BONUS POST: Want to help fix the world?

So, here’s something you should check out.

My friend and former student of Mrs. Hatboy’s[1], Jason Selvarajan, is working on a cool little invention called the Showerloop:

Showerloop is an open source real time water filter for showers. Shower for as long as you like with only 10 litres of water. Showerloop can save around 33,000 liters of water and 1 Mwh of energy (roughly equal to 30 gallons of gasoline) per person each year!

[1] It seems like all Mrs. Hatboy’s old students are doing brilliant things to help make the world a better place. I don’t want to say correlation is causation, but correlation is causation.

My immediate response to the concept, of course, was an ill-considered “ewwww showering in old bathwater ewwww.” But of course, that’s not what’s happening here. That’s what the “filtering” part is. I mean, what, you think you’re showering in water that hasn’t been around for fucking ages and has been full of all sorts of horrible stuff before it was filtered? Think again! And there’s also the wastefulness (although a necessary one in my opinion) of using hot water for showering.

Jason explained this whole thing to me once but we were at a pub and we were both pretty wasted, but the point is that he was passionate about this, and as you can see from the website, a lot of work has already gone into it and the metrics seem to speak for themselves.

Here’s his Gofundme page. Go and … well, fund him, I guess that’s where the name of the website comes from. For real, if you were ever wondering if there was something you could do with what little bit of cash you could spare to help make the world a better place, here’s a great example.

Help this brilliant young person to think our species out of its soggy little environmental hole. All it will cost you is a few minutes and a few [insert currency of choice]. And it’s open-source, which means you can just get the instructions from the website and get the required parts for cheap[2]. Plus you get longer shower-time with less guilt!

[2] Having taken a look at the instructions so far, and knowing this is still a prototype idea, my immediate thought was that dreameling and myself could offer to help improve the installation manual, free of charge. What say you, dreameling?

Anyway, exciting. I put a suggestion in my workplace intranet suggestion box about this as well – while the water filtration might not be of a quality to meet dentistry standards, the concept of minimising water and electricity waste will hopefully be interesting, and they can either adopt some of these practices or help out financially – ideally both.

More research and development is needed, so please help out by donating or spreading the word. Or, ideally again, both.

About Hatboy

I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends. Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages? I am Hatboy.
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2 Responses to BONUS POST: Want to help fix the world?

  1. aaronthepatriot says:

    Does this work even if one pees in the shower? Hypothetically speaking, I mean.

    • stchucky says:

      I certainly hope so, because I do way worse than pee in my shower.

      I’m also wondering if this could be altered to provide warm / fresh washing-up water for Bar Äijä’s, without needing to install full plumbing.

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