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Susan Stepney
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computer scientist, ex-astrophysicist, SF fan, book hoarder, antisocial networker
computer scientist, ex-astrophysicist, SF fan, book hoarder, antisocial networker

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Easter Saturday at the Eastercon

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No coal burnt to make electricity in the UK yesterday:

Friday is thought to be the first time the nation has not used coal to generate electricity since the world's first centralised public coal-fired generator opened in 1882, at Holborn Viaduct in London.
Cordi O'Hara of the National Grid said: "To have the first working day without coal since the start of the industrial revolution is a watershed moment in how our energy system is changing.

I think you'll find that the industrial revolution started somewhat earlier than 1882, however.

half of British energy on Friday came from natural gas, with about a quarter coming from nuclear plants

Burning natural gas isn't exactly carbon neutral, either.

Given Friday was cloudy where we were, we actually used a small amount of grid electricity. It was much sunnier earlier in the week. On Friday, our solar panels generated a mere 12.7 kWh, while on Wednesday they generated 51.4 kWh. I assume overall demand is lower on a Friday.

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Good Friday at the Eastercon



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This is awesome! (Only watch if interested in computer nerdery...)


[via BoingBoing]

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I think this is one of the most life-affirming things I've seen. Certainly serves as the perfect unicorn chaser to the news lately.


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Norwegian-style tunnels

Announcement on the train this morning: "This is your 9.17 Cross Country service to..."

The word "nine" was pronounced something like "noyn"

So I heard it as "this is your annoyin' 17 Cross Country service to ..."


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new new money



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latest book review

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