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When discussing the sidewalk grass yesterday with my buddy Devicer, he mentioned that my original thought on this was actually a reality, and that they sell flame throwers for just such an occasion!! These things are cheap, propane-powered, and some put out in excess of 1,000,000(!) B.T.U.s. The neat thing is that they can also be used in the winter on icy sidewalks (and I'm thinking they can also melt glass or provide heat for group camping trips to Pluto).

I couldn't recall the ad that was making the sound that needed to be killed, it's the noisy backpack ad... I'll look at getting the kibosh on that today. I'll also follow-up on the noisy Telco ad (since that is local in Canada I'm not sure how readily that can be addressed).

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53. Re: blackout Aug 15, 2003, 09:33 nin
 
Oh, and I find it ironic that ABC News has a link on their web page called :

Electricity Out Where You Are? What to Do

If I wasn't so busy at work right now, I'd find an phone number on that page, tell them my power is out, and ask them to read the article to me over the phone.


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52. Re: blackout Aug 15, 2003, 09:23 nin
 
Get ready to boil your water.

Ewww...glad everything is starting to return to normal for everyone...



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51. Re: blackout Aug 15, 2003, 09:00 Bronco
 
the thing that sucked the worst is that there was no water here as well because the pumps that pump it out of lake erie were shut down.

Get ready to boil your water.



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50. Re: blackout Aug 15, 2003, 07:13 tron
 
i live outside of cleveland and our power just came back on within and hour or two... the thing that sucked the worst is that there was no water here as well because the pumps that pump it out of lake erie were shut down. it made for one long, hot, humid, and boring evening. at least it's over. i read that some people in michigan will have to go the weekend without power...

btw, fredrickson, i've always enjoyed your posts (well, some of them) but your request for "Live vooverage" of the blackout is now my all-time favorite. sounds like a sign you'd see on a strip club: "Live Vooverage! Every Friday at Midnight!!"

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49. Re: blackout Aug 15, 2003, 06:59 Hump
 
heh.. fredrickson sounds like one of those guys that lives in the mountains of Montana; unabomber style..

he also makes a good point.

something like losing power in a major metropolitan area shows just how dependant we are on technology to run out lives. Once food started to spoil, water stations wouldnt pump fresh water for drinking (no toilets either!!), looting, mutant gangs roaming the streets, cannibalism etc..

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48. Re: blackout Aug 15, 2003, 02:58 fredrickson
 
blue does this mean u are gonna jackoff hardcore tonight

fly boy i will save you
 
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47. Re: blackout Aug 15, 2003, 01:00 Trymeyes
 
Found her... she's spending the night in the city at her sister's.

That's good to know Blue, I'm glad she's safe and sound.

My brother lives in Altona(sp?) NY, near Plattsburg, haven't heard from him yet.


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46. Re: blackout Aug 14, 2003, 23:16  Blue 
 
but I am yet to locate MrsBlue, much less formulate a plan to get her home.

Found her... she's spending the night in the city at her sister's.

Whew
 
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45. nope.... Aug 14, 2003, 22:31 trgThrash
 
OH DEAR GOD!! WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE!!!!


hmmm...I need some caffine to slow me down.

 
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44. Re: blackout Aug 14, 2003, 22:31 Enahs
 
Yes people did live along time without electricity....why don't you go try it for a few years!

 
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43. Re: blackout Aug 14, 2003, 22:22 Jim
 
I don't see anyone panicking...

 
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42. Re: blackout Aug 14, 2003, 22:19 Propagandhi
 
heh.. fredrickson sounds like one of those guys that lives in the mountains of Montana; unabomber style..  
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41. Re: blackout Aug 14, 2003, 21:57 fredrickson
 
you whiney little babies, god forbid this country ever went into a real war, your cellphones wouldnt save you. jesus you people are soft. PEOPLE LIVED WITHOUT ELECTRICITY FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS, ONE LITTLE BLACKOUT IN TODAYS AMERICA, PANIC.

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40. Re: blackout Aug 14, 2003, 21:55 Enahs
 
but I am yet to locate MrsBlue, much less formulate a plan to get her home.
That sounds really annoying, and somewhat scarry!
Good luck on a speedy return!

This is why it is always good to have a cheap cellphone, and cheap service. I have a cellphone, and only 2 people know the number, for emergency.

I think about them just like with ICQ/AIM/etc
If you do not know where I am, I do not want to talk to you most likely!

 
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39. Re: blackout Aug 14, 2003, 21:50 Enahs
 
Those people here in the area without power that is back, where cell phones working? Some? No, in some areas?


 
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38. back Aug 14, 2003, 21:38 trgThrash
 
Power is back here as well...SouthEastern Ontario...near Kingston.

 
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37. Re: blackout Aug 14, 2003, 20:41 Bunko
 
Heh, my power just came on too, Blue. We must live close enough together to be on the same power grid.

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36. Re: blackout Aug 14, 2003, 20:22  Blue 
 
Forget blues power to his house! His wife takes a train to and from work every day. She is prob gonna be stuck, and he is prob gonna have to drive way off to pick her up, which with all the traffic is gonna take forever! poor blue

You are quite right about that... power just came back here in the Blue Tower, but I am yet to locate MrsBlue, much less formulate a plan to get her home.
 
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35. Re: Blackout funny though Aug 14, 2003, 20:03 Jim
 
just had a funny thought.
What if this huge blackout all turns out to be caused by that worm that has reeked havoc on windows machines all over. Someone just did not update a simple PC connected to the grid somewhere, and somehow the worm really screwed stuff up!
(yes this does not seem technically likely)
But sure as hell would be funny!

You're not the only one who has had that spooky thought....

Heard a report someone said a lightning hit the Niagara power station. I looked on the doppler and there was some very minor activity (looked like just a brief shower) in the area around 18:00, but not at 16:14 at the time it went out.

 
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34. Power outage... Aug 14, 2003, 19:57 Jim
 
Wow' This is big. I'm in Providence RI and not affected. And Blue seems to be still up (or recently restored?). One thing I'm wondering- did this affect rural areas as well, or just metro areas- they're only saying cities on the news.

I remember seeing about the great northeast blackout of 65 on the History Channel. Never thought it could happen this big these days- goes to show how vulnerable the grid is.

One thing-- if by any chance anyone with a good view of Manhattan is reading this- get a photo of the moonrise over Manhattan tonight- that will be one for the history books! Moon is up at just after 9pm or so EST.

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