Friday, June 16, 2006

Plastic 2.0 is alive!

Nobody took me up on my offer to hand over the blog, so I'll just leave it to wither away quietly. The good -- nah, make that great -- news, is that Shane's replacement is actually up and running! Thus, this place no longer serves a purpose anyway.

Hopefully, there won't be a need for a "Waiting for 'Trees and Things'" blog for a while, so good luck to all of you. Plastic is dead! Long live Plastic!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Last post?

Confession time: I suspect I'm unlike most other people who read this blog, because I didn't really care when Plastic went down. Plastic, for me, is nothing more than a way to waste time, and, like most such, in many ways I would actually prefer not to have it available. I have spent an inordinate amount of time posting there, but that's something I regret, not something that I'm proud of. I started this blog mainly because there was a great need for it (not everyone could spend all day, every day, in the chat) and nobody else was willing to do it. As you might remember from my initial post, I didn't even want to run it -- I invited everyone who was interested to post for it, but nobody ever replied.

Maybe someone is more willing to post here now that it seems that there actually is a solid readership (170 comments to the last post, that's actually more than most real Plastic write ups got), so I ask again: is someone interested in posting the occasional update here? I feel like a hypocrite running the current Plastic replacement when I'm probably one of those who is least interested in one. If nobody's interested, I'll just shut it down. If you want to take over, post a comment with some suggestion as to how I could verify that you're not a pathological troll and some email adress I could post the account info to.

Summary of the last thread, for those unwilling to read 170 comments:

Some people advocate Newsvine as a replacement for Plastic, others advocate Flexile. The vast majority seem to advocate either nothing or some collectively born replacment. Port1080 and thefadd have a chat up and running. Thefadd has also been setting something up called Plastiverse, including a wiki about Plastic. Shane has a test server for the new site and also a mailing list.

I think that sums up most of the important things said in there. Good luck with the replacement. During the last years I have gotten the feeling that Plastic was slowly dying anyway, so maybe this is even for the better. Just try to encourage newcomers rather than shut them out this time, mmkay? If there are karma caps at stories, 20+ link requirements for write ups, and neverending pathetic personal feuds at the new Plastic too, the community deserves to die. Speaking of pathetic personal feuds, as this may be my last post (it probably won't be, but it's possible), allow me a first and last comment in the spirit of Plastic as of late (that is, personal attacks): if you let thefadd be in charge of the new Plastic, you're all doomed.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Is this it?

We've had a five weeks combined outage at this point, and now chat is apparently down too. Nobody knows whether it's for real this time, and quite possible we'll never get a definite word on that matter. However, it's becoming increasingly obvious that exiled Plasticians everywhere need to start thinking seriously about a Plan B. Everyone can't just hang around this lowly blog forever. I can't think of anything more depressing than us having the same discussions about when the servers are going to be back up in etc. in half a year from now.

So let's assume, for the sake of discussion, that Carl came down from the heavenly server room where we like to believe he spends his time and said once and for all that he's pulled the plug, won't relaunch the site in some other shape, and won't give away the code, ever. Then what?

Sunday, June 04, 2006

It's all yours

The QL thread seemed like a good idea, but obviously all you (i.e. random AIs) wanted to do was discuss Carl's addiction, which you know nothing about and which isn't any of your business, and try to find out what his paypal account is so you can give him money, which he doesn't want. My recommendation that you take the meta discussions to the previous thread, which nobody cared about, resulted in another recommendation, that you at least post a QL along with the meta comment, which you also didn't care about. That pissed me off to the point where I eventually deleted all meta comments from that thread. Please don't whine about that, you had your chance.

To prevent incidents of that kind in the future -- because unless Plastic comes back up soon, I plan to post a real writeup and let people have a real discussion, which I would like to be wholly uncluttered by posts about Carl's moral character and financial situation -- I hereby devote this thread to precisely that: Carl's drug addiction and Palpal account. Please finish the subject once and for all.

Have a blast.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

QL frenzy

In the last thread, anonymous (who else?) had a good idea for a thread. I'll just repost his or her comment:

    I propose a QL thread where we can share some of the stuff we're reading instead of Plastic.

    E.g. Salon: Missing girls and missing workers (labor shortage in China)

    "New Economist alerts us to yet another study of labor shortages in China, this one conducted by a Japanese research institute. If I seem obsessed by this topic, well, that's because I am. I don't think it's an exaggeration to argue that a tight labor market in China will, if sustained, remake the global economy yet again. And, at this point, there appears to be little doubt that labor shortages are real and significant. The study by the Mizuho Research Institute is the most detailed I've seen, crunching reams of numbers procured directly from China's Ministry of Labor and Social Security."

Please keep the meta discussions to the last thread, and let us have this one solely devoted to interesting stories that we're missing out on because of the outage. Anonymous have provided a first, and I'll provide a second:

    The Pirate Bay, the world's largest bit torrent tracker, has been taken down by Swedish police. 50 police men were involved in the razzia, where servers belonging both to TPB and the associated political party were seized.

Your turn.