Sheffield’s first Data-for-Good hack day

I was at Sheffield’s first data for good hack day on Saturday – it was bloomin’ Marvelous. Organised by Tom French and Lauren Quinn from Good Things Foundation and Sarah Miller, BI developer at Jet2, we were working with Amy Evans from youth homelessness charity Roundabout. (It’s sensitive data so we had to delete it at the end of the day and I’m afraid I can’t explain any findings.) It was the culmination of a number of data-for-good evenings looking at the issue of homelessness. Those bought together a huge range of people with different perspectives: university, charity, council, other …

Have a second-preference vote on the three Brexit options

On Brexit: I think there should be a supplementary vote on the three options: (1) remain. (2) leave under the terms of Theresa May’s negotiated deal. (3) leave with no deal. You’d get a first and second preference. If no option gets more than 50%, the two with the highest count go into a second round. At this stage, anyone who’s first preference is eliminated have their second preference counted. Up until this week I didn’t believe another vote was justified. People who argue for one, it seems to me, are dismissing the original leave vote as driven by idiots, …

Honest words / creativity in academia

Title stolen from this song by King Creosote and Jon Hopkins Coveredinbees 1.0 came about after I’d found out I got PhD funding, back in April 2006. That version now exists only on the wayback machine, hit and miss on what posts it kept. 2.0 ended recently, archived as a a flat website by the awesome folks at webarchitects. 3.0 has moved to WordPress – and has been sitting here quietly judging me for four months. “Why aren’t you writing?” Looking back to 2006, those early posts are so uninhibited – not necessarily coherent, but I wasn’t afraid to wildly …

Regeneration

Coveredinbees has regenerated after the last incarnation suffered a mortal wound (um… developed fatal security flaws). The amazing folks at webarchitects have set up a fresh new WordPress install. They’ve also static’d the old site up for archive access – I’ll get round to indexing those here one day. It is a timely regeneration. There’s a lot going on. It’s a chance to reboot my brain, do some restating of assumptions. More to follow.