So while I was at work, we lost power due to wind. That means heat lamps were off. That means my boy was not doing ok. But luckily, my roommate cranked up the heat when he got home and cuddled pagoda until he was ok again! If he wasn’t there, I’m not sure what would’ve happened.
Lizards like bearded dragons cannot product their own heat.
If you have your own stories like mine, or suggestions for what to do in case we lose power again, feel free to let me know!!


The motors in the panel office are designed to be run on A/C or D/C power. In fact, there are actually two motors contained in one housing: a squirrelcage A/C type, and a shunt-wound D/C motor with commutators and brushes. The A/C portion of the motor does not have a starting capacitor or shaded poles, so the motor must be started on office battery, then transferred over to 230 volt A/C.

Last night, we had a momentary power outage at the museum. Astrid and I were eating our dinner, and we noticed the lights flickered, and then went out. Emergency lights came on, and at the same time, the motors in the panel office transferred from their A/C windings to D/C. The change in pitch and tone was quite noticeable! After 5 seconds or so, the diesel generator kicked in, and A/C power was restored. Immediately, there was a satisfying *CLICK!*, as the motors transferred back to A/C. The panel switch stayed in service 100% of the time.

Having read about this, it was really interesting to see it happen. All of the motors transferred perfectly, without any blown fuses. Such a good girl <3

One time all the power in the school went out and all the other classes just hung out in the dark and goofed off. But come on, band practice is never canceled, no matter what. So of course we went outside, what else would we do? Not play? Ha, you make me laugh.

Yo hey guys

Hey everyone!! I’m typing this out really quick bc I have very little battery left on my phone. As some of you may know, there have been a LOT of storms in the Midwest United States the past few days. One such storm has knocked out my power for who knows how long, so I don’t know when I’ll be back online. It could be a few hours, or a few days. I am safe, and so is my family. To anyone who is still dealing with crazy weather, stay safe!!
Love, Emma

The power went out this morning and woke me up. Apparently, according to my neighbor, one of the power lines caught on fire somehow and knocked out the power in my town plus two others in the area. I feel like Roy Mustang is real and had something to with it because no one has any idea how it happened.

Why I think Power Outage is canon.

OOC: So this is quite a while coming but after talking to several friends and listening to their opinions, I’ve decided to air my thoughts on WHY Power Outage has to be canon and show’s Nicelander Gene getting along with everyone else. Save yo complains until after the rant please :)

1. VANELLOPE IS A FORGIVING CHARACTER. Yes that could be manipulated by those who just want to use her, but think about it, if she really hated Gene don;t you think she would have shown some resentment, and even scoffed at him for not being able to get back into his game? Plus think about this, it is more than likely that after the vents of the film, And as demonstrated in the comic Wrecking Wall, it is shown that Gene and RALPH are getting along just fine, so wouldn’t that justify that a friend of RALPH’s is also a friend of VANELLOPE’S?

2. Gene isn’t scared of the dark, he;s scared of being LEFT in the drak without any knowledge of what is going on in NICELAND. He is the mayor of the GAME and while it is Felix’s duty as the main hero to make sure things are okay. Gene is like Vanellope. THEY BOTH have a position to uphold and his concern of not being able to go back home shows he is homesick but also that he is WORRIED about his fellow game mates. Plus take into consideration, unlike The Core Four. Gene doesn’t have any powers! He would obviously be terrified of being stuck out of safe spot, in an area where Death is PERMANENT and if he were to be attacked, you could hardly see it coming with the darkness. In Nicleand he is safe, he doesn’t have to worry about perma-death. But outside he has no powers to protect himself, so as an NPC, he needs to be more cautious.

3. THE BIG ONE: NO ONE HOLDS ANY RESENTMENT AGAINST GENE FOR HOW HE TREATED RALPH. No one brings up the fact that outside his game would be the perfect opportunity for Ralph to be rid of him, IN FACT. Vanellope and others try to comfort him and make sure he feels safe in the environment while Felix tries to repair the power issue. Vanellope even gets him involved in a three legged race, something normally out of Gene’s comfort zone as he would try to maintain his character. Gene is accepted and he is treated equal like every other character, they have let by-gones be by-gones, and everyone is getting along.

5. They are running on back-up power. Nowhere in the book is this stated, but if the power current WAS to still be running through the main cord, then Litwak would have had to have a backup source to keep the cabinet’s running even in the event of a power outage such as this. Everyone is still in one piece and considering this is to be canon, then its safe to say no one had been FMR’d.

anonymous asked:

It's storming pretty hard here and I'm worried we'll lose power. If it goes out and my filter/heater go out, do you have any tips on how to keep my fish safe and healthy?

Hi, there!

Power outages with fish is definitely stressful. I went through this myself last year during Hurricane Arthur. Our betta was fine (although, sadly, some of the shrimp suffocated).

