Where in the World is Mark Pilgrim?

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

It appears that Mark Pilgrim, the author of one of my favorite Python language resources, has pulled a disappearing act. I wanted to recall a certain page on diveintopython.org, but was instead greeted with a 410 error:


The requested resource
is no longer available on this server and there is no forwarding address. Please remove all references to this resource.

His other websites, as well as social networking accounts, have also gone:

His personal site is missing, too.

Whoa. How does someone just evaporate off the Internet like that? The search continues, but there may be a ray of hope

Pilgrim has shared an incredible volume of information with Internet users everywhere. I hope he is alright.


ultimatebuster pointed me to firehose.diveintomark.org [ATOM], which contained recent Twitter activity; the site is now inaccessible, so the link points to my personal mirror copy.

Jason Scott¬†called Pilgrim’s local police department, and Pilgrim was less than amused…

I called his police department to ask for a welfare check – someone had done it 4 minutes before me.

Mark Pilgrim is alive/annoyed we called the police. Please stand down and give the man privacy and space, and thanks everyone for caring.

The communication was specifically verified, it was him, and that’s that. That was the single hardest decision I’ve had to make this year.

… and that’s that!


  1. Second book about programming I’ve ever read is about him!
    Hope he doesn’t become http://whyday.org/

  2. Cody says:

    This seems like a huge loss. I cannot imagine why someone would remove themselves from the world like this.