Why is Plastic down? September 25, 2003 3:52 PM   Subscribe

I realize this topic has nothing to do with Metafilter but, does anyone have any idea what has happened over at plastic.com? The site went dead on Tuesday night and I have been unable to get any information? Apologize about this, but would appreciate any information. Thanks in advance.
posted by MAYORBOB to Uptime at 3:52 PM (46 comments total)

no-longer-automatic media.
posted by Hackworth at 3:55 PM on September 25, 2003


all the editors' fevered egos collapsed into a black hole and the site imploded?

(carl's still cool though.)
posted by keswick at 4:02 PM on September 25, 2003


I realize this topic has nothing to do with Metafilter, but has anyone seen my car keys?
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 4:12 PM on September 25, 2003


You left them at my house. In your pants.
posted by Stan Chin at 4:25 PM on September 25, 2003


The MeFi logo with the slogan "it's the plastic.com it's OK to like" made them all so upset they went home and cried.
posted by Space Coyote at 4:46 PM on September 25, 2003


prastic.com?

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posted by stonerose at 5:37 PM on September 25, 2003


Stan's house is in XQUZYPHYR's pants?
posted by mr_crash_davis at 5:43 PM on September 25, 2003


Stan's house is in XQUZYPHYR's pants?

i heard there is plenty of room in their.

on preview: wait, that's my pants.
posted by Stynxno at 5:46 PM on September 25, 2003


You left them at my house. In your pants.

Stan, when I said "you go down there so often you might as well buy a house there," I was joking.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 6:00 PM on September 25, 2003


Aaaa! So solly, in China we do not have house, but in hut made out of soya bean! Sometimes if you rook real hald, you can see from spaaaaaaace!
posted by Stan Chin at 6:20 PM on September 25, 2003


does anyone have any idea what has happened over at plastic.com?
*hands MAYORBOB 50c so he can call and ask someone who cares*
posted by dg at 6:50 PM on September 25, 2003


Don't hate the player, dg. Hate the game.

Have you tried emailing carl@freedonia.com, MAYORBOB?
posted by Guy Smiley at 6:56 PM on September 25, 2003


Mayor Bob has an obsession with Plastic I would say.
posted by jasonspaceman at 7:53 PM on September 25, 2003


I think someone spiked the punch tonight here on Metafilter.
posted by crunchland at 8:13 PM on September 25, 2003


Guy -- I tried that yesterday and got a notice saying the email was not deliverable.

jason -- Yeah, I just keep burning up the lines here at Mefi over Plastic, don't I? A total of two posts on the subject in over two years.
posted by MAYORBOB at 8:33 PM on September 25, 2003


>Mayor Bob has an obsession with Plastic I would say.

We have the technology to cure him.

It usually leads to this, though.

But we can treat that with this.

But there are ways around that too.

Some doctors recommend this for that condition.

Of course there's the cheap home remedy.

And of course there's always the Ludovicovision treatment. Just leave the tv on some soft core.

Lastly, and this is not very highly recommended - there's Jebus.
posted by skallas at 8:47 PM on September 25, 2003


http://chat.plastic.com/ is up.

"The topic for #plastic is: We don't know why, or when it will be back."

But ask anyway. They'll appreciate it.
posted by bshort at 9:20 PM on September 25, 2003


I call dibs on the tagline...
MetaFilter: The plastic.com that still exists.
posted by wendell at 12:25 AM on September 26, 2003


What's wild is that if you go back to Sept 11th, 2001, Mayorbob's post on MeFi says "Plastic is down! Could this have something to do with today's events in New York?" or something like that. Is that not bizarre, or what!
posted by chaz at 12:38 AM on September 26, 2003


BOB, has Plastic finally succumbed? I don't know; I spent the last week laid up from a heart attack.

I will note however the most obvious difference between Plastic and MetaFilter: Matt doesn't fuck with the infrastructure. If Plastic truly has expired, Carl has no one to blame but himself.
posted by mischief at 3:08 AM on September 26, 2003


I spent the last week laid up from a heart attack.

not seriously...?? if so, i'm extremely glad to see you!
posted by t r a c y at 3:39 AM on September 26, 2003


Welcome back, mischief, glad you're still ticking.
From personal experience (CHF, not an attack), the worst thing about being laid up in a coronary ward is they didin't let me have anything high-tech enough to interfere with the monitors... no cel phone, no laptop (ceratingly no internet connection, therefore, no MeFi), they wouldn't even let me hook up my TiVo (or I would've brought home some cool shows from the Baby Channel)...
posted by wendell at 3:58 AM on September 26, 2003


bshort -- Thanks for the info. If Plastic chat is still up then there's still hope, I guess. BTW, whenever I have tried to log onto Plastic chat using java, the dialog box compresses so that I can't communicate.

