December 28, 2018

Strange blue light.



"A transformer fire in Queens sent an eerie blue light flooding the nighttime sky Thursday night as electricity flickered in homes and an airport was plunged into darkness."

Finishing this post I thought I might have a tag for "strangeness." Here are the suggestions I saw as I started to type the word:



So I could see that I don't have a "strangeness" tag (or "label" as Blogger calls it), but I do have 2 tags for "Dr. Strangelove" (the second one created after the software started blocking apostrophes in the tags). And I see the old "written strangely early in the morning" tag. I don't think of using that anymore, because I'm often up and posting before 5.

39 comments:

Wilbur said...

Reminds me of the nickname for poor-fielding 60's first baseman Dick Stuart: Dr. Strangeglove.

Dave Begley said...

Was it a terrorist attack? That's what I want to know.

Lyssa said...

“Written strangely early in the morning” has long been one of my favorite tags. It’s just so very Althouse.

My other 2 favorites are probably “insect politics” and “animals are jerks.”

Hagar said...

Off topic, but I am very thankful Centurylink is up and working again after an all day outage yesterday. Apparently something happened to take down their entire internet service across the country. It is kind of strange that I have not seen it mentioned anywhere but on one local TV news cast.

EDH said...

As I recall from Tidy-Bowl and Efferdent commercials, that blue color “means it’s working”.

tim in vermont said...

pparently something happened to take down their entire internet service across the country.

Poorly tested software upgrade? Just a guess, but I would put money on it.

EDH said...

Interestingly, the same light appeared over Queens the night Trump was born.

rhhardin said...

I mentioned the outage of CenturyLink yesterday, via a dialup connection.

I didn't know it was nationwide though. I thought probably just central Ohio or something.

Ralph L said...

You follow Jake the Asshole?

Fernandistein said...

An NBC youtube video of it has some audio, a hum with peaks at 118Hz and 236Hz, rather than 120Hz, etc, which I attribute to an intergalactic red-shift caused by the aliens hypothesized by Drudge. And by Alienogenic Intergalactic Warming, of course.

Howard said...

If you have Gen-Z grandkids, you might want to have a "Stranger Things" tag.

rhhardin said...

The CenturyLink outage was found at 5am EST on the 27th and was working this morning at 6am, but not last night. Very long technical help call center line, I never got through. I'd thought it was just me until they started putting an announcement on the call center line that it's not just you, about 3pm.

Ann Althouse said...

Thanks, Lyssa.

rhhardin said...

There's word of a CenturyLink gofundme drive.

rhhardin said...

It may be time for another name change. CenturyLink used to be United Telephone and then Sprint, as I recall the telephone bill history.

Greg Hlatky said...

No transformers ever blew when Obama was president.

Hammond X. Gritzkofe said...

Cherenkov radiation? Blue flash of criticality event?

Hagar said...

In the paper this morning, the Municipal Court shut down due to the outage as did parts of Bank of America, and I think the local water authority had some kind of a problem, etc.

And so on in pockets across the country.

Ralph L said...

It was United Telecom somewhere in there. I inherited some as Carolina Telephone and Telegraph. There were a couple of other forgettable spinoff names between Sprint and Centurylink.

rhhardin said...

CenturyLink DSL modems don't self-recover. Once they have internet, they stick with it even if the internet is gone, and they won't notice it coming back. You have to recycle the power to correct it. Maybe an IP assignment thing.

Anyway maybe somebody has to physically go around resetting stuff.

rhhardin said...

The only high power blue flashes I got as a kid was mercury vapor tubes in the ham radio amplifier.

Howard said...

The Mad Hammer

MadisonMan said...

The favorite tweet I saw about it: "Movie Studio goes to Great Lengths to publicize new Bumblebee movie" Something like that.

Hagar said...

Anyway, I would have thought this to be quite a news item, considering all the previous speculation about the vulnerabilities of the US internet systems.

HoodlumDoodlum said...

Strangelove, Kubrick, blue, otherwordly: perfect

HoodlumDoodlum said...

The intensity of the light and the visibility (through the clouds) were impressive but not surprising. The surprising part, to me at least, is how long that arc/arcing lasted. I would have thought a number of automatic systems would have shut it down pretty quickly, but that sucker lasted for a while.

Curious George said...

Three days late. NY could have had a Blue Christmas.

Thank you. Thank you very much.

rhhardin said...

At CenturyLink's official site, find a reliable local provider of high speed internet, phone and TV services to homes as well as large and small businesses.

- unfortunate home page titles

Caligula said...

Much of New York City's infrastructure is ancient. Perhaps if news organizations could still afford reporters someone might have looked up whether perhaps this transformer predates the Eisenhower administration?

Rick Turley said...

Hmmm. A blown transformer on our block in Chicago was an annual summer event when we lived there - a very loud bang, followed shortly by a whiff of singed squirrel fur. No blue lights, though.


The writing was written is a strange manner or it was strange to be writing then?

rhhardin said...

An AT&T software upgrade took down the long distance network in 1990. Some coder in C doing demorgan's laws in his head.

wildswan said...

I also thought the blue light lasted too long, considering how bright it was and how much power must have been involved. Electrical events are usually quick as a flash. And what made the light blue? I guess the truth will trickle out at the speed of water.

rhhardin said...

Responsibility theater

“When an emergency strikes, it’s critical that Americans are able to use 911 to reach those who can help," FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced Friday. "The CenturyLink service outage is therefore completely unacceptable, and its breadth and duration are particularly troubling. I’ve directed the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau to immediately launch an investigation into the cause and impact of this outage."

Yancey Ward said...

The resistance successfully sent Kyle Reese back in time. However, he has a long trip to LA.

richlb said...

My family went to NYC yesterday for a day trip from Baltimore. We got on the Amtrak train at 9:10pm and just missed this. I'm so pissed that we didn't take the next train and have a chance to see such an eerie site in the skies above the Big Apple.

chillblaine said...

This is very beautiful and I plan to spend some time with this later. Thanks, Ann.

Scott M said...

Was it an Autobot or a Decepticon?

Bunkypotatohead said...

Everyone there is gonna get cancer. Is there a tag for that?

Rusty said...

Well. A nice tan anyway.