When Sea Level RisesWhen Sea Level RisesWhen Sea Level Rises by coshipi
Or possibly falls.
You push a boulder up a small rise
Out of a little dip
It may roll away
Far down the other side of the hill
Into a valley you couldn’t see.
The climate could be like that.
Quite likely it’s up hill all the way.
There are nuclear power stations
All around the coast.
If sea level rises
They’ll get swamped.
A half metre rise doesn’t sound much
Has made wide flat areas
That absorb storm energy
Half a metre of extra depth
Will mean they absorb
Very much less
And every storm will batter
Anything on the coast.
Are better than Soviet ones
So they said
And Japanese reactors
Are just as good as British ones
So they said
If sea level doesn’t rise
Because the changing climate
Goes the other way...
Then the Ice Is Coming
What advancing ice
Will do to nuclear reactors
Doesn’t bear thinking about.
Even just a lower sea leve
Travel safety statisticsThe relative safety of different modes of travel is something that most people have misconceptions about. They're not helped by official statistics, indeed official statistics add to the confusion.Travel safety statistics by coshipi
It's not that the statistics are actually inaccurate, it's that the impression they give is inaccurate. I don't know whether the statistics are accurate or not, but I'm inclined to believe that they are. The impressions they give, and the beliefs many people hold as a result, are not actually supported by the statistics, even if the statistics are true.
The basic statistic involved is the fatalities per passenger mile figure which is claimed to be lower for flying than for any other major mode of travel, probably truthfully.
On the face of it, fatalities per passenger mile looks like an appropriate measure of travel mode safety. If railways carry ten times as many passengers as airlines, and have five times as many fatalities, then other things being equal, the
Economics again - DiscountingDiscounting is an important topic in economics. Any economic prediction looking more than a year or two into the future is completely dependent on it.Economics again - Discounting by coshipi
It's nothing to do with discounts offered by traders trying to persuade you to buy something!
The idea is that costs in the future are less important than costs today, and that benefits in the future are worth less than benefits today. The logic is that if I can delay some spending for a few years, I can earn interest on the money for a few years or avoid paying out interest for a few years, if I'm borrowing the money. Likewise, if I'm not going to get the benefits for a few years, they're worth less than benefits today if I can sell the benefits, I can get interest on their value for a few years more. Even if I'm not selling the benefits, I can put a value on them based on what I'd get if I sold them, so the effect is the same.
How much one discounts future values (positive and negative) like this is basically down to inte
We did it!Wowie, what a result!We did it! by Susan-K-Dailey
After decades and decades of ineffective, uncommitted and uninterested MPs, my constituency and the constituencies that border ours FINALLY have the representation we need to turn our communities around.
I've been on the campaign trail as much as I could and I have some amazing pictures I'll be posting shortly. It's been an experience that I will never forget!
I am utterly exhausted, but it's all been worth it
Congratulations to :iconcoshipi: for quadrupling his party's vote share in South East Cambridgeshire, what a fantastic result!!
ScunneredSo I've been doing photography on the campaign trail during this election and it's taught me a few things about photography.Scunnered by Susan-K-Dailey
1. I'm better at this than I thought
2. I'm better at taking pictures of people than I ever thought I could be
3. I share very little in common with photojournalists and freelancers who appear to view me as the "silly wee lassie" with a camera.
4. Some male photojournos and freelancers are conceited bastards who have zero respect for me as a woman in the industry.
5. I do not have the brass neck, arrogance or ignorance to do the type of photojournalism that I perhaps would have liked to
6. I have too much respect for peoples' creative aspirations to trample on them as some have tried to do to me
7. It might piss down on me while I'm taking landscape shots, but it will also piss down on me while I take pictures of people, and other photographers won't shove me out the way to photograph a mountain.
8. Landscape photography might not be as lucrative, but I prefer it
Bedknobs and Broomsticks - and a lovely cup of tea“The crows wait for me. They’re there every morning, when I go to the bus stop. And if I don’t bring food for them, I hang my head in shame.”Bedknobs and Broomsticks - and a lovely cup of tea by Lethus1
Amethyst looks at me seriously over the top of thick black glasses. She is a plump lady, shrouded in a long, hooded shawl. The colours are muted, but still bright enough to stand out against the gloom. She raises her hand to make a point, and the shawl flaps around her elbow. Overall, she bears a striking resemblance to a stern, tawny owl.
Her brow is furrowed, but there is kindness in her blue eyes. When she stands, her red hair swings gently in a waist-long ponytail. Had she been born a few centuries earlier, both those physical traits would most likely have meant the death of her.
Amethyst Selmaseline is a witch. A practitioner of mystical arts. Lover of animals. A being of light, temporarily inhabiting a mortal body. She is also the owner of a small shop in Reddish, just outside Stockport. And the owner of many, many s
Shanty TownsShanty Towns by aldwarke
Ghost-like waifs in ragged shrouds haunt refuse tips
Haggard mothers dry suckle big bellied babes
Beggars, beseeching, stare from sightless sockets
Our brothers and sisters in another land.
Who live in shacks of tin in shanty towns.
Don't tell me about your bloody headache!
Apprentice Garage MechanicsI never met MM, but it was because of him that I got my first lecturing contract. I was at a loose end, and looked in the local paper to see what jobs were about. Six week temporary lectureship in Motor Vehicle Engineering, at the local technical college, caught my eye. My first degree was in Mechanical Engineering, I'd worked in a garage as a fitter for a while between school and university, and I'd done all the repairs and maintenance on my own cars and some for other friends and family.Apprentice Garage Mechanics by coshipi
It turned out that MM was going to Egypt for six weeks, working at a technical college there. He was helping them to set up a course similar to the one he was running in England.
I got the job - teaching apprentice garage mechanics a bit about engineering theory. Each day of the week I had a different batch of a dozen apprentices on day release, so I got to deliver the same material five times in a week, and then something different the next week.
I was working to a predesigned course, with go