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Storm update

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Trapper Zoid


My productivity has been completely shot over the last couple of days, as well as my attempt to wean myself from Internet addiction. With the storm throwing my schedule completely out of kilter I've been spending a lot of time online hoping for updates, and thus generally wasting time on other Internet sites. Given it looks like my regular weekly life won't be back for quite some time I'll have to put an end to that.

It seems the storm was a supercell - the kind that form twisters in the US, although thankfully not in this case. Instead it delivered a massive amount of hail and flooding directly in the centre of Canberra. Lots of buildings had to close on Wednesday, including the Federal Court, the Canberra Centre (the main shopping centre in Civic, the centre of town) and the Australian National University. Reports indicate 60 buildings in the university sustained severe damage. In the circumstances it is understandable why everything is so confused - the maintenance people have done a splendid job in dealing with the aftermath.

Unfortunately my research building was one of the worst affected - the skylights were smashed by the hail and the building suffered severe flooding and hail damage in areas, including the graduate student cubicles where my desk is located and the computer vision and robotics labs. I have not heard much more as they are still get inspectors in to assess the damage and see if it is safe. I hope the robots and cameras are okay.

It's a pretty safe bet that I won't be back at my desk for some time, so I guess I'll have to shift into working on my PhD at home as best I can for a while and stop worrying about what's going on.

Next entry I will get back on track with game development updates. At least all my game dev work, books and equipment are nice and dry.
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That sucks. Hopefully the hardware is easy to repair if there's any damage.

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Original post by Ravuya
That sucks. Hopefully the hardware is easy to repair if there's any damage.

I hope so. Thankfully most of my work is in simulation which I've got backups of, but most of the department needs that equipment. I expect anything left on my desk is toast though; very soggy and possibly now slightly mouldy toast. I'm going to have to see if I can get in there to recover my stuff today.

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