Woke up at 5AM because the lightning struck and set off the burglar alarm. It also took out one fuse and my main computer, which is now very dead along with all the coolicity on it. The modem is also brainfried, it seems. Luckily I have this new and scarcely used portable with built-in modem, but it's still not the real thing.
On the bright side, no fires and no dead people. This is always good when the lightning strikes.