A Sound of Thunder

Very frustrating night. I was writing a blog entry late last night about Barack Obama’s speech before the Demcoratic Convention when lightning struck my modem, which means my modem is pretty much toast (by the way, Atlanta readers, if anyone happened to videotape Barack’s speech, I’d love to borrow a copy–I’ll be happy to buy you a beer or a coffee for your trouble).

Fortunately, I was able to figure out how to blog from my computer here at school without any problems, but blogging and commenting may be infrequent, at best, for the next few days.

The good news: I’m going to Urbana-Champaign to visit some friends, which will make for a nice mini-vacation.


  1. Jason Said,

    July 28, 2004 @ 11:20 am

    It worked.

    Having problems?

  2. chuck Said,

    July 28, 2004 @ 11:28 am

    No problems from my office, but it looks like I’m going to have to buy a new modem for my home computer.

    I’ve never posted an entry to this blog from anywhere other than my home computer, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

    I’ve had a very annoying summer in terms of technology (first my DVD player, now my modem). Ugh!

  3. Jen Said,

    July 28, 2004 @ 11:59 am

    Thanks for reminding me. I never hooked up my surge protector to my laptop.

  4. chuck Said,

    July 28, 2004 @ 12:04 pm

    Thankfully it was just my modem and not the whole computer like I originally thought, but still, having to buy a new modem is *very* frustrating.

    Also annoying: I hadn’t heard a single thunderclap during the entire rainstorm. The lightning came completely out of the blue.

  5. Chris in Boston Said,

    July 28, 2004 @ 1:18 pm

    It was a great speech – I was lucky enough to have been there for it, but from what I gather, it played just as well on TV.

    I know your connectivity is not the best now, but Jeanne d’Arc points to a link of the speech:

    By the way, if you were unfortunate enough to miss the speech, you can load rtsp://cspanrm.fplive.net/cspan/project/c04/c04_dnc072704_obama.rm into your RealPlayer and watch it. (I haven’t been able to find a direct link that works.)

    Best of luck in getting up and running again.

  6. Lori Said,

    July 29, 2004 @ 12:30 pm

    Chuck…sorry to hear about your modem. I know that is so frustrating.

    If you haven’t already found it, you can watch the speech here: http://www.dems2004.org/site/apps/nl/content3.asp?c=luI2LaPYG&b=125925&ct=158769

    Hope things are going better!


  7. Anjali Said,

    July 29, 2004 @ 2:45 pm

    I love Obama. Heard tidbits of his speech on air america radio this morning, and i’m jones’in for more, so thanks to the commentor who provided the link for the transcript.

  8. bitchphd Said,

    July 30, 2004 @ 11:19 am

    Here’s a direct link to Obama’s speech:


  9. Chris Martin Said,

    July 30, 2004 @ 11:30 am

    I just heard from a friend that his modem got fried too. Sorry to hear about yours. I know some surge protectors have a phone jack, which may help.

  10. chuck Said,

    July 31, 2004 @ 12:18 pm

    Thanks for the links to Obama’s speech. He’s speaking here in Champaign on Tuesday (too bad I’m leaving on Sunday). I’m enjoying my vacation in Champaign (more on that later). I’ll have to look for one of the surge protectors with a phone jack.

  11. chuck Said,

    August 1, 2004 @ 10:58 pm

    Just got back to Atlanta. Modem’s still down, so I’m commenting from a Kinko’s. The trip was wonderful. More tommorow when I go in to my office.

  12. chuck Said,

    August 2, 2004 @ 11:16 am

    More blogging in the comments. Not only is my modem at home fried, but now my office computer is broken as well. I’m writing from another computer in my building, where I don’t have MT.

    When I get a chance, I’ll try to write a review of M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Village,” which I more or less liked. Just a quick observation, though: I thought the film was a relatively intriguing take on the desire for isolation or withdrawal from a dangerous world. I am growing a little less patient with Shyamalan’s self-conscious use of plot twists (some of which are now fairly telegraphed, especially in this film), but overall, I enjoyed watching it.

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