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]

Links Of The Week: VPILF, PS3, Dail A Human, Joker’s Fatality

http://vpilf.com/

It’s just a great URL for SARAH PALIN  Vice President Nominee

80GB PS3 Core System goes for the green, more energy-saving?

it seems as though the new unit is more energy-saving. For one, the new model used only 130 watts as compared to the 155.2 watts that the 40GB model used when Metal Gear Solid 4 is on play. Other stats show that the new unit used only 111.9 watts when idle on the XBM, while the 40GB was guzzling up to 125.8 watts. [Link]

Dial A Human Cuts Through Automated Phone Prompts

When you’ve just about had it with an incorrect bill, a faulty product, or anything else you have to call a 1-800 number for, waiting for the automated operator to finish listing all the buttons you can push can feel like rubbing salt in the wound. Dial a Human, a web directory of shortcuts and end-runs around unnecessary prompts, eases the pain. Right now, the site’s just a long, single-page list of what button combinations to press to get to a real person, but user submissions can bolster the page to become a more universal directory. Take a quick read down the page, and you’ll realize that jamming on “0” repeatedly just won’t cut it any more. [Link]

The Joker’s Fatality

/Gamer has video of The Joker’s Fatality from the upcoming Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe video game. You have to admit, it’s pretty funny. [Link]

Links Of The Week: The Archive, Microsoft Ads, Multitasking Myth

The Archive

Paul Mawhinney was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. Over the years he has amassed what has become the world’s largest record collection. Due to health issues and a struggling record industry Paul is being forced to sell his collection. [Link]

Microsoft to trot out Bill Gates and enlist Mac user Jerry Seinfeld to shill Windows Vista in ads

Microsoft Corp., weary of being cast as a stodgy oldster by Apple Inc.’s advertising, is turning for help to Jerry Seinfeld,” Suzanne Vranica and Robert A. Guth report for The Wall Street Journal. [Link]

The Myth of Multitasking – How doing it all gets nothing done

Multitasking has killed my productivity. [Link]

Links Of The Week: Isaac Hayes, Alaska Pays, Apple Exceeds Google, Mac OS Usability, Server-Side 3D Rendering, BigFoot.

Got another set of ‘Links of the Week” for you.

Isaac Hayes Dead at 65

Isaac Hayes, the unmistakable musician and actor who won an Oscar in 1971 for his “Theme From Shaftand starred as Chef on South Park, has died at age 65. He was found unresponsive by a family member, having apparently collapsed during a workout. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hame of Fame in 2002. [Link]

Alaska pays residents $1,200 for high energy costs

Alaska’s legislature late Thursday approved a one-time $1,200 payment to nearly every state resident as a way for them to handle the highest energy prices in the United States. [Link]

Apple market value exceeds Google’s

Digital Daily, part of the Wall Street Journal’s All Things Digital site, is reporting that Apple’s market value is now greater than that of Google. [Link]

Top 10 Usability Highs Of Mac OS

Although I’ve been a Windows power user for years, the transition to Mac couldn’t have been easier and more pleasant. I don’t want to turn this article into some endless rambling about how great Mac is, but as the user of both systems I can speak from my own experience quite objectively. [Link]

OTOY Developing Server-Side 3D Rendering Technology

Imagine you could play video games – and immerse yourself in virtual worlds – with 3D graphics comparable to those found in blockbuster films like Transformers or WALL•E. And then imagine you could experience and control those graphics in real-time from any internet-enabled device, whether it be a desktop computer, set-top box or even iPhone. [Link]

Body proves Bigfoot no myth, hunters say

A policeman and a former corrections officer say that on Friday they will unveil evidence of what they claim is their biggest find ever: the body of Bigfoot. [Link]

Links Of The Week: Scotty, Blogging, 5 Theories, Energy Conservation

This is something new I am going to try. The idea here is that I will do a new post once a week on links I find around the web. Stories and posts that I think are worth sharing because they are interesting to me. The links I will share come from RSS Feeds I subscribe to, Friends who told me about them, and E-mails I get. So here we go.

Unfulfilled space funeral for “Scotty”: words from his son.

There have been many attempts to send my father on his way. On Saturday, the latest launch attempt by SpaceX, with a portion of my father’s remains aboard, failed to achieve orbit. While there are many complicated reasons why this is a disappointment, mine is simple: I’d like to finish saying goodbye. [Link]

How to: Be an uber blogger, by Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow, uber blogger of Boing Boing, science fiction writer and part-time resident of the Magic Kingdom describes how to create a blog that people read. [Link]

5 Scientific Theories That Will Make Your Head Explode

There are generally two types of science: first, there’s the type that makes computers work, allows us to ride around in metal boxes propelled by continuous explosion, and makes it so that milk doesn’t taste all gross. Then there’s the fringe science, the stuff that shoots up your nose like mathematical horseradish and dances a jig on your brain…or brane, as it were (that’s the nerdiest joke in the article, we promise). So kick off your work boots, put on your thought slippers, and prepare for a science course so mind-blowing, it’s written almost entirely in italics. [Link]

Energy Conservation in Alaska: What Worked? What Did Not?

It’s been over three months since an avalanche knocked out our hydropower supply in Juneau. At that time, Get Rich Slowly readers provided plenty of great comments and potential solutions. Unfortunately, we rarely get sunny days here in Southeast Alaska because it rains or snows about 200 days a year. Thus, we couldn’t make use of the oft-recommended solar energy. [Link]