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The Toaster Project by Thomas Thwaites
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Dec 26, 2011

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Read on December 26, 2011

A very quick read and an entertaining diversion. Thwaites is an engaging writer, and his project--to build a toaster from scratch, from materials obtainable within his native Great Britain--is an interesting one. That said, the book seems to lack a little heft; while a concluding chapter accurately notes the externalities that we fail to price into "disposable" household products, it doesn't flow naturally from the rest of the book. Instead, what we get is an engaging look into a somewhat extreme hobbyist's project.

Think of this as an abbreviated "Omnivore's Dilemma" for the product-design set. Worth checking out if you're interested by the premise.

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