Should generate about 20 kWh of solar today which is about 50% of my total power usage. By beginning March I should be back to complete self generation on a daily basis. Need to replace the electric heaters this year, get more efficient systems installed and extend my solar.
X : What's the cost?
Me : Not the point. I'm driven by a need, an intent to put more into the system than I take out. Hence I'm constantly looking to reduce my footprint, to reduce consumption, to drive more generation.
X : Views on solar geoengineering?
Me : Firing particles into the atmosphere to reflect sunlight?
X : Yes.
Me : Absolutely effing mad. We need to scale up renewable energy production, get more efficient in use, kill off fossil fuels completely, plant billions of trees etc ...
... we need to change behaviour (i.e. consumption, consumerism, diet etc), move manufacturing into space (we should be able to slowly start within a decade at current rates) and yes there are some major engineering efforts we can make to try and reduce impact.
... anyway, the pandemic itself (or more importantly the isolation economy it has created) give us a chance to help address some of this assuming we don't try and recreate the monstrous system that existed before. We're going to have a do a lot of rebalancing in society.
X : ?
Me : You can't tackle climate change unless you tackle inequality. We're going to need rapid action and a whole discussion on the balance of "Me" verus "We" to get us through the shocks coming.
X : Travel?
Me : You mean jetting off on holidays?
X : Yes
Me : Sailing boats?
X : You're kidding?
Me : I don't think you realise how serious this is. It's no different from when I left the environmental field in the 90s. We have a chance to mitigate impacts, if we take this seriously, we adapt and our society has that "me" versus "we" discussion.
... which also means, forget the office, forget travelling around the world for meetings etc ... all of that stuff needs to go. We need to adapt to the isolation economy, tough as it is.
X : What about depopulation?
Me : Eh? Oh, no ... you mean the fantasy of Thanos as an archetypal environmentalist? It's not worth commenting on other than purges throughout history tend to be fascists, neoliberals or communists. Try to avoid these extremes.
Hmmm ... looks like I'll only hit 17kWh of power generation today ... oh well. Still, it gives me plenty to power the night and keep a decent battery reserve in place. 7 power interruptions since end Nov.
Anyway, time to go put some bread on.
X : Whose fantasy?
Me : Eh? Oh, the Thanos thing? It's a fantasy of far right extremists that environmentalists are some Thanos finger twitching genocidal maniacs. It says a lot more about the people with that fantasy than actual environmentalists.

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22 Feb
X : When do you think people will be returning to offices?
Me : Some won't be, some companies will have adapted. The isolation economy (caused by COVID) was an accelerator of an underlying change not the cause of it ...
... you didn't think that in the future as humankind spreads beyond the shores of our own planet that we'd be having face to face meetings as though we all lived in the same village with the same elder's hut? It's a throwback to the past, a constraint, a lack of vision ...
... even within the confines of our own planet we've been adapting and learning to work in a distributed fashion for the last few decades. Sure, traditions of the past are difficult to give up on but we've been heading that way slowly, reluctantly, with much stamping of feet ...
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21 Feb
X : Are you in favour of capitalism?
Me : That's like asking me whether I'm in favour of Agile? Capitalism is a tool which has an appropriate context. So yes, I'm in favour in its appropriate context. The dogma of using a tool as a "one size fits all" is extremism.
X : So, you're anti-capitalist?
Me : Do you not understand context? I'm in favour of using capitalism in appropriate contexts and using other systems when it is not appropriate. The capitalism vs anti-capitalism debate is as full of religious zealots as agile vs six sigma debate.
... all of these one size fits all dogmas - "our methods is best and works everywhere" - are just examples of extremism peddled by people often with self interest. They do not look to the benefit of the system as a whole.
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Oh great, it's bad enough that we have poor GP services, that the vaccine centre is 10 miles away, there is no public transport to it, we only have one bus per week in my area, vaccinations didn't start until end of January etc ... but now ...
... the plan is to centralise hospital services in the area with an empty hospital so that some builder can create thousands of new homes on the old site - this doesn't sound "super" to me -… ...
... it seems daft given the complete lack of public transport, site will be 30 miles+ for many etc but what happens if we have a major incident on the M20 or the Tunnel?

I can't see this developer led bonanza getting past @MattHancock
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X : Thoughts on private companies being on the boards of ICS (integrated care systems).
Me : Conflict of interest question? Supplier determining needs?
X : Yes
Me : It's ok, as long as
a) you have effective spend control
b) those private companies are JVs which Gov owns 51% of.
X : What if they are not 51% owned JVs?
Me : Ah, that's a bad idea. You really want your boards to have your interests at heart.
X : What about experience, partnership?
Me : Those are advisors and you take it with a pinch of salt and as much as possible use critical friends.
Suppliers will always tell you that they want to be your partners, to build a relationship, to be your friends, to find the win/win in much the same way a second hand car salesperson wants to be your buddy ... but their interests are not yours and never can be.
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Eh @bryanrbeal? No, it's really important that even once vaccinated that you wear masks and socially distance until we understand the effect more, the R number is very low and probably everyone has been vaccinated ...
... there is a world of difference between reducing symptoms (and reducing hospital load) and transmission. We absolutely must get transmission and cases down (hence masks, social distance) for various reasons including the risk of mutation.
And this is not a national thing, it's a global thing. There's little point in vaccinating a single country and hoping borders will stop future problems if the disease is allowed to rampage and therefore mutate in other areas with low levels of vaccination ...
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"rushing headlong into Agile without due consideration could hobble rather than improve your business" ... that comment is good ->
To bring you bang upto speed circa 2006 then remember ... no such thing as one size fits all ... i.e.
... take a leaf out of a leading engineering effort (UK high speed rail) that introduced multiple methods in 2012 for building its railway in a virtual world (reducing both cost and time to delivery). Go ask @GoAgileGov ...
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