Next Steps

I mentioned the other week about my latest creation – just a tiny web site to keep track of COVID in my area.

I update this data daily, as fresh data is published by official sources. Only takes about twenty minutes, and frankly most of that is waiting for the official data to come through.

So ?I was thinking about what the next project will be. I think it’ll be another quite small one, centred around people’s meds.

The idea is just that it keeps a record – you started taking such-and-such on 1st January, you upped the does from 1 to 2 on 28th February, you stopped taking them altogether on 1st March.

I know, there are ways of keeping track of this stuff already, but I wanted to make it medicine-specific.

To this end, I spent today digging around the various medical sites, and now have a file which contains the name of every med licensed for use in the UK. There’s a load of superfluous stuff in there, too – so tomorrow’s task is to tidy it up. The idea is that when the user says “I want to add a new med onto my list”, then the app will give them a picklist, just to hopefully save them having to type.

It might be nice to write this as a web site, but the thing which puts me off is all the security nonsense – I want to concentrate on delivering the app itself rather than taking a big chunk of time out to worry about user security. So a desktop app is easier because that’s already taken care of. It might be something I could one day turn into a phone app, although phones aren’t my natural territory.

If it ever goes live, it will be free – I’m beyond the stage of life where I want to profit from stuff, and just want to help people manage their health.

So, that’s how I’m gonna be spending my days.

Freedom of the City

inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 10 December 2020, franchise.

The X-Factor winner stood straight,
In receipt of award from the state,
What use is this ashtray?
I’ll flog it on eBay,
Where to some silly price I’ll inflate.

Tender Morsels

A purveyor of canine cuisine,
My cousin got sucked in machine,
He was chopped up and ground,
Then deliciously browned,
And once cooked, turned the dog food bright green.

There’s some more of this family nonsense here: