And it looks like the rumours of our death have been greatly exagerated.
You stubborn people have been reinvigorated and want to have a weekly chat night to keep things going, and keep in touch. Because really; even with LJ and Twitter and whatnot, nothing really quite replaces the interaction of IRC, does it?
So yeah, we're not dead yet. We'll see how weekly chats go, and how long that lasts. ;)