Then about noon we get a message from the university saying power's going down in two hours for an emergency repair. Now we get similar notices all the time. I think the power grid on campus was installed in the Middle Ages and is maintained by Emperor Cartagia. However, they usually manage to switch to a backup system and the power only truly goes down sometimes. And even then, not for long. And they usually give several days if not weeks notice. This is the first time they've had to shut down completely. Why they couldn't wait until next week when everyone's gone, I don't know. The admin for the cluster decided to move up his upgrade work to coincide with the power outage. I think his building has a backup generator.
The power was to go down at 2 pm. I was frantically trying to get my job application polished and printed before that happened, because it had to go in by Express Mail anyway to get there by the deadline. Printed the last page at 1:53, and shut down my computer. 2:00. Nothing happens. I work on putting together my expense form for AGU. 2:30 nothing happens. Do some other stuff that can be done without a computer (there's little of that to be had). 3:00. Nothing happens. Go to the post office and mail my application (this does not happen quickly), and go home. 5:00 Check email. "The power will go down at 4:30". Oh, so you make everyone go home early because you're so hungover that it takes you two and a half hours to turn off the power?
I decided not to bloody well go in today. I can telecommute. AGU is over and I can't do any real computing right now, so there's nothing that requires me to be in my office. So why wast the gallon and a half of gas? I'm mostly going to be preparing for my class next quarter. And it's raining, which is unusual in itself.
AGU was interesting last week, but will have to wait for its own post. And we went to Hakone Gardens with cblack and jlfranklin Saturday. Pictures will be posted eventually.