Now this truly is sad. ArsDigita died, in reality, over a year ago when its founder, Phil Greenspun, had a public falling out with the VC board of directors. As so often happens (see Cisco, for example), when the founder sells to the VCs, his baby eventually kicks him out.
Now, it seems that ArsDigita has closed completely and sold their assets to RedHat. Phill and aD were an inspiration to many geeks on the cusp of the dot-com boom. His writing and photography inspired even the less technical among us and got us all excited about the web.
Now that the hype is over, it is appropriate for aD to die and Philip to go back to teaching full time.