, school was canceled due to the hurricane. I got so much done on spacegame. It now has rudimentary positional
(read: stereo) sound effects that can be emitted by any body, as well as warning beeps from your own ship. I even made 3 placeholder
sound effects: two beeps, and a laser sound. It's even more like a video game with sound effects!
Thursday night, the hurricane was in full effect. The power would flicker off then on, just about every time I decided to
write an LJ entry about it. This killed my computers every time, because my UPS battery is dead. Sometime during all this, I made a
backup of my spacegame source tree and left it somewhere on the intarweb. Then, an hour or two after midnight, the power went out
for good. Word gets out that the estimated recovery time is 5-7 days. I played
tetris gnometris on my laptop until
the drunks outside were shut up by the police.
Friday morning, I wake up. No power, so obviously no alarm clock. I check UMD's page on my mobile phone's web browser,
they have closed again. I take a look at how I can use this time. Can't work on spacegame without my PC, can't collaborate with
either of my group projects without the network. There is absolutely nothing to do. Go back to sleep.
Friday afternoon. I wake up. No power, and now I have to find something to do. Scott suggests going to the Target to buy
gameboy advanceds, and maybe a link cable. Looking at the prices changed our minds pretty quick. We bought Risk, Chess, and
Scrabble instead. The rest of Friday was basically spent playing Risk. I'd never played this before... but I like it! It's the
closest I have to civ3, anyway :P Fortunately, we do have running water. Unfortunately, it is not heated, so showering is short and
cold. At this point, the University of Maryland got its power back. One such building with power is RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET from
us. Ugh. Another great use they had for their power was for four spotlights moving around for some event, belching out light into
the sky as if to announce they had more power than they knew what to do with.
Saturday afternoon. I wake up. No power, and I remember that I have 4 top sirloin steaks in the freezer that I'd rather
not see go rancid. Power came back at home Saturday morning. Well, this doesn't take a genius. I'm going home, and taking my
thawing meat with me! Threw out most of our other food items that had already gone bad, packed my bags, and left. Once I got out of
College Park (and its non-functioning traffic lights), it was an easy drive back. It's always nice to come back home, even better
when you're bringing dinner :) So, here I am using my laptop, getting caught up on all my web stuff, and having a grand old
electrically powered time. Not especially looking forward to going back to the stone age on Monday.