Many may have noticed that the database "could not be connected to" many times in the last week or two. Or perhaps you've noticed that everything that happened on August 24th vanished into thin air. Our apologies. This was the result of the database cache getting too large for the drive, and the problem is now fully resolved and the database resides on it's own drive, so there should be some minor speed improvements using the site as a welcome side-effect.
If the summer heat has kept you outdoors and you're just returning from vacation, be sure to check out the Miis section which has seen some excellent new additions over the last few months from artists old and new.