Commentary will resume at some point soon. Late in the afternoon of Wednesday, May 14, things went dead – the cable company that provides internet service here in Hollywood seems to have had a second major failure this month – no access to the web, thus no sense of the buzz about any big doings in the world. Powering down the cable modem and various combinations of cold and warm reboots didn’t fix things. A call, actually many calls, to the cable company led nowhere – the system is automated and there are no actual people there, of course. To riff on something Gertrude Stein once said – there’s no there, there. And the automated message was always the same – they will call, a courtesy call, when service is restored.
At midnight it will be time to give up and get some sleep. If there is no service in the morning it will come down to breaking down the set-up in the office here and lugging the laptop and external drive around Los Angeles, trying to find a Wi-Fi hotspot that works. The hotspots in this neighborhood are all dead – they obvious use the same cable service.
The cable company in this matter shall remain unnamed – as large corporations have lawyers who know all about libel.
UPDATE – at 11:21 PM things came up again, went down, came up again, and seem to have stabilized, for now. Sometime tomorrow commentary will resume