This weeknote doesn’t carry much about the work I am doing. I was finding my weeknotes about work probably worked better as their own standalone blog posts. If I write any work related blog posts I will link out to them from my weeknotes.

At the weekend I went to Middlesbrough for the son’s basketball game. This meant I couldn’t help with Bradford Coder Dojo, but priorities. The riverside area near Middlesbrough College is super interesting — and they’ve a dock tower. (Always the sign of the best places.)

The start of a new month meant a look back on the previous month’s running.

I published a small guide to criticism. I could have probably added more to it, but it felt brisk enough to get the bare bones down.

After my first visit to the diabetes nurse at my doctor’s surgery I published my first blog post about recently being diagnosed with diabetes, share the journey I am on for anyone who reads it. As I tap this it’s Friday, its 4:30pm, and I am supposed to have had a call about my tests results by now, so I am already off the planned happy path.

Wednesday evening I travelled to Edinburgh to be at the Thursday of Service Design in Government. The sessions I went to were at least each good, but I found the time spent with many good friends was what I got the most from. We chatted, we talked about so many things, from I was going to be interviewed by you but it wasn’t you when I turned up! to the nitty gritty of running a business. From the inane and daft and bollocks to some pretty serious and heavy stuff. I needed that. It’s been quite… lonely the recent few months. I also managed to sneak in two runs! The view from the top of Arthur’s Seat was amazing. Well worth the huff and puff to get up there. And Sharon snapped a pic of me looking not grumpy.

I am still having conversations off the back of a piece I wrote about maps. I’ve been asked if there is a talk or workshop I could do around it. I see so many other talks, talks by others, I always wonder why would me doing it be that interesting? But sometimes doing a talk helps you get your thinking straight. You’re going to say it out loud — sometimes with slides too — is different to writing it out in a blog post.

I haven’t read much more of my current book, as I’ve been doing a lot of reading of articles and other things along with some writing. I’ll update Goodreads as I go along though.

Some of that writing is a good 3000 words on design stuff, which felt like a bit of a brain dump. Will I ever publish it? I dunno. Did typing it out help me think some stuff through? Sure did.

Anyway. Time for the weekend.


Did you like these weeknotes? Maybe looking for some that are better? Give these a try: Mark Boulton, Mark Hurrell, Matthew Solle, Chris Thomas.

Original source – Simon Wilson

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