My Blog

I enjoy blogging on a range of subjects, partly as a way of collecting my thoughts, and partly because every so often I write something that other people find interesting or helpful. However, I do change my mind sometimes, so please don't take anything here as the final word.

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1 February 2022Good sources for energy news (updated 2022)
16 Jan 2022Wordle (an update)
7 Jan 2022The art of Wordle
2 Jan 2022The books I read in 2021
25 July 2021High Power Prices
25 July 2021Why the energy transition needs better forward markets
18 April 2021Data communities need to come before data catalogues
2 February 2021Octopus Agile - A Winter's Tale
10 January 2021Designing Creative Electricity Tariffs
28 December 2020The books I read in 2020
24 November 2020Different ways we disagree/A>
17 August 2020iPhone apps for Octopus Energy Customers
15 August 2020Accessing your Octopus smart meter data
26 July 2020A website for viewing your smart meter data
14 July 2020Forecasting electricity prices
2 July 2020Getting the data to forecast electricity prices
25 June 2020Letting people access their electricity data
31 May 2020Measuring electricity demand flexing
28 March 2020Challenges of Modelling Coronavirus
17 February 2020Good sources for energy news
19 January 2020Heating in the UK in 2030-2035
17 January 2020Solve Sudokus automatically and naturally
5 January 2020Mapping Australian cities by street name
26 December 2019The books I read in 2019
23 December 2019From ideology to much needed change
6 October 2019An update on my research
1 October 2019Which type of electricity market is best: continuous or auction?
28 September 2019Modelling the electricity prices of the future
20 September 2019Thoughts on the future of energy
18 September 2019What do I mean when I talk about uncertainty and likelihoods?
1 September 2019Analysis of Octopus Agile electricity prices
25 August 2019Thoughts on reducing academic flying
21 August 2019Optimising a Mixergy boiler
8 August 2019Three ideas to reduce plastic waste
29 July 2019How good is buying renewable electricity?
26 July 2019Solar and wind generation - an uncertain future
14 July 2019Incredible music in London at an affordable price
25 June 2019Flying and offsetting
14 June 2019Improving power purchase agreements
29 May 2019How we charge for electricity
13 May 2019Green growth and government spending
1 May 2019A retail market for short-term electricity in the UK
30 Apr 2019UK Electricity Generation Mix
28 Apr 2019A new way of financing renewables
16 Apr 2019GB Electricity Generation Data (part 2)
11 Apr 2019GB Electricity Generation Data (part 1)
2 Apr 2019Power price vs Carbon Intensity
8 Mar 2019Thoughts on working in the energy industry
28 Feb 2019Analysing UK electricity prices (part 2)
20 Feb 2019Analysing UK electricity prices (part 1)
17 Feb 2019Should we care about the path not travelled
04 Feb 2019Exploring time of use tariffs
18 Jan 2019Can you even buy green electricity
05 Jan 2019Thoughts on Brexit - 5 Jan 2019
31 Dec 2018The books I read in 2018
05 Dec 2018What I am researching and why
22 Nov 2018The challenge of setting mortgage rates fairly
23 Aug 2018Dissertation: The consequences of differing car insurance premiums
24 Apr 2018Philosophy of the Social Sciences essay
24 Apr 2018Philosophy of Economics Essay
24 Apr 2018Business and Organisational Ethics Essay
02 Sep 2017Book Review: Rebel
12 Aug 2017What's wrong with our job markets?
05 Aug 2017Why I support Corbyn
14 Jul 2017Six months of reading
23 Jun 2017Natural Justice
29 May 2017Some Thoughts on the Election
18 May 2017Doughnut Economics
07 May 2017Brexit - deal or no deal
01 May 2017Hypocrisy
20 Apr 2017Rethinking the economics of housing
23 Mar 2017The best books I've read - fiction
