Strange Dream: For a geek

So I have a very strange dream last night. Maybe reminiscient of last year's NE US power outage?

There was a sudden power outage, but the internet still worked (maybe due to servers running off of huge UPS's?) and I have a small handheld computer with dying batteries and my GPS unit. For some reason, this was a world-wide power outage, and it wasn't going to stop. It was also getting cold, maybe some kind of nuclear winter?

Anyways, I was frantically going online to download the GPS coordinates for a tropic 'resort' we could head to and avoid the freezing winter. I could also check my stocks online, and the market had plummeted, but the NASDAQ computers had 'crashed' during the 'crash', so the prices couldn't bottom out.

I had some serious trouble downloading the GPS coordinates. Kind of the same feeling you get when you try to punch something, or get out of the way of a falling rock in your dreams and you're suddenly weak and/or slow. That kind of panic.

Yeah, I'm a geek.

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Andrew Turner is an advocate of open standards and open data. He is actively involved in many organizations developing and supporting open standards, including OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He co-founded CrisisCommons, a community of volunteers that, in coordination with government agencies and disaster response groups, build technology tools to help people in need during and after a crisis such as an earthquake, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire.