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This blog is a constantly evolving forum for thoughts on perfume, perfume-making, plants (especially orchids and flora of the Pacific Northwest) and life in general. It started out chronicling the adventures of Olympic Orchids Perfumes, established in July 2010, and has expanded in other directions. A big part of the blog is thinking about the ongoing process of learning and experimentation that leads to new perfumes, the exploration of perfumery materials, the theory and practice of perfume making, the challenges of marketing perfumes and other fragrance products, and random observations on philosophy and society. Spam comments will be marked as such and deleted; any comments that go beyond the boundaries of civil discourse will also be deleted. I am grateful to all of you, the readers, who contribute to the blog by commenting and making this a truly interactive perfume project.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

WINNER OF IRIS DRAWING AND A NEW ONE

Finally, I’ve done the drawing, and the winner is 

JEN

To collect your goodies, just send your full name and shipping address to olympicorchids at gmail dot com or leave a message on our Facebook page. Facebook has been having some issues, so e-mail is probably more reliable. 

I was recently reading an article on the US obsession with air conditioning, which pointed out the obvious fact that running all those air conditioners to keep people refrigerated is a significant contributor to global warming, which would ultimately lead to a need for more air conditioning. What should be even more alarming, also pointed out in passing in the article, is that all of the server farms that store our data rely on air conditioning to dissipate the enormous amounts of heat generated by the servers. If the air conditioning should fail, the servers will go down, and who knows what will be lost. Any operations that depend on the server farms will come to a screeching halt. 

I’ve always had my doubts about keeping anything I valued on the “cloud”, so I have jpeg files of all my photos and mp3 files of my music library on my laptop, backed up on an external hard drive. All of my documents are backed up as well. 

It’s only a matter of time until some major server farm fails, either through hacking or through natural causes like a natural disaster and/or power failure. Luddite and jack-of-all-trades that I am, it should not affect me all that much. 

The next drawing will be for a massive haul of samples of all sorts, probably at least 200 g for US shipping, but 100 g international. To enter, just leave a comment about air conditioning, server farms, or how you back up your important data. 

[Fuschia photo is mine, freezing baby and server farm are from an internet search.] 


22 comments:

  1. Love your fuschia! Hummingbirds ♡ them also! I remember the Northeast Blackout of 2003. I'm hoping the server farms have a few backup generators!!!

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    1. Mary, we have lots of hummingbirds around here, and they do love the fuchsias. You're in the drawing.

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  2. I email stuff to myself at another email addy. Also have an external hard drive and a few pen drives with all my important stuff. I have no items on the 'cloud' - dont trust it! I love fuschia's - they remind me of the garden we had when i was a child! :-)

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    1. Pats, That's smart to back up your stuff. You're in the drawing.

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  3. I don't keep anything on the cloud, we have various hard drives, and I don't like air con either. Even with hot flashes (first summer with them!)

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    1. zzibbyz, given where I live, no one ever needs air conditioning. The problem is that a lot of buildings built from the 1960s on have windows that don't open. You're in the drawing.

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  4. Can't deal with air con, especially in the office. What happened to windows? I, too, back up on an external drive and file paper docs in a box... Greetings from a hot and humid London at 7am!

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    1. Moodypaws, it seems I'm not the only one who hates air conditioning, especially in public places where the temperature is in the 50-60s F when it's nice and warm outside. You're in the drawing.

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  5. Honestly I back up to the cloud but you've made me think twice about that. I think I need to print more photos, too. And I don't mind the heat in Western Washington, even at 90° it's not uncomfortable, so a/c is unnecessary. I don't understand why people move to areas where a/c is a must though.

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    1. Chris, we're lucky that it's dry when the temperatures are in the 90s. I think we're in the right spot to deal with global warming. You're in the drawing.

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  6. Finally having AC in the house has been amazing for my breathing issues, I really don't want to go back!

    I've lost most of my pictures and music a few times for various reasons. Hard copies and digital. As disappointing as it is, nothing lasts forever.

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    1. Unknown, you're right that nothing lasts forever, but I don't want to lose things unnecessarily. You're in the drawing.

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  7. Congratulations, Jen!


    I've never considered ACs and servers to be an issue! Now that you mention it, if AC were to die, that would be a massive problem everywhere since it seems like everything nowadays is partially or fully done on a computer. I try to keep my info in multiple locations too. Though should AC fail, the files are the least of my worries, given the heat in all of the American South.

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  8. Parrot, having lived in the US south, I know what it's like! 100+ degrees and 100% humidity is not pleasant. Where I lived there, I didn't have air conditioning, so had to adapt. You're in the drawing.

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  9. I lived in the US after I graduated. Among Europeans, one of the first important tipps you got was to always bring a cardigan to the movie theater, it was cooled down to what we considered just above freezing point.
    Today I appreciate air conditioning if it really does get so hot that your brain is fried, but in Europe, it's still not very common. Our summers have gotten a lot warmer in the last decade, though. I would prefer fighting global warming instead of having to run air conditioning everywhere ...

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    1. Ursula, great observations. Air conditioners contribute to global warming, so it's a vicious circle. You're entered in the drawing.

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  10. With 90+ degree days and 90+ % humidity, I do need AC but I try to keep it seasonal. If it’s tank top and shorts weather outside, it’s the same inside. I don’t want to put on a coat when I walk into the house.

    I have most of my stuff on the cloud but backups of the important things. Unfortunately, I think our dystopian future is closer than we think.

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  11. Triniti, I think the dystopian future is pretty much now, and just going to get worse. Like you, I hate having to put on a coat in the summer when I go into a public building from outside. You're entered in the drawing.

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  12. Triniti, I think the dystopian future is pretty much now, and just going to get worse. Like you, I hate having to put on a coat in the summer when I go into a public building from outside. You're entered in the drawing.

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  13. In some ways I consider myself a quasi-Neo-Luddite. I am proud of my flip-phone and I don’t text. My Facebook account lacks personal information and is only used to read. Do a google search and I remain mostly mysterious on the Internet.
    I do backup important files to a server but I have always tended to print interesting articles or emails. Only this week I decided it best to place paving stones under boxes in a closet filled with years of paperwork adjacent to a bathroom in case of a pipe break.
    As for a dystopian future, as you write Ellen, after Trump took office I began saving bottles of water and have a very simple survivalist cache in case he leads us into a war we are not ready for. My prized survival gear is a magnifying glass in case my eyeglasses break so that I can read my hardcover books.

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    1. Martin, you're even more of a quasi-neo-Luddite then I am! But I share your concerns about yet another war, wherever it may take place. You're entered in the drawing.

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