Tuesday, December 30, 2008

...and what did Santa bring you?

Santa brought me three things of note.
1. An ISP connection to broadband - hurray, my right hand has been restored.
2. A copy of BWPi (which I had to purchase myself as no one else understands me enough to know what I want - apparently).
3. A weblink to: xeno-canto europe.

The first two are self explanatory (I trust), the last not so. Xeno-canto.org is a series of webpages devoted to the uploading and sharing of birdsong. To date there are pages covering asia and africa and now, importantly, europe. The europe webpage has, as of today, at least one recording of 503 of europes' 811 species (62%). Many species have more than one recording and some even have 'background' recordings as well. It's a wealth of information for all birders and, unlike BWPi, it's free. Furthermore it also has links to Flickr images of the bird in question (if there was any doubt at identifying what you were listening too).
Link it today and get listening: http://www.xeno-canto.org/europe/index.php

Monday, December 22, 2008

The good and the not so good.

From the Sunday Telegraph yesterday:
"The British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) has agreed to scale down its calculation for the amount of harmful carbon dioxide emission that can be eliminated by using wind turbines to generate electricity instead of burning fossil fuels such as coal or gas".

So, wind power is not as effective or as efficient as they would have us believe, but then:

"The move is a serious setback for the advocates of wind power, as it will be regarded as a concession that twice as many wind turbines as previously calculated will be needed to provide the same degree of reduction in Britain's carbon emissions".

The solution - build twice as many as we previously calculated! Whoever is in charge of BWEA's PR - get them into the environmental sector.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

An explanation

Sorry folks I have been away from my blog for a while with little explanation. Firstly I went on holiday - a month long trip to Australia (very nice thank you, might post something later) and then, within ten days of arriving back, I moved house - forty miles further south into the wilds of Shropshire. I still work in Liverpool and will retain all of my commitments within the county - it's just that I shall now reside in the country. So, the blog should soon see some more posts but from home that wont be until 23rd Dec onwards as my ISP provider is still working with values and rheostats!