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Del.icio.us.ness for February 26th

by mel starrs on February 27, 2008

in News

What caught my eye today, February 26th: The Art of Speaking: ?There is a special circle in hell for those who use laser pointers,? this and other advice from a master speaker. – via Ben Casnocha, an excellent guide to public speaking and making presentations. Given all the conferences in the upcoming calendar, I hope […]


Del.icio.us.ness for February 25th

by mel starrs on February 26, 2008

in News

What caught my eye today, February 25th: Man Fired for Posting ‘Dilbert’ Becomes Subject of Comic Strip – Ooops! I have been known to pin Dilbert cartoons to my cubicle – and I usually have the page to a day calendar on my desk too. Better watch out in future… Getting the Measure of Property […]


Touching base

by mel starrs on February 25, 2008

in Uncategorized

I am still here, as my random del.icio.us postings can attest.  Back to proper blogging in a couple of weeks.  In the meantime a couple of bits and pieces worth mentioning: I spotted the new Sponge guide for buying a greener home, and realised I had been very remiss in not joining before.  It’s very easy and […]


Del.icio.us.ness for February 15th

by mel starrs on February 16, 2008

in News

What caught my eye today, February 15th: The High Cost of Low Trust – Stephen Covey on trust in the business place: “With low trust, you get a lot of rules and regulations that take the place of human judgment and creativity” Ultimate House Design – Scott Adams (of Dilbert fame) redesigns the house – […]


Blog call

by mel starrs on February 1, 2008

in Uncategorized

Quiet around here this week? I’m in Patagonia on the Navimag (a boat) and there is no internet access. By the magic that is scheduling posts with ‘post timestamp’ in WordPress I’m managing to post some posts, but not the daily offerings I had hoped. So in the absense of anything approaching original insight or […]


Locavores – pros and cons

by mel starrs on January 28, 2008

in Opinion, Theory and Comment

 Turns out, there a word for what I talked about in this post , eating within 100 miles – locavore. Eating locally sounds like it will be of great environmental and social benefit – but is it? Tim Harford, one of my favorite economist/journalists* weighs in at Forbes.com here and the Free Exchange blog takes […]


BREEAM is a means to an end

by mel starrs on January 16, 2008


 Again, this is a draft which has been kicking around a long time.  I hope the links are still valid.  I was originally going to post this as part of a BREEAM primer, which still hasn’t quite materialised.  Some day I’ll pull all the threads together … I’m beginning to see a dangerous tendency towards […]


Del.icio.us.ness for January 7th

by mel starrs on January 8, 2008

in News

What caught my eye today, January 7th: What is your conflict style? – pdf questionnaire to determine your conflict style (and recognise others). How much does it cost the earth to maintain your lifestyle? – Over a lifetime, each one of us will consume about 35 lorry-loads of minerals and metals. The average person in […]


Del.icio.us.ness for January 2nd

by mel starrs on January 3, 2008

in News

 edit: this is a bit of an experiement yet.  As I managed to update my January posts with new tags and categories today, they got tagged too, as I installed Auto Social.  I’ll turn it off again.  Also, the descriptions are abbreviated – must learn to stick to the delicious word count. So ignore the […]

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Oslo September 2008 – call for papers

by mel starrs on December 8, 2007

in Events & Conferences

This looks intriguing. ABSTRACTS DUE February 1, 2008 ANNOUNCEMENTS of Accepted Papers March 1, 2008 COMPLETED DRAFTS DUE June 1, 2008 The Topic Following successful Congresses in Berlin 2005 and Leeds 2006, the Council for European Urbanism will hold its third international congress in Oslo, Norway from the 14th to 16th September 2008. The congress […]