Site Upgrades: Varnish Installed + 2 Week Hiatus


This week, we finally got Varnish installed on our servers. Varnish helps our Drupal site performance by making better use of cache to serve up content (instead of the database), and will allow our site to handle a lot more anonymous visitors (hopefully!).

We are still making other site improvements. The site is still pretty slow, and we also need to improve performance for logged in users. Basically, there is a lot of tech to do. We don't have the resources to do everything, but we want to make  sure we make the most of what we have.

Also, if you are in LA this weekend, we are going to try to have our bus at the Atwater Farmers Market on Sundays.  Come on by and say hi!

Meanwhile, this evening I am travelling to Syria, and will be gone for 2 weeks. I will be taking part in a campaign called the Open Hands Initiative, and will be assisting my friend Victor Pineda, who will be conducting a Human Rights workshop called the Syria Youth Summit. There will be 10 kids from Syria and 10 kids from the US, all with various disabilities. The kids are going to be creating their own superheros, and working with Liquid comics. It should be an amazing trip, and I am very much looking forward to being a part of it.

When I get back, hopefully the site-optimizations will be dialed in and we will be ready to get the word out. 

There are some big things on the horizon for our project.

Here is a pic of Victor on some of his other travels:

Victor Pineda in the desert

As you can see, I'm in for a bit of an adventure. If you would like to keep up with my trip to Syria, I'll try to post to my twitter @nirvan when I have internet.

Best to all,