PDA

View Full Version : The good things about Load Shedding



CrashBandicoot
17-01-10, 12:00 PM
I read in the news that Pakistan is facing 4 Gigawatts of power shortage and that is a huge difference between demand and supply. Since 4 Gigawatts of electricity is not easy to generate,the load shedding is going to continue for some time.May be years. We are all geeks here,and a geek needs computers or consoles,and consoles need electricity.No electricity,no PC,no console,its that simple.
Can there be something good about load shedding? Well yes,there is one thing. The city lights are reflected by atmosphere and the dust particles,and that creates a curtain between us and the night sky.When the whole city plunges into darkness,the sky becomes more visible at night. Amateur astronomers travel to far off places for escaping city lights and to have a clutter free view of the sky.But since we are blessed with unlimited hours of load shedding,we can all be Amateur astronomers and can have a clear view of the sky from our roof tops.
Depending upon our budget and how much we want to sky watch,the equipment required can be a simple binocular or it can be an expensive Telescope.When i say expensive,it doesn't mean we will have to sell our house to buy one.A normal astronomical telescope for hobbyists starts from something like 10,000 RS and goes all the way up to 3 million RS. Powerful binoculars and Telescopes are available in Pakistan,but you may have to search for a dealer,as they not that numerous.
If we decide to be an amateur astronomer,what can we see? With a fairly powerful binocular or a low end telescope,we can observe moon,but that gets boring after some time.Another less known hobby is satellite spotting. It was started by the Americans during the cold war for spotting soviet spy satellites,but now it has become a hobby and there are many satellite spotter clubs worldwide. People have successfully discovered and tracked many secret NASA satellites from their backyards,and using simple binoculars. The largest man made object in the sky is the International space station and many beginner satellite spotters try to locate ISS and watch it when it passes above their horizon.Its a good sight specially when the Space shuttle docks with ISS. The other object for beginners is the Hubble telescope. That too is large enough to be visible with a Binocular. There are 35000 man made objects of different shapes and sizes revolving around the earth and on the average on passes from above us every 15 minutes. For satellite spotters its same as spotting an expensive car,such as Rolls Royce Phantom,or Ferrari Enzo in your town. With experience,people can tell what kind of satellite they watched,if it was a communication satellite,geo survey,weather or a spy satellite. With a fairly powerful telescope,detailed observation of those marvelous pieces of technology can be possible.
There are many online website (http://heavens-above.com/) and free software (http://orbitron-satellite-tracking-system.software.informer.com/) available on the internet,which can be used to predict the path of ISS and other satellites,and to identify a satellite you observed.


If you buy a powerful telescope,you can do the usual Astronomical observations,such as watching galaxies,nebula,comets,planets and stars. Meade (http://www.meade.com/),celestron (http://www.celestron.com/c3/home.php) and seben (https://www.wit-usa.com/sms/shop/?p=b3JnYT1zZWJlbiZncm91cD0yJmxhbmc9MiZjdXJyPTE=&s=YToxOntzOjEyOiJzaG9wX3JlZmVyZXIiO047fQ==) are well known telescope makers for amateurs. They also provide telescopes with built in computer or a PC connection,and you only type in the name of the celestial body you want to observe and the telescope will automatically point towards that direction. That will be an unusual addition to your PC hardware.With your telescope you may be the first one to spot a comet that is on collision course to earth,or you may become the only human who watched a exploding star.The possibilities are endless.



With hundreds of thousands of telescopes watching the sky the world over,there are now millions of photographs of stars and galaxies but not that many resources to analyze those photographs in detail. For that reason,universities,observatories and other astronomical research organizations are turning to general public for help. There are many website which host newly photographed images from large telescopes,such as Hubble,and general public are urged to help scientists in identifying those millions of heavenly objects that are photographed every day.
Here is the story (http://www.sciencecentric.com/news/article.php?q=08080543) of a young volunteer who took part in galaxy zoo project (http://www.galaxyzoo.org/),and from her Desktop PC she discovered a totally new type of galaxy which was previously unknown to scientists.You may be the next discoverer.

I dont know if this article is off topic or not,but i hope that next time when you are trying to sleep on your roof during load shedding in hot weather,you will take interest in that little flashy thing crossing the night sky with speeds you dont expect from an aircraft.
Happy load shedding all of you.

