Freon bored

Salon reviews Stan Cox’s new book Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World (and Finding New Ways to Get Through the Summer), pointing out, among other horrible things, that we don’t go outside quite as often in the summer as we did back in the pre-Willis Carrier days, and, yes, the hotter parts of the country tend to vote Republican.

Salon, you’ll remember, is a Web site with magazine pretensions. Web sites run on servers; servers have to be kept nice and chilled. I’m sure they’re notifying their service provider even now that in the interest of saving the environment and/or preserving contemporary morality, they’d like to have the A/C on that machine shut down.

And if they’re not so doing, they can bite me.

(Via the always-cool Smitty.)


  1. LeeAnn »

    5 July 2010 · 6:15 pm

    Salon has always annoyed me by having that condescending, why-of-course-we’re-better-than-you,-you-poor-thing attitude of the head cheerleader at a mid-sized southern high school right up until the time the DNA tests have to be ordered to see just which football player is responsible for that mess in the ladies room on prom night.
    Metafilter too, smug bastards.

  2. fillyjonk »

    5 July 2010 · 7:07 pm

    I know a few days ago someone commented that the prissy, holier-than-thou attitude was one of the more amusing things about the internet and modern life.

    But to me, it’s one of the more annoying. I find myself wanting to sock those “I know better than you because I was educated in an Eastern School” types in the nose on a regular basis. And I am not normally given to violent impulses.

    An extension of the old Golden Rule is the “walk a mile in my shoes” thing. I’d invite all of the Salon-ites to move to southern OK, spend their mornings doing field sampling in a forest that’s about 85 degrees and about 80% humidity, and then come home and NOT be thankful for air conditioning. Or to teach two, back-to-back, hour-and-a-half summer classes, first in a room without A/C, then in one with, and see which one they prefer.

    But yeah. I’d like to see them shut down the A/C in their server room.

  3. ak4mc »

    5 July 2010 · 7:27 pm

    I know a few days ago someone commented that the prissy, holier-than-thou attitude was one of the more amusing things about the internet and modern life.

    Was it this one?

    For the record, “entertaining” and “amusing” aren’t the same thing. ;-)

  4. Nicole »

    5 July 2010 · 7:53 pm

    I’ll stop my energy consumption right after these single, coastal, big city apartment dwellers start living my life or the life of a family of 4 in Arkansas or Oklahoma (as fillyjonk rightly notes) or Texas on less energy, smaller cars and less consumption in general. The thing is, they don’t believe *they* should have to cut back – it’s everyone *else*.

  5. Jeffro »

    5 July 2010 · 8:39 pm

    What Nicole said – they are important types that can’t be bothered with living the life they imagine us proles should to shave the whales and such.

  6. Donna B. »

    6 July 2010 · 1:34 am

    I call BS on his story about the 114 degree day in St. Petersburg FL. AND even if that part were true, it’s no great accomplishment and certainly no comfort to cite 100 degrees as a good thing in the kitchen he was supposedly in.

    aha… I was right! Record high ever recorded in Florida is 109.

  7. Old Grouch »

    6 July 2010 · 4:05 pm

    I might be willing to accept the proposition that we have/use excessive air conditioning, and that air conditioning has allowed us to become architecturally lazy (can’t get much cross-ventilation if your apartment has only one exterior wall), but beyond that I’m solidly with fillyjonk.

    These Salon types are the same people who think reduced-flow showers are a grand idea: Working up a sweat or getting REALLY dirty is so far outside of their experience that they just don’t know… put ’em to work detasseling corn, bailing hay, or blowing insulation into a hot attic, I say.

  8. Charles Pergiel »

    7 August 2010 · 9:48 pm

    I’ve been to the Salon site a few times. I don’t think I’ve ever linked to it. It’s not on my list of regular stops. I don’t know about the holier-than-thou attitude. Maybe I am unable to detect it, or maybe I just discard it whenever I come across it. It’s the ad-hominim (sp?) attacks that bother me, because they are basically wasting my time. I still want a blacklist plug-in for my browser.

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