What I want for Christmas. (Because I can't justify sixty quid myself on headphones.) Remember that I am difficult to buy for, so this is a GREAT BIG HINT.
Sysadminning rationalwiki.org continues to entertain. The solution to the melting server was simply to put a Squid in front: a cheap(er) 512MB Linode. Or, since Trent felt like it (and was procrastinating from thesis work), two Squids and a load-balancer. Minor hiccups fixing our config, but it's working really well now. Next things to spin out, when popularity next deals its mortal blow: Lucene and MySQL. We lost page-hit counters, but the code for stats.grok.se is publicly available.
The week before last was looking after an Arkady and Freda with norovirus (and watching far too much Pokemon anime with Freda), so last week was my turn.
Hide and seek with Freda is surreal. "CATTY! BOOBOO! QUESTION! MARK! I AM THE LOUDEST SLEEPER! YOU CAN'T FIND ME!"