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Boston rocked by explosions, NSTAR claims responsibility [24th Nov. 2008|07:38]
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www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2008/11/24/boston_manhole_explosions_knock_out_power/


It's always thrilling to live in a city where things spontaneously explode for no apparent reason. In the case of Boston, however, when it happens people don't automatically assume terrorism. We have some of the world's oldest industrial infrastructure, and bits of it are forever blowing up, seizing up, falling apart, veering out of control, springing leaks or imploding.

I am relieved that on this occasion, no one appears so far to have been injured by the blasts. As usual, the official statement is delicately worded and vague, and barely masks the sense that the electric company has no earthly clue, either about why the electrical grid we pay them to maintain happens to be erupting right at the moment, or even when we might expect it to stop doing so.
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From: lilas
2008-11-24 14:07 (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: blipvert
2008-11-24 19:40 (UTC)

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Yeah, how silly. If people in Boston panicked every time the earth opened up and sprouted flames from giant craters, downtown traffic would be even worse than it already is. No, we like to reserve our mass hysteria for the really important things. Huge crater in the road, you just gun it and hope you hit Satan.
[User Picture]From: cz_unit
2008-11-24 14:35 (UTC)

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And of course the Mass DMV doesn't have any oh what are they called... generators for their data center. No, the DR plan is roll over and die.

Ah well.
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[User Picture]From: marmota
2008-11-24 16:12 (UTC)

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*blink* In my brain, "Disaster Recovery" when applied to the RMV would *be* shutting it down. So it sort of worked out correctly. (Granted, the followup would be to replace it with something efficient, but hey... close enough for government work. ;)
[User Picture]From: cz_unit
2008-11-24 19:22 (UTC)

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In case of Anarchy, break glass!

CZ
From: the_fuzzy_bunny
2008-11-24 18:16 (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: blipvert
2008-11-24 19:49 (UTC)

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Don't forget the exciting possibility of being creamed by a loose ceiling panel as you drive through one of our tunnels.

I swear, if it weren't for our glorious weather no one would ever want to live here.
[User Picture]From: skreeky
2008-11-24 21:20 (UTC)

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*sigh* A-gain?? This is three times that I recall off the top of my head, and I'm not sure that includes the dog that got electrocuted walking across an ordinary grate.

Damn straight, we roll our eyes and keep driving. We have the luxury to "never attribute to malice what can be explained by stupidity."

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Edited at 2008-11-24 21:22 (UTC)