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July 15, 2012

nwkarchivist:

35 Years Ago, New York City Blacks Out

On a muggy dog-day evening last week, a vagrant summer storm knocked out high-voltage power lines in the near New York exurbs—and within the hour returned 9 million people to the dark, heat and disquiet of a pre-electric age … And it underscored once again the fragility of urban American in the last quarter of the twentieth century—a state of dependence so total that a burst of lightning could shut down the nation’s largest city as surely and nearly as completely as a neutron bomb.

Newsweek, July, 25, 1977

This is what DC was like two weeks ago, except with laptops, power outlets and sniping.

10:24 // 2 years ago
January 13, 2012

Reddit, Wikipedia want the Internet to imagine a life with SOPA

  • downtime To demonstrate what Internet life might be like with SOPA/PIPA in the mix, Reddit will be shut down on Jan. 18. Instead, users can watch a livestream of a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee meeting on DNS and search engine blocking, where the site’s co-founder, Alexis Ohanian, will offer remarks to Congress.
  • backup Wikipedia co-founder, Jimmy Wales, has expressed his support of Reddit’s move, and may even work with the site, potentially creating a similar shutdown of Wikipedia. With big websites explicitly showing users what a life with SOPA/PIPA is like, could public outrage crop up? And will Google or Facebook join in? source

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0:52 // 2 years ago
September 9, 2011

latimes:

How do photographers shoot a blackout? By using whatever available light there is.

Photos: Scenes from the massive blackout in Southern California Thursday evening. Credit: Los Angeles Times 

These shots are pretty freaking awesome. At least something good came out of that blackout.

11:58 // 2 years ago
Restoring power in the aftermath of the loss of the entire local grid serving San Diego and southern Orange counties was a monumental task. The restoration process, however, has left our local power grid very fragile and we are asking our customers to conserve electricity throughout the day Friday.
SDG&E vice president of electric operations David Geier • Discussing last night’s blackout, which affected nearly five million people in Mexico, Arizona and California. The blackout led to some great photos, but fortunately, it looks like it ended relatively painlessly. We’ll keep an eye on this today. source (viafollow)
11:56 // 2 years ago
September 8, 2011
22:03 // 2 years ago
latimes:

A blackout across San Diego and parts of Orange County has left 1.4 million people without power, shutting down cooling centers, causing traffic gridlock and affecting San Onofre’s nuclear reactors. Power might not be fully restored until Friday.
Check out our full coverage on L.A. Now.

latimes:

A blackout across San Diego and parts of Orange County has left 1.4 million people without power, shutting down cooling centers, causing traffic gridlock and affecting San Onofre’s nuclear reactors. Power might not be fully restored until Friday.

Check out our full coverage on L.A. Now.

21:54 // 2 years ago
Because every good blackout deserves a parody account.

Because every good blackout deserves a parody account.

21:08 // 2 years ago
There’s a major power outage in the region. SDG&E crews are working as quickly and safely as possible. We don’t have an estimated restoration time. The power could be out through the night and into tomorrow. The outage has affected street lights. Please drive safely and treat the street lights as a four-way stop. If you have a personal family emergency plan, please activate it now.
A message on San Diego Gas & Electric’s home page.
20:42 // 2 years ago