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lisamarlene wrote:

As WW reminded me this morning, Happy National Depression Day, everyone!

Technically, I think it's on Thursday, Oct 10, based on what I'm seeing.

However, and speaking to the general population and not to any one specific individual that a reply sometimes implies, that's not a good enough reason not to get yourself out of bed and drag your butt to your doctor and start the screening process. I know it's hard. I know you don't want to. Depression is a horrible thing and can and frequently does lead to a lot of bad decisions and heartache, and not just for yourself.

This has been a PSA paid for by Paizo, since it's their forum.


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I consider my nudity to be just another reason for people to get the help they need.


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Rosita the Riveter wrote:
So has anybody started playing Pathfinder 2e? I just bought the core rulebook.

I bought the playtest, but haven't picked up the actual core yet.

I like the idea of the 3 action system, but I feel it changes too much of what I like from 1st Edition.

I've been making a bastardized hybrid version for my home games, taking things I've liked from 2E to improve on 1E.


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I swear, it's weeks like this that make me hate Global Megacorporation's refusal to fire people for incompetence.

(Last Week)
(1) NobodysHome files bug
(2) Tech support guy asks for more information
(3) NobodysHome provides information
(This Week)
(4) Bug is closed due to the filer not providing the information.

And it's RIGHT THERE in black-on-white on the bug: "Here is the information you requested."

Oh, well, I guess it's not a bug.

(Last Week)
(1) NobodysHome reviews a colleague's material, and says, "I don't know whether this is true any more. You should verify."
(2) NobodysHome's manager says, "Is this still true?"
(3) Colleague assigns manager's request to NobodysHome.

Two days, two instances of, "Fix your own bug."

No. No, I won't.


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Day two of soaking myself in pressurized water.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Global Megacorporation

All I can say is you have my deepest sympathy and I truly hope it gets better.

That's all I can say because anything else I want to add (ಠ益ಠ) will just get me on a law enforcement watch list.

Ha, ha, I'm kidding. I'm sure I'm already on those watchlists.


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captain yesterday wrote:
Day two of soaking myself in pressurized water.

Soaking in seltzer organic pure ionized N'Ergee!™ water? Hmmm... this would be a vastly lucrative scam wonderfully innovative wellness opportunity to run on the Goop crowd offer to open-minded trendsetters with way too much disposable income seeking to be on the forefront of disrupting the old healthcare paradigm.


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Vanykrye wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:
What does he call his scooter?
Skippy. Nobody really knows why.

What does he call his bush kangaroo?


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Limeylongears wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:
What does he call his scooter?
Skippy. Nobody really knows why.
What does he call his bush kangaroo?

Snapper. He's very bad at figuring out appropriate names.


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*sigh* I probably have a mild fever again.


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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
Day two of soaking myself in pressurized water.
Soaking in seltzer organic pure ionized N'Ergee!™ water? Hmmm... this would be a vastly lucrative scam wonderfully innovative wellness opportunity to run on the Goop crowd offer to open-minded trendsetters with way too much disposable income seeking to be on the forefront of disrupting the old healthcare paradigm.

I should have said blasting myself with pressurized water, and sand.

Still quite lucrative I'm sure.


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Drejk wrote:
*sigh* I probably have a mild fever again.

We hear blasting yourself with pressurized organic soy free water is good for that.


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captain yesterday wrote:
Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
Day two of soaking myself in pressurized water.
Soaking in seltzer organic pure ionized N'Ergee!™ water? Hmmm... this would be a vastly lucrative scam wonderfully innovative wellness opportunity to run on the Goop crowd offer to open-minded trendsetters with way too much disposable income seeking to be on the forefront of disrupting the old healthcare paradigm.

I should have said blasting myself with pressurized water, and sand.

Still quite lucrative I'm sure.

Oooohhhh...all natural mineral water. Even more lucrative.


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Game to play when you're blasting pavers with pressurized water all day.

Is it a red or gray brick underneath the mold.

Alas, it sounds more exciting than it is.


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How to keep oneself sane when pressure washing for two days straight?

You don't, just ride it out, man, ride it out.


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Tequila Sunrise wrote:

Holy carp, today was the mother of all bad Mondays.

Got to the solar plant, noticed one of our inverters was in alarm, which happens sometimes. It's always some mystery fault; so I went out to check the arrays, not expecting to see anything. Don't tell my boss, but I was listening to Carl Sagan's Demon-Haunted World as I walked...

