We will make electricity so cheap that only the rich will burn candles. — Thomas Edison
I recall going to a science centre as a child and seeing a stationary bike hooked up to a generator and lightbulb. Museum patrons could do a bit of cycling and watch as the light burned brightly. Nowadays, cycling powers exercise bikes’ onboard computers and “regular” bikes can be hooked up to generators at the cost of a few hundred dollars. Now, before I continue, I must stress that the thought experiment proposed should remain as such — a thought experiment — and no more. It would likely fail on both an economic and environmental basis in the context discussed.
Yes, it’s that crazy week again. Pi Day, Dead Caesar Day, and St. Patrick’s Day. But that’s not why this week’s blog post is so short… I’m trying to cook up a storm (having likely discovered one unrelated HTML5 bug in each of Safari and Firefox), so we’ll see what happens next week. Hopefully there will be less RFC reading next week.
It’s been a year since Jorge managed to convince me to start blogging. Things have mostly been downhill since the 15K+ views for my iPad environmental impact analysis, but that was mostly to be expected, given the media coverage around iPad at the time. Besides, many of the views are just from spammers. However, truth be told, most of my personal favourite posts such as the Tragedy of the Commons 4-part series and Peddling an idea were written when I used to spend more time thinking about and writing posts.