I'm home (and jet-lagged). Normal blogging service will be resumed once the world stops spinning around my head.
Meanwhile, the rent on this server is due up later in the month and I'm going to take that as a reminder that it's due for a major software upgrade and some troubleshooting work on the blogging software. Current plan is to find someone who can fix the log-in system then re-enable comments for users with a registered ID only—Facebook, or OpenID, or just an email handle verified by the blog itself. As 99% of the server-crippling spam was anonymous this should allow me to restart the comment system again.