Apparently someone posted a comment on Groklaw that referred to this comic, which prompted a lot of people to come over here and take a look, which prompted the database to slow down, time out, and then crash. I had to reboot the server.
Not that I'm complaining. Please feel free to recommend, link to and visit this site so often that I need to upgrade the server. That's the kind of trouble I like.
1. The previous/next links have returned for comics appearing on the front page. I had attempted to alter the way comics are displayed on the front page in order to remove the comic transcription stuff (so the comic transcript text and tools would only appear on individual comic pages, not on the front page itself) but at the moment it's not possible to exclude the transcription tools on the front page without nuking the page links as well.