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Thoughts on British ICT, energy & environment, cloud computing and security from Memset's MD

Who is John Galt?

We just watched the first two parts of Atlas Shrugged. I was unfamiliar with Ayn Rand and her works until today. I found the films exhilarating and eagerly await the third installment. They depict a near-future world where economic collapse and enduring recession has enabled politicians to seize increasing power over private individuals and corporations. In the name of “the…

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A real SCUBA rescue experience – mistakes made and lessons learned

On my and Izzy’s recent fieldwork expedition to Islay we had a number of challenging conditions to cope with that were new to us as experienced SCUBA divers. One of these was the cold; the loch was about 16 degrees celcius and while in our double-layered wet suits we were fine for several hours, we found there were limits. Our…

Cast your bread on the water and you’ll get back ham sandwiches

While awaiting our flight to San Francisco in the BA exec lounge just now I experienced a lovely example of Karma that I wanted to share. A young lady was looking a bit lost, MacBook and power cable in hand, clearly searching for a power socket. I suggested that she use the one I was sat by, and offered her…

Skiiers thumb (torn ulnar collateral ligament)

So on Sunday, the second day of our week’s skiing in Whistler Blackcomb, I had my first and last incident of the skiing season yesterday. Izzy and I were doing a double-black diamond in very low vis (low cloud). We did the hard part just fine and it was quite smooth. She had stopped and I thought I had a…

I’m not dying! (again) – factor V, DVT/PE & asthma

Sadly we (Izzy and I) have yet again failed in resolution not to end up in hospital during our holiday. :/ On the plus side, I did manage to wear a humorously (in)appropriate T-shirt for the occasion (see right)! :p I am starting to think I should stop telling doctors about my clotting factor V mutation (see inset) whenever I…