Dave Berry Quote

Meetings are an addictive, highly self-indulgent activity that corporations and other organizations habitually engage in only because they cannot actually masturbate. – Dave Berry, Pulitzer Prize – winning American humorist

A Juneau Morning With Out Power

I set my alarm last night so I would wake up earlier then normal this morning. I had been hearing all day yesterday that we were expected to get five inches of snow during the night, and I wanted to be awake early enough to clear the snow off our vehicles so Hannah and I could get the work on time.

Well I got up and did just that. After a quick shower I strapped on my boots, grabbed my gloves and pulled a hat on over my head. Using a snow brush from my truck I cleared the piled up snow off of both of our vehicals. I then started my car and let it warm up and went back inside. I didn’t start Hannah’s because she hand a couple of hours before she had to be at work.

When I got inside the house I noticed all the lights where out and realized we were experiencing another Juneau power outage. I got a flash light out so Hannah and I could see our way around before calling some of the guys I work with to find out how bad the power outage was.

Twenty minutes later I was at work having left a little earlier then I normally do. My office was darker then normal because the power outage also affected our office. After about two hours all of our clients we service had power restored and I had my core group of guys going around helping bring up servers and implementing repairs where needed.

Photo by: Brian Wallace Alaska Electric Light & Power

Photo by: Brian Wallace Alaska Electric Light & Power

The Juneau Empire website reported the following about the power outage.

Trees fell on three different areas of power lines this morning, causing an area-wide power outage.

One tree fell on a line near the airport, one fell downtown and one fell in the Salmon Creek area, according to Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. spokeswoman Gayle Wood.

As of 10 a.m., power had been restored to the Mendenhall Valley, Wood, said, while crews were trying to remove the large tree that fell on transmission lines near the Salmon Creek area.

Wood said she expected power to be restored to all areas by 10:45 a.m., but power appeared restored in areas near downtown by 10:30 a.m.

AEL&P is Juneau’s privately owned electric utility company that has 15,500 customers.

Links Of The Week: Rage, Paintball, Google Embarrassed, Jeff MacKay Passes Away

Rage Against The Machine

Rage Against the Machine showed up late and without a permit and did not get to perform, resulting in a crowd protest [Link]

1100 barrel paintball gun

[Adam] and [Jamie] from Mythbusters built a paintball gun with 1100 barrels as some graphics card marketing gimmick. It’s a formidable beast, but we’re sure it takes forever to prep. [Link]

Google cofounder on no Chrome for Macs: “It’s embarrassing”

After this press conference to announce Google’s new Web browser, Chrome, Google cofounder Sergey Brin asked BoomTown’s Kara Swisher if she’d try it out. “But you don’t have a Mac version, baby, so no,” Swisher tells him in this clip, excerpted from Swisher’s longer interview. “I know, I know, it’s embarrassing,” says Brin. [Link]

G1 Voice Actor Jeff MacKay passes away

TVSquad.com is reporting that Jeff MacKay has passed away at the age of 60. Known for roles in “Magnum, P.I” and “JAG”, he is perhaps best known to Transformer fans as the voice of the Aerialbot Fireflight in the original 80’s cartoon. [Link]