Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Plastic is dead! Long live Plastic!

Vladimir: That passed the time.
Estragon: It would have passed in any case.
Vladimir: Yes, but not so rapidly.
--Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot

Welcome! If you have managed to find your way here, you probably already know that Plastic (no use following that link, duh) has been down for over a week, that this is supposed to be the result of a DDoS attack, that Carl occasionally shows up in chat and makes cryptic remarks about mispatched kernels and what have you, and that many people suspect this to be the end of Plastic as we know it. If not, well, that's the way it is.

So what's this blog about? Primarily, it's supposed to contain discussions about Plastic's demise and the extent to which it has been exaggerated. However, in case the cabal gets too homesick, we (Who is "we"? I'll get to that in a moment) will consider posting the occasional Bush bashing thread so you can have a go at it in the comment section. That way we can keep the spirit alive until Plastic comes back up (which will happen, one way or another).

Who's running this blog, then? Well, right now: me, a random AI. But pay no attention to that, because soon I'll have Plastic's Finest in charge. I'll invite some long time members of Plastic in the chat, give them the password, and then they'll take over. I'm aware that this is a risky procedure, since anyone can impersonate anyone in the chat. But, alas, I have no better idea. If you're not invited, but would like to post a story nonetheless, send a message to anonymousidiot123@hotmail.com. Think of that adress as the submission queue, sans the snarkiness.

Oh, and if someone has any idea how to change the layout of this blog to something more Plastic-like (perhaps with a modified Plastic icon or something like that), please do tell. I can't figure out how this damn thing works.

May Carl be with you!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK I'm really interested why plastic is no longer available. I've tried to email carl, but it seems plastic's server is down.

Has anyone spoken to Carl?

What exactly is meant by "cryptic remarks about mispatched kernels and what have you"?

Do you think plastic was taken down by an outside entity or did Carl just take it down?

8:34 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can get much of this info in the chat (irc.plastic.com) which is still up. As for cryptic remarks, well, I mean just that. I don't know exactly what he means, and neither does anyone else.

Whether Plastic is subjected to a DDoS attack or not is a topic of debate. It is certainly possible, but there are several reasons that explanation really doesn't make a lot of sense. However, regardless if the cause is DDoS or something else, it does seem clear that Carl didn't bring Plastic down on purpose. It could be the result of a bug of some sort (a misconfigured firewall was once a theory), shortage of money for server costs, or a zillion other things.

Many people have spoken to Carl. He shows up daily in the chat. However, he just says a few words, rarely very rich in information content, and then leaves.

That's about all I know right now.

2:03 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

And now there is almost no one in chat. I think it is time to stick a fork in it: Plastic is dead.

5:18 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I write this, chat seems to be down as well.

1:03 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can it be long until the entire internets are down?

4:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, seems down to me too. We really got to hurry to make people bookmark this freakin' blog (or some other, whatever). If the chat goes down, as of now, people will have no way of communicating with each other at all.

And that means almost certain death for whatever's left of the Plastic community.

4:00 PM

Anonymous zyxwvutsr said...

For what it's worth, chat has gone down in the past, and folks have set up other IRC channels. During one fairly recent outage, there was a #plastic channel running at irc.freenode.net. (One of the highly-ranked ops there is also a member of Plastic.)

So now you know.

4:19 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

zyx, well, that's nice to know, but it doesn't detract from the fact that chat sucks in situations like these. People have to ask questions and have them answered in real time. If you ask a question on irc you have to rely on people who are in the chat at that moment to answer it in real time for you. You can't see what other people have asked or how people have answered them. You can't know who has been there.

What is needed is obviously some sort of asynchronous archivable communication channel. Maybe if spend some time on this blog discussing the matter we could come up with a solution of some kind...

4:37 PM

Blogger Standeck said...

Alas poor plastic, I knew it well . . .

I've been reading Plastic.com for quite some time, and posting at the blazing rate of once every month or two. I really do/will miss it when/if it's gone since these might actually be the "web's smartest readers". At any rate it's light years ahead of the usual forum drivel. I've learned a lot and re-examined some opinions.

I clicked over and read Carl's uhm . . . interesting blog, which is all very art school and doesn't leave me feeling sanguine regarding this outage. Hope I'm wrong.

5:34 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there anyone who knows anyone who can get directly in touch with Carl? I can't help but wonder...with all that's happenning these days...

A community of thinkers wiped out of existence? Why? If Carl had taken down the site, he would have notified someone, right? If there had been some sort of infultration, wouldn't he had made another site letting us know? That is...if he was still around to do so...

All of this seems wrong.

6:15 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe this sounds niave, but how does one obtain an account on irc.freenode.net?

6:22 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder how Mayor Boob is coping.

7:29 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quite frankly this is an outrage.

7:30 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the anonymous soul above who expressed such concern about how the mayor is coping, you are a symptom of why plastic has begun to take on a rancid feel. Instead of just commenting on topic regarding what is offered in a thread, it's the mayor this and ms_sue that and frankly, nobody but your worthless butt cares about it.

5:23 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Instead of just commenting on topic regarding what is offered in a thread, it's the mayor this and ms_sue that and frankly, nobody but your worthless butt cares about it.

Especially when such a big asshole like mazdadriver is running around without his diapers.

9:39 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If plastic never comes back, those of us with skillz need to establish a new slash server somewhere, and we can pick up the pieces and go on.

12:34 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why are there no chat logs on this thread?

12:35 PM

Anonymous chopper said...

i blame daniel duffy.

4:58 PM


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