Friday, February 17, 2017

Slow Fashion

I have a student who is planning to start a research project that Investigates the possibility of reducing the wastage in the fashion industry.

She calls it slow fashion, and involves extending the life of clothes recycling perhaps and repairing.

Who knew I was doing slow fashion all along?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Research methods: The egg experiment

I have a problem. I have chickens that give me fresh eggs. Now almost everything about fresh eggs is really really good. But when you boil a fresh a seashell does not separate very well from the white.

I have been told that older eggs work better for that.

So my research question is How old does an egg need to be before it makes a good peeling hard boiled egg.

So I collected eggs from the 1st of January 8th of January 16th of January. And I'll boil each of them for the same amount of time and see how well they peel. I'll do that each week and then I will have a result.

Item then come up with findings and implications. I love it when we can make research a fairly straightforward process.

Monday, January 16, 2017

I love working with students

It is really good to work with students and particularily when they are doing a real project. It looks like I am doing an internship with a student again now.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Cullen the cringemaster

I suppose by the age of 49 you get to know what you like and what you don't. And you get to give fewer fucks about what other people think.

So when I was at the park and there's a roll of dog litter bags next to the bin I couldn't help to comment to the lady who was taking home about a dozen of them.

"So that's where they all go?" I said.

You can guess how the conversation went from there.

I do feel a little sorry for my son Jonah who happened to be with me at the time.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Why Skydiving Helps

I have an unpredictable work situation at the moment. I often seem to be solving problems that I didn't create (some that I do) and everyone comes up smelling of roses. Then, I get asked to do the job again.

I suppose my passion in skydiving might help with coping with the uncertainty. Take for example the jump we did the other day. It was supposed to be quite simple. My two partners were supposed to take a linked exit out the plane, I would meet them, we would change the formation twice then track off and deploy. The reality was something different.

The exit funnels, I rebuild as a two way, the novice docks hard and falls through the middle. I follow the novice briefly but we run out of time and I track off with my mate for some fun. After deployment we play around under canopy for a while and then I perform a high-performance landing.

Totally not according to plan but still safe and fun and we all come out smelling of roses.


Perhaps that's why I keep getting asked to do some of the jobs I do as a day job. And if my current clients don't want me, then somebody else will.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Me and public get togethers.

UPDATE: I suspect somebody just had a quiet shot at me about not being very self reflective. If that's the case, then I think they don't know me as well as they think they do.

Public get-togethers.

The things suck the life out of me. It's just a fact. My major activity in a public get-together is to preserve my energy. Most people don't notice or care and that's a good thing. It's why I try to slide in quietly. Like when you slice a major gash in your arm - move slowly and don't allow that blood to spurt out of you. Interrupting my quiet entry is like exanguination. A true "Dexter" moment.

For sure there are great returns that come from socialising. I make most of my money by being a social animal and many of the people who would be friends cannot believe when I say this drains me.
And I thank God for the half a dozen or so people who care enough to understand this about me, and don't try to force me into their framework of friends and family. You know who you are.

To the rest - I probably like (or maybe even love) you. And one day we might even understand each other.