January 18th, 2009

eliphas, napping

Thinking about energy saving lightbulbs

Now that it's still dark early, I notice how much I run into and out of the kitchen all the time. Every half-hour to an hour, if not more, often for a minute or less. Used to be I turned on the light when I went in, off when I went out. Little wonder I had to replace one or two of the five 40W light bulbs per year.

Now I'm starting to switch to energy saving light bulbs, which, I read, should be left burning at least for 15 minutes. So the lights in the kitchen are now on more-or-less permanently when I'm at home. That means, on a normal workday evening, 1*5 hours instead of 10*1 minute plus 30 minutes for cooking dinner.

I'm not sure if this would actually be saving energy if all five bulbs were energy savers. With only one of them, so far (the others refuse to break down), I'm sure it doesn't.

ETA: Vaguely on-topic (re: saving energy) -- a little alternate history from the Guardian: "No one thought Al Gore would be a loveable president, but, after eight years in the White House, he has gotten truly tiresome". (via MakingLight).
eliphas, napping

Test: Dante's Inferno

The Dante's Inferno Test has banished you to the Sixth Level of Hell - The City of Dis!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:
Purgatory (Repenting Believers)Very Low
Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)Low
Level 2 (Lustful)High
Level 3 (Gluttonous)High
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)Very Low
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)Low
Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)Very High
Level 7 (Violent)High
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)Moderate
Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)High

Take the Dante's Inferno Hell Test

Anyone surprised?