2 May 2011

Poll results -- windmills!

Hey! There's a new poll (water, war and peace) on the right sidebar ===>
Do you like the new header (windmills!) for the blog?
Yes 76%25
No 15%5
Don't see the economic angle 9%3
33 votes total
Glad that most of you like the photo. That's the best "yes" result we've had here, in my memory :)

Would the no voters please send their photo suggestions?

FYI, the economic angle on windmills is that they were used to pump water off land that was then used to grow crops (land surrounded by dikes that's lower than surrounding waters is called a polder in Dutch). Windmills were also used to grind grain for bread. Pretty handy in a country with lots of wind but not many rivers (for water wheels).

Bottom Line: Machines that take advantage of natural flows can be pretty.

1 comment:

Wayne said...

For historical perspective you might consider making Dutch artist Hendrik Gerritsz Pot's 1640 painting "Flora's Wagon of Fools" for your header.

The famous Dutch artist Hendrik Gerritsz Pot’s 1640 painting “Flora’s Wagon of Fools” depicted Flora, the goddess of flowers, riding in a “wind powered car” with attached tulip bulb flag, a drunk openly drinking an alcoholic beverage, a monk or priest with tulips in his hood and carrying a money bag, a two-faced Goddess of Fortune, and followed by a horde of corrupt weavers seduced by a get rich quick scheme.



Wind power is a medieval technology that most people visualize coming from Dutch windmills in the 1600’s and 1700′s. The 1600’s were also known for the Tulip Bulb Mania, which the Dutch fittingly called “windhandel” (“wind trade”) because no tulip bulbs were actually trading hands. Tulips were traded on the decentralized stock exchanges in the taverns of Dutch towns, typically using a slate board to post bid prices.

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