The streets of Seattle are no longer safe--for cute little dogs and fiber-optic cables.
First, The Seattle Times reported today on the strange case of a dog being electrocuted
as it walked down the street. A privately and legally installed street light lacked proper grounding, and the dog was zapped walking over a metal plate on the sidewalk. My condolences to Lisa Kibben, who lost her 68-pound German shorthair pointer, Sammy, in this bizarre event. The utility dispatched a crew immediately, fixed the problem, and apologized
, trying to reassure the public that we (and perhaps our sub-70-pound children) are not in danger.
This reminded me of the peculiar death of Jodie S. Lane
in Manhattan (East Village) in 2004, walking down the street with her two dogs when one apparently received a severe shock, and Lane, unaware of what was happening, attempted to help the dogs. The dogs survived. Jodie's father, Roger M. Lane, received a massive amount of information
Con Ed objects and shocks caused to people as part of a settlement. He created a Web site which showed the 31,900 objects found to cause electrical shocks
between 2004 and 2009.
Seattle has no such history, but you can imagine that Emerald City denizens will be skipping metal panels for a while.
Second, local Seattle business site TechFlash reported that a bullet was fired into a fiber-optic cable owned by Comcast
, severing access to 2,500 customers. The motivation is unknown, and the company isn't asking for a police investigation. Oddly enough, this is not the first time. A Comcast spokesperson told TechFlash, "About 13 years ago, someone shot a bullet into a main fiber line in Tacoma on New Year's Eve, knocking out service to about half the city."
Man, I guess people are really angry about Comcast's attempting legal contractual modification
of a peering agreement with Level 3.
First they came for the fiber-optic cables, and I tweeted nothing.
Photo by Photocopy, used via Creative Commons.
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