And I found a failure. A catastrophic equipment failure. Actually five catastrophic equipment failures. Like the "She can't take anymore, she's gonna blow!" kind of failure. Except it had already blown, and I just found the slagged metal and ashes. Literally.

Oh and as an aside, I found out two weeks ago that I'm being fired in six months. Some other company bought half of my solar plant, and part of the deal is that they're taking over maintenance. My boss and I were just starting to think that our last few months would be nice and quiet...

That really sucks, TS. Please keep us posted.


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Hello, everyone.


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John Napier 698 wrote:
Hello, everyone.

Hello, John.


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Cap'n Yesterdays Winter Madness wrote:
John Napier 698 wrote:
Hello, everyone.
Hello, John.

Is it that time already?

Yesterday was 85°F for us. Today'll be around 71°F, but it'll stay there for at least a couple more weeks before it gets cold enough to turn on the heat...


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Yeah, yeah politics, whatever. I won't comment on our utility company being privatized and then suddenly shuttling all maintenance money to shareholders and executives. I won't comment on them now shutting off power to wide swaths of individuals rather than performing maintenance to prevent wildfires.

I'll just point out that this map looks remarkably like one our president used to describe a hurricane's path.

EDIT: On the other hand, after pooh-poohing battery backup for the house, now I'm looking into a nice low-end 9.8 KWh system to get us through days like that.


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I am in that shutdown area. My house has solar panels, but not a battery. So I should have power during the day, still, but not at night.


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Wait, I’m flying to Seattle on Friday, anyway. So either way I won’t be too effected unless the airport shuts down or something.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Yeah, yeah politics, whatever. I won't comment on our utility company being privatized and then suddenly shuttling all maintenance money to shareholders and executives. I won't comment on them now shutting off power to wide swaths of individuals rather than performing maintenance to prevent wildfires.

Welcome to our world!!!


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Rosita the Riveter wrote:
I am in that shutdown area. My house has solar panels, but not a battery. So I should have power during the day, still, but not at night.

It doesn't work that way.

[physics]
During the day, your solar panels produce more power than your house can use, and that excess power needs to go somewhere. Neither the panels nor your house's wiring are designed to deal with that excess, so it's sent back up the line to the power company.

If there's a power outage, the power company doesn't want that electricity coming back up the line and possibly endangering their workers, so your solar panels receive a signal to stop producing entirely. There are solar panels that include a 20-amp plug in the side of your house so you can get power during an outage, but most people don't have that because it's significantly more expensive (they have to build in the circuitry to deal with the excess power).

here's a nice explanation I found.
[/physics]

So the TLDR version is: Even with solar panels you lose power during a blackout.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:
I am in that shutdown area. My house has solar panels, but not a battery. So I should have power during the day, still, but not at night.

It doesn't work that way.

[physics]
During the day, your solar panels produce more power than your house can use, and that excess power needs to go somewhere. Neither the panels nor your house's wiring are designed to deal with that excess, so it's sent back up the line to the power company.

If there's a power outage, the power company doesn't want that electricity coming back up the line and possibly endangering their workers, so your solar panels receive a signal to stop producing entirely. There are solar panels that include a 20-amp plug in the side of your house so you can get power during an outage, but most people don't have that because it's significantly more expensive (they have to build in the circuitry to deal with the excess power).

here's a nice explanation I found.
[/physics]

So the TLDR version is: Even with solar panels you lose power during a blackout.

NH has it correct. I also have solar panels but no battery storage.


Tiger and Bunny is so good. I’m upset it’s keaving Netflix, but at least I have this chance to watch it with the kids!


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NobodysHome wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:
I am in that shutdown area. My house has solar panels, but not a battery. So I should have power during the day, still, but not at night.

It doesn't work that way.

[physics]
During the day, your solar panels produce more power than your house can use, and that excess power needs to go somewhere. Neither the panels nor your house's wiring are designed to deal with that excess, so it's sent back up the line to the power company.

If there's a power outage, the power company doesn't want that electricity coming back up the line and possibly endangering their workers, so your solar panels receive a signal to stop producing entirely. There are solar panels that include a 20-amp plug in the side of your house so you can get power during an outage, but most people don't have that because it's significantly more expensive (they have to build in the circuitry to deal with the excess power).

here's a nice explanation I found.
[/physics]

So the TLDR version is: Even with solar panels you lose power during a blackout.

