Sunday, 11 January 2009

Aeolian boom and bust

Three weeks of flat calm is finally over with a huge gale. My battery's charging regime is up and down like the FTSE 100. It means I finally got some proper use out of it today, I worked in the shed for a few hours, most of it spent getting the wireless signal sorted again. It seemed to drop out with all the wind and rain, but some Airport Express juggling had it working again. For some reason, one of them seems to deliver a better signal than the other one. You'd think they'd all be the same wouldn't you? Go on Apple, why are they different?

Anyway I got a couple of hours of productive effort up there. But while I was procrastinating I came across two interesting net nuggets. The first is this story from the Daily Mail. Could it be true? It's terrible! There was I, being all smug, thinking that saving a few watts here & there is an eco-help and then this. A couple of google searches generates the same amount of CO2 as a boiling a kettle! I do about 100 a day! It's a disaster. Now what do I do? Back to books I guess.

The second, which cheered me up a little after the first, was this staggering photograph of Saturn by the Cassini spacecraft. Glorious. For all our faults, we can achieve some amazing things can't we? Earth is in the photo too! Home sweet home. Let's hope that 2009 is the year that we collectively agree to make it sustainably habitable for all of us.

But will it mean less surfing? Oh boy...

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