Was Mefi just down? March 20, 2001 2:20 PM   Subscribe

Am I hallucinating, or was MeFi just down for a few hours 'til now? I just wanna know if it's something on my end...
posted by pnevares to Uptime at 2:20 PM (11 comments total)

Must be, because I just came back after about four hours away and there were only 19 new comments. It's usually more like 100 during that time period.
posted by daveadams at 2:22 PM on March 20, 2001

It was down for me, as well, which indicates a problem on MeFi's end.. unless we're all suffering from some kind of group hallucination! Now if someone could just explain those little pink elephants that tell me to start fires...
posted by jess at 2:30 PM on March 20, 2001

The site was completely bonked for around 2-3 hours. Really made for a depressingly productive workday. Rolling blackouts, Matt?
posted by Skot at 2:30 PM on March 20, 2001

That's what I was thinking, Skot.

...or maybe mathowie just dropped the server.
posted by pnevares at 2:52 PM on March 20, 2001

Rolling blackouts baby. Even my workplace was down for an hour or so.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 3:05 PM on March 20, 2001

bah. while I'm never one to scoff at an opening for the East to pull ahead in the my-coast-is-better-than-your-coast digital elite rivalry, I must say the price of this particular gain is higher than I'd like to pay.
posted by Sapphireblue at 3:27 PM on March 20, 2001

There was a note on haughey.com about it. Much appreciated, Matt.
posted by rodii at 4:08 PM on March 20, 2001

Ah! Duh. I've noticed all day that a whole whackload of sites weren't responding. This makes it all clear.
posted by cCranium at 4:18 PM on March 20, 2001

I must say the price of this particular gain is higher than I'd like to pay.

Well, if you believe the Energy Secretary, this isn't a problem isolated to California:


Humans are used to living as though they are drawing from an infinite supply of replenishable natural resources. With our needs (or wants, rather) outstripping the supplies, we're gradually finding out that we do in fact live within a finite area with finite resources. Hopefully, this power crisis will be part of that learning process.
posted by jkottke at 4:32 PM on March 20, 2001

I don't know that humans are used to living that way. We Americans sure are.
posted by sudama at 5:58 PM on March 20, 2001

I don't know that humans are used to living that way.

Sure we are. You shoot a deer, there's another one that comes along next year. You harvest some corn, there's some that grows up in its place next year. Sure, there are always lean years, but the supply is always more or less there. This doesn't scale when you're talking about 6 billion humans using up natural resources. The oil will eventually run out. Plant too much corn? The soil will lose its nutrients. America is a huge part of the problem, but as other nations continue to industrialize as quick as they can (read "as cheap and environmentally unfriendly as they can"), it's going to get worse.
posted by jkottke at 9:08 PM on March 20, 2001

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