Since everyone seems to be posting updates, I'll post one of my own.
For the last year or so, I have been working in an engineering job, doing primarily software development (C++), and some project management. I work a minimum of 40 hours a week there, and on the weekends I spend most of my time working on my car and playing video games. Unfortunately, those video games have not included Minecraft.
That said, I have a serious amount of nostalgia for SimpleOres and related mods. I was only 16 when I started working on them (7 years ago if you can believe it), and was very, very naive about good programming practices, since I never had any formal programming education until I went to university years later. This means that most days I wonder how I would do things differently if I were to re-start the mods from scratch today, knowing what I now know. A number of times I have even begun to start them, only to give up shortly after.
That said, it's something that I become more and more convinced about each day. The main problem is maintaining the mods - Minecraft always required such a huge commitment when it came to maintaining mods, and from what I have seen and read, this hasn't really lessened over all these years (Sinhika can probably confirm this for me?).
If anybody else is interested though, I would very much like to consider starting a more collaborative "re-imagining" of SimpleOres and related mods, with the intention of being open-source from the get-go. This would mean the project would be entirely run with the magic of Git, as a group effort. We would start with the CoreAPI, then get the basics working again, and build on from there.
It would basically mean that we start fresh, but always with the same core principles that SimpleOres has always had - to provide more variety to Minecraft in a balanced, intuitive fashion. It doesn't have to be a perfect clone of the origin, fresh ideas are always welcome. But it's not something I can commit to alone.