It's the second World Engineering Day For Sustainable Development today and in this episode I had a chat about sustainable architecture with Manca Zupan, an architect and a fellow sustainability geek. We dived into all sorts of sustainable building practices for both homes and public buildings to give you an overview of what's out there and what options you have if you want to make your living space greener. Don't worry, we didn't get super technical, but we did talk about energy efficiency, passive houses, how dragons are a potential fire hazard for green roofs, plastic roads, life cycle assessment and climate change mentality, so you might learn something new! Go check out Manca's Etsy shop Maniushka while you're at it. She doesn't make hats though. References for this episode: My sustainability posts at erraticengineeress.blog, Heat pumps explained - The Engineering Mindset on YouTube, Solar FREAKIN' roadways! on YouTube, The opportunities of solar panel recycling - GreenMatch, Study: Plastic Use in Asphalt Pavements Showing Promising Results, Ecochain life cycle assessment (LCA) guide
Welcome to the first official Erratic hat episode! Since we've all had a rather strange pandemic year, I wanted to start this podcast on a positive hat, so let's dive into the concept of happiness. What makes us happy? The ultimate life question and also life's purpose according to Aristotle. As my first act of creating this podcast, I asked some of my friends to tell me what makes them happy - no deep thoughts, just straight off the bat answers. Their choices were rather interesting, as is our conflicting perception of happiness in everyday life, so in this episode I'm sharing some thoughts and explanations about happiness. What makes you happy? Come share in the comments at my blog erraticengineeress.com References for this episode: Aristotle - Nicomachean Ethics Yale's course The Science of Well-being Dan Gilbert's TED talk: The Surprising Science of Happiness M. Weik: The Little Book of Hygge
It's ALIIVEE (well, technically, because this is a trailer episode)! Welcome to the zero episode of the Erratic hat podcast, where I'll be sharing conversations with interesting people, solo episodes and stupid hat puns every 3-4 weeks. You can expect topics such as travel, food, lifestyle, sustainability and everything else. Since a hat is something that goes on to your head, I want this podcast to go INTO your head, so feel free to drop by the comments on my blog Erratic Engineeress or my social media and let me know what you think about the issues discussed in the episodes. Hopefully this will become your new favourite hat and that you'll discover a new fit for your thoughts!