Sep. 7th, 2017

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Last night, I found more travel folders (2009-2013 WDW trips). I've gone through the 2009, 2010 and 2011 files, shredding, taking notes into the travel document (I have a 30+ page document describing very sparely family trips we have taken. It started life as a way to answer T.'s questions about When Did We Do X? It includes links to Flickr photo albums, blog posts, and similar.) and recycling. Obviously, hitting the 2011 trip was mildly stressful.

As I was typing this, I got a robotic voice mail from the town saying that they found a mosquito in town carrying West Nile. They will be spraying, including my street. *sigh* I guess the good news is (I mean other than, the species of mosquito mostly bites birds, so hopefully not us) the spraying might reduce mosquitos in the area in general, and A. has been getting some wicked bites lately. Hopefully, she won't get West Nile. :(

Where was I?

I wound up taking some of the documents I requested from Disney at the time and dropping them (along with a transcript of voicemail) into the nanny termination file, which is really where they should have been anyway. I probably should have just gotten rid of all of it (it _has_ been over 5 years) but whenever an event results in me amending taxes, I reflexively keep documentation for a really long time. I mean, you just never know what the questions will get into.

Along with the travel folders I found in a plastic file box, I found a folder of DVC documents. I went through that and tossed everything that wasn't a deed or title insurance. That file is now a lot thinner.

I still have [ETA: one] more travel folders to do (2012-3) [ETA: only 2013 left], and there are still plastic file boxes upstairs. At some point, I'd like to at least get rid of one of the plastic file boxes via consolidation. Then I might declare this whole thing done. [ETA: I successfully emptied one of the plastic file boxes. I did this in part by putting the rest of it into my now available second drawer in my office. In practice, this is insane: several inches are taxes dating from 1986-2003. However, I'm optimistic that I will get up the nerve to actually destroy some of those. Because I really don't need to keep taxes back to 1986. I'm quite certain of this.]

ETA: I have a great phone conversation with J., now that all of our children are back in school. A. had a half day. I forgot to get cash for T.'s sitter, so I left the sitter with both kids while I went to the bank, then I walked with M.

A. wanted her nail polish removed and redone with some of the nail glitter art stuff. I'm really starting to notice differences in nail polish quality.

ETAYA: I have started shredding parts of tax files. Gives me goose bumps, it does.
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I read a really great article at Ars Technica.

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/09/how-to-hurricane-proof-a-web-server/

Basically, a weather blog that normally doesn't get a ton of traffic but has an IT guy who likes to tinker in a particular direction (that is, his tinkering is aimed at awful-thing-happening-proofing -- not at maximizing features) did A-OK during Harvey.

This article is great in many ways. First, it is a really engagingly written technical piece. I'm sufficiently out of date that I mostly know Varnish from error messages on blog platforms. Etc. But I grasp the basics -- I understand how encryption interacts with caching, I understand about running out of ports, etc. And anyone who has been to my Very Old Fashioned website knows that I am a huge believer in simple and static. I _like_ how he chose to do things, and I enjoyed reading about the details (especially CloudFlare, and what AMP can do for a small website that gets a lot of traffic). Second, Hutchinson includes the very human aspect of riding out a storm. I love storms. I'm sensible enough to try to avoid them, but I've been through a few and my future holds more. Before I had kids, I used to do stupid shit like go hiking during a tornado watch, or go have a meal at the Space Needle in hopes they'd shut the elevator down and trap me there while a storm rolled in over Elliot Bay. I love stories of people riding out storms. The emotions, the feels. I am there for it. Third, Hutchinson does a pretty compelling job of depicting something that I value enormously, even tho I'm not clear that he understands it. He seems to have a sense that the combination of his preference for site design -- his tinkering orientation, shall we say -- was sort of lucky in this case. And it is. In the very Victorian sense of Making One's Own Luck.

If you know anyone who does slightly weird shit that pays off way more often than seems likely, you probably know someone like Hutchinson. And I love stories about those kinds of people.

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