Saturday, 16 April 2011

Technology: Yarn Power

German students are mounting (spinning?) a woollen anti-revolution...

Woollen not so much because it's soft and peaceful (although it is, for now) but rather because they are putting up anti-nuclear "posters" made of knit wool. Anti-revolution, of course, because they are protesting against one of the safest and cleanest ways of generating useful amounts of electricity today. If you yearn to see their yarn hope over to this post in The Economist. I'll warn you that it's not pretty. First, because I've seen much better knitting from much less motivated (or at least self-motivated) knitters. And then it's ugly because they are forcing the wool that has been pulled over their eyes over mine and yours, too. And sadly, on average, we see that your eyes quite easily allow for wool to be pulled over them. How else would media make obscene amount of money spinning their own tales of horror, where there is none? And I'll leave the question of what possible motive BBC has to do the same, and using  my (and your!) own money for some other occasion. Right now, I am more worried if the wool Germans are wasting on their protests is organic. Because if it is not, and their knitting needles are not sustainably farmed (they must be wooden - or else), then I think they are showing a very serious conflict of interest and are cheapening and invalidating their own message. For we all know that power to make metal for needles comes from electricity, and electricity in large part, especially in Europe, comes from nuclear power plants. Just ask the French, if you don't believe me.

So, kids, whence your needles, whence your wool?