A Curious Nostalgia

I used to love imagining
what her smile might look like
with a few more wrinkles,
seen through eyes that didn’t bend light
quite like they used to.

And now,
strangely now,
I find myself unkempt with memories
of a future that will never come to pass.

PHP Sessions with AWS DynamoDB (SDK v3)

Lately, I’ve been undertaking a large-scale, back-office project to support our growing operations teams at Plastiq. The application started experiencing some hanging, which ended up being caused by native PHP session handling. I was able to fix the issue by swapping in AWS’s DynamoDB for session management and storage, and I thought it’d be helpful to document the steps I took.

More after the jump.

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Not everything can be remembered, so that some things will never be forgotten. 


What a pity that we can only feel change
the trains steadying into their stations
or the jet engines screaming toward lift-off.

How quickly can we lose track
of the speed at which we travel.
The interminable spin of the wheel.
The unstoppable march of time.

And the fact that our pace must be slowed
to remember how fast we once ran.


In my dreams I can still love you.
I can forget the things we did to each other.

And fate hasn’t yet begun to conspire
the machinations which would drive us apart.