background processes, on a per request basis

Liam,

its own. Is there a way that I can perform this sort of background
operation without running a continuous process? Thanks much.

Look at BBQ

http://pastie.textmate.org/private/vxqxcvv40omkrhvnzp6a

More solutions discussed here :

http://nubyonrails.com/articles/about-this-blog-beanstalk-messaging-queue

Alain Ravet