Book Review: Monstrous Design - Kat Dunn (Battalion of the Dead series Book 2)

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1794, London: Camille and Al are desperately hunting Olympe's kidnapper. From the glamorous excesses of the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens to the city's seedy underbelly, they are caught in a dangerous game of lies and deceit. And a terrible new enemy lies in wait with designs more monstrous than they could ever imagine... Can Camille play…

Which generates more electricity - East- or West-facing solar panels?

by @edent | | 7 comments | 300 words | Read ~232 times.

Graph showing the difference between east and west panels.

We've had our solar panels for exactly a year. Our roof has an East/West aspect - and we have 250kW of panels on each side. Here's a typical graph showing how each side performs during the day. East facing solar panels 🆚 West facing solar panels. London, UK. — Edent's Solar Panels (@Edent_Solar) March…

How to buy team doughnuts when WFH?

by @edent | | 3 comments | 400 words | Read ~249 times.

A big box of tasty doughnuts.

I have a conundrum. I'm not very good at social stuff. But I know that buying a couple-of-dozen doughnuts it a nice gesture for a team. So, every few months, I used to pony up for a case of sweet treats. I'm not a manager, or team leader, or anything like that. I just know…

Everything is a string. Everything is an object. Everything is bits.

by @edent | | 1 comment | 300 words | Read ~121 times.

Binary code displayed on a screen.

In response to Tom MacWright's "One way to represent things" - which I broadly agree with. When you are a child, the whole world is complicated. By the time you're a teenager, the whole world is simple. Once you grow up, you realise just how complicated everything is. As you obtain mastery, you find a…

1 year of @edent_solar. We are 100% offset!

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A generation meter.

Our domestic solar panels have generated more electricity in a year than we have consumed. We installed 5kW of solar panels on our roof in 2020. Half are East-facing, half West-facing. Over a full year, they've generated 4,165kWh. By comparison, the average UK household uses about 3,800kWh of electricity per year. But working out exactly…

Book Preview: Bletchley's Secret Source - Churchill’s Wrens and the Y Service in World War Ⅱ by Peter Hore

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Young female officers in a black and white photo.

This is the extraordinary untold story of the Y-Service, a secret even more closely guarded than Bletchley Park. The Y-Service was the code for the chain of wireless intercept stations around Britain and all over the world. Hundreds of wireless operators, many of them who were civilians, listened to German, Italian and Japanese radio networks…

Book Review: Star Wars - From a Certain Point of View

by @edent | , | 350 words

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On May 25, 1977, the world was introduced to Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, C-3PO, R2-D2, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, and a galaxy full of possibilities. In honor of the fortieth anniversary, more than forty contributors lend their vision to this retelling of Star Wars. Each of the forty short stories reimagines a…

Book Review: Feminist City by Leslie Kern

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A woman's shadow falls across some steps.

In Feminist City, through history, personal experience and popular culture Leslie Kern exposes what is hidden in plain sight: the social inequalities built into our cities, homes, and neighborhoods. Kern offers an alternative vision of the feminist city. Taking on fear, motherhood, friendship, activism, and the joys and perils of being alone, Kern maps the…

Book Review: Doctor Who - The Witchfinders by Joy Wilkinson

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Doctor Who book cover.

The TARDIS lands in the Lancashire village of Bilehurst Cragg in the 17th century, and the Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz soon become embroiled in a witch trial run by the local landowner. Fear stalks the land, and the arrival of King James I only serves to intensify the witch hunt. But the Doctor soon…

Book Review: Doughnut Economics - Kate Raworth

by @edent | | 250 words

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In Doughnut Economics, Oxford academic Kate Raworth lays out the seven deadly mistakes of economics and offers a radical re-envisioning of the system that has brought us to the point of ruin. Moving beyond the myths of ‘rational economic man’ and unlimited growth, Doughnut Economics zeroes in on the sweet spot: a system that meets…