Month: Oct 2018

Latin America bureau library

Not blogging about Latin America again but the library I mentioned where I did my dissertation apparently no longer exists as a physical library in London. They are digitising their content and will be available through their site: https://lab.org.uk/#

Climate Change – a defining challenge for 21st century by Dame Julia Slingo at Gresham College

A fantastic British scientist explains from her many years of experience at our national Meteorological Office about climate change – even I could understand most of this:

Europe for the many conference yesterday

My positions are unchanged – I voted remain, I would vote remain again. The EU would better with stronger relationships (and membership if wanted on both sides) with Turkey and Russia. It was heartening to see German, French, Russian and Turkish leaders all in…

The virtual realities of virtual reality are inadequate

There is physical reality – what you see and hear (for now these are the two that technologies trying to imitate) There is the photo and camera lies (see David Hockney) about a viewed experience. There is also the ability to lie in 360…

Lavender is relaxing (yes, really)

3 articles 1. Lavender’s genome has been sequenced. I am going to check this out with our lavender wizard next weekend but they think they know what is ideal in a lavender oil “The quality of lavender’s essential oils greatly depends on the characteristic…

Autumn at Denbies and nearby

Beautiful sunshine lighting up the stunning scenery:

Carbon dioxide extraction costs

Since 2013 the estimate of tonnes of carbon dioxide being added to the atmosphere is between 36 – 40 billion tonnes per year. With an average of 33 billion tonnes per year – there are different companies who have engineered solutions to extract tonnes…

Climate Change video talk by Dame Julia Slingo FRS at Gresham College

In first block of study for Environmental Science with OU we are looking at high level environmental issues and life in a changing world so unsurprisingly – climate change. I found this video from Gresham College lectures by Dame Janet Slingo who is the…

DICATS submissions deadline extended to 5th November

We have a number of very exciting submissions but some colleagues would like a bit more time due to summer and busy start to autumn term. If we were a large existing conference, this may not be possible but this is about building a…

experimenting with subtitles for short videos

Various small video projects on the go at the moment including a non-work one where we have English subtitles from a Russian video. With the help of a friend, we’ve completed the translation and now deciding which options to go for. We haven’t found…

KерчьМыСТобой

Thoughts with everyone in their grief to find strength and peace over the next few days X

Interlaced rainbows – from Cinque – Anna Akmatova

On the to read but not yet list is Natasha’s Dance by Orlando Figes, a present from a beautiful friend whose daughter lived in Moscow and St Petersburg during 1980s I think. Orkando quotes a cycle from a poem Cinque about Anna Akhmatova’s meeting…