The Anonymous Widower

Was The Name Omicron For This Variant Of The Covids Chosen Deliberately?

We are trained to respond to single-word commands as are our pets and other animals. But then some animals and especially birds have alarm calls, when one sees danger.

Before omicron, we’ve had alpha, beta, gamma and delta variants of Covid-19, so surely, if they were following the Greek alphabet, epsilon, zeta, eta, theta, iota, kappa, lambda, mu, nu and xi all should have had precedence.


  • Perhaps zeta, eta and theta could get misheard when spoken.
  • iota might be difficult for some to pronounce.
  • mu and nu could be mistyped.
  • xi risks confusion with the Chinese leader.
  • omicron could stand out like a bird’s alarm call.

Omicron is also a word, you don’t hear often in normal conversation unlike some Greek letters.

Could it have been chosen as it is a word that will be picked out in conversation and those that hear it will be nudged towards covid-correct behaviour like wearing a mask or keeping, keeping apart or remembering to get a booster jab.

If people constantly say booster, covid and omicron in the same sentence would it nudge people to do the right thing?

It probably would work unless omicron meas something different in the local language.

December 11, 2021 Posted by | Health | , , , | 4 Comments

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Locomotive From Canadian Pacific To Roll Out Before 2022

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Hydrogen Fuel News.

This is said.

The hydrogen fuel cell locomotive consists of an SD40-2F, which was converted to run on H2 power and is therefore nicknamed the H2 0EL. The company is calling it a “hydrogen zero-emissions locomotive”, and it will be operating under its own power before the end of this month, according to Canadian Pacific CEO Keith Creel.

Note that the SD40 locomotive is a diesel-electric locomotive of which 1286 were built around 1970.

Canadian Pacific have made this video, which was kindly pointed out by Alan.

The video seems to indicate that the converted locomotive will be able to continue to do the same duties as the original diesels, which have a power output of 2,240 kW.

Interestingly, power output seems to be of the same order as that of a Class 66 locomotive, so could a similar conversion by used with these locomotives?

December 11, 2021 Posted by | Hydrogen, Transport/Travel | , , | 4 Comments

Virtual Power Plants: Enphase, Sunverge And LG In The US, Project Symphony In Australia

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Energy Storage News.

The article is a good introduction to the concept of a virtual power plant. The Wikipedia entry starts with this definition.

A virtual power plant (VPP) is a cloud-based distributed power plant that aggregates the capacities of heterogeneous distributed energy resources (DER) for the purposes of enhancing power generation, as well as trading or selling power on the electricity market.

It can almost be thought of as an energy equivalent of the Internet.

As a Control Engineer, I believe that the creation of virtual power plants will be very important in the future.

Read the article and the Wikipedia entry and see if you agree.

December 11, 2021 Posted by | Energy, Energy Storage | , , | 3 Comments

A Full-English Gluten-Free Breakfast At Leon

I regularly have a breakfast like this in Leon.

Delicious and gluten-free!

December 11, 2021 Posted by | Food | , , | 2 Comments

Heavy Fire Doors At Moorgate Stations – 6th December 2021

They’re certainly not stinting on safety in Moorgate station.

These doors will cut off the passages between Crossrail and the Northern Line.

December 11, 2021 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , | Leave a comment

Heavy Traffic In The Balls Pond Road – 6th December 2021

London has too much traffic.

These pictures were taken at three in the afternoon.

There was not a zero-carbon vehicle in sight.

At least the pollution was down, as it was raining.

December 11, 2021 Posted by | Transport/Travel | | Leave a comment

Responsible Shopping At The Angel

This pop-up shop has appeared at The Angel.

This is the web site.

December 11, 2021 Posted by | World | , , , | Leave a comment

Oversite Development At Moorgate Station – 10th December 2021

These pictures were taken in Moorgate of the development over the station.

I was walking up from Bank station.

December 11, 2021 Posted by | Transport/Travel, World | , , | 5 Comments