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Friday 15 March 2019 First ice cream van of the year …​

A longitudinal study

Recorded this year at 16:49 on Friday, 15 March. Weather was overcast. Customer observed crossing road as van approached. His identity is protected for obvious reasons.

The Van

The Van In Question

Field observations

Analysis

First Ice Cream Van Of The Year 2004-2019
First Ice Cream Van Of The Year 2004-2019
First Ice Cream Van Of The Year 2004-2019

The full ice cream van data is available as a spreadsheet.

Previous Years


Tagged icecream

Tuesday 26 February 2019 The Forest Road Reader, No 2.15: On The Road

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JezUK On Tour - Brum.js

I was the guest of Brum.js last week giving the latest rendition of The Very Slow Time Machine, my talk about the Archangel project. Brum.js promises we meet monthly to talk about JavaScript and were very gracious in not complaining that I didn’t mention JavaScript at all. It was a really enjoyable evening, and it was good to be able to put some faces to names, catch up with some old colleagues, and meet some new people. I would have liked to stay longer than I did, but I had a four hour drive back to the JezUK West Wales Live/WorkSpace ahead of me so sadly wasn’t able to.

Archangel is about to run a little pilot scheme with a number of archives around the world, so hopefully I’ll have something extra to say in May when this talk gets its last outing.

  • Slides with notes - it’s a reveal.js deck, so press 'S' to get the speaker notes without which the slides will make no sense at all.

  • The video - I’m sorry, SkillsCast - of my go-round last month at ACCU London is up on the SkillsMatter website. I was pretty pleased with it.

DVD Extras

Monday 21 January 2019 The Forest Road Reader, No 2.14: Paved With Gold

JezUK On Tour - ACCU London

I’m at the Skills Matter CodeNode in London on Monday January 21st doing The Very Slow Time Machine. Should be fun - you can register here.



Tagged colin-pillinger, mars, hitchhikers-guide, cricket, and books

Sunday 06 January 2019 The Forest Road Reader, No 2.13: Slithering Along

I’ve started doing some proper background reading and research for my upcoming talk at the ACCU Conference 2019. This is something of novelty. All my previous talks have been on a subject I’m comfortably familiar with, either because it’s quite a tightly defined topic or because I was speaking from my own experience. Consequently, I just needed a bit of firming up around the edges to fill things out.

This time though, my topic is rather broader and my knowledge rather more incomplete. Given the title I chose, Snakes Into Snake Oil - What Blockchains Are And Why They’re Terrible, (described by a friend as a bit clickbait-y) I’m clearly flagging my opinion. Disappointingly, nothing, absolutely nothing, I’ve read so far has given me any reason to reassess that opinion.

In the abstract for my presentation on the ARCHANGEL project, I wrote it’s about the only blockchain application you’ll hear of that doesn’t immediately make you feel dirty. I meant it as a joke but it’s increasingly turning out to be true.

As a single small example, browse around State of the ÐApps, a website that lets you discover the possibilities of the Ethereum, EOS, POA, and Steem blockchains with the definitive registry of ÐApp projects. It groups the various apps it lists into various categories. The three largest categories are games, gambling, and "high risk". The bulk of the games are variants on collectable card games. The majority of the gambling apps look to be some form of lottery. Finally, "high risk" appears to be a euphemism for "scam". Absolutely world changing stuff.

In the categories the blockchain tubthumpers have told are ripe for disruption, insurance say or energy markets, there are some apps listed. They all, however, seem to be entirely notional. They don’t exist - either they have no code, or in the unlikely event they have code then they have no users.

From top to bottom, it’s a catalogue of utter crap.

Right now, I feel like ninety slides all saying Blockchains are a pile of shit (each slide containing the SHA-256 hash of the previous slide, obviously) would be as informative and useful as whatever it is I do end up writing.


Tagged blockchain

Wednesday 19 December 2018 The Forest Road Reader, No 2.12: Winter/Spring Tour 2019

The JezUK Winter/Spring Tour is Coming!


Tagged accu-conference, blockchain, archangel, and machine-learning
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Jez Higgins

Freelance software generalist
software created
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