What you have to do depends on what kind of fish you have and your filters, but here are some general tips:

Before the Power Goes Out

Before the power goes out, make sure you have emergency pet supplies handy, such as:

  • Buckets of dechlorinated water set aside in case you lose water with your power
  • Blankets/towels (and bubble wrap/Styrofoam – see below for more details)
  • Mesh bags or pantyhose
  • A battery-powered aerator and batteries
  • Plenty of your basic supplies, such as fish food and water conditioner
  • Power surge protectors (to avoid frying your equipment)
  • Bottled bacteria (just in case)

Be sure to get the battery-powered aerator as quickly as possible. I tried to get an aerator before Hurricane Arthur hit last year and all of our local stores were already sold out. Just remember that there may be lots of other fishkeepers hurrying to beat you to the supplies!

If the Power Goes Out

1. Check the filters.

As soon as the power goes out, check and maintain the filters. Without a steady flow of oxygen, the beneficial bacteria in your filters will begin to die. As the bacteria dies, deadly toxins are produced and released into the water, which causes ammonia spikes. Unfortunately, if left unchecked, the excess ammonia can potentially be fatal for your fish within a matter of hours.

If you have HOB (hang on back) or canister filters, disconnect and remove the filter media immediately. Before using the filters again once the power returns, you must also clean the devices to get rid of the dead bacteria. However, biowheels can be submerged during power outages, as well as the filter media from HOB, canister, and trickle filters if placed within mesh bags or pantyhose. You’ll still need moving water, though, so continue reading to learn more about aerating during power outages.

If the power outage lasts for days, it is important to check your water parameters and do partial water changes every day to help reduce the ammonia. There are also products available, such as Seachem Stability or Tetra SafeStart, that can be used to introduce beneficial bacteria back into the tank to potentially help control the water parameters (as long as there’s still oxygen flow). However, such products are hit or miss since their introduction can cause ammonia spikes as well.

2. Aerate the water.

Although bettas have labyrinth organs that allow them to directly take oxygen from the surface, keeping the water aerated will help lessen the stress for your fish, as well as any other tank mates.

To aerate the fish tank, there are many inexpensive battery-operated aerators available at pet stores or on Amazon. The aerator will help agitate the surface and move the water around to provide dissolved oxygen. If you do not have an aerator, you can manually oxygenate your tank by scooping water in a cup or pitcher and pouring it back in for five minutes every hour (or as soon as you see your betta or tank mates gasping for air).

If you have your filter media floating in mesh or pantyhose, placing it over/by the outflow of the aerator to have water flow over it can help keep the beneficial bacteria alive. A regular sponge filter can be attached to the aerator and kept running like usual as well.

3. Maintain the temperature.

While betta fish are hardy and can typically live in temperatures ranging from 72° to 82° (although about 80° is often the most preferred), the change in temperature resulting from a power outage can be dangerous.

To help keep the water warm, the safest thing you can do is use Styrofoam or blankets to surround the aquarium and help keep the heat inside. If the water is too warm, you can open the feeding door or remove the lid to help cool the water down.

Another method you can try using is the bubble wrap method. Bubble wrap can be used to cheaply insulate your windows, so why not tanks as well?

To apply bubble wrap to your tanks, here are the steps:

  • Cut bubble wrap sheets to the dimensions of your tank.
  • Lightly spray water onto the outside glass panes with a spray bottle.
  • Press the bubble wrap to the glass with the bubble side facing in.
  • Use double-sided tape to hold the bubble wrap in place if the water isn’t enough.

According to the article linked to above, bubble wrap can be used to reduce heat loss for single-glazed windows by almost half. I haven’t personally tested how it applies to tanks, but it’s yet another method that can be layered to help keep fish warm.

An important thing to remember is that the temperature changes must be gradual. If you suddenly adjust the temperature, even by just a couple of degrees, your fish could go into shock. That is why you should never just add hot or cold water to the aquarium to adjust the temperature while the fish is present. (If you do add hot or cold water, remove the fish fish and properly acclimate it back in after the water change to prevent shock).

Once the power returns, be sure to use your heaters to gradually bring the temperature back up over the course of hours.

4. Avoid feeding the fish.

It is important to reduce or avoid feeding your betta during power outages. By feeding your fish, you will only create more waste in the water that can build to dangerous levels without proper filtration and water changes. Most bettas can typically live up to around five days or so without being fed, and especially as the cooler temperatures lower your betta’s metabolism. You should only resume regular feeding your fish once the power returns and the water parameters, including the temperature, is back to normal.

This is everything I can think of at the moment… If anyone else has any more tips, feel free to share!

Power is out. Our bearded dragon is taking a trip with us to get dinner because the wood stove isn’t burning well and the pellet stove doesn’t work without power.

We need to invest in a generator. I have turkey eggs set so I hope the power doesn’t stay out long.