About

Sapere aude – dare to know.

I created this page mainly to provide meta-commentary on some comments (warning: lengthy pdf file) I made on blogs or other internet sites and to have a more permanent, centralized place to refer to those comments without being all too vague about it.

This is what I wrote when I started this blog and really didn’t know what I was going to write. Almost two years later, including a long break, it has turned out that I like to post about current news, vent some anger with the occasional rant and write a loose series of posts regarding different kinds of energy sources.

This is incomplete and I’m not actually satisfied with it. The writing, taken as a whole, is much more lopsided than my actual thinking. There is much more merit in renewable energy sources than I wrote about so far.

But as is the case with so many people, my motivation too usually arises from dissatisfaction, disagreement and a feeling that something is missing – rather than a reiteration what everybody else is writing already anyway. You will also notice that I’m influenced by the German perspective on many things, as that is where I was born and live.

You may want to follow me on twitter.@tp_1024

7 thoughts on “About

    • Thank you.

      It had come to my attention that at least some people were actively following my comments some time ago. But, to be honest, writing a blog is a very different beast than merely writing comments, and I still find it a daunting task in some ways.

      Quite unlike the Economist, this blog doesn’t have a weekly schedule. There, I rush each Thursday afternoon to get the latest and most interesting articles … and I basically bang out a comment within something like 30-60 minutes on a topic I didn’t know before. It’s almost a bit of a sport.😉

      All that because the comments on the Economist appear in order of arrival and once you’re on second page, people are much more unlikely to read a comment. Not being among the first five or so, is already a bit of a penalty in terms of readership. You can see that because the number of recommendations to the later comments are always much lower, even when they are otherwise excellent.

      So, I’m trying hard to keep both the quality of the content and the speed up. I mean, what am I writing for, if not to have people read what I’ve written?

      I find writing the blog posts at the very least much more time consuming – because there is no pressure to publish. And I think I’m as curious as anybody to see what will happen to it in the end.🙂

  1. I have been following your Economist’s posts aswell. Your blog is extremely interesting and your analyses better than (almost, I suppose) everything you can find on official newspapers and magazines – a refreshing read.

    • Ok, I finally managed to view the video.

      But this is really not what I was getting at with my comment. There is no doubt that such spills (intentional or not) are a bad thing and of course must not happen. However, it is entirely preventable in the process of producing ethanol and thus it cannot and must not serve as an argument against it. (It must serve as an argument against the people responsible for the spill.)

      The only thing I’m arguing is that we must first make sure that all people dependent on world food markets must have enough food at reasonable prices on those markets. That’s the strongest and only argument I’m making.

      Beyond ethanol, concerning energy in general, I do want people to use the kind of energy with the least social and environmental impacts, after considering the benefits derived from having the energy. It so happens that ethanol doesn’t figure high on that list either, but it is not the reason why I think that primary bio fuels (those derived directly from plants) must be outlawed. This reason, again, is simply that it competes with the basic human necessity in some other parts of the world of getting enough food in your stomach.

      I think I’ll write more about this later in the week.

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