Jigger
19-01-10, 11:03 PM
nice article...
it will be better if u make the text hyperlinks...

Imran Ahmed
14-02-10, 11:57 AM
Loadshedding has made me descover the boundless , unearthly pleasure of reading 'playing manuals' for the games i own....otherwise i would never had bothered :P

DEXT3R
14-02-10, 12:14 PM
laodshedding made me leave my computer screen for 1 hour...coz when there is light i m always there in front of a computer screen whether it is my desktop lcd or my lappy's display...
it hurts my eyes i knw but still cant live without it... my eyesight is -1.5 weak...so it is good when light goes i take some rest...plus relax my neck & shoulder muscles...
so i don't hate load shedding...it is good in many ways as long as its time is known...if its random then its a heck...

Crow
14-02-10, 12:54 PM
I study whenever the light goes out. When I don't have any homework, I play the guitar, write poetry, paint, and do other creative things that I wouldn't do normally.

theDarkDisciple
14-02-10, 01:06 PM
Satellite spotting seems interesting I have a fairly powerful pair of binoculars + live a bit far from the city. Ive been able to spot some meteors, but no satellites. Kudos for those links, ISS spotting up next.

Ottoman
14-02-10, 02:18 PM
I get to spend time with my family. We just get together, talk about things etc. and it`s really nice. The U.S must take a leaf out of our book and start this at their place as well
Loadshedding is perhaps the only thing my parents thank this govt. for, specially :D

hasanJ
14-02-10, 04:35 PM
^ my parents say the exact same thing xD

Loadshedding iz family time according to them

r3aper
14-02-10, 11:18 PM
its either guitar/music time or study time for me.

Very interesting read man, i will get a good pair of binoculars soon and will try it out. Spotting a satellite would be l33t !

TheBrokenMan
15-02-10, 08:52 AM
when the lights go i engage in a thrilling game of jenga with my cousins , winner of best of 3 decides what board game we play at the next lights out =P , one up side is that im now a totally kick ass jenga player ^_^

Blooby
15-02-10, 11:32 PM
when the lights go i engage in a thrilling game of jenga with my cousins , winner of best of 3 decides what board game we play at the next lights out =p , one up side is that im now a totally kick ass jenga player


i love jenga!
Rixwan be my fwiend again!

Shary Bhallu TC
18-02-10, 06:24 AM
Hehe when the lights go out, I usually have a bad argument with my brother. When he is not around, I study. Otherwise, theres always my Laptop to play PES10 on :)

My bro usually takes out his telescope when theres loadshedding in our area.

Ali250
18-02-10, 11:41 AM
Although at night our building's generator can power everything in the house-hold except the AC, I still take load-shedding as an opportunity to take some time out for study.

shujaswati
18-02-10, 12:40 PM
buying a telescope is my dream....but i think it will be damn expensive for sure...any1 knows the price.

CrashBandicoot
20-02-10, 08:20 PM
you can buy a fairly good reflection telescope for around 200 dollars

ps3linux
23-02-10, 03:57 PM
you could check www.meade.com (http://www.meade.com) their etx series costs around $500, say about 50K, add another 10k for the import etc.
Great thing about ETX-At series is that it a compatible with K-Stars.

Umair Naeem
21-03-10, 01:20 PM
Another Good News
load shedding ka masla 15April k baad khatam ho raha hay.....................
no electricity after 15april toh loadshedding kaisay ho gi???????????????????

Gizmo
26-03-10, 07:53 PM
If there was no load shedding, I would Never get myself to study and then I'd fail.

Lars
27-03-10, 03:04 PM
load shedding ka masla 15April k baad khatam ho raha hay.....................
no electricity after 15april toh loadshedding kaisay ho gi???????????????????

Haha haa ! Sweet Dreams

Drink this , http://www.jaagore.com/

theDarkDisciple
27-03-10, 10:11 PM
What the hell is a Jenga btw?

