Tuesday, 12 November 2019

CSS Font Style not Showing on IOS mobile device.

CSS Font Style not Showing on IOS mobile device. 


Recently I have noticed that when I view my website on an IOS mobile device using either safari or firefox, that the font defaults to a standard font (times / times new roman) rather then the font in my CSS which is Arial.

I have seen many apparent solutions to this problem on countless forums, but lucky for you the solution is easy as pie.

arial not Arial

Simply remove the capital letter from the font name in you CSS:

And all will be well. . . . happy someday! Thorpy. 

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Coffe GIFs

Here within a collection of Coffee related GIFs:

Below from scene in futurama where Fry drinks 100 cups of coffee.

More to come soon.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Graffiti in Bristol

Graffiti in Bristol 

I do a lot of work in Bristol and now ans again I come across some lovely graffiti, which I have shared with you here, it is a work in progress I will post more as I find them. All images are from Google Street View.

171 Hotwells Road

"Bristol Food" this reminds me of the Mint Sauce Cartoons, painted by Joe Burt in a magazine from my youth. Love this one.

Eugene Street

Some  run of the mill stuff in an industrial area.

The Duke of York Pub - Conduit Place

Far out! (Yes I was born in the 80's.)

Banksy - Girl with Pierced Ear Drum - Bristol Marina

Others such as Visit Bristol have done a great job of marking all things BAnksy, so I will stop at the one picture. 


Monday, 9 September 2019

Animal Tracks Visible from Space

The below image struck me as rather spectacular as it shows cool patterns decided upon by animals as they walk in to a field. The pattern kind if reminded me of nerve / synapses that you see in a picture of a brain. Image location: https://goo.gl/maps/BY1qzCDhFqHT8HQKA

Again animal tracks in Nairobi national park. Image location: https://goo.gl/maps/NtY2Fdd3VYov1Ufv8, are these animal tracks leading to a watering hole?

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Saturday, 10 August 2019

How to Deal with a Climate Change Denier

How to Deal with a Climate Change Denier

Push them off a cliff. . . .just kidding. Maybe.

As more and more science adds to the consensus that man made climate change is a real thing Climate Change Deniers because less and less commonly encountered. But when you do come across these oddities, you can bet they are:

I all cases this makes them appalling human beings, and you are unlikely to change their minds. What you need is the NASA CO2 Graph. It rocks for the following reasons.

  • Its a picture.
  • Its shows how weird things are getting.
  • Its from NASA
The last point is likely to sit  well with any denier, as they probably like big noisy things that look like penises such as space rockets.

I saw Professor Brian Cox use this graph to very good effect in a TV debate some time ago. There we had some moronic buffoon towing his oil paymasters line, on how the data didn't stack up etc. Well this graph, got a round of applause from the audience, and the dude stopped talking. Amen.

These days it is easy yo look this up on a phone or tablet, and show it to the offender, although my personal favourite is to print on to a baseball bat and hit them on the head with it. If the offender is a co-worker why not super glue this graph to their desk?

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Why we are Not Doing Anything About Climate Change?

Why we are Not Doing Anything About Climate Change? 

It may seam that we are doing nothing about climate change, things are happening but not quickly enough.

Who is Doing the Most?

First off we are doing something about climate change. Countries get together to discuss the issue, we describe the problem, we discuss the solution, we set targets. All this is doing something and in some countries meaningful reduction sin CO2 emissions have been made.

So the west is leading the world in reducing CO2 emissions . . .  .no not really. We may be showing the greatest percentage decreases, but compared to huge manufacturing nations such as China and India, we do not create very much CO2, and what we do create is easier to decarbonise.

Quick Example: It is easy to switch a heating system in an office block from oil to gas and save carbon in the process, we could also add solar panels to the roof and reduce further. It is far for diifcult to decarbonise a steel works, or a cement factory.

What is Getting in Way? 

Most people (including politicians) are fully aware that climate change is real and require urgent attention. Unfortunately there are some powerful players who stand to loose a lot of money if we stop using oil and gas. Who, the oil and gas companies.

BP (British Petroleum) for example runs advertising campaigns telling it customers how green it is as company, whilst spending over $50,000,000 (50 million) a year on lobbying the government to benefit the sales of oil and gas.

In total, just in the UK oil firms spend $200,000,000 (200 million) a year on influencing politions to use more oil, and prevent the removal of oil subsidies.

Oil Subsidies? What? Really?

So world wide tax payers contribute Trillions of Dollars to subsidise oil. In the UK alone tax payers contribute $12,000,000,000 (12 billion) a year to help reduce the cost of oil and gas.

In the same year we give only $9,000,000,000 (9 billion) a year in subsidies to renewable. Now it is worth pointing out at this point that just throw subsides at renewable may not fix the the problem, nor might it be the best solution.

For example energy efficiency measures such as subsidising loft insulation, or offset measures such as Tree Planting are far far cheaper then renewable energy infrastructures subsidies.

But the fact remains that by subsidising oil and gas we are making oil or gas a more competitively price energy source, which will slow the uptake of renewables. 

What to Do?

We need to act quickly and choose the best value options for decarbonising and offsetting our emissions. Efficiency measure such as altering diet, and turning down heating etc. will only get us so far.

Not all carbon saving measures cost the same amount so it is important that we subsidise the correct ones.  The recently defunct FITs scheme (paying subsidies to electricity generators for renewable energy), cost around £250 t/CO2e, whilst tree planting in a developing country can deliver the same effect for £3 t/CO2e.

This is not to say the Solar or Wind are bad options, but the administration of the subsidies in this case was not good value for money, in term of CO2 reduction per unit of currency.

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Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Semi-Proportional Carbon Footprint Diagram

Semi-Proportional Carbon Footprint Diagram

Please find below a free to copy, alter or bastardise Semi-Proportional Carbon Footprint Diagram. It shows which aspects of our lives use the most carbon. It is based on a diagram found in "How Bad are Bananas" and which is a good book to read if you are interested in Carbon Footprints. 

As you can see whilst most of obsess over gas and electricity use it is food, flying and useless crap we buy which are the main problems.

A quick look at this diagram and I hope most will see the quickest way to cut your footprint is to buy less junk, and eat a vegetarian diet. 

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