Climate Change, Week 3

Our climate has been subject to dramatic change over the last 150 years, we know this due to observing many variables in the climate system such as recording temperature. This is not just due to natural variations in the climate system, but also due to anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gasses like carbon dioxide.

I am currently studying an online course on Climate Change from the University of Exeter, facilitated by Future Learn. Future Learn offers a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life. Oh and did I mention it is completely free? I recommend them, if you have a thirst for learning, you should check them out.

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Climate Change, Week 2

Despite the sun emitting less energy 4.5 billion years ago, the Earth was actually warmer back then than it is today, but why?

I am currently studying an online course on Climate Change from the University of Exeter, facilitated by Future Learn. Future Learn offers a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life. Oh and did I mention it is completely free? I recommend them, if you have a thirst for learning, you should check them out.

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The Unbelievable Truth

When a beautiful, college bound girl, disturbingly preoccupied with the threat of nuclear destruction, falls in love with a handsome ex-convict who is rumoured to have murdered the father of his high school sweetheart many years ago, the pair embark on a tempestuous affair.

Hal Hartley’s first feature film is a warm hearted yet deadpan satire about idealistic young love, capitalist moralising and the need for passion and creation in everyday life.

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Last Life in the Universe

Hiding from an unknown past, suicidal Japanese loner Kenji seems destined for a premature rendezvous with oblivion when he meets Noi, a beautiful Thai party girl. Despite speaking different languages and barely able to communicate, Noi begins to seduce Kenji back into the chaos of life. 

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Cheese and Lego

I was clearing out my loft recently and I came across a big box of Lego from my childhood. I couldn’t resist having a little rummage around, I mean who doesn’t like Lego right? I was surprised to find some printouts of some online search results that my dad had brought home for me from his work, and boy did they fascinate me.

Using the search query ‘Lego’, in 1997 using the Infoseek search engine resulted in just 6265 results, the first of which wasn’t even the official Lego homepage. Use the same search query today in 2015 using Yahoo (the search engine that would supersede Infoseek), will result in over 10,800,000 pages. The world wide web was a smaller place 18 years ago.

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