he’s always been intrigued by people he’s never met. clearly it’s always in a sense in which he wants to meet them and attempt to keep them out of the life he lives. he knows that it’s a risk to involve someone but surely he does want to get to know this individual. his curiosity mostly arising from her tattoos. ‘ hey, this is gonna a little bit weird but i saw you and i thought; jesus, her tattoos. they’re so… wow. so i wanted to come meet you and maybe chat a little about ‘em. ’
“Dearest Theodore, oh how you’ve graced me with your innocent presence.” she giggles. “I have heard Ambrosia failed her first dare and has now done the second part if she failed: to peel a banana with her hands… in front of her latest crush.” She smiles, “I hear you’re her newest target.”
THROWBACK THURSDAY continues with The Faders - No Sleep Tonight (featuring the boys of Veronica Mars)
“No Sleep Tonight”
I got you, I got you on my mind And it’s time to make you see (What I want) So I’ll just make this a little more obvious ‘Cos I get what I want And I want you to get with me
Don’t think you know How far I’m gonna go
You can’t stop this feeling You can’t run away Baby I’m what’s on your mind You can’t stop this feeling There’s no escape No sleep tonight You won’t get no sleep tonight
You want me, You want me all the time And you don’t need nothing else But you seem to be a little oblivious So I’ll show you the way If you think that you need some help
Tell me baby Are you coming with me
You can’t stop this feeling You can’t run away Baby I’m what’s on your mind You can’t stop this feeling There’s no escape No sleep tonight You won’t get no sleep tonight No sleep tonight No sleep tonight
Boy you won’t be sleeping No sleep tonight Do I have to spell it out in black and white Boy you won’t be sleeping No sleep tonight Do I have to spell it out in black and white No sleep tonight No sleep tonight No sleep tonight
briarwoods vs k'varn, each party as powerful as when vox machina fought them i.e. assuming sylas has cravenedge n stuff
I feel like this would really depend on the battlefield/preparations. A lot of the Briarwoods’ power came from their ability to control others and have them fight their battles for them. With a few zombie giants, for example, I think the Briarwoods could win the fight. But if the Briarwoods are by themselves in the underdark fighting a beholder I think that k'varn would probably win
idk, I just have been thinking about one big difference between Keyleth and the rest of the Vox Machina is that… she’s always known she was going to get this powerful.
Like, she’s said that as part of her Aramente, her lifespan would lengthen. That happens at level 18, for druids.
Keyleth always had the duty to get to level 18, it’s not really special what she can do, given her goal. It’s bare minimum of what’s expected of her, something her father has likely also done given he is current Headmaster.
Meanwhile the rest… They’re normal people with normal expectations, if titled or more adventurous in their goal. When VM first came together, the twins just wanted to survive and maybe kill the dragon that killed their mom. Percy just wanted revenge and maybe to protect his own town. Grog wanted to fight and get strong, sure, but likely not on any immense scale. Pike, as far as we know, is just tagging along with Grog. Scanlan was in it for the lulz. Even Tiberius, as much as he wanted power and knowledge, wasn’t really gunning for the kind of Vox Machina is currently on the path of doing because it should have been outside his imagination.
Matt said it was level 10ish, that the group started going above the normal power of normal people, where they started becoming superhuman. And for the most part, I don’t think most members of Vox Machina were ever really expecting to get as strong as they are now, to ever eventually reach “level 20″ (not, though, they really know what those are) and fight among gods (as Matt has said they eventually would).
Except, as I said, this has always been the path that Keyleth had to take. She always had to reach level 18 at minimum to be Headmaster.
Aga see, et eestlased ütlevad saunas on külm on tõesti juhtunud. Käisin viimati Jurmalas ja hängisin mingis Türgi saunas - järsku kamp eesti noormehi tuleb sisse, istuvad siis seal natuke ja kuulen varsti: "Kurat, teil ka külm vä? Üli külm saun." Kuigi jah 60-70° C nats jahe
Mul on sarnane lugu - ma olin Türgis ühes hotellis ja seal oli ka erinevaid saunu - türgi, auru, tavaline, you name it. Seal oli ka see võlts lumi mida võib endale peale määrida vms peale saunas käimist, et maha jahtuda.
Eestlased olid kõik teadlikud sellest võltslumest, aga soomlased ei olnud ja siis üks hetk oli üle terve fuajee kuulda kuidas soomlane vandus tulist kurja (“NEIL ON SEAL MINGI VÕLTS LUMI!! Ja sellega ei saa midagi teha!!! Isegi mitte kerisele visata!!!” koos soome keelsete kaunite roppustega)
60-70°C pole jah kellegi saun, 80+ siis juba räägime :D
hey i have a question for you if you have time :3 i'm in the very beginning stages of building a pet site, and when it goes live i will need a server with a sql database and php and stuff, and i was wondering if there was a particular service or anything you would recommend?
Now that’s a question I can get my teeth into, thankyou!
If anyone is reading this and has a comment, correction or addition then please do let me know.
Ok, so there are a few things to consider and weigh up before you pick a hosting provider. It’s ok to not know for sure until your site has gone through some testing on VMs or the cloud and you’ve gotten some feedback:
How ‘heavy’ is your site?
How much traffic do you expect to get in the first few months?
Can you handle securing and maintaining a server yourself in addition to developing it?
What do you want the site to do in case of a disaster?
For how heavy it is, consider how much processing you’re doing in PHP, how many and how large the images are and how much database crunching you’re doing and how optimised your database structure is. Well optimised database queries and scheduled updates rather than realtime on-page-load ones can save you a lot here. You can also run it locally on a virtual machine to get an idea of what kind of spec it starts to struggle on.
