It was a funny old week, last week. First we have the Clive James kerfuffle, subsequent to his essay “In praise of scepticism“. There was some dissent against James on Twitter (which I am increasingly becoming disillusioned with as a tool for proper discourse and debate – 140 characters is not enough space to make […]


NaBloWriMo blogfest

by Mel Starrs on November 2, 2009

in Blogging and social networks

It’s that time of year again. Time for me to do a clear out of half drafted posts and round up the scraps of paper I’ve been scribbling on, and attempt to write a blog post every day for the next month. I’m cheating, as no-one ever reads this blog on a weekend (some people […]


Links for September 18th through September 24th

by Mel Starrs on September 25, 2009

in News

These are my links for September 18th through September 24th: The Architect’s Newspaper – Incredibly honest article from Adajye: "My sense of setting up a practice was about working, not business, and about expediting projects, basically out of my bedroom, that came my way, and the opportunities born out of a series of private commissions […]


This post is inspired by a conversation I had on Twitter on Sunday afternoon with @dbourbon, @SuButcher and @Revit3D. Yes, I know I bang on about Twitter far too often, but seriously. LOVE it. Revit3D wrote a blog post which I have tried to follow up here. The conversation started along the lines of debating […]


Welcome to the blogosphere

by mel starrs on January 12, 2009

in Blogging and social networks

Image via Wikipedia It’s been quiet on here and likely to continue for the next few weeks, partly due to the fact that I am studying madly for my LEED-AP exam. I’m also considering finally getting my ASHRAE membership sorted out, something I’ve been meaning to do for years.  The two go hand in hand, […]


Cluetrain revisited

by mel starrs on October 27, 2008

in Blogging and social networks, Book Review

Ten years later, and still not everyone gets all of this. However, things are changing. Facebook has a lot to answer for. When my brother (a chef, so not often “connected” to the internet except by SMS) gets a twitter account, then I’ll know I can stop banging on about this stuff. In the meantime, […]

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These are my links for August 26th through August 28th: Sending recycling to China ‘better than binning it’ – "This study sought to answer the specific question of whether the CO2 emissions from the transport outweighed the benefits of the recycling. It quantifies the CO2 emissions from transporting one tonne of recovered mixed paper or […]


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 […]