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The National Health

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This is an unrolled thread originally posted on Twitter.

In 2010 I was a web developer supporting a research project mapping childrens’ health services across the UK. It was funded by the then Department of Health. My academic colleagues were leaders in their field working on a project to help improve children's health services.

The Conservative / Lib Dem coalition government, formed in May of that year, effectively shut the project down as part of the government's austerity agenda. Before the team disbanded, my colleagues, with decades of experience working public health between them, expressed concern for the future of the NHS under the new administration. I think it was a concern now validated by the state of the NHS today; underfunded in real terms, understaffed, and with remaining staff stretched and exhausted. This was happening before the pandemic too.

In 2009, the NHS was recorded as achieving very high levels of patient satisfaction (source). So what we've seen over the last 11 years is an abrogation by our government to support the NHS, fund it properly and maintain these levels of satisfaction.

If you know someone who works in the NHS, ask them about it and they will likely tell you they and their colleagues are exhausted. We were clapping them every Thursday last year, but what they really need is a change of government.

A note about simplicity, privacy and this website

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Simple bicycle gear shifters
Simple bicycle gear shifters Photo Credit: Markus Spiske · Public Domain CC0

I've built this website to be simple, highly optimised, accessible and to respect you by not tracking you. There are no third-party scripts being loaded that have the potential to track you and all of the code and assets are being loaded from the same public html directory on the server.

I've also disabled the server access logs which usually record IP address, user agent, page visited and referring URL etc. If you're reading this, I know nothing about you and have no record of your visit. I think service providers and anyone publishing online should operate like this more.

So instead of knowing about you via analytics and server logs, how about more meaningful communications? If you have a website or blog that takes a similar approach email me at mail@mattjon.es, say hello and maybe we can build a network of similar independent sites.

In the mid-nineties, there was the concept of the ‘webring', where site owners linked to other sites around the same theme or topic. Before RSS, subscriptions and follows, it was an early social network and publishing platform, albeit rather rudimentary.

Maybe the old ideas are the best.

Playing music

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In 2020 I started making electronic music, mainly as a more creative way to unwind during lockdown evenings.

It's mainly quite meditative stuff, inspired by the early pioneers of electronic music: Laurie Spiegel, Pauline Oliveros and also the early work of Steve Reich.These musicians either used tape loops or sequencers to experiment with melody, harmony and rhythm.

My latest live piece used two step-sequencers (software the triggers a set of notes over a number of bars). Each sequencer was in a different odd time signature and they were pitched a fifth interval apart.

Both sequencers controlled a single synth. Then I controlled both the sequencer and the synth using the a single media keyboard contoller, improvising in C minor with delay and other effects.

I get the sense that for those early experimental musicians, making their music was about breaking compositional rules and about play and discovery with the new technology at the time.

Link Notes 30 April 2020

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Toy Robots
Toy Robots DJ Shin · CC BY-SA 3.0

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Link Notes 28 April 2020

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Van Gogh's Shoes
Van Gogh's Shoes The Metropolitan Museum of Art · Public Domain

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Link Notes 27 April 2020

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Drax Power Station. Historically a coal-fired power station, it is in the process to switching over to biomass as it primary fuel source
Drax Power Station. Historically a coal-fired power station, it is in the process to switching over to biomass as it primary fuel source Bryan Hindle · CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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