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Hail Seizure

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Trapper Zoid

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I got another business book through the mail yesterday - "Going Solo in Your Own Small Business" by John English. From a glance through it seems to cover similar material as another book of his which I own, "How To Organise and Operate a small business in Australia", but it will be a decent complement to have the same material in different words. I am also skimming back through "The Indie Game Development Survival Guide" by David Michael, which is a must to own if you are considering going indie. I am finding it hard to keep all the business approaches in my head, so I plan on summarising everything in an article; it is a great way to learn new things to write it up.

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.
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Damn my working from home job.. no excuses not to work :(. Was watching the thunderstorm last night from Palmerston. Pretty spectacular stuff, but I didn't realise that the damage caused was that bad. Hope everything goes well with getting your papers back.

Another book that I found interesting was "The Penguin Small Business Guide" ISBN: 0-14-300210-4. Has similar concepts to John English's "... Small business in Australia" book (which I also own), but goes into more detail in the planning and financial sections. A down side is that it is much less readable than English's guide.

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Damn my working from home job.. no excuses not to work :(. Was watching the thunderstorm last night from Palmerston. Pretty spectacular stuff, but I didn't realise that the damage caused was that bad. Hope everything goes well with getting your papers back.

I know; I just thought it was going to be a heavy thunderstorm until it started hailing and kept on hailing. Even then I didn't realise how bad it was until it stopped hailing and I ventured out to check on my car and realised the entire place was flooded and ankle deep in ice.

It seems the university and Canberra Centre were the hardest hit. I expect most of the damage is superficial; leaves and dirt everywhere and pile and piles of ice; but some of the buildings here have poor roofs and got serious damage. I haven't been able to make it into my research building but I hear it was several centimetres deep in water on the top floor and covered in hail.

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Another book that I found interesting was "The Penguin Small Business Guide" ISBN: 0-14-300210-4. Has similar concepts to John English's "... Small business in Australia" book (which I also own), but goes into more detail in the planning and financial sections. A down side is that it is much less readable than English's guide.

Thanks - the financial side of things is a big weak point in my knowledge, so another guide book that covers that aspect to a larger degree will be very helpful.

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