i don’t know why but i want kara to drag lena on a day hike and then like halfway through kara realizes all lena brought is several bottles of red wine and like seventeen portable chargers and a laptop no snacks no nothing
1. Laptop. I own a Samsung Chromebook Plus. I’ve been with it for a year and truthfully, it helps me get my shit done. There are no unexpected updates (I see you windows 10), anti-virus or office package that I have to buy and install. I have a stylus that I take notes with, successfully replacing my pen and paper methods. I download my books on it from the publisher (believe me it’s cheaper too). I can highlight, take notes, add text or links on the book pages right away. Overall, I’m very happy with my purchase. Really all I need to go with is my laptop. I did buy a larger wireless keyboard to work more productively on my reports as many subjects are data-driven.
2. Phone. How and why should your phone be a school supply? Well, to stay connected. As a business student, it is very important for you to make a brand of yourself. You want people to know you are available and get in touch with them. I love my phone to scan info. Evernote has the very awesome feature to scan business cards and it has helped me a ton to keep things organized. But your phone can also help you be discrete when the time calls for it. It’s a mini mini computer and is more portable than a laptop. If you’re in a crowded place, your phone can also help you get shit done. Don’t underestimate the power of your phone to be productive! Especially when it comes down to reminders and automating certain functions!
3. Recyclable folder. Some professor like handing out articles, quizzes and other info on paper. Usually, I scan those papers using Evernote. But there are some papers that I need to have in hand and I need the original copy of them. For those situations, I like keeping them into a folder. That way I ensure they’re not gonna get lost and I avoid any damage to them.
4. Backpack. I haven’t bought a backpack in about… 6 years now? My current backpack is pretty beat up. I am considering buying a new one. That backpack and I have seen and lived so many things. It is a bit hard to say goodbye. Now that I am a college student I have different needs and my backpack isn’t fulfilling those needs. I’ll try to make a mindful decision about buying a new backpack, see if I can find some zero waste option that can last me for years.
5. Refillable pen. I love me a fountain pen. Mainly because that’s how I learned how to write with. Fountain pens are basically an extension of my arm. In college, you have to sign on papers on a regular basis and that’s what I use. Plus that’s what I write with on my exams.
6. Ruler. I like to work pretty neatly, even though my handwriting might suggest otherwise. I like a metal 30cm ruler because it is long enough to also scratch my back with if the situation calls for it. I use it on my tests mostly to make a clear distinction between the questions and to make tables and graphs too.
7. Lunchbox and water bottles. Thanks me later, boo. I have experimented with meal prep in the past and my weeks were smooth AF. You know how it feels to not worry about what you are going to eat? HEAVEN. Seriously, you get more time to focus on school and extracurricular activities. Water bottles are a life saver. It has saved me tons of times from buying ice tea and plastic stuff that are overall bad for my health.
8. Swiss Army knife. THIS. THIS ITEM HAS SAVED ME COUNTLESS OF TIMES. It’s so versatile that you can use it on any occasion. I always have it with me so I can be the hero of a tricky situation. Just don’t go around stabbing people with it. My fav orange peeler!
That’s basically all the school supplies I go with. Pretty minimalistic, huh? What’s your school supplies items?
Aziz Younes, an electrician who works under the shadow of the Electricité du Liban building on several generators supplying 100 homes nearby in Achrafieh, measures the electric
A spaghetti of wires might be seen as hazardous in most places. In Lebanon, tangled webs supply power to everyday life.
Ibrahim Azzam, 26, was raised by an industrious family: They used Kinder eggs as housings for LED lights, powered by solar panels. He also feels paying $200 every month in generator fees is not worth the cost. Plus, the generators are dirty; Azzam wears a filter mask while traveling around Beirut to ward off the smog
Inside the Haywire World of Beirut’s Electricity Brokers
“Every time I go cycling outside of Beirut, coming back to see this thick smog caused by all these generators being turned on—it’s really saddening,” Azzam adds.
He and his family have found creative ways to live without a generator subscription, which leaves them with as many as 20 hours a day without electricity. They use an assortment of batteries connected to a 1,000-watt solar panel array, which Azzam says is far less expensive (even accounting for the battery replacement) than a generator subscription. He bought the setup three years ago when his area, near the university in Haddat, suffered four to five days without power. His fan, laptop, and portable batteries can all be charged at once, while simultaneously powering a wireless router and small LED lamps.
