“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Leaf Blowers

 Three workers without masks using three gasoline-powered leaf blowers around the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas, for an hour; this recording is a thirty-second segment. The Menil Collection is an art museum and they own several properties in the four or so blocks around them, on which they also use these sorts of leaf blower.

One hundred miles in a gasoline car or twenty minutes with a gasoline leaf blower: it's all the same to the atmosphere. And to the lungs, if you imagine sniffing the tailpipe for one hundred miles.

I recorded the sound from about fifty yards away.

You can smell the gasoline up to one hundred yards away.

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