[Apologies to John Lennon.] Can I tell you how much I'm not looking forward to doing a new install and moving all the content over? MySQL or not, it's going to be a nightmare. This is what I see every time I log in here:
"You've written 2,112 entries with 94,334 comments."
Only a few hundred of those comments are from the recent spam deluge, when Movable Type's filters finally lost the battle against the bots. Looks like Disqus or Captcha's are in our future, my friends, or some other form of login for comments. A little annoying, and we'll also be missing out on all these great offers for knockoff Nike shoes and whatever else the spambots are hawking these days. Plus, add a few thousand to that number because there was a crash around 4 years ago and I had to add back the comments from the html pages, pasting them into the bodies of a few month's worth of articles. So the database doesn't count them.
Starting over should include various new features as well. There are lots of cool things out there these days. Up and down user votes for comments so top picks can appear under the post on the homepage, for example. I'd also like to finally get some other bloggers in here to liven up the joint. For features, as opposed to my haphazard ramblings. Things like Q&A sessions, rating commentary, listicles, link roundups from other chess sites, etc. I'm sure we could put together a list of interesting questions for the Q&A. My original hope for this site was to crowdsource half of the content, but getting that sort of thing rolling takes time I haven't had in a long time.
Small children do tend to take up a lot of time, I've found. They are now three and fifteen months old. But for the past 18 months it's not been them as much as what my wife calls our third child, The Manuscript. (Also known around the house as "The Fucking Manuscript.") This is the book I've been writing for the author trio of Garry Kasparov, Max Levchin, and Peter Thiel on the financial crisis and the technological stagnation of the US and global economy. It started out as a manifesto on innovation and our publisher, WW Norton, convinced us to be more ambitious and to expand the scope to history, economics, politics, and social factors. It's been a huge amount of research and work, plus wrangling three very smart, very busy people for input. Kasparov has politics internationally and in Russia, plus speeches, articles, and various other things. Levchin is into vc and tech investing of all sorts (Yelp!, for example) and for a day job he recently became a VP at Google after they bought his company, Slide. Thiel wears even more hats, from investing early in Facebook to running a hedge fund and being active in libertarian politics. Both speak at conferences around the world on what seems like a constant basis. (Sadly, I never got to rendezvous at Aspen or Davos.) Levchin and Thiel were both PayPal founders.
But the FM now has a real name, The Blueprint and a real cover. Pre-order now. International rights have already been sold in seven or eight languages. It is now in the hands of the copyeditors and when it comes back there will only be some charts and a few other graphics to add, plus a few updates on the topical items (debt ceiling showdown, a few others). There will still be book-related things like putting together magazine articles and excerpts, but for the most part my weekly existence just gained around 80 hours of time compared to the last year. Whew.
Since this entire post is so meta, I'll won't bother inserting any token chess tidbits. I'll just post a new one. I'll get to work on the new install this weekend as soon as I figure out what it is I'm going to be installing.