The importance of filters

by mel starrs on July 5, 2010

in Productivity

I regularly cull my RSS feeds. And I must admit, I add in as many as I dismiss. One I keep trying over and over again is Seth Godin. He got added back in and then deleted again in quick succession. This is not to say I don’t find his posts interesting. However, I trust […]


Happy 4th Blogday to me

by Mel Starrs on April 12, 2010

in Housekeeping

Well, blogday itself was actually yesterday (11 April), but I figure on a sunny weekend people have better things to do than read my blog. So here’s what I can now justifiably call my annual round-up of delving into Google Analytics. Despite another year of best intentions poorly executed, traffic continues to astound me. I’m […]


Happy 3rd Blogday to me

by Mel Starrs on April 14, 2009

in Housekeeping

Well, slightly belated as 11 April 2009 was the 3rd birthday of this blog, but I figure people have better things to do with their bank holidays than read this blog. Last year I jotted down some stats, so for this following along at home, I’ll give some quick updates. My hits have increased almost […]


These are my links for February 7th through February 27th: Why and how I blog « Robert Kyriakides’s Weblog – Great post from Robert explaining how he manages to blog so prolifically. Expedition’s blog » Think Up Mondays – Chris Wise et al are trying to create something useful out of the recession: "For one […]


Behold the crackberry…

by mel starrs on October 13, 2008

in Blogging and social networks

You may have noticed it’s been quite quiet around these parts. Life has been busy and it’s clearly not quite as easy to switch to knocking up a blog post whilst out socialising as it was when I was chained to my PC every night studying. I may have found a solution though. I am […]


These are my links for August 30th through September 1st: Coal verses Nuclear (Jonathon Porritt) – I've not made much comment on George Monbiot's comments on nuclear – mainly because I agree with his qualifications. JP explains here why the green movement are in a kerfuffle about it by explaining: "a communicator as astute and […]


by mel starrs on May 14, 2008

in News

What I’ve been reading about: Design Builder – (Relatively) new kids on the DSM software block, 30 day free trial, uses the DOE Energy Plus engine. Anyone got any experience – good or bad? Task force gives housing the green light – "This is not about dumbing down or abandoning the concept of zero carbon. […]


These are my links for April 18th through April 19th: Construction Blog Practice – New blog from someone at Constructing Excellence Asus Eee 900 to hit shelves on 1 May – – Going to hold out for the new and improved version (plus the 7" is nigh impossible to source instore in the US) […]


Happy Blogday to me…

by mel starrs on April 11, 2008

in Housekeeping

Is is really two years? Almost 360 posts, over 70 regular subscribers, almost 8000 hits in the past year*, including over 250 to BREEAM is a means to an end post. *Over 20% of visitors use Firefox as their browser, most of the rest use IE.  Only 0.5% use Mac although one visitor found me using […]


These are my links for April 1st through April 5th: How To Find Lost Objects – via LifeHacker – a 122 page pdf on a similar vein to IES <VE SBEM> EPC SOFTWARE MEETS 6TH APRIL DEADLINE – IES on the ball again when it comes to SBEM (even though their DSM software IMO […]