I spent the majority of today finishing up the user interface for a simple app I am building.
I have probably spent two days in total building the UI, though the program doesn't actually do anything with the information yet.
When driving to somewhere I don't know particularly well, I have a personal algorithm that helps me get to where I want to go, usually picking the best route.
I usually try to know the route in general and when driving I have the car's built in satnav ...
Someone has been in contact with me regarding the name of my series of talks: Disastrous Dinners. They have suggested that it may be insensitive and asked if another name might be more suitable. I understand the concern and I had discussed it with a few fellow iChemE members prior ...
I spend a good while reviewing the recomendations in it and upgrading my security in certan places.
While I wouldn't recomend all the actions (and haven't done them all myself), it is certanaly worth considering ...
For years I have heard the phrase “computers only do what you tell them to do”.
This is usually after someone complains that the computer did something silly and is intended to shift the blame back to the user for asking the wrong question.
To weeks tomorrow I attended my first lunchtime yoga session.
The sessions were have been hosted at work during Tuesdays and Thursdays for a few years now but I only considered joining in at the end of last year1.
I decided to join in mostly because after doing the ...
As I explained the changes to a friend, I mentioned that we no longer has a guest room and if anyone did want to stay, they would have to use the futon in the living room.
I then remembered that this ...
We are in the process of designing and building a new control room at the refinery.
This will replace the building built in the 70s and the control system that has an user interface that doesn't look particularly different from the photographs of when it opened.
Just a quick review of tonight's meeting.
It went brilliantly.
We had 20 people for the talk and 14 stayed for dinner.
I am really happy with the attendance and the atmosphere was great.
Lots of socialising and discussing the talk itself, engineering in general and many other topics ...
I am spending some time this evening preparing for the first Disastrous Dinners talk that will be given tomorrow night.
I believe that about 10 to 15 people have signed up.
Not a massive number of people but hopefully a good number to encourage discussion and socialising after the talk ...
Tonight's plans were slightly upset when this happened:
As I was trying to cycle onto and around a roundabout, my chain snapped leaving me effectively standing in the middle of a busy junction.
What was worse was that there was no pedestrian pavement at ...
Today I have added a search option to this site.
I hadn't bothered before because I has always assumed Google 1 would be able to search the site better than a built in search.
However in early December, I noticed that not every post was getting indexed, so searches ...
Last night, while I was cooking dinner, my phone died on me.
There was no warning, there was plenty of battery but I turned the screen off, put it in my pocket and when I tried to use it again a couple of minutes later it was completely unresponsive.
Firstly, apologies for the last minute planning here. The first
Disastrous Dinners Event will be on the 15th of January (a week on
Tuesday). The reason for trying to get it organised in such a short
period of time is to consider with the 100 year anniversary of the
The rest of my family are dairy free and so we usually don’t have any cheese in the house.
We have been experimenting with various vegan cheeses however I have found that the texture is just not right, particularly when they have been melted.
Rather than putting up with ...
I am told that in America, if you are to get two days off at Christmas, it is normal to be Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
In the UK, the two public holidays are Christmas Day and Boxing Day which makes more sense to me, the day of the celebration ...
After posting yesterday's post, I thought further about it and though I don't need to know much more about electricity, I do know more and want to learn more.
I like learning, particularly about different subjects.
My background as a chemical engineer has given me a good understanding ...
Last year I was given a traditional safety razor as a present and I have been using it for the past year.
My main reason for wanting to change to using the older style of razor was the environmental aspect.
I didn't like using disposable razor heads.
The mix ...
Each year, since moving back to Scotland, we have made a bunch of snickerdoodle cookies at Christmas time and given them to family and coworkers.
One of the fun parts of handing them out is seeing people's reactions.
While snickerdoodles are popular in the states, they are virtually unheard ...
One of my colleagues was having trouble earlier today with modifying a tag and asked me to help.
This tag had some custom code attached to it and he wanted to add another set of custom code.
Whenever he tried linking the code to the tag, he kept getting an ...
Yet converting speech to text, even when done perfectly, inevitably loses something. Even if the text you end up with is a faithful transcription of your words, it fails to capture your tone and intonation.
One of the kids was ill over the weekend and needed to be kept
away from nursery.
So rather than completely writing the day off, I setup my
laptop as a remote workstation in the dining room.
The child was kept entertained by the TV and the occasional
interaction from ...
I have just read an article that has caused me to re-evaluate what I think I know about a topic.
While the article didn't tell me anything particularly new, it did present things that I did already know in a different way and with the opposite 'advice' or strategy ...
My wife has ADHD1
and was discussing the symptoms to a friend.
She explained how she struggles to prioritize any list of tasks and the only way to cope is to just work on the first task that comes to mind. This is often inefficient and leads to low ...