Monthly Archives: January 2009

Productivity tool

Thanks again to Jessica Hagy  & “Indexed” for an image that reflects my last 7 days… luckily my friends and colleagues have been doing the heavy lifting on the blog frontline:

http://silverleigh.wordpress.com/

http://logistical.wordpress.com/

In the words of the Private Eye  “From the Message Boards” parody – “great stuff, guys!”

Standup economist

Avoiding work constructively and so enjoyed some old clips from Yoram Bauman, PHD and the self styled world’s first “standup economist”- although a little theoretical knowledge might help in crossing over the humour barrier for mere mortals (or neo Keynesians).

Recent gigs at Chartered Financial Analyists local meetings… World tour promised, the LSE should book him now.

He was also on PBS today (which why I checked out his YouTube back catalogue, in a long tail sort of way) and in a relatively straight interview, surprise, surprise, he got asked about the recession – almost missed the reference to Black Swans, though.

All the top sites

I am very impressed with Alltop.com, from Nononina, which I have been using for some time now.  Its one of the best news and blog aggregators I have used – “aggregation without the aggravation”. Clear easily usable web 2.0 design, lots of nice features.

As they say:

“Alltop is an “online magazine rack” of popular topics. We update the stories every hour. Pick a topic by searching, news category, or name, and we’ll deliver it to you 24 x 7. All the topics, all the time.”

I now have the social media page as my gateway to the net, problem is there’s almost too much good content – it also highlights the need for good titles for your blogposts (yes, I know I have a lot to learn still).

Apart from getting this blog into one of the categories (which one, any suggestions?) I will be recommending they add transport – luckily they have economics, environment, motorcycles, music, pop culture, etc. so my other interests are covered. Decision Science is another good page…

The main thing is that it does save time in giving a focus to the content you want, without missing out on serendipity.

Eco transport – before the crash

Ah, yes, time for the reviews of the year, and in our specialist area how does transport – general, green, any mode – fare in the analysis, especially in the economic context where eco innovation is:

  1. Our saviour, or
  2. Too expensive

The US transport top ten trends from Inhabitat includes the death of the SUV, green cars saving the industry, high performance sports cars saving the planet , (pedal) bikes are cool, etc. The view from over there suggests some naivety about what we achieve in Europe, however. Conclusions for 09: more mass transit and greener cars – thanks, I could have guessed that. Although for mainstream US of A that may be still too radical.

And imagine my disappointment when the electric  GM Chevrolet Volt concept car of 2007:

became the boring pre production car shown in 2008 (first deliveries in 2010, kids):

I was not the only one to be disappointed

But before I pour self righteous scorn on my brothers across the sea what have we identified as worthy of mention in the UK and Europe? What Car votes a turbo diesel Ford Focus as its green car of 2008 and Toyota for its technology. The Eden Project and the Co-op sponsored the sexy green car show in summer 2008. ..and er, that’s it, apart from a few comments on the “fuel crisis” in the review of the year in mags such as New Scientist.

PS thanks to Oxtran to alerting me to “Traffic Jam”, the review of the last 10 years of sustainable transport  – which ended up on my xmas shopping list (sad but true).