04: Weather, Health Analytics and Sheds

2022-11-17 – Thursday

  1. The weather has broken today, lovely and sunny yet cold! It beats the howling wind and rain we’ve had the past few days. This Christmas, I’m hoping for a weather sensor to track local weather conditions. I’m also going to put temperature sensors in the house so I can keep track of different rooms. Mostly out of interest, but mainly because I’m not convinced the Nest Thermostat is correct!
  2. Population Health Analytics: Follow-up meeting with our Healthcare Client. We’re creating a research plan to understand the business capability and customer and market needs. We will be helping them to define a new product strategy to capitalise on their analytics and insight capability. It’s a project that aims to help primary care trusts and integrated care services to understand and model their population’s healthcare needs.
  3. Data Migration Project: This is not going as smoothly as I had hoped. Everything else seems to be getting in my way of doing simple tasks! Prep the migration plan, and create a timeline. I don’t seem to have time! I need to book some time and focus only on that. I had a deadline today to do something and managed to get my head down for a focused 2hours and got loads done!
  4. This begs the question 1) Should I Be doing this at all? 2) if so, then how can I protect my time better?
  5. Random thought. Today I was thinking about my shed at the bottom of the garden (to call it a shed doesn’t do it justice, It’s a workshop). Currently, it’s full of crap, Loads of old tat from office moves decades ago. My dad made it by hand, constructed the frame, and ran in the electrics. Everything.
  6. Next year I’m going to tidy it up, add insulation and make it an office/workshop.
  7. Here’s what I was thinking, though, can you make a shed out of a 3D-printed frame and plastic screws. Could that plastic be reclaimed from old bottles? How much could be manufactured at home?
  8. It would have to be a structure that could be printed in 30cm lengths and stacked together like Lego.
  9. How would the cross beams work? How would you make strong joints? Would plastic screws hold??
  10. How small a prototype would I have to make to see if a scaled-up model would work?
  11. What would be the cost?
  12. Reading: Makers by Cory Doctorow
  13. Wordle: 5/6 one of those annoying ones where you get four letters and the first letter can be one of many! Seem to be some more realistic scores on the Wordle chat.

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