Rachel used to hang around with us at AT’s. She also moderated the blog for a while. She runs a blog in which she talks about her life in Scotland, with a focus on living a low-carbon life, especially biking and plant-based diets. Follows an edited transcript of the last time we touched base. Rachel’s text is in roman, mine is in italic.
ok, great. I’m here
I’m writing a post for the Aberdeen Cycle Forum
how’s it going
Good! I got some funding – £6,500 from LUSH (a chain of shops that make soap). I spent it on some 3D visualisations of bike paths. One of them I’m about to release today. Do you want to see?
i’ve stumbled upon something related about a city in Austria:
Aspern isn’t just about families. It was deliberately planned with a brand identity, one that might elsewhere be considered political: all the streets and public spaces are named for women.
Yes, I saw that but forgot to read it. Thanks!
i bet it would be cool to have a more humane city center
more so for a city that is centered around fossil fuels
I don’t know whether I’ll ever see it happen but I will keep trying until it does happen or I die.
you don’t take no as an answer, do you
I organised it 🙂
i see that
There’s just no-one else here to do it
the photo reveals your movement is now part of the yellow vests
you’re right, sorry
So do you have climate questions you want to ask?
yes, it’s just an edited chat
Have I left?
I still see the denial and hear it
I just actively ignore it now
I also think that group is getting smaller and will eventually wither away to nothing. Is that just my imagination, do you think?
i think the more we hear about contrarians, the more we hear the same contrarians
it’s easy to spot those who are just trying to push talking points
there is a death thread on twitter where all the contrarians come and go
it’s so big the twitter engine wrecks it
so i think many contrarians are caught in their own matrix
Are they all on Twitter now? I guess WUWT is still active but I never read it.
the thread has been going on since at least june 2017
The same thread?
more or less, it’s complex, as one can only have 50 interlocutors at the same time
That’s crazy. Why don’t they start a new one?
twitter also changed its system to accomodate that kind of thing
the thread has been restarted many times, but it’s like a magnet
you’re better placed than me to say – you worked for wordpress
aren’t blogs dying
I hope not. I want to keep blogging. Twitter can’t replace that.
personal blogs are small, the tool is great, i have yet to find something better
Over a year ago.
March 2018 was my last month
do you miss working there
Sometimes. I’m still a very loyal blogger on wpcom and will never give that up. But I needed more of a challenge work-wise and I’ve got that now.
i thought you were bored by your new job
good thing you got bored
i should get bored more often
I’m now transitioning into a product manager role. My company is sending me on a product manager course starting next week.
This is the course
As a product manager I’ll be steering the direction of development of our product.
I will decide what gets implemented next and why.
I’m really lucky to get this opportunity.It’s a bit daunting in many ways.
you’ll have a team working for you
Not exactly. We’ve already got a team of developers so I’ll be working closely with them. But I’ll also be working with our commercial team to learn what prospective clients want and I’ll continue to work closely with support to understand the needs of our current user-base. I’ll be in the middle linking all the different teams.
Sure! It’s Award Force. We make software for managing awards, competition, grants, scholarships and stuff like that. We facilitate the submission and managing of entries and the full judging process. It’s a feel-good industry because it’s all about recognising human achievement.
It’s a nice field to be in and the company is fully carbon neutral.
We’re not certified or anything but we calculated all our emissions and offset them with tree planting. We also make regular donations to Sea Shepherd Conservation.
george may have a point in saying that we may need to stop eating fish for a while
i have become a part-time vegetarian
Meet the Martins, living a low-carbon lifestyle in Aberdeen.
no i did not
I do some voluntary work for Aberdeen Climate Action and the BBC contacted them looking for a low carbon family and they put them in contact with us.
better than climateball
voluntary work, biking for climate and for biking, having a low carbon lifestyle
yes, I have an electric cargo trike
It’s great! It gives me confidence on the roads because it has a throttle which gives you a boost to get started.
Cargo bikes are the future for last mile deliveries.
Just getting some rocket from my garden
Yes, we either rent a car or use the car-club car. We’re members of a car club here. I do wish you could pedal in cars. It would give you something to do on a long journey.
still more sensible than owning one, and refutes the dilemma
Way cheaper too
How not to die cookbook?
Yes, I cook mostly recipes from that except on burger or haggis night.
The How not to die cookbook has a great vegan recipe for Mac and cheese.
will try it
i think if we allow for some meat, say each month, vitaminic needs can be met
um, maybe what I ate tonight? Veggie burgers? They’re so yummy. I could eat them every night. Healthy too and low environmental impact and so easy to make. I guess it depends what type of burgers you buy. I don’t get the fake meat ones.
i’ve heard they’re good
i have many versions, one i like is with mushrooms
Mushrooms are good
they may outlive us
so, christchurch, any news from your family over what happened
We definitely talked about it although none of our family live there
We were all horrified
We used to live not far from one of the mosques
There are so many shootings in America now that I don’t think they’re even reported on the news any longer
at least they stopped advertising the names
how do you live brexit
will the brexit thing be a problem to stay in scotland for your family
no, it doesn’t affect us in that way because we’re not European
We’re not allowed to live and work here without a visa anyway
European citizens can move around and work anywhere in the EU but that doesn’t apply to us
If Scotland becomes independent it might become easier
It would be interesting to have another referendum to see whether people have changed their minds about Brexit. I think a lot of people have.
Most people in Scotland want to stay in the EU
It was something like 60% in the referendum
it’s less divisive than the separation, then
Very. Things are good for me. I’m happy where I’m living, I’ve got a lovely family, and work is pretty good. Just as long as we don’t have leave Scotland I’m happy.
I just got busy
I don’t have time to follow all the online climate discussions
looks like it
you haven’t missed anything
it’s just one big exchange, with some fixed points, yes
it evolved a bit, as contrarians have become more isolated
they said their piece
their best concerns have been integrated
time to move on
perhaps they got busy too
it’s like not flossing for years
except it’s collective teeth
any music you’d like to share
Beethoven’s 9th Symphony is one of my favourite
ode to joy, of course
I love that piece of music
It’s the 3rd movement in the 9th