Okay, so for the big damn hippies that go off the grid, how does that work?

(I mean, personally I'm just holding out for my own "Mister Fusion" units powering my home and my car with garbage, but until that day...)


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I'm going to post a big worldbuilding thread sometime soon. I'm increasingly getting excited by my world concept, which is basically:

A) Compared to other planes, the Material Plane seems to have no real reason to exist, so get rid of it

B) There should be more planes than can be counted, with mortals living on the vast majority of them

C) Planes should have physical connections to other planes allowing a degree of inter planar travel for everyone, but not all planes should need physical connections, and there should also be magical ways of connecting planes. You could jump into a volcano and fall into the Plane of Fire, or sail off the edge of an island plane and land in a dark rainforest plane watered by the plane above, or walk across a rainbow bridge to Asgard to find the mighty city the gods allowed mortals to build at the base of where twelve rainbow bridges to other planes all connect, and stuff like that. So there's this huge, complex arrangement of planes that can't really fit easily on a map. Especially with the planes that don't really operate on normal understandings of space and time, like the Feywild or Shadowfell.

Meanwhile, there's a whole plane based off of Three Kingdoms China, which is ringed by great mountains that can be climbed to other planes, but it's actually not the only plane with a land based off of China. There's also one based off of Tang China, and one based off of Ming China, and if you sail through the barrier between planes from there, you can get to Basically Tudor Land. But it's such a long voyage that a great city has appeared in this archipelago about halfway between the coasts of "Ming China" and "Tudor Land", and that is like Tudor-Ming Hong Kong without the colonialism, and is a massive trade hub, and it's cool.

It seems Pathfinder 2E is very much about exploration, so, while is setting is certainly compatible with D&D 5E, I'm hoping PF 2E fits well.


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Rosita the Riveter wrote:

I'm going to post a big worldbuilding thread sometime soon. I'm increasingly getting excited by my world concept, which is basically:

A) Compared to other planes, the Material Plane seems to have no real reason to exist, so get rid of it

B) There should be more planes than can be counted, with mortals living on the vast majority of them

Well, this is where you answer yourself - the Material Plane is an infinite array of worlds where mortal beings live.

Though personally, I am in opposition to idea that a world, plane, whatever, needs a reason to exist. It shouldn't. It's just is, without reason or purpose.
EDIT: Except of worlds, planes, and dimensions that were created by a sapient entity or force with a purpose in mind, then yes, they can have a reason to exist.

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C) Planes should have physical connections to other planes allowing a degree of inter planar travel for everyone, but not all planes should need physical connections, and there should also be magical ways of connecting planes. You could jump into a volcano and fall into the Plane of Fire, or sail off the edge of an island plane and land in a dark rainforest plane watered by the plane above, or walk across a rainbow bridge to Asgard to find the mighty city the gods allowed mortals to build at the base of where twelve rainbow bridges to other planes all connect, and stuff like that. So there's this huge, complex arrangement of planes that can't really fit easily on a map. Especially with the planes that don't really operate on normal understandings of space and time, like the Feywild or Shadowfell.

Yup, that's great idea - and not far off of how I actually run worlds in D&Dish settings - with passages, verges, and rifts connecting worlds and planes, sometimes via visible portals, sometimes seamlessly (unless one knows where to look).


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Tacticslion wrote:

I have not. I'm not sure how I feel about the rule changes, but so far, the lore changes in the Bestiary (from a brief perusal only) are just, like, finally, you know?

They have codified and clarified several things and organized them in ways that just make so much daggum sense.

As an example, I was looking for some fey, and discovered that nymphs is now a broad category that includes both dryads and ??? (naiads? nereids? one of those...) with the implication that there are more variants based on terrain/natural features, and the more stereotypical 1e "nymph" is a "queen" of that kind. It's nice to have a tie back to mythology like that, and also an organization for why "purty fey women" is a recurrent theme of that kind.

That is literally the only thing I remember right now (because that's the one I discussed most with my wife - it's the one she was the most interested in of the topics), but I recall feeling that several of those things just... felt nice to finally have a focus rather than feeling random.

I haven't opened the Bestiary yet, but that does sound interesting.

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I both like and dislike the fact that half-elves and half-orcs are feat-based options of a human. I'm guessing that they're going to do something similar for aasimar and tiefling (I'm uncertain if those were in the book), and they may do something similar for the various goblin subraces. Don't know how to feel about it, but... it's interesting, and relatively reasonable, considering the way they handle races.

