I'm located in what is known locally as the Triad Piedmont region of North Carolina. Thursday night, we started to get a weather mixture of freezing rain, sleet and snow that went nearly all day and until early Friday morning. I have 5-6 inches of sleet on the ground here, if it had been snow we'd be well over 2 feet. The freezing rain was so bad, it snapped trees, caused fires from down power lines and burned up all sorts of things. There are 400,000 electrical users in my region and nearly 75% of them are without power right now. A state of emergency has been declared in my county. No where on national news will you hear or read about this.
I'm fortunate in that I'm part of the small group of folks whom have power. Duke Power has 4000 people working to restore power in this small region of NC. They expect this to be a multi day outage. While I have power, I don't have any cable or internet services because Time Warner probably lost a bunch of fiber during the aftermath of this weather.
So, I hooked up my iPad-mini's hotspot to my computer this afternoon. I only have 2 bars of LTE but its blazing fast on Gizmodo. I've visited a lot of sites, some with no graphics at all, such as Daringfireball.net. However, Gizmodo is the fastest loading site I've tried. Faster than even google.com. I have no idea if Kinja is suppose to be this efficient but I can tell you that it is incredibly fast on my 2 bar LTE hotspot. Just something to think about when we all complain about the changes Gawker makes to their websites.