1 June, 2007
Things that confuse me today:
- Why textbook companies don’t just buy into the used textbook business.
- Why my campus bookstore refuses to buy back books just because there’s a new edition out — even thought the old edition is still available and I’ve ordered it.
- Why there aren’t solar panels on a/c units. Seems to me that the times one is most likely to use a/c are also the times when those solar panels would work best.
- Why, if we’re trying to conserve energy without hurting the economy, we don’t require greener building practices. Unless ‘hurting the economy’ is some kind of code for, ‘people will have to spend more on things and so they’ll buy less crap they don’t need and then the people who make and sell the crap will be out of work.’ Except wouldn’t more people be needed to make and sell the things that go into green building? and if we gave incentives to people and companies for green remodeling, then wouldn’t that employ people, too?