For traffic, consider both unique users and their individual impressions. Multiply that by how heavy it is and you’ll get an idea of how much brawn your server(s) will need.
Security is boring until it very suddenly isn’t and then hoo boy, it’s the ride of your life. Keeping servers up to date without breaking functionality is a god damn chore. PHP 5.4 has a major unpatched issue? Well PHP 5.6 does x differently so now the site’s broke. PHP-fpm is fast and great but now things that take a while are timing out, better re-read the manual and tweak that config file. Setting up an SSL certificate is tedious, but if you let it expire or do it wrong then the site may as well be down and people (including you) start screaming. (I have a love-hate relationship with being a sysadmin, can you tell?)
Disasters suck. Scriptkiddies trying to use your box to mine dogecoins with the latest day0 leet apache exploit sucks. Dropping the live database will send you into shock. So, how do you want to handle downtime and disaster? You can do anything from just letting it fail to serving a page from a tiny separate server with a “whoops” message
while you restore backups to having multiple interconnected redundant systems sharing the load, storing files and hosting the database. Running more servers than you “need to” costs money but having no backups or plan will ruin your week.
Right, so on to the meat of it. Your choices boil down to three options:
Virtual Private Server
VPSs used to be a real metal server but a lot of companies are offering cloud VPS these days. What the name means is it’s “virtually private”, you actually share a server with dozens or hundreds of other people’s sites. You each have your own users on that server and none of you have direct access to each others files or databases, but they’re there.
The security and maintenance are managed by someone else
Most cloud VPSs offer DDOS protection these days
You’ll never have root
If someone elses site is hammering the CPU, processor or storage your site will have issues
You’re locked in to the software versions they offer and at the whims of their update schedule.
Configuring apache can be a real pain in the arse
If you are the one hammering the server, expect the offending process to get killed without warning. That was your nightly database calculations? Tough luck my friend, three more of those and we switch off your site.
Anything from an absolute goddamn workhorse that will not stop to the tiniest raspberry pi
Hardware guarantees and warranties out the wazoo
You have a real server, in a datacentre
Can be managed or not managed, up to you
Want to add more ram, drives, network cards or a GPU? Sure thing. Attach a USB dongle? Go ahead, just post it to us. Want to come in and stroke it lovingly? Arrange it with them, wear something warm, sign this, fingerprint here, follow Dennis and wave at the cameras as you go. Treat it like the cave of wonders, only touch your lamp and it’s all good.
Expensive as fuck in the short term.
Want to add another server to your cluster? Sorry man Dell don’t sell that one anymore, also it’s $2000 for the new model and $500 to configure it
Human error (I once lost a site because someone unplugged the wrong cable, a guy I worked with lost an entire datacentre because someone snapped under stress and went at it with a fucking AXE)
Figuring out what kind of physical setup is really best for you
Phonecalls, everything is phonecalls
It’s literal magic
So cheap. Oh my god.
Cloud servers charge hourly (in the order of pennies or less) for what you use, so if you want to scale things back that’s an instant saving.
Managed or not, up to you
It’s like a dedicated machine being stored on a VPS (this is a bad analogy but it works), with added protection against CPU and memory hogs ruining your day. Noisy neighbour or slow file access times? Ask to get moved to a new hypervisor.
Change CPU, storage and memory size whenever you like. Hell most of them have an API that lets you write your own tools to do it with a single click or even automatically.
Clone the whole machine to a file. Boom, five new servers running an identical config on identical hardware. Makes setting up a test environment or recovering from a disaster super easy. These aren’t backups but in an emergency they’re incredible.
Want one of those servers in the US and one in Singapore? Done. Identical.
Terminology is clear as mud. Ever since the sales reps and boardrooms heard of “the cloud” this shit has gotten out of hand. No Simon the usb harddrive under your desk is not a cloud.
Amazon uses their own unique terminology. Fucking amazon. (good service, just make sure you’re getting what you need/expect)
That clone you wanted restored is in a queue. They’re not telling you where in the queue. It’s been four hours.
Microtransactions, everything more than the basics has a small extra cost, possibly a different cost depending on the region it’s hosted in.
Some providers limit you to one public IPv4 per machine unless you’re adding multiple SSL or running a virtual router. Internal IPs are usually fine because you’re on a virtual network.
You’re on a virtual network, but it might not be a private one. This was a big security issue recently and is still something to consider if you want to handle transactions. If you’re not, or if you use SSL for all communications then it’s less of an issue.
You can still migrate from one to another, VPS to cloud and over to dedi, if you change your mind later. It can be a hassle, but it’s entirely possible and just a day or so’s work after the files have copied. You could even run the main site on a dedicated machine and use a cheap cloud box for semi-public testing while you have a virtual machine for development. As long as you keep the software and config the same, you’ll have few surprises when you deploy.
So, to answer your question: The one that fits.
I’d love to recommend ServerLove (run by Melbourne who are owned by IOmart.) who I use, but they’re a UK only datacentre. I love them to bits though. Easy to use, no problems and I never had to call a soul.
Rackspace provide all these server types, have internationally located engineers and datacentres and have a pretty good web portal. They only fucked up badly twice in four years, which is pretty good going.
Godaddy are absolute scum. Ignore their lies and their apparently low prices.
Whoever you go for, check out the SLA (Service Level Agreement). You should be getting something like 99.9% uptime, guaranteed replies within a few hours to any issues you submit (not guaranteed to be useful, just a reply) an escalation process for getting really bad issues sorted out by someone who knows their stuff and an account manager (Named account managers cost extra so plain is fine). SLAs are serious business and you hold most of the power. Mention to a manager if the SLA is breached and they’ll take it seriously, to the chagrin of the engineers.
Hope some of that waffle helps, feel free to ask again if there’s anything I’ve explained poorly!
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