This is something I know I'll modify. My problem is, it still kind of assumes that you have this one, "kind of everyone race", and that race is the one that does most of the crossbreeding. I don't like that. My idea is to erase Human and write Orc, erase Humanoid and write Human, then really lear into these Human-Orcs being really, really fricken hard to kill, with this amazing ability to make themselves at home in just the worst environments, and that's why there's so many of them compared to other ancestries. They get a boost to Con and Cha, and while they don't get a free boost, they also don't have a flaw. They should also get something in return for not being able to choose their two boosts. Furthermore, Ogres can become Medium sized and fill in the old Orc role as green skinned and tusked, but I don't like Monstrous races, so they're a full PC race that isn't coded as bad guys. Boosts to Str, Wis, and Free, flaw to Int. I don't know if the Rule as Intended is that you can use your Free boost to cancel out your flaw, but I think that should be allowed, so it is. Go ahead and create an Ogre Wizard without an Int penalty.

Meanwhile, there's an ancestry that reflects "People who clearly have several ancestries". I think people can belong to one ancestry, like Elf or Dwarf, while having some of their ancestors be from other ancestries, so belonging to this ancestry is about feeling very multicultural, not just having some mixed ancestry. This race mechanically replaces human. They get two free boosts, they can choose Half-Ogre or Half-Elf, and they are easily the most versatile ancestry option.

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I like the fact that spells are divided into kind, now: ritual, spell, and <other category I've forgotten>. I felt it was a neat-looking division and reasonable, but I don't fully understand the mechanics, so I'll have to go looking more.

I hope that makes witchy rituals way cooler to use.

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Glad the alchemist is a base class, and the crusaders makes sense, though I'm still processing my emotions about it.

Alchemist is love, Alchemist is life. I just want the Witch back, now.

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I think I recall they made undercasting a basic function of magic, now, which, you know, makes sense - though I may have just gotten that all shades of incorrect.

Excellent.


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About to go home. Good night, everyone.


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lisamarlene wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:
I am in that shutdown area. My house has solar panels, but not a battery. So I should have power during the day, still, but not at night.

It doesn't work that way.

[physics]
During the day, your solar panels produce more power than your house can use, and that excess power needs to go somewhere. Neither the panels nor your house's wiring are designed to deal with that excess, so it's sent back up the line to the power company.

If there's a power outage, the power company doesn't want that electricity coming back up the line and possibly endangering their workers, so your solar panels receive a signal to stop producing entirely. There are solar panels that include a 20-amp plug in the side of your house so you can get power during an outage, but most people don't have that because it's significantly more expensive (they have to build in the circuitry to deal with the excess power).

here's a nice explanation I found.
[/physics]

So the TLDR version is: Even with solar panels you lose power during a blackout.

Okay, so for the big damn hippies that go off the grid, how does that work?

(I mean, personally I'm just holding out for my own "Mister Fusion" units powering my home and my car with garbage, but until that day...)

Battery storage, but there's a lot more cost involved there, and you still have to be able to shut off power generation from the panels/wind turbines/whatever if your battery is full. If you don't, then again, that energy still has to go somewhere...which means either overcharging the battery system and letting it eventually explode or setting the wiring on fire. Since most battery systems have safety equipment built in to prevent that sort of thing, you're going to set your wiring on fire.

Battery storage wasn't an option for the deal we had, but if we want to add it we'll have to spend about $5k-10k for an appropriate battery system, plus get the power company to sign off on it, get permits, installation costs, etc, etc, etc.

Scarab Sages

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My voice has gone from 'raspy' to 'teenage boy'.


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Woran wrote:
My voice has gone from 'raspy' to 'teenage boy'.

When I'm at that stage, I usually entertain myself (and frighten my children) by singing Marlene Dietrich songs in a purposefully bad German accent.


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Then they bring me things like tea or ice cream to make me stop.


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Final day of pressure washing.


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Woran wrote:
My voice has gone from 'raspy' to 'teenage boy'.

gigglesnort


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lisamarlene wrote:
Then they bring me things like tea or ice cream to make me stop.

I would just bring you a playlist, and eat the ice cream and drink the tea while you sing for me.


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lisamarlene wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:
I am in that shutdown area. My house has solar panels, but not a battery. So I should have power during the day, still, but not at night.

It doesn't work that way.

