apologies for the slow site speed and frequent recent downtimes. for some reason, DB performance has been really bad, about 10x worse than before, and there's no clear reason. i'm going to fix this one way or another, so please bear with me. i made a bunch of query optimizations today, which will help hold things together while i fix the underlying problem. (interesting tidbit: web crawlers (mostly Bing) were causing the bulk of the SQL load as they spidered heavy pages -- i'm restricting them now).