Almost a painless install.
Classes are finally out for summer and it is time for catch up. Still, I had time to cause undue stress in my life. I decided to do what I had promised myself I would not do again, install a new version of Gnome before it was stable in portage. Anyway, the upgrade to Gnome 3.16 was not without pains along the way, but it is done.
As a placeholder and note, I am moving all my old content to a Drupal site – www.ecsdump.net.