Just a note to clarify why comments are closed on my weblog.
A few reasons come to mind. First, as Audrey Watters notes, aggressive and hateful comments are a pain to deal with. I have had some published on previous versions of this weblog, but many I chose not to allow. I have little patience for that nonsense. I have considered turning comments off on Signifying Nothing too because of this (always anonymous too...real "punk" of you to cowardly not use your name).
Second, and more importantly, is the no stop barrage of spam. Any modern CMS should have good filters either built in or available via a plugin, but I cannot be bothered.
Third, I resent how much scripting is involved with comments. I run No Script and always have a real problem trying to get comments to show up if I chose to view them. No thanks.
Finally, this weblog has shifted to being more about statements and/or announcements than discussion. Discussion can be found in email or on Twitter. I just don't think blogs are right for that anymore.