Category: environmental

  • Switzerland: From Arid to Flooded

    Switzerland: From Arid to Flooded

    Switzerland and Europe are currently experiencing flooding. All the major Swiss lakes are close to breaking their banks. A few weeks ago, you could read about how Switzerland had been so dry that it had started to register on the aridity index. Now it’s flooded. Some people are bored by the rain, and wishes that […]

  • The Pandemic Of Sisyphus

    The Pandemic Of Sisyphus

    We are in a pandemic where the only disease vector is proximity to others, so in theory this is one of the easiest pandemics to overcome, and end. In practice people are like cats, and getting them to self-isolate is like herding cats. Paradoxically if people were as hard to herd as cats, then the […]

  • Ignored by Sunflowers

    Ignored by Sunflowers

    The title of this post is a joke, not a serious delusion of isolation. I saw that a few sunflowers had come out but that they were looking away, rather than towards me. They are looking at the morning sun and I was walking in the afternoon. They are still in the process of coming […]

  • Justified Self-Isolation

    Justified Self-Isolation

    It is important to know that you are in Justified Self-Isolation. Over the last three or four days I have felt like an idiot for self-isolating, but I now see that this is entirely justified. The R number for some canton went from 0.70 or so up to 1.4 or higher in recent days. This […]

  • An Entire Day Of Rain

    An Entire Day Of Rain

    Due to the lack of rain for a few years, and the lack of opportunities to socialise through sporting activities, I look forward to rain. Yesterday we were lucky. We got an entire day’s worth of rain. I didn’t leave the flat for the entire day and I still slept fine. Just a few days […]

  • Experimenting With Minergie

    Minergie is theoretically a fantastic, environmentally friendly way of making a building more energy-efficient, by reducing the need for air conditioning and heating. For three years now I have been playing with and experimenting with minergie. During the first and second heatwaves, I liked to open windows and get fresh air. I found that Minergie […]

  • Walking from Village to Village, and Village to Town

    Walking from Village to Village, and Village to Town

    The conversation is too often about designing cities to be car-free, but I would argue that designing the countryside to require less frequently would be more advantageous. The reason for this is that walking from village to village, and from villages to towns eliminates the need for, and appeal of the car. If the need […]

  • Day 64 of Self-Isolation in Switzerland – “When I’m 64”

    Day 64 of Self-Isolation in Switzerland – “When I’m 64”

    Earlier today or yesterday at some point I was thinking of the song When I’m 64, and that I should share it. I’m not 64. Quarantine hasn’t aged me so drastically. I felt the need to make that joke. Recycling For the first time in two months I went to the recycling centre today. For […]

  • Day 42 of Self-Isolation in Switzerland – A Few Minutes of Rain

    Day 42 of Self-Isolation in Switzerland – A Few Minutes of Rain

    Today at around lunchtime we had a few minutes of rain for the first time in weeks but it didn’t last long. By the time I went out for my daily walk the ground was dry, as if it hadn’t rained at all. There was no mud to walk through so I came back as […]

  • Day 41 of Self-Isolation in Switzerland – Reverse Journey

    Day 41 of Self-Isolation in Switzerland – Reverse Journey

    Today I ran and then walked a reverse journey of what I did yesterday. I wanted to take a picture of the corkscrew tree. It would have required for me to wait for two slow walkers and their dog to pass and because they insisted on walking two abreast it made more sense to turn […]