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11 January 2008 @ 11:10 am
It's times like these I wish I had a UPS  
Yesterday Melbournians1 used a record amount of power in a single day2 (can't think why) and the system seems to be feeling the effects today, as the power just went off here for about a second.

The state government yesterday sent out a plea for us to use our air conditioning "sparingly", the response to which was a hearty "fuck you, you're lucky if I don't go out and buy a second A/C unit right now" from pretty much all of us. Still, it's not too bad at the moment, and I'm hoping I can last through to the cool change without resorting to anything more than my fan.

1. I don't give a fuck what anyone else says on the matter, "Melburnians" is just plain wrong. End of story. Big nods to my man melbournian.

2. 9100 Megawatts, for the scientifically minded. In layman's terms: fuckloads.
Current Music: Andrew Bird - Skin Is, My
Very inconvenient, as now I have no shaving-glassdzurlady on January 11th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
What do you think it should be instead? (Don't say Melbournites. Just. No.)
Jacobyak_boy on January 11th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)
It should be what I wrote:

Melbournians, not Melburnians.
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Jacobyak_boy on January 11th, 2008 01:22 am (UTC)
Sadly, it seems to be the accepted spelling, and is by far the most commonly used.

I cannot, for the life of me, work out why.
Robet Éivaayvah on January 11th, 2008 03:46 am (UTC)
It's interesting to note that the words are pronounced Melbun, and Melburnian.

...So, should we correct that too? Not Melburnians, but Melbunyans? :P
Very inconvenient, as now I have no shaving-glassdzurlady on January 11th, 2008 02:29 am (UTC)
Ah, ok. I can't spell very well so unless I look closely they both look exactly the same to me.
Cassandracassie_lee on January 11th, 2008 04:43 am (UTC)
bwahaha Melbournites.
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splatchtrocksplatchtrock on January 11th, 2008 07:47 am (UTC)
Direct manager at wiork was saying that new houses now require six star ratings in energy, water management and ... some thing else. Mandatory photoelectric panels, water tanks, insulation etc.

Apparently eaves is not on the list, which sucks. I like eaves.
Jacobyak_boy on January 11th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
They do seem like a fairly simple way to manage the amount of direct sunlight hitting your windows.

I mean, simple to build a house with them, not so easy to install after the fact.
chifley: confusedchifley on January 11th, 2008 02:55 am (UTC)
But we live in Melburn?
Cassandra: WTFcassie_lee on January 11th, 2008 04:41 am (UTC)
wtf Melburnian? what lazy bastard came up with that?

Still easier to say than Sydney-sider.

Edit: Actually when I think about, it has the same amount of syllables... meh

Edited at 2008-01-11 04:42 am (UTC)
goratrixgoratrixx on January 11th, 2008 07:27 am (UTC)
Maybe it's easy for me to not be sympathetic to the weather but I really do think that everyone should conserve energy, even in the heat, and even though industry isn't doing the same.
Jacobyak_boy on January 11th, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
I agree, in principle, but in practice 42 degrees without any overnight relief is kind of ridiculously hot to expect people to use air conditioning "sparingly".

And what does that even mean, anyway? How does one use A/C "sparingly"? Without any clear guidelines as to how to get the most efficient use of an air conditioner, the directive to use it "sparingly" is pretty damn meaningless.