I do have an irc server up and running. I use it mostly for working on that perl client I been messing around with. However, since I am an IRC addict, and I kow some others are too, I have opened it up if anyone cares to stop by. This is totally unofficial and is a very temporary thing. But if you are interested, connect to 188.8.131.52:6667 and join the idling :p
And another option is the channel on dalnet. It's still a pretty sketchy network, but We do have a registered channel over there.