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March 03, 2003

Five things...an introduction

I've been thinking for a while about ways to structure some of my thoughts. I'm too flippant to write well-argued articles, and too bloody lazy to do loads of research on links.

It's one of the problems with blogging - there are things you can become fascinated with, but unless you're going to turn it into a fully-argued, well-reasoned piece, it doesn't count. (Thats why songwriters get more money than sequencer programmers!)

For example, I've been thinking a lot about the Total Cost To The Environment about various activities recently.

Hot air hand dryers - how can using all that electricity be more efficient than just having a towel there? (Ah, well, if you bear in mind that the towel has to be dried, which uses just as much heat as drying your hands, and it doesn't use detergents; and as for paper towels - do you know how much it costs to dry wood pulp?)

Petrol lawnmowers vs electric lawnmowers - surely the fact that I'm using fuel locally, rather than down a big long wire, is more efficient? (Ah, well, but you have to bear in mind the cost of transporting that petrol to the texaco garage down the road, and also do you know how much more expensive it is to distil petrol than the heavy fuel oil that power stations use?)

The answer to the final questions in both of these examples is: I can't be arsed to find out. I know I should, but I just can't be bothered. Sorry, I guess that makes me a bad blogger. But then I know that, in this arena, I'm never going to be a Tom Coates.

So I'm going to be doing lists instead. Small lists. That might inspire, but might not. Might be funny, might not. That could be much bigger, but really don't deserve a www.thingsthatihappentohavethoughtoflotsof.com domain name. Because, again, I can't be arsed.


Posted by Tom Dolan at March 3, 2003 11:42 PM

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