Weeknotes S03 Ep06

The wind-down No not wind, WIND! Oh, nevermind. Overarching feeling of the week This was my last full week in DATT. After almost three years I’ll soon be moving on to a new role at GDS. As it goes when you move to a new role, this week has been a bit mixed because I’ve handed…

AI OK — what happened next?

How I went about solving my problem A few weeks ago I wrote a little blog about queries I had after a request came my way from a team wanting to use an AI tool. You can read more about it here: I thought it might be helpful to blog about what happened next, or rather,…

Weeknotes S03 Ep05

Imagine this lady is talking about me, last week. The Comedown Overarching feeling of the week I should know by now not to compare weeks with one another; they are like children, all different. In comparison to the elation of last week I think the only suitable word to describe this one is: meh. Tyler Durden knows…

Weeknotes S3 Ep04

The one where things feel like they’re coming together [1] Overarching feeling of the week Yeah. A good week. *gasp* “Really Sam? Are you ok?” Well, yep, actually. There you guys were, thinking my life was all… When it turns out that sometimes, it’s totally like… It’s something I need to remember, some weeks are genuinely fulfilling…

Weeknotes S3 Ep03

Did you miss me? Overarching feeling of the week I probably went back to work too soon after being off ill with a cold/flu/fever thing which seemed to mutate daily and eventually became a pretty nasty chest infection. It meant that there were no weeknotes last week because nobody wants to read about my coughing, spluttering and…

Inspirations January 2018

Stuff goes here Quite a bright start all things considered. Lots of yellow to brighten up a January. Or perhaps as a reaction to the grey… (Top/Bottom, Left/Right) Emily Coxhead, Wheresmejumper, via Fourth Trimester Magazine, the amazingly talented and brilliant Paul Thurlby, via Mother London, Donna Wilson and Katie Abey. A great little video via BBC…

AI OK?

Can AI COTS ever be OK for government? (Apologies for the acronym-heavy sub-head. For the purposes of this blog, AI = Artificial Intelligence, COTS = Commercial off the shelf software. I’m sorry, forgive me, I am a civil servant). Last week I was approached by a colleague who wanted to understand how they might use…

Weeknotes S3 Ep02

And what do you do? Overarching feeling of the week Never trust someone who tells you they’re too busy and makes a big fuss about it. But, god. I am busy. On top of doing my day job, I’ve been: on-boarding our graduate trainer, Nim, bringing my replacement, Chris, into the fray, my fellow BPs (and all…

Weeknotes S03 Ep01

End of days Hello and happy 2018! I hope you had a good Christmas and New Year break. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I hope you had a rest, and you didn’t get flu and had a walk somewhere pretty, and enjoyed many cheeses. Cheese. I hope Christmas and New Year didn’t make you feel…

Inspirations: Early December

As I adventure through browser-land, I screenshot things that inspire me, this is an attempt to catalogue some of those things Top. The legendary Morag Myerscough. Via Fashion Revolution / Art by Divya Mehra, The Bitch Blues, 2017 via Women’s Art on Twitter. This month seems to be brought to you by the denial of winter…