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Ann Barnhardt has moved to a blog format with linkable posts, and today she's posted an article about the next step in the socilization of America: government seizure of private retirement accounts.
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Power failure this morning, right about 8 AM, and I slept right through it, as did Mrs. Fungus--with the result that she didn't hit the shower until 1 PM, which is when she should be leaving for work. The only reason I know when it was? The alarm clock was blinking "4:57" when I got up, and it's a simple matter of subtraction to figure when it started blinking "12:00". (Mrs. Fungus and I went to bed around 3 AM last night. We didn't get to sleep until after 5 for various reasons, one being a fibromyalgia flare-up...but that's not the only reason. Heh.)
It seems as if 8 AM is when the power almost always fails around here. I'd say it's very reliable, even when we get a real corker of a storm; the power failure last week was an exception rather than the rule. But today the skies are partly cloudy and it's just a bit windy; the ground is dry so it obviously wasn't raining earlier and when I got up it was sunny.
In these cases, if the power fails at all, it never fails for more than a few minutes at a time...and always around 8 AM.
The fact that this is so leads me to expect that it will either fail again tomorrow morning at 8; if not then, it will fail tonight around 6 PM or so, because these good weather mini-interruptions always seem to come in pairs. That leads me to expect this is ComEd doing something with the generating capacity that requires them to cut off the Fungal Vale for a couple of minutes. Argh etc.
The alarm clock has a battery back up but--I do not really understand why--the batteries drain even when the clock has power. In other words, the clock is receiving power yet battery power is being consumed, and every alarm clock I have ever owned has worked this way. Is it really so difficult and expensive to include a couple of components to keep the battery from draining until and unless it's needed?
...it probably is, in fact. If you don't do it right the circuit will try to charge a weak battery, which can lead to all kinds of problems...and if you do build the circuit the right way, in all liklihood it's prohibitively expensive for a $10 alarm clock.
But it should not be terribly expensive to build a clock that can soldier on in the absence of AC power for five or ten minutes. Jeeze.
Anyway, I'll change the 9V battery in the alarm clock, and this will keep the electrical system in the Fungal Vale from going down for another three months or so--at which point the power to the entire freakin' town will helpfully fail to let me know it's time to change the battery again. I apologize for the inconvenience.