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Hello world! You still exist. That's nice. I have been having Adventures. On Thursday night there was the mother of all electrical storms. Seriously, everything blew up. A telegraph pole just down the road scored a direct hit, and got lit up like a Christmas tree, which blew out everybody's internet. I seem to have done better than some people; I think the neighbours may have absorbed the worst of it (neighbours have purpose! Who knew?!), but my router got toasted. Fortunately the computer didn't, but the phone line got more or less fried, so even with a new router, there was a bit of a wait to get things up and running again. And there's me thinking all these years that I'm alright Jack, just because I unplug everything from the mains during storms. From now on I shall be unplugging the telephone too. Jeepers.

Still, it was an awesome storm. Everything blew up. Everything. Well okay, not everything, but still. It was entertaining enough that I've more or less forgiven it for cutting me off for a week. Anyway, I hope everybody is well, and I shall endeavour to catch up with anything that seems important/interesting/suitably ridiculous. So that's most of you covered. I've spent the last week reading things the low-tech way, finishing a couple of stories that I think I started for Snowflake Challenge about three years ago, and watching absurd amounts of Rentaghost, so be warned that I may end up analysing the latter in depth. Yes, I know, but somebody ought to do it.

Off to catch up here and there then. Bye.


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Jul. 25th, 2014 07:02 am (UTC)
Welcome back! Oh, you've given me a fright, I never normally bother to switch off even during a storm. Now I will disconnect the entire building and huddle under a blankie praying, the next time. Offline for a week, the horror!

Rentaghost, blimey, I can't even remember the basic premise. (Okay, I remember there were ghosts.)
Jul. 25th, 2014 08:31 am (UTC)
Ghosts for rent! Oh the hilarity...

It's one of those things you don't think about until it happens; and then when it does, it seems pretty obvious. I had a friend who lost all the electrical equipment in his house when a supply station got hit by lightning. It travelled through the wires and melted every electrical socket in the area, apparently, frying everything that was plugged in! A freak event, but it's not as rare as you'd hope. So I've unplugged stuff since then. But I never thought about telephones. Makes sense, though. They're wires too. Some people have had their whole computers blow up when lightning came up the telephone wires.

I don't think it's usually a danger though. This time it was a particularly violent storm.
Jul. 25th, 2014 07:08 am (UTC)
Ugh ... so one week without internet? Sucks ...
I had a router toasted once but thank goodness it ONLY was the router.
Jul. 25th, 2014 08:33 am (UTC)
Yes, it would not be fun to lose more than that. All too easy if you have a wired connection!
Jul. 25th, 2014 12:52 pm (UTC)
I noticed you'd been quiet, but I just thought you were off doing nice summery things. Sorry to hear that it was something much more inconvenient - and nice to have you back! Glad you're okay. :-)
Jul. 25th, 2014 08:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :) Not having the internet becomes very frustrating very quickly!
Jul. 25th, 2014 02:43 pm (UTC)
Blimey! I though you'd gone on holiday. You have my deep no-internet sympathies. I wouldn't have thought about the telephone either. I'm glad you survived, eek, and are able to sausage people on the cucumber again;)

My analysis of 'Rentaghost' concluded 70's clothes are better than boxy 80's ones and it only really dropped off in quality after the double length series 7. Spookily, I've been wondering if I need a Mr Claypole icon or not.
Jul. 25th, 2014 08:45 pm (UTC)
I used to have a Claypole icon. I'm not sure why I don't anymore. Probably ran out of space.

The seventies are terrifying sometimes, and awesome sometimes. There were some amazing clothes, but also a frightening number of people who thought brown wallpaper was a good idea. I'm also watching a lot of "Kojak" lately, so I'm basically living in the seventies. I'm becoming a bit afraid of moustaches.
Jul. 26th, 2014 03:33 pm (UTC)
a bit afraid of moustaches should be a quote icon:D

And brown titles, at least they have no dead trees in their homes(?). I've decamped to the early 80's - the fashions are surprisingly similar to 2014. I'm trying not to look at the 90's the textiles look cheap.
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