Release List Reviews Shop Join News DVD Giveaways Video Games Advertise
DVD Reviews | Theatrical Reviews | Price Search Buy Stuff Here
DVD Talk
DVD Reviews DVD Talk Headlines HD Reviews


Add to My Yahoo! - RSS 2.0 - RSS 2.0 - DVD Talk Podcast RSS -


Go Back   DVD Talk Forum > General Discussions > Other Talk

Other Talk "Otterville" plus Religion/Politics

View Poll Results: Could you live without electricity and technology?
Yes 13 48.15%
No 12 44.44%
What are you high? 2 7.41%
Voters: 27. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 05-16-18, 04:35 PM   #1
Inane Thread Master
 
OldBoy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Are any of us really anywhere?
Posts: 34,915
Could you live without electricity and technology?

So we had 2 tornados touch down in my county in Hudson Valley, NY yesterday. Nasty suckers. Not in my immediate vicinity, but it did a lot of damage. The $80 Mexican restaurant I went to was closed for Peteís sake!

Anyway, it struck me how fucking dependent on electricity especially and then technology such as cable and internet. Didnít even have cellular available, so couldnít get through to anyone and vice versa. And good for if I keep a corded phone handy.

I mean the phone and internet I could live without, but not watching the news or know anything thatís going on around me till after over was tough. Even with digital clock I had a tough time sleeping. Had to set phone alarm and keep on airport mode to save battery. It was just disorienting is the way to best describe.

Outage lasted just under 24 hours. And it sounds so fucking spoiled, but itís what a lot are used to and take it away suddenly is jarring. Then I think yeah, I have the immenities, but what about people on dialysis machines or breathing apparatus? I suspect there is battery back up, but for how long? What do they do?

So could you live without? And if so how long?
__________________
"be kind rewind" Movie collection
"Even though I am no better than a beast, don't I have the right to live?"
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-18, 04:40 PM   #2
DVD Talk Ultimate Edition
 
Max Bottomtime's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Torrance, California
Posts: 4,181
Re: Could you live without electricity and technology?

I've lived without electricity every time I went camping/backpacking. I just came back from a two week trip to British Columbia where we have no phone/TV or any news. It's a nice break. When I get home one of the first things I do is check DVD Talk to see which famous person died while I was gone.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-18, 04:50 PM   #3
DVD Talk Hero
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Montreal, Canada
Posts: 28,387
Re: Could you live without electricity and technology?

Well that was a while ago and there was electricity but I did live on an island for 2 years where there was no tv, internet, very little access to foreign news although we (teacher's lounge at school) did get some magazines like Paris Match and a few others. Sooooo lot's of parties.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-18, 05:02 PM   #4
DVD Talk Legend
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Conducting miss-aisle drills and listening to their rock n roll
Posts: 14,854
Re: Could you live without electricity and technology?

I grew up camping and still do. So I can handle it.

In the event of outages I have this cool tool that is a flashlight, a radio, and a phone charger, and it’s powered by turning a crank.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-18, 05:16 PM   #5
DVD Talk Legend
 
The Infidel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: the kingdom of the evil Voratians, ruled by the wicked Ak-Oga
Posts: 11,292
Re: Could you live without electricity and technology?

Each and every person in the world COULD live without electricity and technology; the question should be would they WANT to live without it. The "no" would be universally resounding.
__________________
I'd like to see Johnny Depp direct a movie about Tim Burton directing a movie starring Johnny Depp, in which Johnny is directing a film about Danny Elfman, who is composing the music for a new Tim Burton film starring Johnny Depp.....playing Danny Elfman.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-18, 05:25 PM   #6
DVD Talk Hero
 
TomOpus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Kansas City, MO
Posts: 31,847
Re: Could you live without electricity and technology?

Possible, yes.
Boring, yes.
__________________
"Pear Pimples for Hairy Fishnuts!"

My So-Called DVD Life (Profiler),A Fistful of Discs (DVDAf)
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-18, 05:38 PM   #7
DVD Talk Legend
 
Sonic's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 1999
Location: Anus, Oils
Posts: 16,977
Re: Could you live without electricity and technology?

Food, water and pussy are the 3 things I couldn't live without.
__________________
Caller: You didn't create the heaven and the earth baby.
Reverend X: Yes I did! I'm THAT motherfucker!

Last edited by Sonic; 05-16-18 at 07:04 PM.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-18, 05:40 PM   #8
Moderator
 
Groucho's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Posts: 70,181
Re: Could you live without electricity and technology?

Yes, as long as I have my phone and a good connection I'm fine.
__________________
Xbox Live: Runner Groucho
PSN: RunnerGroucho

"The Borg is a species" -- Tracer Bullet (Citation)
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-18, 06:56 PM   #9
DVD Talk Legend
 
Troy Stiffler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 1999
Location: Under an I-10 Overpass
Posts: 20,625
Re: Could you live without electricity and technology?

