For our fifth day in our Christmas series, we’re going to cover something oft requested and fundamentally American: the Power Hour. Please don’t do five. How could such a simple objective be lifehacked? Well, we’ve covered it before and it’s also one of the more searched for things on HackCollege. We’re going to do it the ultimate justice. If you don’t know what a Power Hour is, here are the steps:


  • Drink a shot of beer every minute for one hour.

Words to the wise: only experienced drinkers should participate in Power Hour(s) and be prepared to puke. 60 shots of beer equates to 60 ounces, or 5 cans, but the beer-in-shot form does a number on your stomach. It’s like running a beer mile whilst not running.

Now let’s lifehack it.

Let’s face it, standing around methodically drinking booze is boring. So let’s spice it up. Pick your favorite shot glass and a few friends. Get a light, cheap and borderline watery beer. A Power Hour with Guiness may be delicious, but around minute 38 you’ll be in pain.

Most importantly, you’ll want music. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a few programs that automatically advanced your song library every minute so that you knew when to take your next proportion? Why, we have just the thing for you.

For the Windows Drinkers

You’re probably drinking because you’re running Windows.

Your best friend is going to be iPowerHour, though. It’s a Windows-only (damn) plug-in for iTunes. If you’re not running iTunes and you don’t have an iPod, you’re a rarity when it comes to the average college student.

That’s okay though, because Rosario also recommends MP3 Trimmer, another Windows-only program. You’ll have to do some more heavy lifting, but you’ll have the perfect playlist.

For the Mac Drinker

Go grab yourself a simple iTunes plug-in called Power Hour and you’ll be good to go.

For the Linux (and Any) Drinker

Linux drinkers are a little out of luck. Thankfully, if you’ve got an Internet connection, you can stream some 1-minute long songs onto your computer. There is one site from which you can download videos and pre-made playlists:

Or if you’re feeling up to the challenge, you can use Wine (the software) and install one of the other Windows power hour programs.

So have fun at the next Power Hour you participate in, and try to remain conscious.

This post is part of the 12 HackCollege Days of Christmas feature.