28 May

Trees, trees, everywhere

I had a very bad night with awful acid reflux. I also badly and not for long. I had a terrible headache when I woke. Into work I went, and put in six or seven hours, probably working productively for four to five. I made slow progress on dwell times. I don’t​ know where I am going or what is there. Trees, trees everywhere, not a forest in sight.

I came home and am watching the Passengers film, it’s a bit slow and dreck.

27 May

Very useful YouTube videos for SPSS

Largely worked on dwell times in SPSS.

Ann has friends from Worcester for weekend so I am working in my Uni office!

In other news I went and saw Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Frickin’ Awesome! Then snuck into see Alien: Covenant but it was so lame and same old same old, that I left half way through.. sad.

Large Number of Value Labels – Fast Way – SPSS

Select Cases: Dates and Times – SPSS

Tired now, going to rest my eyes with a hot eye mask and then read the DMG for a bit.

23 May

Back to the stats

Back to the stats, now 2015 compared to 2012.

It’s a chronological jump but it’s best to go back in whilst my mind is still working in the right stats frameworks.

Terrible news re Manchester.

LGVs at Newcastle Uni 2015 versus 2012

LGVs at Newcastle Uni 2015 versus 2012

Off to theatres tonight to see ‘Out of Order’, which is a farce, so probably ‘Oops Vicar are these your knickers?’

Well two-thirds through of Good Wife Series 4, and similar through The Americans Series 4.

 

17 May

End of V-Con

This will mean nothing to anyone but me a few others but today I attended the final V-Con project review that I have been the reviewer of for the last 4-5 years. It has been fascinating to see a project from the outside not the inside for a change, and it has also been very interesting to see a totally new approach to the public funding of innovative research (PCP).

The project was about developing a semantic based approach to maintain compliance between different ontologies in infrastructure building information modeling (BIM) and that was very interesting and successful, they have a working group for an ISO/CEN already.

I feel a little sad since I expect Brexit will diminish and prevent the roles I have had in the internationalisation of research and innovation, but it was great to see a project perform excellently and achieve impact.

05 May

Chapter 4 done!

About 20:30 I laid my penultimate draft of Chapter 4: Context and Observations, or as I think of it, ‘When I went to war with stats, and won”. I read it back to write the summary and I am quite proud of all I have done. Cleaned 2 huge datasets, used VLOOKUP, INDEX, MATCH, array formulae, specified and deployed perl (no I didn’t code it, but specced it), brought my SPSS skillset up from ‘barely remember it’ to nicely whizz, and more importantly started to conceptually understand when to use what, and more importantly to recognise when it can’t help. I had some great support from two great a statisticians, one a real expert, and I now begin to see that there is as much craft in stats as numbers.. It’s a huge chapter, nearly 80 pages, and 15k words, but a lot of the page count is tables and figures and screenshots, which is appropriate and means that the work is very reproducible. That’s important since after the PhD, I want to take the other 3 years and analyse them as well. I suspect there are 2 papers at least from this one methodology and data alone. Mind you, it’ll need reading back at the end to tease out some more, or bury some errors..

Off to see young Oliver in North Hykeham, Lincoln, Saturday, and see how much he’s grown. I am really rather looking forward to seeing him, and I am taking mr Dr Who mister men books to read with him.

Oh, and Monday I start Chapter 6, Business Models. I think that might be smoother.

 

04 May

May the 4th be with me

I got up about 8 and settled down on the sofa for a change.. and opened up a big stats file and jumped right in. It’s got me in it’s grip, so when the Muse is with me it’s great, but I do miss seeing people and networking and all that. It’s been really sunny here but much colder than a few weeks ago, but the sun’s great through our big windows.

At 4pm (how appropriate) my birthday started proper with some great pressies. Janet got me some of the Roger Hargreaves Dr. Who books, the First, Fourth and 11th Doctors. Very jolly and I will be able to share them with young Oliver!

Books

Dr Books

Ann had got me, as well as some new aftershave, a bloody great headset for my Xbox One S, a Turtle Beach no less:

Headset

Headset

I tried it out playing Forza Horizon and it has great sound, is very comfortable and the sound is awesomely good. Ann need not be bothered with the noise and we can be together, she can knit and I’ll play games.

Matthew got me the 10.5 year Anniversary edition of Brian Froud’s Goblins book. I had a much earlier edition years ago but lost it, or maybe it never was mine, so it was a great present. Oddly, I feel the goblins may have got at it before it got to me!

In addition Ann got me a very cool sign for the games room:

Beware of Zombies

Beware of Zombies

But the peace de la resistance (as Del Boy might say), is the very big, very heavy and very cool giant D6..

Then we went to Santanas, one of our fave restaurants and had some great food and I got the giant birthday Tiramisu!

It has been a great birthday, thanks everyone and especially Ann who was even willing to give up cheese for me.. but let’s not go mad, eh?