Yes. In an apocalyptic situation, Iíd be more worried about surviving psycho fucks that populate the world (see: Walking Dead or: just talk to ďnormalĒ people).
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-18, 07:41 PM   #10
Mostly Banned
 
cultshock's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: True North Strong & Free
Posts: 10,237
Re: Could you live without electricity and technology?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sonic View Post
Food, water and pussy are the 3 things I couldn't live without.
Yeah, and for me I would add weed and books (and sunlight and/or candles to read by).

Quote:
Originally Posted by TomOpus View Post
Boring, yes.
That's where the pussy, weed and books would come in handy, because fuck, it would be boring, except for when you are foraging for food and water.

I'm old, so I could deal with no technology (computers, cell phones, internet, etc.) because I've experienced the lack of those in my youth. But young folks would probably shrivel up and die without those things.
__________________
"Cultshock... may your corpse be turned into a side show act for the curious and twisted." -Gandhi (banned DVDTalk member, not the Mahatma). I'm not sure, but I think he was hitting on me.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-18, 08:16 PM   #11
DVD Talk Legend
 
AGuyNamedMike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: (formerly known as Inglenook Hampendick) Fairbanks, Alaska!
Posts: 14,958
Re: Could you live without electricity and technology?

We have books, candles, camping gear and an RV, spare propane and a grill, and a solid couple of months of dry and canned food. If the city water stops I can haul river water and boil & filter it.

A power outage is easier to deal with when it's not 40 below, but even then we hook up the genny to power the boiler (burner and pumps).

But being as we both are on daily medications for stuff like asthma, a couple of months would be about it before things got serious.

One of the best parts of my day is sitting quietly with a cat on my lap drinking a beer or just water. By quietly I mean no phone in hand, no TV on, no music or talk radio yammering.
__________________
Groucho - What if, like, we were all living in a mouse neuron man, and what if some mouse neuron in our universe had a universe it. Whoa.

Dr Mabuse - You mock, but Sutherland got some fine young stuff off that kind of thing so don't sell it short.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-18, 08:25 PM   #12
DVD Talk Hero
 
Josh-da-man's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: The Bible Belt
Posts: 29,184
Re: Could you live without electricity and technology?

If we suddenly lost electricity and technology, it would be the fucking Walking Dead.
__________________
"Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful."

-- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-18, 08:25 PM   #13
DVD Talk Legend
 
Sonic's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 1999
Location: Anus, Oils
Posts: 16,977
Re: Could you live without electricity and technology?

Quote:
Originally Posted by cultshock View Post
That's where the pussy, weed and books would come in handy, because fuck, it would be boring, except for when you are foraging for food and water.
__________________
Caller: You didn't create the heaven and the earth baby.
Reverend X: Yes I did! I'm THAT motherfucker!
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-18, 08:31 PM   #14
DVD Talk Godfather
 
DVD Polizei's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 50,860
Re: Could you live without electricity and technology?

Quote:
Originally Posted by cultshock View Post
Yeah, and for me I would add weed and books (and sunlight and/or candles to read by).



That's where the pussy, weed and books would come in handy, because fuck, it would be boring, except for when you are foraging for food and water.

I'm old, so I could deal with no technology (computers, cell phones, internet, etc.) because I've experienced the lack of those in my youth. But young folks would probably shrivel up and die without those things.
I'm not sure I'd wanna be locked up in a room with a woman for an infinite amount of years...just because "pussy".
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-18, 08:33 PM   #15
DVD Talk Legend
 
AGuyNamedMike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: (formerly known as Inglenook Hampendick) Fairbanks, Alaska!
Posts: 14,958
Re: Could you live without electricity and technology?

I'm not sure I'd wanna be locked up in a room alone for an infinite amount of years, either...
__________________
Groucho - What if, like, we were all living in a mouse neuron man, and what if some mouse neuron in our universe had a universe it. Whoa.

Dr Mabuse - You mock, but Sutherland got some fine young stuff off that kind of thing so don't sell it short.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-18, 08:39 PM   #16
DVD Talk Godfather
 
DVD Polizei's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 50,860
Re: Could you live without electricity and technology?

Well, you could feel free to take your chances with the horny mutant men outside.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-18, 09:09 PM   #17
DVD Talk Legend
 
GoldenJCJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Colorado
Posts: 12,474
Re: Could you live without electricity and technology?

I could live without technology. Living without electricity would be a bit tougher simply because having no heat in the winter and no A/C in the Summer would get hard. I suppose I could live with a fireplace or wood burning stove for the winter but even though I survived it as a child, I’d be miserable on the hottest summer days with no A/C. There’s no greater everyday misery than trying to sleep in stifling heat!
__________________
...
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-18, 09:18 PM   #18
DVD Talk Legend
 
Mike86's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 16,477
Re: Could you live without electricity and technology?