HMS1193
04-04-10, 10:06 AM
Haha haa ! Sweet Dreams

Drink this , http://www.jaagore.com/

hahhaha... JAAGOO... :lol: :lol: :lol:

TheBrokenMan
04-04-10, 11:57 PM
What the hell is a Jenga btw?

imagine making a tower with LEGO's (DONT YOU DARE ASK ME TO TELL YOU WHAT LEGOS ARE) except you have to break the tower apart bit by bit by removing one block at a time, WITHOUT removing a peice from the firtst x number of rows from the top of the tower x can be the first 3 rows, 4 etc depending now how difficult you want it to be. the person who causes the tower to fall i.e removes a block and causes the tower to fall is teh LOSER and has to rebuild the tower as a punishment

its a freaking fun game when played against more then 2 people and MORE ADDICTIVE THEN ANY ONLINE GAME

SpEeDyZ
05-04-10, 12:11 AM
Well I don't know about you guys but I take a nap ...

theDarkDisciple
05-04-10, 01:56 AM
imagine making a tower with LEGO's (DONT YOU DARE ASK ME TO TELL YOU WHAT LEGOS ARE) except you have to break the tower apart bit by bit by removing one block at a time, WITHOUT removing a peice from the firtst x number of rows from the top of the tower x can be the first 3 rows, 4 etc depending now how difficult you want it to be. the person who causes the tower to fall i.e removes a block and causes the tower to fall is teh LOSER and has to rebuild the tower as a punishment

its a freaking fun game when played against more then 2 people and MORE ADDICTIVE THEN ANY ONLINE GAME

After that, I want to buy this Jengazz pronto.

Mateen
05-04-10, 09:47 PM
Well there is one other Good thing About Load Shedding My Consoles n Pc Get to Chill for a While, Specially My 360 coz its a Falcon... I mean that way it wont RROD Soon...

Hassan
17-04-10, 08:52 PM
loadshedding made me leave my computer screen for 1 hour

Ali250
28-04-10, 08:27 PM
I declare the positive effects of load-shedding to be nullified.

Laptops ftw! :D

JAYZZY
28-04-10, 09:44 PM
Here are some of the + points of loadshedding Atleast for me:

- Able to do time management properly , now i can manage time between studies and everything else
- Im able to offer few prayers :) as theres nothing to do in dark and when its praying time (when azaan going on) it feels bad to not to offer prayer
- im able to get myself off from this chair
- im able to go to outside with my friend , hence more socialite

Muaaz
29-04-10, 10:36 AM
When I'm home, I spend more time with my family due to loadshedding because I'm not gaming that time.

radd
29-04-10, 07:17 PM
Loadshedding - Helping slackers pass exams since 1995

nowadays loadshedding isnt as fun as it used to me, meaning its not random! i study, read the papers or go out for a jog.

CobraN
30-04-10, 02:10 AM
during loadshedding i Spend my time with parents,

nafu
26-05-10, 04:33 PM
loadshedding is now become a part of our life

TheBrokenMan
27-05-10, 10:08 PM
one good thing of load shedding is i can read moar books =D i finished the eragon series, harry potter, sherlock holmes, charles dickens novels etc =P

btw Lord of the rings BOOK SUCKED **** ITS NOTHING BUT ONE LONG HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL BASED IN A FICTIONAL WORLD O_O AFTER EVERY 2-3 PAGES THERE IS EITHER A SONG OR A BLEEDING POEM I WASTED 300 ON THAT SHITTY BOOK =@!

Ottoman
27-05-10, 10:20 PM
^Exactly. The LOTR books were an awful bore. Most of it was spent on describing the environments lol
But do try "The Hobbit". It`s the prequel to LOTR but very un-LOTRish at the same time ,which was pretty surprising to me. Superb book but can`t say the same for the trilogy.

I`m following TBM`s pattern nowadays. Finished a couple of excellent books

Conscript
27-05-10, 10:31 PM
Easy for someone to say that load shedding is good who doesn't have to suffer from it. The only thing that comes out of load shedding is sweat, lots of it.

Shyber
28-05-10, 09:43 AM
The only thing that comes out of load shedding, for me, is more noise. My generator.

BeLoShI
29-05-10, 05:39 PM
^ Lol at last admin talked abt being derailed by the noise of the generator which often is very much annoying in my case as well. So we just exiled it on the rooftop which is like the 3rd Floor but still the noise is damn quirky on ears

Magma
30-05-10, 11:18 PM
When the light goes, I simply continue gaming on my generator. :p

Life's sweet, eh?

