I was recently looking at slate, and noticed that their commenting system is powered by live fyre, a fairly popular third party commenting system. It got me thinking once again about this blog, and the way I built my own, somewhat clunky, comment system. And I realized that part of the reason is sheer attrition: I've outlasted most of the Internet's big companies. So a system that is huge today might not (will not) be big in a decade. Which on some level makes me worry, our wonder, or something - what happens to the billions of comments people write when the system goes down? I mean, I'm pretty sure I know the answer, but it boggles the mind to think all that heat and light will fade to black.