I want to apologize to everyone about the disappearing comments.
Haloscan is ending their free service soon and I will NOT pay for their new service, so I am reverting to good old Blogspot comments.
The problem: There is presently no good way to transfer the old comments from Haloscan to Blogspot.
I apologize to everyone for the lost comments, but I am taking steps to preserve them and hope to be able to restore them at some point. No new comments from the time of this post forward should be affected.