A short blogpost on windmills: https://describe.blogspot.com/2019/05/a-passport-to-unseen-winds.html
The comments on this solar-power /. article, about PV feasibility, power usage, and Cadmium toxicity, are really interesting: https://hardware.slashdot.org/story/19/05/14/2153214/researchers-solve-scientific-puzzle-that-could-improve-solar-panel-efficiency
Written up how I'm solar-powering a re-purposed 2013 Nexus 7 to read RSS feeds: https://6suns.exmosis.net/2019/05/solar-powered-re-purposed-feed-reading.html
Good Morning all Sunday citizens. The pond is low but the panels are go. Should be able to try out charging my laptop this week, if the forecast is accurate.
Great picture of the cockchafer bug. Almost cute.
Good day with son2 in the garden. Replaced the mower blade, planted the veggies we bought at the weekend, chucked out some cockchafer grubs*, used old bamboo toothbrushes as plant labels.
Seem to have ants _everywhere_ though.
* Actual name. And what are you supposed to do with grubs you don't want?
Geeky #solarpunk update on new cables and power pack: https://6suns.exmosis.net/2019/04/fresh-hardware-upgrades.html
Reading experiences Show more
Some ideas to shape my content world:
1. Categorise feeds into 'really want to read' vs 'casual consumption'.
2. Auto-expire items after either 2 weeks or a month, undecided.
3. Don't worry about things you haven't read.
I still don't know how to set aside time for news. I love books, and video games, and there's not that much time in my day, or week.
How do you make time to 'keep up'?
Reading experiences Show more
A few days on. Ordering an old tablet for dedicated news reading has got me thinking more about news consumption generally.
Why do we read content? How much do we want? When and where do we want to consume it?
Mindful content consumption is important, even essential. I compare it to going into a bookshop - you wouldn't buy every book? So why not be picky about content, not just default to a never-ending backlog of links and items?
Nuclear politics Show more
Back at Uni, we learned that you can't have nuclear tech without the state politics around it - security, nuclear supply and disposal, etc.
I think it's difficult to get nuclear out of the no-CO2 mix, but it comes with a heavy, 'monoculture' price attached. A lot of eggs in very few baskets doesn't speak resilience to me.
Ideally, I think nuclear tech would advance, and we'd find a way to make it safer and more distributable, alongside dispersed renewable energy.
Japan looking at total shutdown of nuclear reactors as deadlines for anti-terrorism measures not going to be met (FT): https://www.ft.com/content/1b2c395e-6724-11e9-9adc-98bf1d35a056?desktop=true&segmentId=fe4987a4-0d36-0eb5-d88f-99ac7b30c569#myft:notification:weekly-email:content
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