Because the web is a sprawling place that is largely concentrated in the Bay Area to this day, there is some minor effect on Websnark thanks to the (rumored and very possibly false but way too amusing not to pretend is true) drunk guy killing off the world wide web as we know it. As we use Typekey here (we're so, so close to being able to ditch it forever!) the downing of all of Six Apart except their corporate site (what a thing to be redundant) has made it difficult for people to comment here on the 'Snark.
If you've commented or otherwise authenticated Typekey in the last couple of weeks, it may work for you. If not, it may not. Either way, we apologize for the inconvenience!