Fasih
01-06-10, 02:55 PM
wen the lites go.... i play games :D and these days thts the only time wen i get to play (on psp ofc) coz otherwise job.... n then after gettin hme have to study... so load shedding is more of a relief for me :D

Hacks
04-06-10, 05:37 AM
People look on the bright side ... Lets face it there is no bright side in loadshedding.

Shary Bhallu TC
04-06-10, 07:38 PM
The bright side for me is that we are getting a gas generator, so while the neighbors suffer, we'll be enjoying the cool AC :P

BTW, I already posted in this thread some months back lol.

Photographer
13-06-10, 07:35 PM
i dont have load shedding so i dont know what good could come out of load shedding

gow3
20-06-10, 02:44 AM
Lmfao, ur posts are amazing to read, Anyways i hate loadshedding, cuz i dont know wht to do at that time......................:)

mental
24-06-10, 05:28 PM
u mean to say taare gin gin k LOADSHEDDING guzaren???

sarkianmenace
03-07-10, 01:39 AM
loadshedding for me is a gud time THAT IS until its restricted to the "one hour per day" schedule.....i get time to clear my mind , plan things.........and just rest.....plus i get time to offer nemaz n sum time with mom n dad. :P........so its cool until its under the "one or maybe even two hours per day" thing.......

geralt
16-06-11, 12:25 PM
time for family and relatives,

Dracoola
16-06-11, 12:46 PM
I'm trying to teach my cats to play ludo with me.

Enferno
16-06-11, 01:43 PM
I just read smash or readers digest when yhe lite goes or go out to play football(if it goes in the evening):D

Bcool
16-06-11, 04:38 PM
1 year old thread

Enferno
17-06-11, 12:04 PM
didnt see it :D

anobel
20-06-11, 01:39 PM
play game on UpS

Amarog
27-06-11, 05:50 PM
^ my parents say the exact same thing xD

Loadshedding iz family time according to them

lol same here =D
We are pc worms, tried to copy this from "book worms" :p

Dragonballz4eva
29-06-11, 12:51 AM
Loadshedding - Helping slackers pass exams since 1995

(lmao)(lmao)(lmao)(lmao)(lmao)(lmao)(lmao)(lmao)(l mao)(lmao)(lmao)(lmao)(lmao)(lmao)(lmao)(lmao)(lma o)(lmao)

I Spend Time with my Mother And Father, which is Fun, Or, I, If, which is most of the time, I've opened something to Read on the Internet, like a blog post or article or something like it, I Read that first! But sometimes it ends up being read when the light comes back ;)

EmSpecial
06-07-11, 04:13 AM
nice article... i like it.. ;)

hasooboy
06-07-11, 04:49 AM
Good one and thanks for bump ;)

Sent from my Ideos using Tapatalk

BaqarNaqvi
12-07-11, 12:59 PM
I used to read HP and LOTR when the lights went out .....

MaS007
14-07-11, 08:15 AM
sleep at that time or do other work which does not require electricity

BaqarNaqvi
24-07-11, 11:18 PM
sleep at that time or do other work which does not require electricity

Sonay k liye to raat hai na :)

MaS007
26-07-11, 03:18 AM
Sonay k liye to raat hai na :)

nope,as compared to din,raat ko lite bilkul nahi jate :D

XTR3MiST
31-07-11, 11:13 AM
I read in the news that Pakistan is facing 4 Gigawatts of power shortage and that is a huge difference between demand and supply. Since 4 Gigawatts of electricity is not easy to generate,the load shedding is going to continue for some time.May be years. We are all geeks here,and a geek needs computers or consoles,and consoles need electricity.No electricity,no PC,no console,its that simple.


