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Tip o’ the blogger hat to Ben Laurie.

This book (Sustainable Energy – Without the Hot Air) takes a straightforward and fact-based approach to the question (of sustainable energy), summing up all the sinks of energy and possible sustainable sources, and seeing what works. The sad fact is, it seems, that not much does.


The book is also available for free in PDF form from the author’s website. But don’t forget that if you buy the book, you are sequestering carbon!

Posted May 3, 2010 by padraic2112 in books, reference

Thursday Themes (N+1)   2 comments

Yesterday’s theme was books.  Ann and Meg both blogged accordingly.

Both of my sisters are currently living in housing arrangements that don’t give them quite enough space to adequately reflect what their book collections should be, given how often they read.  Those people that follow Meg and Ann on the blogosphere may be interested to know what the literary environment would look like, if they were given a bit more elbow room.

We’re not too far apart, so you can get an idea by looking at shots from my house (keep in mind, my house is way, way too small for me and mine, so what you’re seeing here is actually *condensed*).  Click for title-readable views…

just north of the entry door

bookshelf number 1: just north of the entry door - books for the yonkers

just north of bookshelf 1

bookshelf number 2: just north of bookshelf 1

That’s the Great Books series there.  Moving on into the office:

east wall of the office

bookshelf number 3: east wall of the office

All fantasy/scifi – I brought this into the marriage.  Next office wall is overflow (plus some DVDs):

south wall of the office

bookshelf number 4: south wall of the office

Now we move on into the bedroom, this is just to the left of the door…

mostly classics

bookshelf number 5: mostly classics

And we can’t forget Kitty’s nightstand…

not a bookshelf, but has books

not a bookshelf, but has books

And then there’s the wall o’ books on the east wall of the bedroom…

bookshelves 5, 6, and sort of 7... about 64% Kitty's stuff

bookshelves 5, 6, and sort of 7... about 64% Kitty

The “corner’ piece there is overpacked.  You have do dig through two layers of books to get to the back on at least one shelf…

yes, this is tragic and wrong

yes, this is tragic and wrong

And then you zip down the hall to the kid’s room and see “books for the kids that they’re not quite old enough to have yet” here…

bookshelf 8, Harry Potter on the bottom shelf

bookshelf 8, Harry Potter on the bottom shelf

And then there’s two other bookshelves crammed into a corner…

bottom shelf is admittedly just magazines

bottom shelf is admittedly just magazines

yep, one more!

yep, one more!

As you can see, Kitty and I *really* need a house with more wall space.  It’s not just me, it’s HER too!! Heck, if I changed jobs we’d have another two bookshelves (at least) worth of my technical library (from one office) and assorted books (from the other)…

Of course, even combined, we’re not as bad as someone else we know… yes, that catalog includes over 11,000 books..

You Should Read Lifehacker   1 comment

This website is a great resource for the not-yet-a-power-user crowd, and a pretty good resource for even the power-user crowd.  I recommend browsing through it.

Posted August 30, 2007 by padraic2112 in hardware, reference, software, tech, technical, web sites