Thursday 29 July 2010

Innovation Studies Centre - note and links

'The Innovation Studies Centre (ISC), conducts research on the innovation process from knowledge creation to commercialisation.'  It aims to influence policy and practice by working at the inter-face of science, engineering and business management..

'Innovation has never been more important as organisations face fierce global competition, rapidly developing technologies and diminishing world resources.
Led by Professor David Gann, the ISC was established in 2003 at Imperial College London and funded by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council), to develop, test and launch new research projects and programmes.'

Wednesday 21 July 2010

BERR UK Energy flow charts - a useful resource

The Energy flow chart 2008[filetype:pdf filesize: 376.24Kb] illustrates the flow of primary fuels from home production and imports to their eventual final uses. DECC shows them in their original state, and after being converted into different kinds of energy by the secondary fuel producers. The flows are measured in million-tonnes of oil equivalent (mtoe), with the widths of the bands approximately proportional to the size of the flow they represent.
The next update, in summer 2010, will contain the 2009 UK energy flows.
According to Wikipedia  1 MWh = 0.086 toe, therefore 1 TWh = 0.086 mtoe
So an annual year output of say a Cardiff-Weston Tidal Barrage at 17 TWh would be equivalent to 1.5 mtoe. This is above the same as the consumption of the UK's Iron and Steel industry but perhaps not all generated at the right time!

NB Best place to view chart is PDF on BERR website above but it is shown below to show concept.

Wednesday 14 July 2010

Runkeeper - the place to log sports

I'm impressed with this site, even if I don't own an iPhone or any other Apple gadgets.
1) It allows you to add in all types of activities

2) then you log details
3) and you can compare to previous matched or similar activities

Kerb Games has many viral games - including one for Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)

The Construction Industry Training Board game is at this link CITB Blocsmart viral (puzzle) game. It felt quite difficult to me but then I am not very experienced in playing games. 
There might be alternative viral games I would go for before this ConstructionSkills one - see Move on Up (below); I've inserted this as it doesn't make too much noise up front!
NB all the links in this post will result in a Kerb Games sounds being heard!
RAF Global Rescue (Royal Air Force - Be Part of It)
Bat Out of Hell
NB Clicking on Read More >> below will bring up an embedded flash game, Move on Up, and play 2 seconds of Kerb Games sound. The sound can then be toggled on and off from the flash picture.

Sunday 4 July 2010

Smartcodes - experiment

Reads easily on SE W995 and I've reduced size of picture significantly.