11 Jul

NWG innovation festival, the England world cup exit, and Liminal occult

I am trying to update my blog more often.

Today I went to the Northumbrian Water group innovation festival at Newcastle Racecourse. My invitation had been quite confused and the joining instructions were extremely poor. The infrastructure provided: the tents; the food; the facilities; were excellent. Despite the chaos I think that the “sprint” that I was involved in about transport will come up with some interesting ideas for the main patrons of the event who are largely the utility providers in the north of England. They all run extensive fleets of vehicles from cars, vans, trucks through to heavy equipment. As such there are many different routes to sustainable transport that they need to follow. I made some good contacts and I believe that I will follow up with some of them. #GetNorth2018 #InnovationFestival18

I I have recently started watching football and enjoying it. Anyone who knows me well and though have astounding this is. I think the last time I was actually invested in a football match I was 9 so that would be about 1974. however I have got invested in this world cup and I was really sad to see England being beaten by Croatia. The score was tantalisingly in England’s favour for a very long time. I have promised to not pretend to know anything about football so I won’t say or comment on the result. I am just sad that football is not coming home on this occasion.

I also played an online game of Paul Mitchell’s new role playing game called Liminal. it’s a game based on those who exist on the boundaries between the magical world and the mundane world. So very much like the books of Ben Aaronovitch or Charles De Lint, and many others. it seems to be a very light system essentially a variant of The Traveller 2D6 Roll High system. As such a Fade Into the background very quickly and is easy to understand. the value of the game when it’s published will be in the very large amount of material and source books written by an awful lot of my gaming friends. I look forward to the novocastrian supplement from Neil Gow.

28 Mar

‘Evolution, not revolution’ will guide next EU research funding programme – Jean-Eric Paquet

‘Evolution, not revolution’ will guide next EU research funding programme – Jean-Eric Paquet“‘On open innovation (there are) ongoing discussions on the European Innovation Council (EIC) (and) on disruptive innovation. There is a lot which was done under Horizon 2020<ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/what-horizon-2020>, but the Commission is certainly very ambitious to do more. And this is, for me, a particularly interesting part of the mandate … because it really leads into a key discussion of how research results are then used.”‘We have now the guidelines of the European Council which were agreed by leaders, which I think are quite explicit. We clearly envisage, in terms of socio-economic cooperation, to continue to have a solid relationship with the UK – also in research and science.’‘We now have two more months to fine tune and fine-tuning is going to be an important part of the process. A key element is going to be the overall amount of the budget. The three scenarios (we are working with) are 80 (billion euros), 120 (billion euros) or 160 (billion euros).’Read more: goo.gl/5ARadp

03 Nov

Another day in 2017

We had a good game of Symbaroum last night, Thursday. Bit of a headache but sat down at iMac and ploughed on. Had a Telco at 2:30 I was nervous about but it went well. PNM invited me to be a project manager in a proposal. I sub edited 6&7, revised some graphics. In the evening we are going to see the new version of “Murder on the Orient Express” at Tyneside Cinema.
I feel old.

02 Nov

Chapter 8, the construction

I worked last on Chapter 8 some months ago, since I needed to replicate the SPSS work from Chapter 4 to compare and contrast. Now I am back, building the framework now I have documented the DMF work in Chaper 5, the BMC in Chapter 6 and the actual operation in Chapter 7. I know this makes no real sense to anyone but me, but in many ways it’s a record for me. I am very weary of this all now.
In recent months I have also completed (with others) a deliverable of note for NOVELOG.eu and also (with others) submitted a second stage EU proposal called dLogistics that will be evaluated by March 2018. I so very very very want that to succeed. The team is good, the proposal is good, the work would be highly interesting, and it would resolve so many funding issues. But it’s a lottery, and this is the fourth or fifth time in as many years that we have got to the final stage on a 33%/50% chance, and not succeeded. I have to be realistic and look to pursue other avenues.
I just need to get the ruddy PhD out of the way.
In other news, Mike and Amy and Ollie Bear have moved into their new home in Chester, and Matt has gone to live in Cambridge with Alaa and others. Ann is considering taking up amateur dramatics and we bought a lovely lovely red chair that I seem to have got away with making mine!

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.

23 Mar

Chapter 5

The day of chapter 5 is done. Sadly Chapter 5 is not, which makes tomorrow “Son of the Day of Chapter 5”, but that’s ok, it’s a very important chapter and deserving of lots of attention and work.

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It’s all about building the problem tree, baby!


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