However that might have to wait a day or two, because the weather in Canberra seems to be going haywire. We have been having thunderstorms nearly every night (rain, in Canberra?) and last night we had a monster hailstorm the likes of which I've never seen. The hail was as big as ice cubes, but there was so much of it it was covering everything. Luckilly my unit is on the second floor of my residence building so its fine, but the ground floor was partially flooded. We had to spend a couple of hours bucketing and mopping out the ice and water from the units and central foyer buildings.
Worse for me though is I have heard that the skylights in my research lab have all broken due to the weight of the hail, and given my cubicle is directly under one of those skylight it was at ground zero of the hail storm. I have no idea how much damage it caused, but I expect it to be severe. I should have backups of all the important computer work, but my papers and books might be trashed; which is a real pain because I need those right at this moment for my PhD thesis write-up. I feel worse for the more hardware oriented guys though; I hope their experimental machines are not wrecked or they will be in trouble.
I am planning to head in today with buckets and sponges to see what I can salvage, although I have word that the whole campus is closed until the maintenance people can figure out whether the buildings are safe. It sounds pretty bad. If I cannot get in maybe I will work on the game dev to get my mind of it.
Addendum: Yup, can't get into my building, but the damage seems pretty extensive. It's like a disaster zone out there. I've heard from people who were working extra late that my area is drenched and covered in shattered skylight. Hopefully my filing cabinet is fine but I expect anything on my desk to be water damaged. The city centre is shut down due to extensive damage too.
Addendum 2: It looks like the university is shut down for the rest of the week. Although judging from photos I have seen of my research lab I suspect it could possibly be longer for us. That's a bit of a bummer for us postgrad students.