9 Aug 2015

Why?

Author: will | Filed under: Uncategorized

I was asked recently about “process change” and when to do things… Well the conversation turned a corner but I didn’t get around to not thinking about it, so a post for the first time in months.

Any process has the standard journalistic questions to it.
Who, what, when, where and how.
Who does it? What are the steps? How are the steps done? When should it be done? Is there a particular location where it should be done?

The missing question is ‘why?’.

Why does this process exist? Why is it done this way?

If the answer is “I don’t know” or “it’s always been done this way?” then there is an issue.

That issue could be that the wrong person is being asked. But…

If its a legal requirement or an industry standard, does that requirement still stand? Laws and standards change.

If its to measure X, do the steps still collect X. Is there a better way to collect X. Are the current steps even collecting X anymore?

Everything depends on circumstances, and the current process may be perfect, but always ask ‘why’. And every so often check that the answer to ‘why’ remains.

22 Jan 2015

Knocking

Author: will | Filed under: Uncategorized

For an almost abandoned blog (must fix that), I still keep an eye on it.

Like the notifications when someone tries to break in.

Stop it.

Some resumption of posts will start shortly.

Dear Disney,
Please arrange this.

A fast talking, wisecracking, blood letting mad man would be perfect to create the Deadpool movie.

7 Aug 2014

A rainbow smile on Saint Patrick's Street ?

Author: will | Filed under: Cork, Cork City, photo

A rainbow smile on Saint Patrick's Street ?

A rainbow smile on Saint Patrick’s Street

3 Aug 2014

Say it with pop?

Author: will | Filed under: Cork, Cork City, photo

Say it with pop?

Say it with pop

27 Jun 2014

Make a game from your town

Author: will | Filed under: CoderDojo, Cork City, Design, reuse

The DesignerDojo folks (Hi Paul) go on about how good SketchUp (formerly Google SketchUp) is for making 3D shapes, and for building, say, houses.

I've stumbled across Make Weird Stuff in Unity. In short, design in SketchUp, then import in to Unity, where it can be sued as the basis for a simple walk-through, or for use in a game.

Oh, Designer Dojo have been slowly turning Cork City Centre in to a SketchUp model… Racing game for the  Grand Parade circuit (with a short-cut through Oliver Plunkett), or a gripping brawler in front of the Court House on Washington Street. Or Cops and Robbers battle for a shooter via Battlefield:Hardline.

Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Of course I'll need to learn how to use SketchUp and Unity properly first.?

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Make Weird Stuff in Unity Tutorial
An in depth hands on way of making cool looking stuff in Unity super quickly with no programming

Sometimes Life offers you two equally appealing choices. Both on Thursday June 12.

On the one hand, at 6.30pm the CorkDev.io crew (of which I am a member) is presenting in Sample Studios' auditorium a John Henry Donovan talk about the Designer-Developer relationship. you see, the line between the Web Designer and Web Developer has become slightly blurred over the last few years with both roles having to take on extra skills to keep up (dang you HTML5). But has this led to contention in the ranks?  More news following the talk which also includes talks on Angular Classy and the IBM BlueMix project.

Meanwhile downriver in the Clarion Hotel the ISACA is presenting Emerging Trends in IT security which presents insights on the ever-changing threat analysis scene. Interesting stuff, and I would really like to see if my droid aps can alert me to the pwonpads and other attacks almost guaranteed to be going through the hotel wi-fi.

Not that I'd be doing any of these…
Decisions and indeed decisions.?

23 May 2014

And Hello from Carlow

Author: will | Filed under: Ireland, Irish, photo

Have you ever gone to Google Maps to see your own house from satellite and discovered something, well, weird nearby. Well this is what happened to someone I work with (his parents house is near this shot).

Proof, if proof was needed that the Irish Ploughing Championships needs a new specialist section. Or possibly a way to make a fortune for advertising on fallow farmland…

Here, Carlow says "Hello". The link if you want to look for yourself is… 53.31855,-7.56631 

Orphaned works are that special case in copyright law. You can tell, roughly, when they were created, but you can't find the owner.

It effects books, newspaper or magazine articles, or films that are still protected by copyright but for which the copyright holders cannot be located. The creator dies, the publisher shuts down, the distributor left.
But the copyright remains.

Its come up since the Irish Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation has put out a call for comments about the changes for EU legislation (at http://www.djei.ie/science/ipr/copyright.htm )

Sadly, since its the Irish government, its released as a pdf file, but laws shouldn't be copyrightable. The deadline for comments is Wednesday April 23 2014.

Comments go to the "Orphan Works Consultation, Copyright Section, Intellectual Property Unit, Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation", not me.?

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DJEI – Intellectual Property Unit: Copyright and Related Rights
Public Consultation on Transposition of the Orphan Works Directive and the Use of Orphan Works under Irish Law. The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation invites submissions to the public consultation on the transposition of the Orphan Works Directive (2012/28/EU) into Irish law.

20 Mar 2014

We need to talk about Paddy's

Author: will | Filed under: brand name, Ireland, Irish, opinion

Podcasting does odd things to time. You are listening to a up-to-the-second broadcast, but its a few days old. That's why I'm talking about March 17th now. The Morning Ireland (yes I listen to the second most depressing Irish broadcast, I need the updates live, and the details via download) presenters were, as an aside commenting that they would get in trouble for calling "Saint Patrick's Day" by the more commonly used name "Paddy's Day". The English don't have Georgie's Day, the Welsh don't have Dave's Day and the Scottish don't have Andy's Day (unless Andy Murray is playing tennis).

A note to American readers, March 17 is not "St. Patty's Day". Patty is the feminine of Patrick. St. Patricia's Day (or if you prefer St. Patty's Day) is August 25th, and features dried blood coming back to liquid form. Which is slightly creepy.

The thing is, Paddy's Day didn't loose its "saint" by accident. March 17 is both the feast day of Saint Patrick, and the international day of celebration to be Irish. To be a "Paddy". Think of it as an Irish Pride festival.

Paddy used to be, and sometimes is, a derogatory term for "an Irish person". The nickname of "Paddywagon" for an American Police van was a commentary on just how many Irish men had joined the US police forces. Somewhere along the day we claimed it back. "Paddy" is rarely used as a derogatory term,  "Mick's" and "Tadhg's" are usually used in the way "Pommies" or "Yanks" are used, but it used to be worse. Paddy's Day would be the equivalent of the US's Black History month using the name starting with a "N" and ending with a smack to the mouth, but we embraced it. We made it out own.

And on the run up to March 17th, hundreds of landmarks around the globe were coloured green to celebrate this little country.

Paddy's Day is not about Saint Patrick. Its about being Irish and Proud. And maybe a little bit of snake banishing.

Sláinte,
Will?

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In pictures: The world goes green for St Patrick’s Day
The Great Wall of China and Downtown Disney Orlando joined a host of major landmarks and iconic sites around the world in lighting up green yesterday.