No technology period would suck and while Iím sure Iíd adapt over time itíd suck. I could however do without some of the everyday conveniences like the internet or a cell phone I think though.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-18, 09:24 PM   #19
DVD Talk God
 
Deftones's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: Arizona
Posts: 73,724
Re: Could you live without electricity and technology?

For limited time, sure. I go camping once per year and have nothing for 4 days. For extended period of time, probably not.
__________________
John Henson: McDonald's has dumped Kobe Bryant as their spokesperson and have replaced him with Yao Ming. Apparently McDonald's prefers Yao because he is a bigger international star, and he doesn't rape so much.

"You are everything that's wrong with this forum".---SleepyW
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-18, 09:30 PM   #20
Admin-Self Banned
 
VinVega's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Caught between the moon and NYC
Posts: 30,300
Re: Could you live without electricity and technology?

I don't think I could live in FL without electricity for AC. It's fucking brutal in the summer.

Other than that, I could live without technology, but not having access to the information quickly would be a bitch.
__________________
"Redistricting has made a tiny slice of ideological activists the power brokers in who gets sent to Congress."

www.endgerrymandering.com
Gerrymandering in the US
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-18, 10:22 PM   #21
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 2,847
Re: Could you live without electricity and technology?

Absolutely, I could live without electricity. I practically do now -- power bill is down to < $10 per month.

I've got lots of books, lots of canned food, no need for a cell phone (nor is my life tied to one like 99% of people these days), could get used to life without watching movies (or, allocate that luxury to a gas-powered generator for "movie night" once per week, etc.) I've got my laptop, but it only consumes a mere 6 watts of power, so using it a few hours a week would be a trivial power drain, again a luxury that a generator (if allowed in your scenario of "no electricity") could be used sparingly, as fuel allowed. I could easily be weaned off all gadgets because I've got lots of unread books.

I've also got lots of paraffin and kerosene for light.

The only problems, long term, would be lack of refrigeration and perhaps lack of clean water. These could be overcome by growing as much food as possible in a garden and / or continuing to rely on canned goods.

Living in SoCal, I would have no heating problems, but of course some discomfort due to lack of air conditioning, which I endure now because I don't want to be raped by SoCal Edison at 45 cents per kilowatt hour.

Moving to a colder, northern climate would eliminate that refrigeration problem for 6-8 months of the year. I love the cold, and can tolerate and thrive in an interior temperature of between 40 and 50 degrees. So, very little to no heat would be required, which could be provided of course by kerosene if the need arose on the coldest Winter days.

So, I'm set. Bring on the apocalypse, I'd outsurvive 99% of those pesky Millenials who don't have a backbone and would be totally and hopelessly lost without power for more than 3-4 hours.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-18, 11:07 PM   #22
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
 
funkyryno's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 3,521
Re: Could you live without electricity and technology?

My family and I would do fine for a while in such a disaster scenario. It certainly wouldn't be fun living like that for an extended period, but we've got enough emergency food for a couple months, along with some fuel, water filters, and plenty of ammo and fishing gear. Climate is relatively mild year round here, and there's a river for water less than 1/2 a mile away.

Healthy and intelligent people would be fine. But the folks I know who are on oxygen, are type 1 diabetic or need dialysis likely wouldn't make it, though.

A few years ago, I read the book One Second After that deals with life after a large EMP attack on the United States that fries all electrical equipment, creating anarchy and setting the country back 100 years technology-wise. Needless to say, the book was somewhat disturbing.
__________________
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-18, 11:31 PM   #23
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 2,545
Re: Could you live without electricity and technology?

Nope, when the power was out for three days a few years ago all I did was have dreams about it coming back on so I could get back to normal. I need hot running water, need to wash clothes, need to cook food etc... and it's not just myself so no power makes it much harder.

However I would be ready for such a thing even more then enough money.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-18, 11:43 PM   #24
Mostly Banned
 
cultshock's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: True North Strong & Free
Posts: 10,237
Re: Could you live without electricity and technology?

Quote:
Originally Posted by DVD Polizei View Post
I'm not sure I'd wanna be locked up in a room with a woman for an infinite amount of years...just because "pussy".
Too late either way, I'm married.
__________________
"Cultshock... may your corpse be turned into a side show act for the curious and twisted." -Gandhi (banned DVDTalk member, not the Mahatma). I'm not sure, but I think he was hitting on me.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-18, 12:12 AM   #25
DVD Talk Hero
 
TomOpus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Kansas City, MO
Posts: 31,847
Re: Could you live without electricity and technology?

No DVDtalk
__________________
"Pear Pimples for Hairy Fishnuts!"

My So-Called DVD Life (Profiler),A Fistful of Discs (DVDAf)
  Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:13 PM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.2.0