This is basically a quick overview of my year in lieu of any actual #weeknotes — I only did two days in Taunton and half a day in Swansea before getting ‘white boy wasted’ at the first Christmas do and needing all day yesterday to recover.
As well as these highlights, milestones and moments I also completed 40 books (hopefully a couple more before the end of the year), wrote 125 blogposts, saw 15 movies at the cinema and somehow managed to not put any weight back on since I reached my goal of losing four stone despite living away from home for the best part of nine months.
As years go this one was OK.
Finished at mySociety
Visited the Barbican for the Basquiat exhibition at the third attempt https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2017/event/basquiat-boom-for-real
Attended OneTeamGov unconference in Cardiff
Joined Notbinary and started at DVLA in Swansea
It snowed…a lot.
Spoke at Service Design in Government in Edinburgh
Spoke at Design Swansea
Spoke at Agile Cambridge
Travelled to Vancouver / Seattle /Portland
Flew in a seaplane
Spent a long time at MoPOP
Stayed in a ‘tiny house’ in Portland
Met Dan Hon
Started at BBC with the Datalab team in London
Saw Beyonce and Jay-Z concert in Cardiff with Laura
Had a #weeknotes meet-up in Westminster
Flew to Wellington, NZ — for a week and spoke at Delib’s Practical Democracy meet-up
Was in the BBC office three hours after landing after a 27 hour trip.
England were pretty good at the World Cup
St Pauls Carnival
OneTeamGov Global unconference
Spoke at NUX in Leeds
Mainly complained about the heat I think
Spoke at SwanseaCon
Went to ThoughtBubble in Leeds
Citizen Beta — the ONS reunion edition
Went to Mapcamp in Shoreditch
Spoke at the joint Delib/Weeknotes meetup in Bristol
Finished at the BBC
Went to New York for ‘AllTechIsHuman’ conference
Pitched to DfE in Sheffield the day I got back from New York
Started at UKHO
Did ‘Question Time’ event at Bath Digital Festival
Hit 700 subscribers on my newsletter.
Was broken by the commuting nightmare to Taunton when they closed Bristol Parkway station
Wrote 32 blogposts in 30 days
Sent my 100th jobs newsletter
Notbinary (well The Panoply) floated
Notbinary Swansea Christmas party
Notbinary ‘away day’ at the Shard (this is in the future — next Friday)
Not going to lie — I’m tired. Four working days left of 2018.