Archive for the 'Thoughts' Category


Saturday, September 29th, 2007

I’ve created my first PledgeBank pledge!

Bournemouth Eye

Monday, September 24th, 2007

Bournemouth from above

Originally uploaded by cyberelk11
We went up in the Bournemouth Eye on Saturday. It’s a tethered helium-filled balloon that reaches 500 ft above the Central Gardens in Bournemouth. I’ve been wanting to go on it since we moved here!


Why are ceiling spotlights so popular?

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

Newer houses and apartments all seem to have ceiling spotlights in just about every room, even the lounge.  What is it all for?  They are too bright for mood lighting, and I don’t see why they are so fashionable.  Please explain.

Watching the electricity meter

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

When the electicity bill comes, I usually phone up to give a meter reading. They use an estimated reading, but I like to keep it accurate in order to avoid any surprise charges at the end of the year. Last July I decided to jot down those readings myself in a spreadsheet, and take my own reading every few weeks just to keep track of how much electricity I use.


Green Financial Products

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

RecycleThere’s an excellent article over at Motley Fool entitled Why You Shouldn’t Buy Green Financial Products. There have been a few of these recently: credit cards that give some proportion of their profit to green causes; mortgage companies that plant a few trees if you stick with them for several years; etc. The Fool goes into the maths a little bit, but it basically comes down to the fact that it is usually better to shop around for the cheapest product (credit card, mortgage or whatever), and give the resulting saving you’ve made to green causes.