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Best of 2014

Here are the most popular posts of 2014*; as always, a combination of research, CS education, programming, science policy and cathartic moaning. Most of my visitors came from the UK, with the US and Germany not far behind (168 countries in all). The busiest day of the year was 14 January, with lots of traffic to this post from last December.

Top five posts (70 this year, 271 overall):

  1. Five Programming Top Tips (from a seven year old)
  2. Paper submitted to Recomputability 2014: “Share and Enjoy”: Publishing Useful and Usable Scientific Models
  3. New A Levels in Computer Science from 2015
  4. FuckIt.py: The Python Error Steamroller
  5. What Superman III teaches us about programming

The most common search term was once again: “feynman algorithm”; the most bizarre: “big boobs gpg image” (most likely referring to this post from 2012).

Thank you all for reading! See you back in 2015.

*also see best of: 2013, 2012, 2011

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Wales Blog Awards 2014

Wales Blog Awards

Computing: The Science of Nearly Everything has been shortlisted for Best Technology Blog in the 2014 Wales Blog Awards, organised by Media Wales and Warwick Emanuel PR. Over 300 entries were received for the competition from across the country this year (after a break in 2013), whittled down to a shortlist of 32 blogs. My blog was also shortlisted back in 2012, so thank you to everyone who has been reading and commenting on my blog for the past three years; if you want a taste of what I have been writing about here, have a look at its first birthday, as well as the best of 2012 and 2013.

All shortlisted blogs are also in the running for the People’s Choice Award, to let the public decide on their favourite blog; the judges will announce the winners of the eleven categories at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff on Thursday 15 May.

You can cast your vote here; voting for the People’s Choice Award will close at 5pm on Wednesday 30 April.

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Best of 2013

Here are the most popular posts of 2013*; most of my visitors came from the UK, with the US and India not far behind (163 countries in all). The busiest day of the year was 18 November, with lots of traffic to this post from the day before.

Top five posts (47 this year, 192 overall):

  1. A set of top Computer Science Education blogs
  2. The ICT Steering Group’s Report to the Welsh Government
  3. Grant applications, early 20th century style
  4. We’ve sold Computer Science, now we have to sell what it means to be a Computer Scientist…
  5. The Guardian Higher Education Network: Academic blogging — 10 top tips

The most common search term was “feynman problem solving algorithm”; the most bizarre: “isuseragoat”.

Thank you all for reading! See you back in 2014.

*also see best of: 2012, 2011

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Best of 2012

Here are the most popular posts of 2012*; most of my visitors came from the US, with the UK and Canada not far behind (169 countries in all). The busiest day of the year was 8 May, with lots of traffic to the top post listed below.

Top five posts (73 this year, 139 overall):

  1. A set of top Computer Science blogs
  2. Programming is the start not the end: let’s develop computational thinking and problem solving skills
  3. Academia vs. Industry
  4. Microsoft’s 0xB16B00B5
  5. Strategic Information Pack: teaching Computer Science in schools in Wales

The most common search term was “0xB16B00B5”; the most bizarre: “recreational scolding“.

Thank you all for reading! See you back in 2013.

*also see best of: 2011

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Wales Blog Awards 2012

Wales Blog Awards

Computing: The Science of Nearly Everything has been shortlisted for Best Technology Blog in the 2012 Wales Blog Awards, organised by Media Wales and Warwick Emanuel PR. It’s great to be shortlisted for this award, especially as I have only been blogging since April 2011. The judges will announce the winners of the ten categories at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff on Thursday 20 September.

All shortlisted blogs are in the running for the People’s Choice Award, to let the public decide on their favourite blog. If you have enjoyed reading my blog over the past year or so, then please vote for me!

You can cast your vote here; voting for the People’s Choice Award will close at 5pm on Friday 14 September.

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Happy 1st Blog Birthday

On 11 April 2011 at 1:15 pm, I wrote the first Computing: The Science of Nearly Everything blog post: Hello, World! Rather inspiring, I’m sure you’ll agree.

As you’d expect from the blog title and its tagline, the majority of my posts have focused on computer science (education and research), science policy and science communication, interspersed with a bit of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Richard Feynman and the odd quote or two. I’ve been very pleased with the interest and interaction on the blog, averaging between one and two thousand hits a month. Thank you dear readers, long may it continue. FYI, my favourite search term to the blog was “recreational scolding“…

So, the first year’s top five blog posts (excluding the Home page and About) are as follows:

  1. Feynman, Bethe and the beauty of mathematics
  2. Will 2012 be the Year of Computer Science?
  3. Expert Panel report on the National Curriculum review
  4. Sense About Science: Report Dodgy Science
  5. “These aren’t the drives you’re looking for…”

Now I’m off to write a “proper” blog post.

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Hello, World!

I have finally decided to take the plunge and create a work-related blog for my random musings about computer science research, technology, science policy and education.

Let the record show that the blame lies entirely with Alice Bell.

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