Nice article but its not Gigawatt, it's megawatt

musab2346
30-09-11, 05:38 PM
never thought of it in this way.. used up all that time to curse the wapda people and listening to my favorite numbers one by one :P

GhaniKhan
30-09-11, 05:46 PM
when light goes out i start my social life with Friends or Family...

fahdfsk
02-10-11, 11:35 PM
emmmmmmmm theres always a brighter side of a thing
jb humari lite jati hai to family k sath beth k baaten karne mai bht acha lagta hai .. wrna sb apne apne kamo mai busy rehtay hian

Blastwave
03-10-11, 12:16 AM
Electricity = PC

Load shedding = Books

TheBrokenMan
03-10-11, 11:28 AM
With the newest trend of "Random Loadshedding" I have given more time to my Nintendo DS <3 not to mention walking more, hanging out with neighbors and such.

fahdfsk
06-10-11, 12:08 AM
Electricity = PC

Load shedding = Books
which kinda books dude ?

Blastwave
06-10-11, 12:39 AM
which kinda books dude ?

I read A LOT and I mean A LOT.

Right now I've got plenty on my reading list lined up.



Burnt Shadows by By Kamila Shamsie

It's Not News, It's Fark: How Mass Media Tries to Pass Off Crap As News By Drew Curtis

The Wisdom of insecurity – Alan W Watts

John Dies at the End by David Wong

Hitler & Churchill: Secrets Of Leadership By Andrew Roberts

Why Men love Bitches – Sherry Argov

Why Men Marry Bitches – Sherry Argov

A Brief History Of The Smile - Angud Trumble

Birthday Stories: Selected and Introduced by Haruki Murakami By Haruki Murakami



Just rushed through the entire Songs of fire and ice George R R R R R R R R Martin Set. [Game of thrones is the first book in the series]... Can't wait to get the next part and really tempted to spoil it for everyone :p

asimov
06-10-11, 06:27 PM
Lmfao, ur posts are amazing to read, Anyways i hate loadshedding, cuz i dont know wht to do at that time......................:)

i agree with this person.

HAMMER of THOR
07-10-11, 03:05 PM
man thank God i bought the galaxy s2 which easily gives about 6 hours of video playback... i just watch tv series on it for all those hours of blackouts... and also on the plus side i go out more and i spend more time with my family... which is always a good thing for people who suffer from depression and such things....

hmir
09-10-11, 12:12 PM
Got halfway through "A Dance with Dragons", the latest book in the Songs of Fire and Ice series. No more loadshedding so no more reading. har!

Bone Breaker
09-10-11, 12:21 PM
so load shedding is

blessing in disguise :)

waleed3601
11-10-11, 12:15 AM
I usually spend time playing with my baby cousin when the lights are out.

musab2346
14-10-11, 02:54 AM
so load shedding is

blessing in disguise :)

nooooooooooo.. not at all! all the stuff being discussed here can be done with your room's light on as well and you can always go to a high spot for star gazing.. so load shedding is still a curse :p

Pakiyoungster
18-10-11, 12:12 PM
during load shedding i use my ipad to watch movies, read ebooks and play games. :p

umair23
18-10-11, 07:41 PM
The good thing about loadshedding is that is makes us sweat and even though we smell alot, it helps us fat computer freaks to lose weight. BOYAAAAAAHH:rock:

musab2346
19-10-11, 01:49 AM
The good thing about loadshedding is that is makes us sweat and even though we smell alot, it helps us fat computer freaks to lose weight. BOYAAAAAAHH:rock:

you should try going on a walk.. recently i've started this routine in hours of load shedding.. i get out of my home and start walking.. brisk walk.. good for health! and you can always explore new places (i did :D)

Usama Ahmed
21-11-11, 06:57 AM
During load shedding i use mobile. :D

Blastwave
21-11-11, 08:07 AM
I habitually print articles from www.cracked.com www.slashdot.org and www.listverse.com to read when the lights are out

blackclouds
22-11-11, 07:45 PM
There is NOTHING good about load-shedding. Is there anything good about food shortage? Water shortage? Gas shortage? NO!

RAJNI
26-11-11, 10:32 PM
There is NOTHING good about load-shedding. Is there anything good about food shortage? Water shortage? Gas shortage? NO!

soban123
26-11-11, 10:51 PM
i take rest in time of No electricity.........and if u have the lite in the same time, it feels really awkward :p

fade
09-01-12, 04:37 PM
sexy article!!

Blastwave
09-01-12, 08:41 PM
I finished the entire Song of Fire and Ice series in the many hours there was no electricity.

Picking up more books and piling them up for summer already.

Yup. Winter is here baby.. .Summer is the true hell here.