Thursday, April 02, 2020

"StandBy": what happens when you don't have a surge protector for your computer (sci-fi) during a storm


StandBy” is a rather curious sci-fi short film from Trey Drysdale (from July 2014), 6 minutes.

  
In a home in Britain, a business school student (Nico Drysdale) is typing a term paper into his computer. There is a severe thunderstorm outside and the house is hit by lightning. He is plugged in to Britain’s Direct Current without a surge protector, and his computer is fried.
    
He tries to fix the outlet and it arcs on him.  Then the computer comes back up and seems like a portal to other dimensions.

Picture: From Smithsonian, Washington DC (2015) 

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