23 Mar 2017The best books I've read - Non Fiction
20 Mar 2017Four proposals to make democracy work in the 21st century
04 Mar 2017The Econocracy
05 Feb 2017Doing Good Better
30 Jan 2017The market for books and news
08 Jan 2017Tips for Singing in a Choir
26 Dec 2016The books I've read in 2016
25 Dec 2016Kahneman, Tversky, and Christmas
22 Dec 2016The Globalization Paradox
11 Dec 2016The Limits of Logic
10 Sep 2016Thoughts on the Labour Party
02 Sep 2016Questions around Apple's tax bill
14 Aug 2016Recent reads on the future of capitalism
07 Aug 2016Is it rational to punish cheaters?
24 Jul 2016Brexit - one month on
10 May 2016More than one reason to do good
25 Apr 2016What is work and is it good?
20 Mar 2016More books I've read
22 Apr 2016Skills for Jobs
23 Mar 2016The gap between what you're paid, and the value you create
27 Jan 2016Books I read in 2015
05 Oct 2015What comes first: self-interest and altruism
31 Aug 2015What I have been thinking about
10 Jul 2015A Remarkable Life
20 Jun 2015Advice for a friend starting out in the world of finance
03 May 2015Austerity
18 Apr 2015Unattractive Truths
15 Apr 2015Tracking Habits and Behaviour
04 Apr 2015Optimistic thoughts on inequality
15 Mar 2015How justice and morality seem to work
22 Feb 2015It's true, in general
15 Feb 2015Overcoming the market's failure to reward value
10 Feb 2015Why I don't enjoy politics
01 Feb 2015Do we want to eliminate work?
18 Jan 2015working with traders
11 Jan 2015Thinking in the new year
26 Dec 2014The meaning of life
14 Dec 2014Ideology vs forming and reforming beliefs
27 Nov 2014The Sharing Economy
10 Nov 2014Motivation and capitalism
11 Oct 2014is the right work being done?
04 Oct 2014Being useful - the importance of caring
24 Sep 2014Working too much?
06 Sep 2014what to learn - part 2
31 Aug 2014What to learn - part 1
26 Aug 2014Being useful
18 Aug 2014Living with the work you do - a few thoughts
19 Jul 2014What do you expect of others?
30 Jun 2014Blogging without having the answers
21 Jun 2014Book Shops
13 Jun 2014Holiday Reflections
25 May 2014Economics Burlesque: Debt
05 May 2014The Power of Effective Giving
27 Apr 2014Economics Burlesque
23 Apr 2014Good Company Culture
06 Apr 2014Discriminating against the majority?
23 Mar 2014A marketplace for work and problem-solving
08 Mar 2014What is work? A definition
01 Mar 2014Why I work
17 Feb 2014Winner's Blindness
16 Feb 2014Listening to Podcasts
09 Feb 2014What we pay isn't what we get
25 Jan 2014Freedom of Belief
22 Jan 2014Judging Others
12 Jan 2014Minimum Wages
04 Jan 2014How Basic Income might change things
16 Dec 2013How fair is the game of Monopoly?
17 Nov 2013What's wrong with following the money?
22 Oct 2013Different arguments against inequality
14 Oct 2013Measuring talent in the workforce
28 Sep 2013Internships
17 Sep 2013Too devoted to work
11 Sep 20135 ways technology can make train travel less of a nightmare
08 Sep 2013Some thoughts on the logic of Christianity
11 Aug 2013It isn't that simple
14 Jul 2013Learning new things
19 May 2013A few week's gap
21 Apr 2013Humans in organisations are still humans
07 Apr 2013Salman Khan and The One World Schoolhouse
02 Apr 2013making sense of motives and actions
25 Mar 2013Sharing the chance to contribute
23 Mar 2013How do you feel about mistakes?
10 Mar 2013Technology and economics: will your job survive?
04 Mar 2013How the right attitude can lead to great work
17 Feb 2013Your Value isn't what you get paid
11 Feb 2013But not everyone wants to enjoy their work!
09 Feb 2013It isn't all about you
01 Feb 2013Why doing the right thing at work doesn't guarantee the right outcome, but it is still the best approach
30 Jan 2013Who benefits?
28 Jan 2013The impact of blog posts
21 Jan 2013There's more than one path to progress
20 Jan 2013My first post