Thursday, May 25, 2006

Electrical Gremlins

After a nice rainstorm last night, I awoke this morning to realize my alarm clock was not working. Luckily I didn't have a class to go to, so I just assumed the power was out and tried to go back to sleep. Just as I was about to doze back off, I realized that the clock on the microwave in the living room, which I could see from where I was lying, was in fact working.

I think our brains are wired so that when something weird presents itself, we have to figure it out. So, I ran through the checklist...clock not working, computer not working, overhead not working. Nothing in either living room or bedroom working except the microwave on the far wall.

It is amazing how dependant we are on electricity. No coffee pot, no computer, no TV. Luckily the computers in the lab are working, so I can blogStrange but true...only a partial power outtage. The Seabury Gremlin strikes again.

1 comment:

Northland Al said...

A fellow student at lunch explained how the parital power outage can happened. Very intriguing, the discussion of phases and transformers and the like. After hearing it twice, I only understand about half of it. I apparently am halfway in dark.