at buning man?

A hovercraft.

It would be like our own portable dust storm!

Beautiful. :-)

I’m enjoying more and more. I think I most enjoy the calm yet loving interest that our presenter has introducing each product in each video. He loves his job… it isn’t a job at all.


Qtpfsgui is an open source High Dynamic Range image program. I gotta try it sometime soon. Grr, I don’t have any images in my collection that I can just shove through it… I need a set of exposure bracketed images taken from a tripod.

Senator Kohl of Wisconsin on Cell Phone Text Rates

I came across this livejournal post a couple weeks ago. In it, Brad Fitzpatrick links to a letter (local copy) by Senator Kohl of Wisconsin saying how cell phone providers should be ashamed of how expensive text messages have gotten

…Since 2005, the cost for a consumer to send or receive a text message over each of your services has increased by 100%. Text messages were commonly priced at 10 cents per message sent or received in 2005. As of the end of the month, the rate per text message will have increased to 20 cents on all four wireless carriers…

I wrote the following comment on Brad’s blog but since he hasn’t made me a “trusted commenter”… here’s what I originally had to say on the matter: (read the comments, my stance has changed)

I went to to verify the claim that text rates have increased. Not only could I not verify it, but I found so many incredible new features, I think I might get a new phone to use them…. AT&T Navigator (turn by turn GPS directions for <$10/month), unlimited internet for $15, 200 texts for $5 (that’s 1/2 the cost of my current $0.05 alacarte texting, maybe I’ll start Twittering), live streaming video from my phone for $5/month…

What is your senator talking about?? It would seem that your senator is a panderer and/or can’t figure out how to use the AT&T website.


Apparently I’ve been stumbled-upon.
They sure like them funnies.

Super-Cache is working fine. Though I’ve gotten a few core dumps today. Figuring out what’s causing that will be a bother….

update 3pm: cores still dumping :-(. Just hit 30,000 views of “Motivational Posters” today. It’s funny how the rest of the site isn’t being visited at all; short attention span theater, eh?

update 9-23-08 10am: I upped the Super Cache settings to Garbage Collection every 5,000 requests, set a few pages to be Directly Cached files (Motivational Posters, The Amazing Power of Makeup, homepage). And there hasn’t been a core since last night. 41,000 hits to Motivational Posters so far today, 2,500 to The Amazing Power of Makeup.

update 9-24-08 2pm: I normally use about 1 gigabyte of web traffic per day. This Stumble-upon has brought that to 150 gigabytes/day and 150 thousand page requests/day for the last 2 days. Dreamhost allows me 7 terabytes/month so I should be fine for bandwidth. My Apache Analog stats says that I’ve had only a couple hundred failed file serves out of the approximately 6 million file requests in the last couple days, which is shows Dreamhost is handling the traffic fine.

Since upping the Super Cache Settings, I’ve gotten just 1 core dump at 23:59 last night. I’m guessing that garbage collection and bad luck conspire to cause a core dump every now and then.