Some work. Now ingesting timetable data from more different sources, which I’d been unhurriedly working towards for some time but necessity is the mother of invention. The point is that the more different sources are more up to date, which is useful when all the timetables have necessarily been changing hurriedly.
The English Bus Open Data Service was launched a few months ago, and one of its advantages is that data can be updated more quickly, but it’s not been much use as only a few proactive operators are using using it so far, and even fewer have updated their data in the last week or so. If the pandemic could have waited a year, it would would have been great, but viruses don’t care about public transport information.
Oh well, the older Traveline National Dataset has been updating more frequently than usual – in the past I’ve imagined a donkey pulling a rope to turn a wheel to work the interconnected computer systems, but that would be an unfair characterisation. 👏 to all involved.
Another little database outage this weekend. I mention it because it’s nice for me to be able to look back and see that, for example, it’s been two months since the previous outage – getting better. I took a while to fix this one, possibly because it had been so long since the last one, so I wonder if I ought to write me an “incident response playbook”, although that sounds like too grand and professional a phrase for just one dude in his underpants.
I rashly pre-ordered a year of Disney+ subscription a few weeks ago. Then Disney+ launched here this week, and I realised that, apart from maybe some badly cropped episodes of The Simpsons, I have no interest in any of the content on Disney+. I phoned up to obtain a refund, which was fine, and make me feel like I’d achieved something that day.
Ingeniously, they’ve stuck labels on the floor of the big Morrisons, near the tills, at I guess two metre intervals, to help queuers keep a safe distance from one another. There’s a temptation to leap from one label to the next, like they’re lily pads, but that’s not the point at all.
I trust someone’s working on a computer game where you have to go about while keeping two metres from other people.
Now wash your hands.