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.

build the problem tree IMG_1028.jpg

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.

 

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.