In a place that some might have forgotten, I dropped some citations and expressed some concern over the fires in California. The question had come up for me as to how impractical a smart home might be in the rotating electrical outages if there were no manual overrides. Unfortunately I still need to do some research of National Fire Protective Association standards in the matter.

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There is a reason I push very hard for buying print materials if at all possible. In an electronic environment where you rely on somebody else in the cloud to provide you content those clouds can disappear. In this particular case the wildfires in California are resulting in electrical outages that are disrupting the world’s sixth largest economy if it stood alone as a country. In this case I do happen to have at least one book from this particular publisher in print at hand.

When I looked at LibraryThing earlier today I found that I have 282 books on-hand. The DVD collection on-hand is not bibliographically controlled. If access to the Internet went away for me due to natural hazard or nefarious deeds I would likely have longer latency times in terms of contacting others. The rural area I am located in is often just barely away from the paradigm of ”Never Underestimate the Bandwidth of a Station Wagon Filled with Backup Tapes” anyhow. My biggest natural hazard is a deep freeze rather than a brush fire.

I have seen multiple projects out there for building a pen plotter. Moving onward to your own printing press is a bit bigger of a project although the basics for designing the material to be printed are well-founded. The conundrum for me is if born-digital materials should be more readily convertable to print or micrographic formats. You can have a great blog, ebook, or other born-digital work but if millions upon millions of potential likely readers/viewers are sitting in darkness did anything that you created exist for them?

Answers still seem elusive at this point.