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24 hours with a Pixelbook

After months of experimenting with Chrome on my MacBook, I finally took the plunge and bought a Pixe...

Intelligence - artificial?

Perhaps it’s what happens when you binge watch Westworld on a day when you’ve been trying to make sense of a world gone crazy, but I’ve been thinking about AI and the future of civilisation. That somewhat weighty combination

Macchiato

One of the most unexpected things about living in Addis Ababa was the coffee culture, specifically the prevalence of macchiatos (macchiati?). Since leaving, I’ve really missed it so I thought I’d have a go at making my own.

November Freshies

The snow has come early this year and after an intense 2 day storm, the skies cleared and the sun came out. Blue sky on sugary w...

Reactions…

My first response was numbness and utter shock. I literally felt nothing. I wasn't sure whether I'd woken up properly. Being i...

Electoral terrorism

I've hesitated writing something until now – partly because I don't want to join the raucous shouting and opining, partly beca...

Picking meskel

I straighten my tie, put on my suit jacket, kiss my wife goodbye and step out the door. We live in a small compound, with our...

How true is "Yes, Minister"?

Alan Budd recently blogged an elaboration of a comment he made on Martin Donnelly’s speech on the civil service. It triggered...

It’s the profit, stupid

I enjoyed a delightful lunch today with energy sector colleagues exploring how to kick start the small scale private sector fo...

From thinking to practice

I’ve just returned from two days at a conference on “The Water-Food-Energy Nexus in Global Drylands”, organised by the...