04 Apr

The March of the Data Continues…..

Lots of number crunching and script running and graph making and nit picy data cleaning done since Friday.. grrrr… maybe 50% thru thesis now… grrrr…

Yes this is dull, but it means something to me

Yes this is dull, but i’M NEVER GIVING UP

In other news, Mike and Amy are about 0.01% through their latest project, but isn’t he lovely?

Olly!

Oliver looking statesmanlike!

26 Mar

Hussar!

Chapter 5 is done. Well.. the first draft for my supervisor. I also did a new project plan and GANTT chart and I am on course for a first full draft by end May, for both my supervisors to read over the summer. I feel a Viva in October is viable if what I have drafted passes muster. Tomorrow I shall skip back to Chapter 4 and the related dataset, that needs revisiting. I have a meeting with a stats colleague on the 7th that will help review that.

As a mind reset I am watching some Grimm, always good fun. Then off to the Northumberland Hussar!

25 Mar

Chapter 5 holds out, Tom deploys coffee

I worked today on chapter 5 which revealed a degree of complexity in the design and monitoring framework that I had not previously appreciated. In short I’ve had to think a lot more today and it’s been slower going although I have produced plenty of very useful output.

In other news this has been the truly gorgeous day with lots of sunshine most of which I’ve had to ignore.

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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Is there a problem? is this question the problem?

15 Mar

Update

Ann poorly Monday. Not much achieved. I had terrible back, neck and head pains.

Tuesday I had a CILT Railfreight Forum workshop which we hosted at the University. Very pleased with it, and great to see the group meeting outside of London. Scotland next, I believe! Enjoyable group, old friends and new faces. Head and neck pains very bad, resorted to codeine.

Wednesday, started to get back into groove but needed to pop to hospital, and then had Hedley’s round to look at guttering to consider replacing it all. Had a good chat with Bruce C re urban logistics.

Not much progress made.

 

08 Mar

Monday

Monday

Had a short meeting with Mark, he’s happy that I have a good set of methods and techniques in place but that I need to reduce the volume of words in Chapter 3 that lead up to it. I was meant to be working on the railfreight case studies paper for ETRR, but I really can’t cope with the fasting and deep thinking so I abandoned it and went home via Clas Ohlson and CEX! Man from Baliol/Bailey estate agents to value the house.

Tuesday

Up and at em, full engaged in finalising my rewrite of the SPECTRUM case study paper for ETRR. Did a very big rewrite, and quietly happy with it. Then went through Mark’s edits on Chapter 3, and passed it to Ann for a proof read and sub edit.

Had a bean burger for lunch, and a nice mushroom-cauliflower-potato soup for tea. Revised and updated my CV and then watched an episode of Stan Lee’s Lucky Man on Sky, followed by the new season of Top Gear with Matt Le Blanc, Chris Harris and Rory Reid. I enjoyed both, which is interesting since I never liked Clarkson and maybe he tainted the old TG for me. They went to Baikonur in Kazakhstan, the driving bit was fun, but I also have a romantic idea of the Cosmodrome, after all that’s where Yuri Gagarin blasted off into space.

 

 

05 Mar

Sunday jottings

Today I am working on reviewing and finalising Chapter 3. A quick run thru sub-edit and then I need to gird my loins and encapsulate and summarise this monster of a chapter. Once done I can let it go for proof reading and comments from my supervisor. Must say I am very grateful for the support from Ann and Mark, having good people critiquing and checking the grammar is such a useful and supportive process.

I think keeping a daily journal of this process on this blog has value for me, and I shall keep doing so, private or not, since the value is to me in this task. Having said that, messages of support and comments are very welcome, I just may not reply anytime soon. I have disconnected from social media since it seemed to confuse some people.

Then, focus on finishing off the railfreight paper, hand it back to Dewan who has been a great co-author in converting the SPECTRUM deliverables into journal appropriate and ready stuff.

Looking forward to corned beef hash for tea tonight, another reason to be thankful to Ann…

 

04 Mar

Saturday at the coalface

Got up at 7am, worked on my full 10 page academic CV and then on a paper on railfreight, sorted out an issue on ECTRI SQL database and stopped work at 1500 hours.

Ann made me a great brunch. 

03 Mar

Chapter 3 almost wrestled to the ground

Chapter 3 is Research Framework, Methods and Techniques, and boy it’s a beastie. It’s almost done, 55 pages and almost 16,000 words long. I had already cut away the Research Philosophy and made it Chapter 2, so now I am a little troubled if this beast is overlong, or I have explained too much, or I need to simply cut some stuff out of this thesis. Too early to say, and not a problem I regret having. One last run through tomorrow and then proof reading and onto my supervisor.

a graphical onion

A probablE research design

01 Mar

Much better day

As usual, a good productive day following a day getting my head into the PhD-space. Lots of final stuff on Action Research, and some preliminary work on empirical surveys, Logical Framework Approaches and CANVAS.

A diagram of the probable PhD thesis

Probably the final thesis shape

In other news the two new Virgin V6 boxes arrived and they’re fast and zippy. They don’t do anything that hasn’t been around for a few months, but they do it straight away rather than waiting a week to respond! Playback between boxes also seems smooth which is very cool.