Alexander Fowler – Freedom of Information in healthcare…

So this weekend I was at Mozfest, which was awesome and is a whole year’s worth of posts on it’s own. Of the very many fascinating people I spoke to there were quite a few interested in transparency, and a good number working to improve Freedom of Information legislation.  Now as you all know, I’m a big fan of freedom of information, but I thought today would be a good time to highlight how useful it is in healthcare research generally.  With that in mind…

Solving abuse of disabled parking spaces.

I’ve written before about how I think banks could solve underage drinking,  and today’s article is on a similar subject. How insurance companies can reduce traffic crime.  I dislike illegal parking, I particularly dislike people who aren’t disabled using disabled bays.  How about this:  If you are illegally parked,  your insurance isn’t valid.   Simple right? and harmless.  No moving parts are required. Just that if you are ignoring the social contract you have with the community, then the insurance company gets to ignore you.…

Friday Requiem: Fran Brown

Quick note for readers.  I think it’s important that I consider my back catalogue of posts to be part of the site and that they get maintained, looked after and followed up on.  So each Friday I’ll be picking a post I did from that week last year, and see if my opinions have changed, or find out how the story develops. A year ago today we had our first interview! Fran Brown became a Paraclimbing World Champion in Paris in September 2012, and is…

NHS areas and constituencies

This is a dataset article. It presents information on which parliamentary constituencies are contained within which clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). It also provides the relationship with the old primary care trusts (PCTs) for people wanting to look at historical data.  There are two obvious uses for the dataset: if you have an issue with a CCGs performance this will help you find the set of MPs who are meant to be paying attention to it.  if you are looking at a particular constituency or set…

I’ll say this for the youth. New words are easier to spell.

I’ll say this for young people and words. The ones that young people add to the language are easier to spell.  ‘Lol’ is an easy word to write.  ‘Selfie’ is sensible and helpfully orthogonal to such other words as ‘onesie’.  The new words have little time for such silly things as silent letters, double letters, ‘c’s when you mean ‘s’ or ‘k’ and  words that clearly make no sense in respect to the prounation (I’m looking at you ‘through’).  (There are couple of exceptions: “lolled”…

Friday Requiem: People with disabilities represented pretty well on TV actually – but only if you have the right disability.

Quick note for readers.  I think it’s important that I consider my back catalogue of posts to be part of the site and that they get maintained, looked after and followed up on.  So each Friday I’ll be picking a post I did from that week last year, and see if my opinions have changed, or find out how the story develops. Last year I wrote about the GLAAD report that included some information about how well people with disabilities are represented on US TV. …

iPhone to Mac clipboard

As a bit of a change of pace from the heavily political/disability focus I’ve had recently, I thought I’d share this tip about transferring URLS and lumps of text between your iPhone and mac. Like many people with both a macBook and an iPhone I’ve struggled to find a way to share a clipboard between them. Regularly I’ll want to text friends a link, or put a long “This is where you need to be and when” email into a text message.  Equally I want…