How Bad are Bananas: The Carbon Footprint of Everything

I finished reading “How Bad are Bananas?: The Carbon Footprint of Everything” whilst on holiday. I am reading it in an attempt to cut through the growing hubbub of noise about micro-renewables. In other words, to see where the really CO2 friendly business opportunities are. Good quote from the forward (my copy is leant to

24 Aug 2010

The Weather Makers

Just finished reading the 2005 edition of “The Weather Makers” by Tim Flannery. This book is mentioned in Business Stripped Bare by Richard Branson as the one that galvanized him into action on reducing emissions from his businesses. The first two thirds of the book are pretty interesting, where he sticks to his thesis that

05 Jul 2010

Southampton Ventures ?

Just spent an interesting morning at the Silicon Southwest “The Future is Analog” seminar. A good chance to catch up with some ex colleagues from NXP. Though the main topic of discussion with a number of people from Silicon Southwest, Set Squared and local start-ups was “why is Southampton so poor in generating silicon based

19 Mar 2010

Banker’s bonuses are not the problem, just the symptom

Adam Smith said that if the price of a product or service remains inordinately high then it is not operating in a free market. Now, if the price of banking services remain high, then there must be a lack of competition in the market for those services. This means that market forces are not brought

27 Oct 2009

Nant-y-Moch wind farm

A few weeks ago I made a “screetching tyres” visit to West Wales, to the Tal-Y-Bont Show to be exact. We moved there from England when I was 3 (returning after 10 years). It was, and still is a beautiful but foreign country. Half my lessons were in Welsh which I could speak fluently. My

14 Sep 2009

Teignmouth and Devon music

Interesting to hear Radio 1 hyping the Muse gig in Teignmouth this Friday. It’s funny as I went to the same school / sixth form as them some time ago. The tickets are £37 quid, but I reckon you will be able to hear the whole gig all over the small town anyway ! Joss

01 Sep 2009

Some holiday reading:Energy Security by Sascha Müller-Kraenner

The best thing about this book is that it comes to pretty much the same conclusions about EU energy security as my group study project for my MSc in Renewable Energy Systems Technology did. Namely that the EU is in big trouble in terms of becoming totally dependent on Russia and others for gas in

05 Aug 2009

Just saved 35p a day on gas with no side effects

Recently I recorded our gas consumption for the hot water for washing hands and washing up. About 40 p a day. Around £160 per annum or about £12 per month. So we turned the timer down from an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening to 40 minutes in the evening. Result:

16 Jul 2009

Performance appraisals with no grading … ?

Yesterday I suffered my worst bout of culture shock in terms of going from working for NXP Semiconductors Ltd – a very commercial, private equitied company into Southampton Solent University. I was in an appraisal training meeting. I checked through the relevant HR forms and asked where the box is for entering an overall rating.

07 May 2009

Ocean based carbon sequestration

I was pondering how over millions of years the white cliffs in western Isle of Wight were created by gazillions of tiny calcifying creatures. They use photosynthesis to convert sunlight + calcium ions + carbon dioxide into chalk. I was also wondering whether Southampton has the skills to look further into harnessing this to combat

02 May 2009
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