16 Apr

Good day

Freakin’ hard day to start up, felt like sh*t, but dug my feet in and just started plugging away and it started to come into focus and the words and charts started flowing. ’nuff said, it’s 19:37 and I am clocked off and going to watch TV. Not sure I like Ann being away.

 

15 Apr

Stats and a wall

The stats really came together yesterday, Good Friday, but hit a bit of a wall today. I need a crib sheet to understand the old material groups, and I get that until Tuesday, at the earliest. However tomorrow I can write up the process I have followed so far and that may take me all Sunday. Would be great and I need a break from numbers.

Then on Monday I can go back and input the traffic survey stats into spss and be ready for my next meeting with Shirley.

So good day Friday yesterday less good day Saturday. Think I shall watch “the man in the high Castle” season two tonight.

Ann is doing a tour of friends in South Yorkshire so as to allow the space to work. Silly thing is I miss her like crazy already.

11 Apr

back to Stats

back to Stats!

Finished some traffic survey crunching Monday and sent to Shirley C. Then wrangled some purchase stats Tuesday and send to Simon K. Popped to see Mark R for a GANTT chart review. Progress is made and Weds I see Simon K for his feedback. Then I shall have to see if I carry on with the stats over Easter whilst Ann is away, or engage with Chapter 6: Business Model Generation.

In other news I have been daydreaming of running a killer hard old skool dungeon game modelled around Dark Souls, running a Mutants and Masterminds superhero game, doodling ideas for a d8 based JCRPG inspired rpg set in Gwenthia. Oh and we are on Spooks series 8.

Now.. if you understood 20% of that lot you understand me far more than any one should!

 

08 Apr

Design, Monitoring and Evaluation

I had a headache so I bypassed another day working the data sets in the spreadsheets and picked up a book on design, monitoring and evaluation frameworks I have bought. Very pleased I did, lots of very nice ideas and matrices I can use in Chapter 8, 9 and probably even 7.

In other news I planted out the marigolds, had hot tub, and read a review of the Dark Souls boardgame. I have read the overview, which is not quite the same as a play review in Tabletop Games magazine. The conceit seems the same as DS, in that you collect souls and can eventually trade them in. You fight hollows, and encounter traps. Eventually you meet a mini boss. The mini boss is run by a card based AI, that means that the mini boss has some predictability. So you die. Then you respawn and go in again, and the miniboss is driven by the same card AI. I am not sure but I think it may be that each time you play, as in a full game, the cards the minibosses get are random. SO a miniboss has a repeatability and predictability in each game you play, but not *between* games.. each game is different. That seems clever way to replicate the ‘learn the bosses’ feature but keep the game fresh. Of course eventually you hope to meet the BIG boss.

Weather has been really nice here. Mike and Amy have bought a new house.

 

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.