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Why biofuels make no sense

There’s been so much hype about biofuels which are a technology that cannot at present make even a dent in our fossil fuel usage and put enormous pressure on both the ecosystem and food prices. It’s time to inject a dose of realism by demonstrating the scale of the issue, so here are some facts…

xkcd

I’ve just discovered xkcd, it’s like a comic weblog. It’s an eclectic mix of humor, insight, and abstract math (which I don’t really get). so far my favorite is this one: http://xkcd.com/84/

Entropa! Pissing off a Bulgarian near you

With great fanfare Entropa, a piece of art commissioned by the Czech government to commemorate their stint in the seat of the EU presidency, was unveiled in Brussels and until then it was not discovered that it was a monumental, and hilarious (to me), con. The Czech government commissioned David Cerny to select an artist…

A bus and a coin

John Edgley, aircraft designer and engineer, recently described the UK to me as a “museum culture”, where old technology and culture are prized over the new. Nothing typifies this to me more than the Routemaster bus and the two pence coin. The routemaster (pronounced root-master) is the iconic old bus that you see in so…

The cost/benefit of education

Around the western world there’s a critical lack of engineers. Governments are concerned because they see skills shortages effecting local industries and taking business away. Many see lack of interest as the cause of dwindling numbers, but I disagree. The reason that engineering degrees aren’t as popular as management or business degrees aren’t because people…

Welcome to my blog

Hello everyone! Let me introduce myself, my name is Greg Dolph and I’m a New Yorker who moved to London, England about 6 years ago. I’m in IT security and network design. My interests are flying, cooking, green energy, and many other things that come out from time to time.