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February 16th, 2019

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  • Fri, 16:24: A bipartisan bill that will avert a second government shutdown includes something big for Indiana -- its first Nati… https://t.co/5wzfGzZVfp
  • Fri, 22:32: NOBLE COUNTY EMA: Currently experiencing a statewide 911 issue, if you are having trouble calling 911 please call S… https://t.co/uA7NthefJ6
  • Fri, 23:54: 911 lines statewide (or at least in Noble County) seem to be up and working for incoming calls, although there are… https://t.co/zguVkzflPu
  • Sat, 11:49: RT @YoungerDryad: Beasts of the deep forest train wild spirit of young human, will one day spirit him away to begin the Hyperborean Kingdom…

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Booting Up the Carpocalypse

Remember when cars didn't have starters, and you used to have to crank them to start?

Okay, neither do I. But I'll bet a lot of you remember a time before cars were mostly computers. On my first car, the starter was about the only thing electric, let alone electronic. On my current car, you quite literally can't operate it without the help of a little brain.  No, not that little brain.

If all the computer stuff in my car stopped working I'd not only be out my radio (excuse me, entertainment system), but I'd have no way of knowing my speed or how much fuel I had. I mean, I could get a dipstick, but don't we have enough dispsticks on the roads? My car's abilities are awesome, but also scary to a science fiction fan like me.

So it should have come as no surprise when I got into the car awhile back and saw this:

Yeah, my car was installing updates. I kept waiting for it to restart all by itself.

And how do I know what new program was loading? Cylon? Terminator? Didn't Stephen King write a whole story about this? Someday I may not be able to escape from my Escape. It's the carpocalypse.

I suppose the survivors will have to go back to the crank start.

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