After a 400-year hiatus…

Nikki is back to regularly updating her fabulous blog, Flying Hedgehogs! Well, maybe. I’m sorry that I was partially to blame for the lack of blogging, though somehow I doubt my contribution was particularly significant…

Training for a marathon on the other hand is a major time commitment, not to mention extremely fatiguing. I’m having difficulty training for a 5k.

I don’t have a full answer for the toilet sensor conundrum (see first link above), but perhaps it has something to do with the fact that most of the facilities using such toilets, like airports and universities, are early adopters of buggy technology because they have government funds to pay for such things and may even receive funds specifically to update their infrastructure with allegedly green, water-conserving technology. The funds provided as well as the desire to be seen as cutting-edge by users and the general public provide at least a bureaucratic rationale for such institutions becoming first-generation users of new tech. I’ve noticed that very few private-sector establishments have adopted automatic toilets, but many have installed the seemingly more reliable automatic sinks and paper towel dispenser or air blowers. That’s just a guess, though. Thoughts?


3 Responses to “After a 400-year hiatus…”  

  1. 1 Kevin

    The auto-flush toilets at the APCO building sometimes flush four times while I’m in there plus I still have to push the manual flush button. This is definitely an issue that the 2008 presidential candidates need to address.

    “New technology is too buggy.”

    http://www.dilbert.com/comics/dilbert/archive/images/dilbert2007072149642.jpg

  2. 2 nikki

    i’m into your bureaucracy/subsidy explanation. perhaps the obsession with hygiene may also play a part: http://www.contractormag.com/articles/newsarticle.cfm?newsid=542

    the article also indicates that kicking the flusher like i prefer causes damage hence expensive and frequent repairs. so why not have a pedal on the floor, i’ve seen it in europe and loved it. hm. guess i should start a petition.

    here’s a rant from slate: http://www.slate.com/id/2137256/

  3. 3 tom

    Being the germaphobe that I am, you’d think I’d have included that in the analysis (pun not intended, but left anyway) as well. That is no doubt a significant part of the demand puzzle. However, I too have seen the European foot-pedal toilet in action (it appeared to be a very new model) and I agree w/ you and the Slate fellow that it’s far superior. Like high-flow showerheads, there must be a black market for these things. The only problem is convincing the rest of the US that low-tech foot-pedal models are more reliable and more sanitary that their high-tech brethren. Let the campaign commence!

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