When he was younger, his father used the plastic eggs of Kinder Surprise candy to house a circuit, LED, and a sensor. The homemade devices would power on when they sensed the light had turned off in the apartment, allowing the family to navigate the darkness.Today,
Azzam works on a Lenovo Thinkpad and uses a Caterpillar cell phone, which has a battery life of nearly five days. He’s not only conscious about his energy consumption, but he also has become increasingly aware of the relationship between electricity and social media. The energy—psychic and personal—he puts into social media could be funneled to someplace more enlivening.
This wired article on the realities of electricity supply in Lebanon is incredible
Electrical power here does not come without concerted exertion or personal sacrifice. Gas-powered generators and their operators fill the void created by a strained electric grid. Most people in Lebanon, in turn, are often stuck with two bills, and sometimes get creative to keep their personal devices—laptops, cell phones, tablets, smart watches—from going dead. Meanwhile, as citizens scramble to keep their inanimate objects alive, the local authorities are complicit in this patchwork arrangement, taking payments from the gray-market generator operators and perpetuating a nation’s struggle to stay wired.
This one is gonna be a little more in-depth than the CAS stuff because I have some issues with these sections, and it’s gonna get looooong and seeing as there’s a lot of images taking up space already this is all going to be under a cut to save space on dashes 😊
WHATS IN MY BACKPACK: 2019 spring semester edition!
Plain black and leather backpack goes with every outfit. The pins to add a hint of personality. This backpack has lasted me 4 years (all through high school), you can’t go wrong with a Jansport. Top pocket
can i just.. buy a solar panel? like for my apartment or something? can you explain how they/setting them up would work? <3
Yeah, you can pretty much do exactly that. At least for a standalone power source. These things can still be a little expensive, but prices are dropping as they become more easily available.
Some places even sell pre-made kits which have all of the bits and pieces bundled together, leaving you to just assemble them. These may be more expensive than buying the separate components yourself, I’m not sure. It’s best to check the prices yourself. Google even found one for me which, though expensive, seems to be a good enough setup to power a small building
Obligatory warning though – If you want to connect it to your main electric supply… don’t. Seriously, don’t mess with mains electricity unless you’re a qualified electrician because that can and will go wrong in very deadly ways. Always get a professional for that.
Anyway. Assuming you want to make your own ad hoc solar setup, for instance if you want a quick and easy way of charging your electronics, you’ll need to get a solar panel and a storage battery…
You can also buy portable batteries pretty easily now. They vary from small ones which you can carry in your bag to charge your phone, to larger ones which you can keep in a car or other vehicle. Many can hold enough power to charge a laptop, and the good ones will also have electronics to prevent overcharging (they’re the ones you just plug in overnight and leave).
Finally, you’ll need a good place to put your panel. Angling it towards the sun is best, but it’ll gather energy in any bright light. Then all you need is the right set of wires and connectors to attach your solar panel’s output to your battery’s input and you’re good to go.
If you have large enough panels which collect enough light, and a large enough battery to store all the energy you’re capturing, you can now power your computer with the sun! ☀️
This sounds silly but pls pray my laptop recovers or IT is able to fix it tomorrow bc it decided to just short out tonight and as a uni student my entire LIFE is on this computer. Even if the hard drive content is recoverable, I still need a portable laptop for classes and assignments and such, there’s no way I can manage without one (and replacing it is hella expensive and I’d still be w/out one for more than a few days)
Adam Rosen & Matthew Bergeron are Macintosh geeks extraordinaire, and are no strangers to hauling Macs to VCF East. I’ll let their exhibit description speak for them:
product lifespan more than three decades long, many variants and
oddities exist in the Apple Macintosh universe. For VCF East XII the
Vintage Mac Museum will again show off a number of rare and unusual
items from the collection, including: the clear sided “HyperDrive” Mac
512k; a Macintosh Portable, Outbound and DynaMac laptop clones, and
their successors the PowerBook 1xx series; a (black) Macintosh TV
running old Apple advertisements and videos; a working Apple Lisa with
LisaOffice software; the always fun Color Classic (with After Dark
“fish” screensaver), and a Macintosh Picasso Dealer sign.”