Perhaps you noticed the lack of posts today. Perhaps not. In any case, I’m probably well over 1,000 miles from where Ike made landfall, but even Ike’s far-flung remnants provided us with an annoyingly impressive windstorm. One of those savage windstorms that make you glad you live in a brick house, or make you wish you did.
By morning the wind was gone, along with electricity, internet service, and large parts of the surrounding trees. Everyone’s yard was carpeted with leaves, like some sort of monochrome autumn.
My house seemed to be one of a small number in the neighborhood that still had power, although I don’t know what you’re supposed to do with electricity without the internet. I’d heard it was useful for other things, but I couldn’t remember anything off the top of my head. I tried to Google it, but then I remembered, oh right.
It’s nearly evening now, and you can hear chainsaws all over the neighborhood as people carve up the fallen branches and trees into moveable chunks. Internet is back on (obviously) and everyone seems to have power again. Good show.
I’m not complaining. Many others suffered a lot worse, and a day without internet is a pretty timid calamity. Still, it drove home the point that:
- 80% of my day is spent at the computer.
- 90% of what I do on the computer requires the internet.
A Star is Born
Remember the superhero MMO from 2009? Neither does anyone else. It was dumb. So dumb I was compelled to write this.
What is Vulkan?
There's a new graphics API in town. What does that mean, and why do we need it?
The Terrible New Thing
Fidget spinners are ruining education! We need to... oh, never mind the fad is over. This is not the first time we've had a dumb moral panic.
Starcraft: Bot Fight
Let's do some scripting to make the Starcraft AI fight itself, and see how smart it is. Or isn't.
Shamus Plays WOW
Ever wondered what's in all those quest boxes you've never bothered to read? Get ready: They're more insane than you might expect.