It would seem the mandatory Rails 1.1.6 upgrade broke my blog engine in a couple of ways.
I've managed to reduce the problem to a weird Model-refusing-to-reload bug that only occurs when I let FastCGI handle the request. When I fall back to good old CGI all is well, but all is slow.
For now, CGI it is until I
- figure out what is up with fcgi
- switch to my dedicated server
whichever comes first.