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      CommentAuthorravnos
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2007
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    Laugh maniacally for a few days, write a random note to the world government demanding 1 billion dollars to turn it back on... and then go about my life as normal, minus a computer.

    Seriously, I'd actually be happy about it. I'd be far more productive, as only one of my hobbies requires electricity, and that's play with computers. I'd get more read, and probably be in better shape, and I'd put my time to better use.
    ~Ian
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      CommentAuthorkristinag
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2007
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    1.Go into an absolute state of panic: no fridge, no stove, no oven, no warm water, no lights, no heating, no television, no internet.

    2.Once panic is over, I'd bury all the food outside, make sure the house is properly insulated, and drag all the firewood inside. Find my skis, and hope summer comes soon. I don't like thinking about not having electricity. My grandparents told me horror stories of working to survive 12 hrs a day, freezing winters and little food. I might move down south, because right now Sweden is pretty miserable. More so without heat and artificial lighting. It sounds romantic, but 5 hrs of daylight is not all it's cracked up to be. The lights keep me from getting SAD.
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    We had a fairly brutal snow/ice storm rage through the midwest a few weeks ago, knocking out power for several days for millions of people spread over several thousand square miles.

    In the wake of said storm came a phalanx of reporters, looking for some kind of Katrina II story about the failure of FEMA to help these poor souls. Instead what they got were stories about hardy, self-reliant communities banding together to work things out without any majordomos swooping down from Mount Olympus and telling them what to do.

    Which is probably why so few people have heard about this.
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      CommentAuthorDoc Ocassi
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd 2007
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    I remember a lot of years ago during Christmas and Hogmanay on Shetland, the weather knocked the power out for a couple of weeks, no TV and very few lights. It was the best Christmas I can remember, we had a Rayburn and musicians.

    I think I would enjoy a world without electricity, but I'd rather have a world without guns.
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    In a world without guns, those few who have the considerable time and brawn required to master combat with the sword, the axe, and similar instruments would dominate everyone else. A gun makes your frail old granpa the equal of Conan the Barbarian.

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