So the challenge today was how to make it easier for customers to get their initial password correct.
This would be based on their National Insurance number – but in lowercase, with duplicate consecutive characters replaced by an asterisk…
My idea to make this easier was to simply put some online page containing advice on how to log on initially, with a tool for easily applying the rules to a customers national insurance number.
Apparently this is complicated – needs a developer and has to be impact assessed….
Or I could just do it myself – or so I thought.
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So another year another Glastonbury… and as predicted it was time for a wet one.
But in true Glasto style, the weather just added to the atmosphere and fun.
It seems the more I go to Glastonbury the less it seems about the bands and acts – this year I only really caught a few bands (ELO, Earth Wind & Fire, Madness).
The highlight though was good old Craig Charles up in Shangri-la…
But there were other great moments…
It was definitely the year of the backstage/crew bar – and as always meeting up with great mates 🙂
After the relative ease of the “Boris Wheel of Brexit” I’ve been thinking of my next Phaser project.
Growing up I was always quite a fan of mini driving games and so thought about combining this with elements of an endless runner with a space type theme. So the objective being to get from point A to B as quick as possible with lots of planets, black holes and pirates getting in your way – using some good old fashioned racing physics.
This should break down in to a number of simple steps to really push the phaser learning.
To say work has been busy would be an understatement.
It seems every week brings an opportunity to go and visit a different element of the country to help with something.
This has meant I’ve got far more familiar with trains and public transport than ever before – almost intimately!
But travelling is a great place to observe crowd behaviour and how people tend to follow what everyone else is doing.
Two examples struck me…
Part of the journey involved the new train station at Birmingham New Street.
Now I’ always one for leaving things behind normally coats in pubs) – but on this occasion it was on the train.
Actually this whole trip had a colleague basically collecting things I’d forgotten like a mother following a three year old.
We’d arrived at New Street and had to change…it was around rush hour and we had about 7 minutes to make the connection.
Things were rushed and my coat was the lat thing on my mind – and really not on my mind until half way down the plat form.
So dilemma – run back onto the train and hope I can fight my way to my old seat? Or just give up and buy a new coat.
I chose to try – and if I got trapped on the train it would at least make an interesting story (plus my colleague would have to get my luggage back to south wales).
SO the train is now jammed packed with passengers getting on with no chance of me getting to my seat to rescue the coat.
The solution – just shout down the train and ask people to pass it back…and without hesitation that is what everyone did. No questions or no second thoughts.
I was relieved.
The other example involved the layout of the new station.
With everyone a little unsure there tended to be some herd mentality going on. As the crowd rushed into the new station from the arriving trains most people simply followed the people they were with – normally resulting in hitting various bottle necks and dead ends. There were clearly signs directing people but these weren’t glanced at in preference to the assumption that the people in front knew where to go.
I seem to spend an awful lot of time thinking about doing things rather than just getting them done.
Procrastination… for me of late has been an art form – in all areas of my life. I’d like to believe it’s just ‘of late’ but then that would be a self indulgent lie. So time to sort it out and get back to being productive.
Even as I’m writing this there are other things that keep distracting me – no more!
So I need to get back to:-
reading – working the grey matter
exercise – working the wobbly matter
art – or more rightly blogging/cartoons
work – got to pay the bills some how
This week I’m going to clear the decks of some things that have been hanging around and start with getting back into the exercise habit.
Partly the lack of beautiful blue ocean from my bedroom window
Partly not enjoying firepits with good friends
Partly the ecstasy and agony of a go-live in work
Partly…or maybe mostly going through Emily’s laptop
It’s a tough job – tougher than I ever thought it would be and something that has made me realise that we all should be responsible for curating our digital lives.
Also there was a complete mixup with the renewal of remission possible – something that again would be helped by thinking about the digital foot print we leave behind. Not that I’d want or expect Emily to have done anything differently – more that I should sort out my crap.
One of the projects I want to progress is taking the ideas behind satiricalblog.com and turning them into interactive games - still with the satirical twist but a bit more fun. This is in part to progress my skills from the drawing of cartoons and graphics to a bit of coding. To help my with this I've been looking at a number of HTML5 frameworks and in particular Phaser. So my first mini project will be creating a wheel of fortune style game for the Brexit campaign - based on the Phaser tutorial here.