Apologies for the lack of posts, and even moreso for the various technical errors that have befallen the blog in recent weeks. Specifically, that comments are completely broken, with neither new comments able to be posted, nor old comments able to be viewed. I do not know exactly how, but the database tables seem to have become corrupted, and it remains unclear as to whether or not they will be fully recoverable. The prognosis for recovery is mixed, but not dire. The best case scenario, naturally, is that I can recover all of the lost data and we can get back to normal. The worst case, however, is still far better than it could be.
First of all, I do have a complete backup of the database from February, and second of all only the comments section of the database has been mangled. Therefore, even should repairs on the extant database files be impossible, all that will be lost are the comments from the past few months. This would still be a fairly bad thing, particularly for the discussions during the tsunami/Fukushima crisis in March, but at least the posts themselves would be intact.
As I am currently commuting from Jersey into Manhattan, and in the middle of moving to Brooklyn (at least for the next 6 months) I am still a bit too short on time to sit down and get everything fixed, but rest assured that I will get things back to normal within the next couple of weeks, and that we will hopefully see a return to more normal levels of activity, and finally, that the blog’s crufty, outdated theme will finally be replaced with one that will look fairly similar, but consist of code more befitting the browsers of 2011.
And let this be a lesson to all of you, as well as myself: backup your data early, often, and to a safe place.