Packrafting bits of the Cape Wrath Trail (or my version of the CWT)

The sea had been calm up until the jagged point of Eilean Dubh or the "Black Island" about 1.5km out from Balnakeil beach, a few kilometres from Durness.As my packraft rounded that rocky outcrop - heavy backpacking bag strapped to the front - the temperament of the estuary suddenly changed, probably due to the mix …

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Scottish Blockchain Meetup with Scottish SME Wallet.Services 26/7/18

Last week I attended my first Scottish Blockchain Meetup, run by Data Science Recruitment Company MBN Solutions. Wallet.services were talking about their enterprise platform which allows businesses to build blockchain (or distributed ledger technology solutions - run by Peter Ferry, who also acts as Honorary Consul of Estonia! They talked about how the Civtech programme gave them …

Dr Simon Eccles – CCIO at NHS England – Digital Health Summer Schools 2018, Birmingham

These are some notes I took from Dr Eccles' talk at the above conference. They aren't very structured or organised, but I've gone over them post-hoc to add a few slides from his talk and hopefully they spark some food for thought. I've published them here more as a record for my own personal use. …

Acute confusion – Evening Medical Update Series at Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh 26th June

Investigating acute confusion  - Dr Luke Regan, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Raigmore Hospital, Inverness Luke started by making the point that there is low ratio of signal to noise in presenting complaints - and gave three examples of acute confusion where there was loads of potentially distracting information. Percentage of delirium in presentations is 2% …

My Notes on “Deep Work” by Cal Newport

Newport describes how current economic thinking argues that the unprecedented growth and impact of technology are creating a massive restructuring of our economy - the “Great Restructuring” as per Brynjolfsson & McAfee in their book “Race Against the Machine”, where the gap between machine and human abilities is shrinking. In this new economy, three groups …

Haematemesis / Melaena – Evening Medical Update Series at Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh 24th April

It’s 9pm in ED and a patient presents with haematemesis - Dr Sarah Hearnshaw Consultant Gastroenterologist, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne The scope of this talk was: Risk Assessment transfusion strategies Drug therapy Timing of endoscopy AUGIB (Acute Upper GI Bleed) in UK - mortality hasn't really shifted in last 20 years and the percentage …