[physics]
During the day, your solar panels produce more power than your house can use, and that excess power needs to go somewhere. Neither the panels nor your house's wiring are designed to deal with that excess, so it's sent back up the line to the power company.

If there's a power outage, the power company doesn't want that electricity coming back up the line and possibly endangering their workers, so your solar panels receive a signal to stop producing entirely. There are solar panels that include a 20-amp plug in the side of your house so you can get power during an outage, but most people don't have that because it's significantly more expensive (they have to build in the circuitry to deal with the excess power).

here's a nice explanation I found.
[/physics]

So the TLDR version is: Even with solar panels you lose power during a blackout.

Okay, so for the big damn hippies that go off the grid, how does that work?

(I mean, personally I'm just holding out for my own "Mister Fusion" units powering my home and my car with garbage, but until that day...)

Now you have to design the mascot for Mister Fusion.


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Freehold DM wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:
I am in that shutdown area. My house has solar panels, but not a battery. So I should have power during the day, still, but not at night.

It doesn't work that way.

[physics]
During the day, your solar panels produce more power than your house can use, and that excess power needs to go somewhere. Neither the panels nor your house's wiring are designed to deal with that excess, so it's sent back up the line to the power company.

If there's a power outage, the power company doesn't want that electricity coming back up the line and possibly endangering their workers, so your solar panels receive a signal to stop producing entirely. There are solar panels that include a 20-amp plug in the side of your house so you can get power during an outage, but most people don't have that because it's significantly more expensive (they have to build in the circuitry to deal with the excess power).

here's a nice explanation I found.
[/physics]

So the TLDR version is: Even with solar panels you lose power during a blackout.

Okay, so for the big damn hippies that go off the grid, how does that work?

(I mean, personally I'm just holding out for my own "Mister Fusion" units powering my home and my car with garbage, but until that day...)

Now you have to design the mascot for Mister Fusion.

Wouldn't that be a cartoonified Christopher Lloyd?


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Vanykrye wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:

Okay, so for the big damn hippies that go off the grid, how does that work?

(I mean, personally I'm just holding out for my own "Mister Fusion" units powering my home and my car with garbage, but until that day...)

Battery storage, but there's a lot more cost involved there, and you still have to be able to shut off power generation from the panels/wind turbines/whatever if your battery is full. If you don't, then again, that energy still has to go somewhere...which means either overcharging the battery system and letting it eventually explode or setting the wiring on fire. Since most battery systems have safety equipment built in to prevent that sort of thing, you're going to set your wiring on fire.

Battery storage wasn't an option for the deal we had, but if we want to add it we'll have to spend about $5k-10k for an appropriate battery system, plus get the power company to sign off on it, get permits, installation costs, etc, etc, etc.

Clarification: My first paragraph was for people truly "off the grid". If you're still connected to the power grid then any excess power still feeds back to the power company.


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lisamarlene wrote:

Okay, so for the big damn hippies that go off the grid, how does that work?

(I mean, personally I'm just holding out for my own "Mister Fusion" units powering my home and my car with garbage, but until that day...)

As Vanykrye said, you need:

(1) Storage for when it's dark
(2) A power "sink" for excess power generated

The Road Warrior-esque "fortress with a bunch of flickering lights on the outside" isn't a bad idea; just funnel the excess power into a bunch of incandescent lights, which are HUGE energy sinks. You'd just need circuitry that said, "once power exceeds this level send all the rest to the lights", but such technology has existed nearly as long as power grids have, so it's not hard to build. I suspect that modern systems just have something akin to a space heater set off from the battery a bit because if you ever want to burn power, just setting up a pointless heater is a great way to do it.

It's just a lot more complex so it's either "build it yourself" or "pay a lot more".


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And BTW, yes, we still have power at the moment, though our house is ONE BLOCK IN to PG&E's massive map of places that'll lose power. Quite literally, the far corner of our street about 300' away is OK, we're not.


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gran rey de los mono wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:

(I mean, personally I'm just holding out for my own "Mister Fusion" units powering my home and my car with garbage, but until that day...)

Now you have to design the mascot for Mister Fusion.
Wouldn't that be a cartoonified Christopher Lloyd?

Yes.

Or a DeLorean.


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Tacticslion wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
Oh, good. Vomit. WELP. The Eldest isn’t going to go to school tomorrow...

Also: woke up this morning when informed of my Eldest's second bout of vomit!

yyyyyyyyyyyyay.

