yes, mission aborted, i’ll stick to MT. it was fun to play with PHP scripts and going into the database again, though.
i’m going to eat my words: i have an identical WP setup running beautifully with Neil Turner’s icyblue template (newly ported to WP)
i guess i only have two issues left: disabling comments permanently (no views or options at all), and a separate blog installation. yes, this can be done, but this merits another WP installation.