What Not to do in a Power Cut

Sometimes I think I have an unhealthy dependency on Technology. It could almost be called an addiction. It makes me wonder how I would survive if I found myself trapped on a deserted island with out working electronics.

I realized the level of my dependency on technology a few days ago when a power cut suddenly plunged everything into darkness while my flat mate and myself were watching TV. It did not take us long to work out that the power would be out for a while and we would have to make preparations.

Our first challenge was to find illumination. After lighting a few candles this problem was easily solved and at the same time gave the room a Charles Dickens like atmosphere.

The second challenge was to save the frozen food. We took the easy option and didn’t.

Challenge three was to find non-technology based entertainment to keep our selves amused until the power came back on. This was a problem for us.

However, we were in luck. The battery in my laptop still had power so we could use it to watch a DVD. I turned it on and we started the lengthy debate about which movie to watch. Selecting a film is not a straight forward choice. There are several considerations that have to be made. Do we want a mindless movie with scantily clad ladies and explosions? Do we want a movie that demands our attention with a plot that has to be followed? Is the porn on my laptop hidden well enough? Can I trick my flat mate into watching Ghostbusters for the millionth time? We spent sometime pondering these issues. In fact we spent so much time thinking about it that just as I was putting the DVD of choice into the laptop the battery suddenly died and we were right back where we had started. Turning it on at the start didn’t seem like such a bright idea any more.

However, there was another option and a few moments later we were crowded around my PSP (Play Station Portable) watching Serenity (I had suggested Ghostbusters) on its tiny 4.3inch screen. It was a sad act of desperation. We must have looked like a group of lost arctic explorers desperately clinging onto their last source of heat. A few scenes into the movie we both decided we need to get out more.

I think I know what I would be doing on that deserted island now. As everyone else tries to builds shelters, find food and treat the injured from the plane crash I would be working on a way to power my PSP with coconuts and debating with the islands monkeys what movie to watch.

28 responses to “What Not to do in a Power Cut”

  1. Invader_Stu says:

    Keith – Dam it. I told Martin not to tell anyone.

    Jodie & Tenakalaz – Rule 10058 clause A appendix B: All rice should be uneatable too.

  2. vallyP says:

    The Mac uprising? We don’t need to rise up, we are already on top of everything he he ;-)

    Great post, Stu. Of course if you’d had an iBook, you’d know that you have at least four hours battery time…. but then if you must go for the peanuts, you will also have to deal with the monkeys..lol.

    Aaaagh, stop throwing those coconuts! I didn’t mean it…well not all of it……!

    But yes, being without power is a learning experience isn’t it…love the cartoon too.

  3. Tamara says:

    You can sleep in my shelter if you get that PSP working with coconuts and I get to play and watch it with you. (debating with monkeys is my specialty, so no worries there)

  4. Invader_Stu says:

    I would not throw coconuts at you. I need them to power my PSP :p

  5. Charlemagne Stavanger says:

    Stu, you guys should have approached this in a planned manner. The episode with the laptop should never happen & of course you could always go for a jog ;D

  6. Keith says:

    You could have read a book by the light of the flickering candle, or gone out to the local bar and practised your “chatting-up-the-local birds” technique, or just go to sleep…or is that too low a technology for you?

  7. Tenakalaz says:

    If only I had had more time stu, I could have macgyverd a generator using on the motion of the cat in a wheel to supply us with energy.

    I have calculated that we could run one pc for 4 hours at a time, ( I spose the cat has to sleep and eat at some points)

    To see who gets to use the pc for those 4 hours we could settle with a shackled fight to the death.

    And no having your own blog does not gain you any extra credit!!!

  8. Tenakalaz says:

    Do they have charades on PSP ?

  9. Invader_Stu says:

    Shruti and Ashwin – Thanks :)

    Tamara – So you are another tecno addict? :p

    Tenakalaz – We can try your cat power supply idea on the island.

