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Day 40/365: Well, I think you can probably guess what prompted Friday's Unscientific Poll [20180209|20:48]
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Poll #2078129 Power Outage

When the power goes out, I typically think the following

Wait, when did I have my last cup of tea? Because OH LOR NO KETTLE
Internet gone, guess I'll go make myself a cup of -- OH LOR NO KETTLE
Otoh, I now have an excuse not to do any work until it comes back on.
Wait, when did I last have something hot to eat? I really fancy some toast. DAMMIT
There are six flashlights/torches in this house and right now I know where none of them are.
Tea lights, ahoy! But where are the matches? DAMMIT
I know, I'll watch/listen to/read something I downloaded onto my phone.
Wait, how much charge does my phone have left?
Sod it, time for a nap. Duvet ahoy!

(NB: The power is restored now so I was at least able to feed the children a hot supper and bathe them, and we won't freeze because it's flippin' cold tonight.)

[User Picture]From: melissa_maples
2018-02-10 09:02 (UTC)
I'm well accustomed to this situation - I just switch over to my mobile hotspot and keep on truckin. I keep everything on full charge all the time just in case, and I have enough power banks that I don't really have to worry about power unless it's out for several days (which hasn't happened in years). So when the power goes out, nothing really has to change except the lighting situation. If it happens during the day, I often take the opportunity to get out of the house for a while, go to the beach or whatever, and usually it's back on by the time I get back.

The biggest issue for me, and the first thing that always pops into my mind when the power goes out, is whether or not I've had a shower, because my hot water supply is electric. In the summer it doesn't matter, but in the winter it has a habit of going out right as I was about to take a shower, so then my two choices are not to shower, or freeze in the cold water. The worst was when I had super-long hair and it was shampoo day... ugh. Not so much of a problem anymore :-D
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-02-10 21:34 (UTC)
Shorn Melissa faces power outages with no fear! :D

We do have a gas camping stove for emergency hot food. It's mostly the heating that's worrisome if an outage lasts into the night, because of the children. They don't seem to mind an excuse to snuggle up next to their parent-shaped hot water bottles, to be fair to them.
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[User Picture]From: owlfish
2018-02-10 17:35 (UTC)
I was hoping this poll was going to address the 5G electronic tealights used in the Olympics Opening Ceremonies.
Also, we are rich in candles and matches and wood-burning-fire things. Living in the US and Canada have left a long certainty in me that I should be prepared for unexpected electrical failures for a day or two. Especially at hottest summer or coldest winter.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-02-10 21:36 (UTC)
... 5G electronic tealights...

The what now?! Can you get them at Ikea? :D
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[User Picture]From: owlfish
2018-02-10 23:33 (UTC)
Exactly. I'm still boggling at the over-engineering of this. I haven't looked up acquisition options, but I assume the BBC commentator was correct when he labeled them as such.

Now I'm starting to read up on it (literally, now mid-comment). Haven't found more on the tea lights, but these things are pretty neat (PDF):
(2) 3D images: Some Olympic venues will allow visitors to bring 5G tablets to watch the so-called
“Time Slice” service, which shows 3D stills of athletes captured at various angles. These 3D images
are realized by 100 cameras that are mounted along the radius of an ice rink. The data is preceded
through the 5G network.
(3) Real-time Interpretation: English, Chinese, Japanese, French, German and Spanish and so on will
be available for foreign athletes and visitors using their smartphone applications. In addition, KT has
developed an interpretation service using the Google Translate to provide real time subtitles on the
television. The real time translation only has a lag of up to 3 seconds. KT will use its own internet
protocol TV set-top boxes for the service.

Edited at 2018-02-10 11:39 pm (UTC)
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