But! He rocked it! He managed to get it into the toilet (recognizing the symptoms and running there, staying there, and waiting until he was finished), flushed, washed (hands and face), and changed his clothes!

Way to go, my little dude!

So sorry he's going through this, but proud of how well he's handling it.

Alright! So, though we had one more major negative encounter with the porcelain throne accepting our offerings, that’s all yesterday, and it looks like the kiddo tanked the germs like a champ! Admittedly some got through - I spent half the day in a “what the heck disease am I fighting?!” coma, but that also seems behind us, now, too (Lord be willing, anyway). So the kiddo heads back to school! Granted, he’s stuck on the BRAT diet today, but I think we maaayyyy have just gotten through this!


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NobodysHome wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:

Okay, so for the big damn hippies that go off the grid, how does that work?

(I mean, personally I'm just holding out for my own "Mister Fusion" units powering my home and my car with garbage, but until that day...)

As Vanykrye said, you need:

(1) Storage for when it's dark
(2) A power "sink" for excess power generated

The Road Warrior-esque "fortress with a bunch of flickering lights on the outside" isn't a bad idea; just funnel the excess power into a bunch of incandescent lights, which are HUGE energy sinks. You'd just need circuitry that said, "once power exceeds this level send all the rest to the lights", but such technology has existed nearly as long as power grids have, so it's not hard to build. I suspect that modern systems just have something akin to a space heater set off from the battery a bit because if you ever want to burn power, just setting up a pointless heater is a great way to do it.

It's just a lot more complex so it's either "build it yourself" or "pay a lot more".

I didn't think about incandescents being an option, but you're absolutely right. I haven't used incandescents in so long that I forget they still technically exist.


Also, after yesterday, his lifetime of disdain for plain, white rice has evaporated. He was asking for more, today. Poor guy.


Vanykrye wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:

Okay, so for the big damn hippies that go off the grid, how does that work?

(I mean, personally I'm just holding out for my own "Mister Fusion" units powering my home and my car with garbage, but until that day...)

As Vanykrye said, you need:

(1) Storage for when it's dark
(2) A power "sink" for excess power generated

The Road Warrior-esque "fortress with a bunch of flickering lights on the outside" isn't a bad idea; just funnel the excess power into a bunch of incandescent lights, which are HUGE energy sinks. You'd just need circuitry that said, "once power exceeds this level send all the rest to the lights", but such technology has existed nearly as long as power grids have, so it's not hard to build. I suspect that modern systems just have something akin to a space heater set off from the battery a bit because if you ever want to burn power, just setting up a pointless heater is a great way to do it.

It's just a lot more complex so it's either "build it yourself" or "pay a lot more".

I didn't think about incandescents being an option, but you're absolutely right. I haven't used incandescents in so long that I forget they still technically exist.

Heh. They were my first thought, but I didn’t feel like the “if/then” switch would be a reasonable suggestion for someone to have personally installed. It sounds exactly like the sort of thing that’s not too complicated but WILL get installed lazily and cause problems.


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lisamarlene wrote:
Woran wrote:
My voice has gone from 'raspy' to 'teenage boy'.
When I'm at that stage, I usually entertain myself (and frighten my children) by singing Marlene Dietrich songs in a purposefully bad German accent.

It's also normally a good time to do your best impression of Joe Cocker singing 'Up Where We Belong'


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Freehold DM wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:
I am in that shutdown area. My house has solar panels, but not a battery. So I should have power during the day, still, but not at night.

It doesn't work that way.

[physics]
During the day, your solar panels produce more power than your house can use, and that excess power needs to go somewhere. Neither the panels nor your house's wiring are designed to deal with that excess, so it's sent back up the line to the power company.

If there's a power outage, the power company doesn't want that electricity coming back up the line and possibly endangering their workers, so your solar panels receive a signal to stop producing entirely. There are solar panels that include a 20-amp plug in the side of your house so you can get power during an outage, but most people don't have that because it's significantly more expensive (they have to build in the circuitry to deal with the excess power).

here's a nice explanation I found.
[/physics]

So the TLDR version is: Even with solar panels you lose power during a blackout.

Okay, so for the big damn hippies that go off the grid, how does that work?

(I mean, personally I'm just holding out for my own "Mister Fusion" units powering my home and my car with garbage, but until that day...)

Now you have to design the mascot for Mister Fusion.

I.e. Chick Corea with his underpants on outside his trousers.

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