  10. ChickyBabe says:

    Priorities! Last time I had a power cut, I fretted because I couldn’t access the internet. Food? There’s always take away…

    “Unhealthy dependency on Technology”? Never! :P

  11. Jodie says:

    Stu – O the terror – no electricity!

    I think in such a situation I would revert to Primitive Jungle Jodie and build a fire on the balcony. Then I’d have to roast our two rabbits for food and run around a lot whooping and speaking in strange tongues… At some point Baz would probably hit me over the head with a large blunt wooden object… or he’d just use my ukulele.. and then drag me upstairs so I could sleep off the madness.

  12. Invader_Stu says:

    Charlemagne Stavanger – I would have been jogging blind through unlit streets. I guess I could have taken a candle.

    Keith – We only though of that afterwards. We’ll be ready next time.

    ChickyBabe – but you wont be able to order the take away online :p

  13. Julie says:

    You need to get on the team developing these.

  14. Invader_Stu says:

    Jodie – Another hour or two and I think I would have done the same

  15. ellen says:

    Weren’t you on “Gilligan’s Island”?

  16. Aisling says:

    I set some popcorn on fire yesterday.

    It was amusing.

    You could do that.

  17. marycub says:

    Christ stu you’re the amazing blogging machine… where does it all come from? I’ve been completely lacking in inspiration for a while now zzz a bloggers block if you like :-(

  18. Keith says:

    You said: “My name is really Bob and I live in France”

    Liar. I know for a fact that you are in the next cell to me at “The Ajax Home for the Bewildered” because Matron told me.

  19. Tenakalaz says:

    Invaderstu, Vampire killer.

    Sponsored by Garlic, a whole bloody bulb no less!!!!

  20. Invader_Stu says:

    Julie – That would be useful

    ellen – I was thinking more of the island from Lost

    Aisling – Was that by mistake or are you a very strange arsonist

    Tenakalaz – Still tasting the Garlic from when I cooked on Monday?

    marycub – I make it all. Stuart is in fact a fictional characters. My name is really Bob and I live in France :p

  21. Jodie says:

    Tenakalaz – shame on you! No self-respecting citizen of cyberspace should ever complain about eating too much garlic… its in the rules see!

    Rule 10057 clause A appendix B: Any dish served by one who is of the electronic arts should contain at least 5 cloves of garlic on a normal day and three times that much on sundays. This is, of course, our only line of defense against vampires; wrinkly oldies who demand kisses for no reason whatsoever and the dreaded denizens of the 5th level of hell who work at the Town Hall.

    See, told you it was in the rules!

  22. Tenakalaz says:

    still tasting it, smelling it, sweating it out.

    The pile of dead vampires around the house is getting out of control now and is starting to prevent me getting tot he front door, which I hasten to add opens itself now if I breath on it.

    Althought it was nice of you to add a side dish of meat to the garlic, for some variety!!

  23. Tenakalaz says:

    Bob from France, it all becomes clear.

    Sherlock holmes and the great garlic mystery is solved.

    Stu is Bob from france (I notice that you chose a REALLY french name for that, bob, not Pierre, Francois, no BOB!!)

  24. Tenakalaz says:

    I need a new lawyer!!!

  25. Rose says:

    LOL Thanks for the laughs Stu. We had a bad storm here that nocked out our phone lines. No phone or pc for a day so I went shopping. LOL

  26. seo says:

    Stu,
    next time I would suggest you play darts.
    Not being able to see the bull’s eye would be an added attraction, don’t you think?
    Putting (after first making a hole in the floor) would be an excellent alternative!

  27. Dragon lady says:

    Tenakalaz, you should be gratefull to Stuart for the garlic. He was only looking after your welfare. Everyone knows garlic is good for you, and just think you will never suffer an aphid infestation while Stuart is doing the cooking.

  28. tenakalaz says:

    Dragonlady – But there is a limit to how much garlic the body can digest.

    Maybe it’s just me but utilising 2 whole BULB’s of garlic is little overboard.

    Admittedly the mosquito problem was quickly solved, and the vampireshaven’t even asked me to dance let alone eat my face off.

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