If you happen to be using Arch Linux, you can now use MariaDB as it comes with it. Currently shipping 5.3.1 beta, it will be upgraded to the latest release soon. Find out how to get it installed.READ MORE
I had completely missed that #mariadb 10.2 supports #json so well:
This seems like a much way better to store random data than serializing them.
The latest MariaDB releases, 10.2.11 and 10.1.29, see a long-awaited update to the built-in Mroonga storage engine, based on @groonga, the open-source fulltext search engine.