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  • It has been a challenging two weeks. I met my sister and hubby in Nashville for a few days at the end of June and we went to galleries and just spent time visiting and reminiscing. I left my laptop at home as I figured I could catch up on email at the hotel (since my cell phone won't let me answer email or delete it online and I'm not cell phone savvy since they don't work where I live). I checked the business services room at the hotel and they wanted $8+ for 15 minutes on the computer. I didn't use their computer, and my email stacked up.

    When I got home, I had over 900 emails and I started catching up, but the AT&T service was moving really slowly and I felt like I was on dial up. Then, on Tuesday morning, I started putting my online classes up as fall semester is almost upon us, and as I dialed in for my Vinyasa online yoga class at noon, the phone went dead. Then the internet went down. I drove a couple of miles down the country road, got a couple of bars on my cell phone, and called repair service several times, as I couldn't believe it. I was getting a recording saying that number couldn't be reached. I thought maybe a lot of people were calling so I dialed the number for new service, same thing. I dialed my daughter up in Illinois and it went through, but when I dialed my home number, I got a busy. I drove back home and decided to spend the afternoon playing with fractals on my computer.

    Eventually I got smart and turned the radio on (I don't have TV service and don't miss it) and the news said that AT&T, Sprint and Verizon were out of service in Tennessee, Kentucky and part of Alabama, even though my cell phone did work. It all came back on later that day. On Friday, when I was out and about, I received an apology text message on my cell phone from AT&T. My email is still running very slowly and frequently freezes and I get a pop up box that says it's unresponsive, do I want to wait or kill the page? I wait. Happens again and again…..I'm still behind on email.
  • I have this new fiber optic thingy and I guess I should have done some research on it, but it was half the price of the current land line and features that I had, and every time it rained a lot, the phone would go out and stay out until the line dried out. Now, with the fiber optics when the power goes out there is no phone after the little battery it's hooked up to goes dead and we DO have power outages here in the boonies. Then I saw an article that said one of the things we are running out of is phosphorus, and it's used in fiber optics and I also paint with phosphorescent paint.

    http://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2013/04/01/phosphorus-essential-to-life-are-we-running-out/

    So here is the scoop on fiber optics,

    http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2012/01/surprise-your-high-tech-home-phone-system-could-go-dead-in-an-emergency/index.htm
  • The exhibits at the Frist and at Cheekwood in Nashville were superb and I will do another story with lots of pictures as soon as I get the large pictures carefully downsized in small increments so they don't pixelate so much.

    Photos are of a couple of fractals that I made with technology, during a communication technology outage. The second one is a rendering of a detail of the first one and the first one is a detail of the last one (I think).
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