Working music: Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works Volume II

‘Working music’ recommendations: music to work to

'Working music' helps a listener focus and concentrate on working, writing, or studying. This is a recommendations list of 26 albums of music to work to.

Music and sounds to work to: my productivity recommendations

A recommendations list of music and sounds to aid work and concentration. These sounds increase my productivity and focus when writing or studying.

Choosing an internet-blocked daily routine

I deliberately block myself from accessing the web during my workday. I have created this internet-free daily routine after struggling with procrastination.

High angle Stuart McMillen in crowd - Anthrax Among the Living parody 8 pages

Blocking My Reptile

Our reptile brain constantly scans for ways to distract our rational mind. By blocking internet access during work hours, I block my reptile. Then, I get to work.

Black and white Minutemen Double Nickels on the Dime parody

Energy Slaves reflections: essays

I used the launch of my Energy Slaves comic as an opportunity to publish essays about my on energy. This post lists the 7 essays accompanying this comic.

Young couple wasting energy in household, sitting on couch using notebook computers.

All part of the problem: our collective wastes of energy

It is easy to single out certain people for wasting energy. This essay discusses how we are all part of the problem. We all waste energy on a large scale. Essay 7 / 7.

Drawing of young tourist taking selfie with selfie stick.

Living within limits: low-energy lifestyles

Our lifestyles require vast amounts of energy. Will we be able to transition to low-energy alternatives that provide similar levels of happiness and satisfaction? Essay 6 / 7.

View over shoulder of man looking towards city on horizon

Powered by energy: the many layers of civilisation

Our civilisation has many layers, including industry, education, and healthcare. These layers are only possible because of fossil fuel energy surpluses. Essay 5 / 7.

Cartoon cross-section comparison of shallow oil well, versus deep oil rig in ocean.

Diminishing returns: understanding ‘net energy’ and ‘EROEI’

At the heart of my Energy Slaves comic is the concept 'EROEI' (energy returned on energy invested) a.k.a. 'net energy'. I explain this concept using the analogy of an apple orchard. Essay 4 / 7.