Tim -- Sorry to hear about your latest health difficulties. Hope you're back on your feet soonest.
posted by MAYORBOB at 6:27 AM on September 26, 2003


mischief, hope all is well ;)
posted by thomcatspike at 6:40 AM on September 26, 2003


Lift up your heart, dear mischief! Sursum corda, as the bishop said to the tart. Just don't go all mellow on us now, hear?
posted by MiguelCardoso at 7:07 AM on September 26, 2003


does this mean Holgates coming back?
posted by clavdivs at 7:46 AM on September 26, 2003


Aaaa! So solly, in China we do not have house, but in hut made out of soya bean! Sometimes if you rook real hald, you can see from spaaaaaaace!

I haven't laughed this hard over something on the Internet in months! Thanks, Stan...you should get a gold star for that (d'oh!).
posted by byort at 8:12 AM on September 26, 2003


migs: As you are not a plastic regular (that I know of), you may not know that my heart disease has often been the impetus for some of my more audacious antics. Being laid out gets really, really boring, and provides plenty of time to develop some real off-the-wall zingers.

Your sentiment however is much appreciated.

re: holgate, the last I knew he was cornered away in a private corner of plastic chat with nephie.

wendell: Same here. The worst (for me) is the day before the attack I had just bought a new laptop with all the fancy wireless you can stuff into one of those things. But nowadays, cardiac monitoring is also wireless (telemetry), so of course, my new toy had to sit at home. ;-(

From Plastic IRC:
Carl is making some major hardware/software adjustments. Since Carl is not a technical person, he finds a complete outage the easiest way to manage.
posted by mischief at 8:29 AM on September 26, 2003


Tim,

Thanks for the copy and paste from Plastic IRC.
posted by MAYORBOB at 8:36 AM on September 26, 2003


No prob, BOB!

Off on a tangent: The MeFi purists can scoff at Plastic, but BOB, you and I both are aware of how extensive the cross-population is between these two sites. ;-P
posted by mischief at 10:31 AM on September 26, 2003


I think the concern of the #plastic regulars was not so much that Plastic had expired, but that Carl had. Of course, if he had taken two seconds to write one line to one person (Such as "I'm busy working on it"), no one would have worried. Rather irritating, really.
posted by Shoeburyness at 10:37 AM on September 26, 2003


As one Plastitute astutely put it, "It's not Carl I'm worried about, it's Plastic!"
posted by mischief at 11:39 AM on September 26, 2003


Heh... I'd miss Plastic more than Carl, for sure-- but without Carl, there is no Plastic.
posted by Shoeburyness at 11:50 AM on September 26, 2003


I was banished to Plastic once-and now I have a horror of it.
posted by konolia at 12:00 PM on September 26, 2003


It is back.
posted by spartacusroosevelt at 4:27 PM on September 26, 2003


...and there was much rejoicing. (yay.)
posted by keswick at 4:39 PM on September 26, 2003


Oh, well, so much for my doomsaying (again). ;-P
posted by mischief at 7:18 PM on September 26, 2003


I'd just like to mention that Carl is a very nice man, who changed my long-dormant Plastic username to StavTheWonderChicken (as the 'ros' wouldn't fit) a while back, when I asked.

After which I made one comment, then sank back into the Meta-morass again.

We can't always choose our drugs of choice.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 7:42 PM on September 26, 2003


Well, thanks to those of you who offered me information. And thanks to the rest for participating. All's well that ends well.
posted by MAYORBOB at 7:54 PM on September 26, 2003


[sounds of flatulence]
posted by Hildago at 11:59 PM on September 26, 2003


what's plastic.com?
posted by insomnyuk at 9:41 PM on September 27, 2003


the Metafilter it's not OK to like, they tell me.
posted by Guy Smiley at 2:00 PM on September 28, 2003


But... what happened to XQUZYPHYR's car keys??
posted by languagehat at 2:50 PM on September 28, 2003


I found them. Stan didn't actually leave them in his pants, but dropped them... somewhere... after a failed attempt to revive me when I lost concsiousness at a rave the other evening. I feel like an idiot taking this long to investigate why it felt so goddamn cold down there.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 4:40 PM on September 28, 2003


Seems to be down again.
posted by adamrice at 10:35 AM on September 29, 2003


For chrissake, don't tell MAYORBOB—we've just put this puppy to bed!
posted by languagehat at 11:49 AM on September 29, 2003


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