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NYC power outage?
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Nevermind, here we go...

UPDATE: So hiphopatcong calls me, looking for news. He's up in the Bronx, in the middle of a major outage. No traffic lights, no subway, nothing running. Cars just playing it by ear through intersections, people walking around, chaos. Little information on the web as of now. We here at Drew got hit by a brownout, but most of our devices stayed on it was so short. Crazy.

UPDATE 2: Finally Google updates. There you go, plenty of media to soak up.

UPDATE 3: shmivejournal's theory about events up north, and the RPGnet forum on it.

UPDATE 4: Graphs can be fun children!

UPDATE 5: Last update. Heard from Pete, he's ok. Test text message from hiphopatcong, he's ok. Now driving to Hoboken. If it looks bad, I'll turn around. I might just get to watch the city in the dark over the river. Good times. Take care people, be safe.

Feeling: curious curious
Listening to: Chemical Brothers

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Comments
celaeno From: celaeno Date: August 14th, 2003 01:44 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Yes, and why yahoo gets these things first, I don't know.

Wasn't just NYC. Hartford did, too. I think. I'll ask Mike when he gets home, but at the very least, Ellington browned out.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: August 14th, 2003 01:52 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Nuts. Outages all over Jersey.
celaeno From: celaeno Date: August 14th, 2003 01:53 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Yeah, Hartford did. It's made it to CNN now.

http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/08/14/power.outage/index.html
kingfox From: kingfox Date: August 14th, 2003 01:58 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Took them a moment. blackbytes got an email about breaking news from CNN, with a link to no information.
shmivejournal From: shmivejournal Date: August 14th, 2003 01:54 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
kingfox From: kingfox Date: August 14th, 2003 01:58 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
So.... sushi tomorrow should be interesting, eh?
celaeno From: celaeno Date: August 14th, 2003 02:17 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Hah. Beat you by a minute :-Þ
shmivejournal From: shmivejournal Date: August 14th, 2003 02:25 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
it's times like these that i really feel bad for the terrorists.

I mean, they're off figuring out how to make bombs or creating an elaborate procedure to stealthly hide a razor blade inside a stuffed rabbit for an airline flight and here we go again, pointing the finger at "the terrorists".

Oh, it's "the terrorists that did it". The terrorists this, the terrorists that. They didn't do anything!

when will they finally be accepted into homogenous mainstream american culture. This I ask of you.


celaeno From: celaeno Date: August 14th, 2003 02:31 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Naah, this one was a freebie. They didn't have to do anything! We're capable of making a mess of things all on our own.
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kingfox From: kingfox Date: August 14th, 2003 01:59 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Terrorist conspiracy theories make it to mainstream media yet about this?
kingfox From: kingfox Date: August 14th, 2003 02:06 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
And they provide excellent tech support as well!
kingfox From: kingfox Date: August 14th, 2003 02:05 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Just heard internet radio from caniswolfie's office insisting that it was nothing but ``a good old fashioned power outage''.
From: viral_messiah Date: August 14th, 2003 02:09 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
It's retarded. That's all I can say. Can't these high payed engineers create a grid that works and has safety switches or something..like a GIANT "surge protector". One person I talked to said that maybe the grid is old..I was like..hell..I have to update my Windows version constantly with patches...can't they update something A BIT more important than that with some sort of efficiency. People cry terrorism. I say it's the stupidity of some overpayed engineers taking too many shortcuts.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: August 14th, 2003 02:12 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
The grid works amazingly well considering the massive amounts of power it has to shunt around the country. But yeah, it's moments like this that show a little more redundancy would be nice. Even if it was just a weakness giving way, it's possibly planting the seed of an idea for people to do worse. *shrug* So if they need to get it looked at by waving the ``potential terrorist weakness'' flag about, so be it.
From: viral_messiah Date: August 14th, 2003 02:22 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
I just get this mental picture of some guy that looks like Homer Simpsons looking around and running around like crazy screaming "Doh!" haha
kingfox From: kingfox Date: August 14th, 2003 02:29 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
I like this image even better.
blackbytes From: blackbytes Date: August 14th, 2003 07:03 pm (UTC) (Hard link)

O Canada!

I like how we're blaming Canada and Canada is blaming us. Could this mean war???
crescentdude From: crescentdude Date: August 15th, 2003 07:15 am (UTC) (Hard link)
Well, if the companies are anything like where I work, the not-so-high-payed engineers probably have been pushing for more redundancy for years, but the plans have been consistently shot down by short-sighted managers who stand to receive smaller bonuses when they have to spend money on things like that. I'm working for a multibillion-dollar defense contractor, and my management won't let us get $50 textbooks when we ask for them.

Engineering is far from a high-paying profession. These days, US engineering jobs are all being moved out to Asia where they're willing to work for $5k/year.

So it could be the fault of the engineers. I'd say there's a better chance that the engineers have seen this coming for a long time now.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: August 21st, 2003 04:13 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Typical inability to get funds for preventitive measures. Can't get money for security until a hacker pantses the corp, etc.
cetan From: cetan Date: August 14th, 2003 02:10 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
*scene at powerplant*

"Hey boss, what's this window that just popped up telling me my computer is going to shut down in 60 seconds?"

"Oh shit..."
kingfox From: kingfox Date: August 14th, 2003 02:13 pm (UTC) (Hard link)

Priceless

Heheheheheheh.
egolds01 From: egolds01 Date: August 14th, 2003 07:00 pm (UTC) (Hard link)

Re: Priceless

Hahaha, that is a riot. Midtown NYC still is out of power for the moment. Warmed by the glow of candlelight, I have about 30 minutes of laptop power left. What still freaks me out is that MSN never went down, I mean, isn't that scary?

Either way, for those who didn't know, Yuka has their fish caught right now as we speak, it's frozen and shipped to the US so that it's ready by tomorrow morning.

Translation, fresh sushi! We'll see how the things develop. But otherwise I'll see ya all tomorrow.
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