July 3rd, 2012

Dead Dog Cat

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Wow, did I clear the shelves a bit over the last day or so!

First one that I finished was The Ramage Companion by Grundner; it's a compendium of information to make a nautical series of books written about the Napoleonic era more understandable. The author of the Ramage series wrote 18 books in that saga, but he died in 1997, so there will be no others. I liked those books, and I like this particular form of fiction, so this companion was, to me, a rather good read.

Next was Royko in Love, which the University of Chicago Press offered in June as a free ebook to read with Adobe Digital Editions. This was the first book I've read completely on my desktop computer. It's a series of love letters that columnist Mike Royko wrote to his future wife while he was serving in the USAF in the mid-50s. They were gathered by, edited by, and explained by Royko's son. For those of us who grew up in Chicago, reading his columns, or who read his book Boss about Chicago politics and the first Mayor Daley, these might be interesting; you can see his style growing. For those who don't have that history, I don't think this will be your cup of tea.

Then, a little while ago, I finished reading another historical mystery by Paul Doherty, called The Mysterium, set in the England of Edward I. I found it to really move along after about chapter two. I've read a lot of this author's works, and generally enjoyed them, but this particular series, among his many, seems like it's sputtering out.
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Work isn't all that busy. Even so, I have a lot of driving today; three housecalls...

Last night was very nice, in that we drove down to the circle in Orange, and met our friends from Xcentricities, Dan and Ynharad, along with two of their friends. They had been working their booth at Anime Expo; before they return to Albuquerque, we joined them for a Cuban meal at Felix, in Orange, and then strolled the neighborhood, chatting. Lovely time.

It sounds like Anime Expo should hire the Dorsai Irregulars for security, though.
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Yesterday morning I had severe difficulties accessing significant portions of the Internet.

Some folks suggested that it was brought on by system failures on the East Coast due to storms and flooding.

OK, I thought. Sensible. Why do I still feel ... miffed?

After pondering for most of yesterday, I remembered why.


A major node in the Internet was in NOLA. A small group of people stayed behind and kept that node running through the storm and the floods. They did everything they had to do to keep the system functional, including generators and guarding the site.

If you don't believe me, go looking on LJ for interdictor's posts of the period.

So, where were the brave folks to protect the Internet on the East Coast? Or is it only a Southern attitude to fight the good fight?

I don't know. Maybe there was too much devastation from this storm. But wasn't there similar devastation on the Gulf Coast?