Somewhere between the performance improvements of Moveable Type 4.2 and moving the database from a server running MySQL 4 to a different one running MySQL 5 I'm now able to successfully republish my entire 2,268 post blog all at once again, something I haven't been able to do since it was down in the 1,500 post range. It took 35 minutes, but it worked (and, as it was running I saw some archives that I could remove to speed it up).
This removes a false barrier I'd had in the way of knuckling down and redesigning FuzzyCo to get it up to Web 1.5 or so. That is, "why bother redesigning if I won't be able to rebuild the whole site into the new design anyway?" What's your excuse now, hotshot?