Surface area to volume ratio - why penguins are so large

Weight loss challenge 2014

I’ve been about 15 stone (yes 15!!) for at least the past 10 years – with a waist line that has steadily expanded to 38″, and at only 5’7″ that equals “very overweight”, “obese” and at 42 years old – “sad, fat old man”…. So, enter the 2014 weight loss challenge. Last year I got…

Cherry Wine

Spring Wine Making

As things begin to dry out here in Wales, I thought I’d reacquaint myself with “the outside” – so naturally I turn my thoughts to making wine. I managed to salvage 2Kg of mixed turnips, swedes, radish and kohl rabbi left to over winter in the garden.  So instead of eating them – time to…

It couldn’t happen to me? (getting hacked that is)

I thought I was a seasoned IT user, one who know how to install Linux and partition a hard disk.  However, today I was shown just how easy it is to get hijacked on the Interweb. I’ve had my domain name nerklegroup.co.uk for many years, and haven’t given it much tought.  I don’t really use…

Glen Gilchrist Source Code

Content Curation – Source Code Matters

One of the aspects of my current secondment to the Hwb project concerns content curation – and whilst oodles of academic research and a veritable industry surrounds the wider issues of content curation in essence a significant portion of my role is: Discoverability — ie can you find what you are looking for.  Are the resources…

Shed Science #1: Extracting Curcumin from Turmeric

Since making the positive decision to ditch a potential lifetime of medication for arthritis (dicloflex, diclofenac sodium – a  cyclo-oxygenase inhibitor) I started to look into the “herbal” alternatives for alleviating the discomfort. I’ve long been a believer in the fact that we are pawns of the pharmaceutical industry, tied into cycles of proscribing patented drugs to cure “diseases” that…