Corin Anderson (magellanic) wrote,
Corin Anderson
magellanic

Amber alert

So, I'm sitting here working on my web site and listening to music on Comcast digital cable. Then, beeeeeep, and the screen blinks over to this very serious looking EAS ALERT - CAE CHILD ABDUCTION EMERGENCY screen. A voice comes on and tells me this is an activation of the Amber alert system, and this is for Santa Clara county. I didn't listen much to the rest of the details (although tan Saturn four-door cars are going to look suspicious to me for the next few days). But I'm now in a high-alert state - because I thought it was going to be a real emergency broadcast message (the beep and the buzz noise just make me think of a nuclear reactor general disaster warning). It's eery to hear the alert on TV -- I expected to hear that a pack of wild bears was loose in Mountain View and mauling people, so stay indoors. Or something.
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