so, it turns out my skills are still not quite up to the task of getting haloscan set back up. they've got a new auto-install function for it, but apparently that doesn't recognize the beta version of blogger i'm using now. so if anyone has some spare time on their hands and knows more about .xml than me (which, lets face it, doesn't take a whole lot), let me know and i can send you a copy of my template and what needs to go into it.

i'll try to save the comments this time, so feel free to begin again.