Strange Days

Yesterday, I was woken up at 6:30 AM by severe nausea. I must have caught a norovirus from my roommate, who’d been sick last week, so I knew what I was in for.

Since I was already awake, I checked my e-mail… and found that my internet access was incredibly slow. Eventually, I figured out why. Someone had put my last night’s post up on reddit, and thousands of people were trying to read it. It somehow ended up on Y-Combinator News too.

Anyway, I hadn’t been expecting this. I still don’t know who publicized the article. My webserver was not prepared for it, and was absolutely failing to keep up. I couldn’t even ssh in. Thankfully, the machine is in my living room, so I walked over, got a root console, and killed the httpd. Then I restarted, and, before load could spike again, installed WP-Super-Cache. That seemed to do the trick.

Then I started to feel really sick again, and crawled back into bed.

In the end, I didn’t manage to eat anything except for a slice of toast, near midnight, nor drink more than a glass of water. While I was shivering feverishly, my post acquired 550 comments (over the three sites) and some unknown huge number of views.

It was a bewildering day.

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