Archives for December, 2011

Happy Christmas

And probably my all-time favourite, though this version isn’t quite right:

Watching the Euro

There is a fascinating article from Bronte Captial about the Euro Fix. The story so far, if you’ve forgotten: the ECB can’t be a lender-of-last-resort to governments, because it isn’t allowed to (from memory, the Krauts say No). But in a transparent fix, it is allowed to lend to banks, if those banks put up…

Solar panels

We’ve finally got round to having solar PV panels installed. As you can see form the picture above. The price of solar has been coming down, but still it isn’t economically viable without subsidy for us. However, the subsidy makes it clearly economically beneficial (to us) so combined with a guess that the ecological payback,…

The stoat in winter

I don’t think I’ve troubled you with a picture of me for a while, so here is one I particularly like, taken with Miriam’s Galaxy S2 (rush out and buy one now, its got our GPS in it, which is apparently far better than the competition). If you look closely at my right thigh (and…

Pony – something that the customer wants, and which might even make sense, but isn’t going to get done within your timescales. Might get done later. Unicorn – Like a pony, but doesn’t actually make sense, so will never be done. Zombiecorn – Like a unicorn, but it won’t die, no matter how often you…

Bit of a weird one this, and I’m not sure it is all pieced together. I saw this via KZ, and of course was interested in what science R had got wrong, but KZ’s Werner Krauss isn’t interested in the science (explicitly so, see the comments). And it points me to RP Jr, whom he…

Britain and Europe

(this post is mostly for my own future reference: so I can see what I thought now, without the distorting lens of memory. but you might care too) So, we’ve vetoed the grand European dream, and they will go off without us. The papers, of course, personalise it, because they are rubbish and believe that…

Expletive Delighted?

More politics, sorry. Still, if you want science, RC and J+J are blogging AGU. But CIP is delighted with Obama’s speech on the economy. I’m less so; the comment there from Wolfgang (He always gave great speeches… this was one reason he won in 2008. The problem is that great speeches are not sufficient once…