PHP on snails

while some wax rhapsodic about gallery2 being the PHP on rails, it looks more like PHP on snails to me:

rothfuss@lasagne(~)> w
22:35:04 up 45 days,  1:45,  1 user,  load average: 88.54, 80.75, 64.96
USER     TTY      FROM              LOGIN@   IDLE   JCPU   PCPU WHAT
rothfuss pts/0    c-66-30-12-68.hs 22:31   45.00s  0.11s  0.07s w

ever since i attempted to install a new module for googlemaps integration, gallery2 has been turning a failing cache lookup into a denial of service.