it’s a humorous reference to the several hours i spent last night debugging ravingmadness’s haloscan screen scraping code (to which i have previously referred people in my moving from blogger to wordpress post) in order to help an individual import her haloscan comments into wordpress. except it turns out ravingmadness’s code is somewhat out of sync with the current haloscan template in some minor ways. so it took a while.
however, it appears that haloscan has fixed their caif comment export feature so that it no longer strips any html elements from the comment body, which it used to. i’m thinking it might be time to revisit the code i started writing to read the caif file directly. would be nice to get import-haloscan.php included with the standard wordpress distribution.