Category: Musings

  • Numbers for 2017

    With the Earth having completed another billion kilometre long orbit around our sun, and our arbitrary calendar changing year, it’s time for my annual look back at the numbers of the previous year. I took nearly 11k photos, and walked 4.5 million steps covering almost 3600 km. This analysis is probably mainly of interest to […]

  • 2016 in numbers

    With the new year upon use, time for my annual analysis of the year just past. I’ve continued logging my physical activity and travel, with a few more categories. In 2016 I took approximately 4.5 million steps, covering over 3 000 km, and I cycled a further 1 300 km. Continuing the trend from my previous comparison, this is slightly more walking but less cycling […]

  • 2015 in numbers

    Over the past year I have again been logging my activity and travel, and thought it would be interesting (for me if no-one else) to post an update on here. In 2015 I walked approximately 4.4 million steps, covering 2 900 km, and I cycled a further 2 050 km. This is slightly more walking than 2014, but about a […]

  • Is ‘Climate Change’ too nice?

    An interesting letter in New Scientist, suggesting that one of the the reasons we as a society have not done enough about climate change is the name ‘global warming’—it makes it sound quite nice, especially for us in northern latitudes. And some thoughts following the COP21 agreement in Paris.

  • Book Review: “News from…” trilogy

    This is a somewhat overdue review of the sci-fi “News from…” trilogy by Robert Llewellyn.

  • Exhibitions in Edinburgh

    I have been to see three excellent exhibitions that are currently being held in Edinburgh: The Amazing World of M.C. Escher, Photosynthesis: Shedding new light on plants, and Bailey’s Stardust. I would thoroughly recommend going to see them if you can.

  • 2014 in numbers

    Over the past year I have walked approximately 4.15 million steps, covering 2 600 km, and I cycled a further 2 750 km. In between, I have taken over 6 000 photos and I’m not sure how many hours of video. It is quite interesting to look back on the year past with some data, although I don’t have much from previous years to […]

  • 20mph limits in towns

    20mph limits in towns

    As someone who walks and cycles a lot, I support plans for more widespread implementation of 20mph zones in our towns and cities. These should primarily be a place for people, and not dominated by motor vehicles. Pedal on Parliament recently put together a piece to mark World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, […]

  • Long nights and bright days

    One thing about the long dark winter nights that we get in higher latitudes, is that they rally make you appreciate the bright sunny days. Most of the past few weekends have had periods of brilliant sunshine (even if it was cold) in which I have been out on my bike. There is something almost magical when […]

  • My job — using only the 1000 most used words

    My job using only the 1000 most used words, as inspired by the excellent xkcd comic Up-Goer Five, the twitter hashtag #upgoerfive, and the up-goer five text editor.