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Month: May 2017

Ecosia – Planting trees with a search engine

Ecosia – Planting trees with a search engine

Ecosia is an environmental search engine for those who want to do social good through their web browsing habits. The principle is simple. You go to the Ecosia main page and type in your search engine query. For every search engine query that you do ad revenue is generated. This ad revenue is then invested into tree growing projects in a number of countries. Deforestation is a threat faced around the world because as trees are removed so the environment…

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Unhappy facebook users – Marketers and Academics are looking in the wrong place.

Unhappy facebook users – Marketers and Academics are looking in the wrong place.

Unhappy Facebook Users – Marketers and Academics are looking in the wrong place. Every single day they publish articles about why social media is bad for us. Every day they ignore that we meet people via social media rather than bars. Every day they ignore that those I meet through social media work on interesting projects. Every day they ignore that if it wasn’t for social websites I would not have taken up via Ferrata, rock climbing and other sports….

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The age of Bloggers and Self installations

The age of Bloggers and Self installations

I come from the age of bloggers and self-installations. In fact, I come from the age of HTML pages and static websites. In those days we surfed the web looking for and finding content. We also found interesting bits of code and we added new features to our websites. We would install forums, guestbooks and more. In so doing our static websites became dynamic. At this point, our website could grow a community. At this time we had our PhpBB forum,…

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The Drapel Climbing wall near Aigle

The Drapel Climbing wall near Aigle

The Drapel Climbing Wall near Aigle is a nice place to climb. When I was there yesterday we were in the shade of the trees unless we were climbing. The temperature for this week is at around 25-27°c daily which is nice. These are almost summer temperatures, at last. The parking for this climbing wall is Getting there The parking for this climbing wall is here. I’m giving a specific location because when I looked at maps I was not filled…

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Mental Health and Social media

Mental Health and Social media

There is a lot of discussion about Mental Health and social media because most people are not social media natives. They are either Luddites who do not appreciate playing with technology. They see themselves as users rather than participants and then there are extroverts and other people who see Social Media as a threat to their way of life. We live in societies built for extroverts rather than textroverts. As a textroverts social media is a place for me to have…

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The World VR Forum – Year 2 – The Conferences

The World VR Forum – Year 2 – The Conferences

I was a volunteer at the World VR Forum again this year. I was in the conference room providing speakers with microphones before they went up on stage. As a result of this I was able to listen to many interesting speakers. They spoke about a diversity of topics of interest to various groups. Google Earth and the HTC Vive Dominik Käser presented Google Earth VR. He spoke about how Google had spent time thinking about how the earth sounds in different…

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Shark Reporting.

Shark Reporting.

In the age of drones this is how shark reporting should be done. The Coast guard or local surfing schools should fly a drone around and check to see whether there are any sharks present. If and when they spot a shark or groups of sharks they could temporarily close the beach until the threat is gone. It reduces the need for shark nets. It also reduces the need and desire to kill any shark that is spotted as people…

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K2 With a Drone

K2 With a Drone

K2 with a Drone is a documentary following Petr Jan Juracka, a scientific photographer’s trip to K2 with Klara Kolouchova with two drones. He performed extensive testing before setting off on the trip. He flew the drone in a hyperbaric chamber to see how it would react. He flew it in freezing conditions to check that the batteries would cope and then he flew in other places. He had already flown his drone in a multitude of countries and Pakistan…

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Interval training and climbing are a good combination.

Interval training and climbing are a good combination.

If you were to look at the graph below you would clearly see that it’s a form of interval training but you’re at a loss to know which sport it is from. With running and cycling you would see 2-3 minutes of hard effort and then two to three minutes of less effort and it would repeat form 15-20 minutes. This graph is from an activity done for two hours. This graph is from indoor climbing yesterday. You see that…

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Dirty Gold War screening at the Graduate Institute.

Dirty Gold War screening at the Graduate Institute.

I went to watch Dirty Gold War at the Graduate Institute at lunch time today. The film is interesting because it makes you think about the environmental impact of gold mining. We’re familiar with the stories of gold mines in South Africa. We’re familiar with the stories of the gold rush. We don’t often think of the environmental impact of Gold mining in rain forests in Latin America. This documentary introduces the topic well. It brings our attention to the…

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