Enlightenment & adult growth spurts

Now with counter-productive temper tantrums!

My five year old daughter gets cooler every day. She’s so much more fun than she was back when she was just this adorable little chub with bright blue eyes and curly blond hair.

And yet, she can be a mean, vindictive, little cuss. Daily.

We’ve come to realize that her growth spurts are preceded with attitude and drama. Every. Time.

And it’s only natural. She’s constantly soaking up an inordinate amount of information, processing it with whatever means she has, and adapting her worldview/life-model to suit.

You can imagine how frustrating this must be. These are challenging times. She knows she’s about to figure something out. It’s on the tip of her tongue—but she’s just not there yet.

And, boy, does it piss her off.

But once things click, she goes right back to being her wonderful, amazing self. She’s better, smarter, stronger than she was before. And that’s exciting to see.

And if you think about it, growth spurts like that continue on throughout our lives.

As we soak up inordinate amounts of information, processing it with whatever means we have, and adapting our worldview/life-model to suit, it can get damned frustrating.

Eyes on the prize, though. It’s probably a good idea to consider the times when we’re completely fed up at our wits’ end adult growth spurts.

Something wonderful is going to happen.

You’re just not ready yet.

Keep trying.

GBXM was down for an entire day. Ugh.

Silver linings, though.

Here’s what happened…

I kept getting downtime alerts, so I wrote in to DreamHost support, asking them to look into it and let me know what, if anything, I needed to do to see better uptime. I’ve been with DreamHost since 2007, and they’ve always done right by me.

Discovering the downtime was caused by memory limits, they doubled server resources and re-enabled php FastCGI Process Manager (FPM). Long story short, I’ve changed hosting plans half a dozen times in the last three years and one of those hens came home to roost.

In the process of making all those changes to the setup, FPM apparently got completely reset. So when DreamHost re-enabled it, a missing parameter resulted in a bunch of 404 – Not Found errors because something was inserting “php.fcgi” into all the URLs.

Hindsight being what it is, this coulda-woulda-shoulda been a quick fix. Except I had almost 10 years of less-than-ideal file management going on. Believe it or not, I actually had TWO versions of EVERYTHING—including TWO complete backups for each. Some of those old, long forgotten files were compromised, distracting from the root cause of my downtime.

DreamHost asked me to review and address the suspect files. I started deleting things at lunch yesterday, paused for the drive home, and then let FileZilla run all night long.

When the sun came up this morning, I’d deleted over 16GB worth of bullshit.

On a 30GB hosting plan, that’s not insignificant—I’m back down to 12GB.

This SNAFU messed up my schedule for the week. But better it happened now than during Next Level Gearhead Summer.

Which I’ll be teasing tomorrow.