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Rob Elshire

Rob Elshire

Furious blame game after 16,000 Covid cases are missed due to Excel glitch | Daily Mail Online

Here we go again. Wrong tool for the job. From the article:

The technical issue has now been resolved by splitting the Excel files into batches.

If you are still using Excel, then the technical problem has not, in fact, been resolved.

Previously.

Rob Elshire

Rob Elshire

How the oil industry made us doubt climate change

Via Slashdot.

The decades long attack on science and intellectualism has far reaching consequences. We are seeing it in the COVID-19 deniers. The 5G conspiracists. The Anti-Vaxxers. Very, very sad and very, very dangerous.

-Science

Rob Elshire

eResearch NZ 2016 Rob Elshire Plenary - YouTube

This was a a talk that I did for the eResearch conference in 2016. The back story is that Microsoft had not found a plenary speaker for the session they had sponsored. Less than one week before the conference this was realized by the organisers. I was asked to convert the talk I had planned to do into a plenary.

I've used ideas from this talk in other ways since then. It was my attempt to demonstrate some of the issues we have in our science system. Bear in mind that I had been in NZ less than 3 years when I put this together.

The talk led to a lot of interesting conversations at the meeting. Some lasting relationships eventuated from that. At the same time, the entrenched players continue to do what they have always done.

For some reason, REANNZ made all of their videos hidden. But if you have a link, you can still watch them. That is the case with this one as well.

Rob Elshire

Rob Elshire

Rob Elshire

Rob Elshire

Covid-19 has made our cold, damp housing problem even more serious | The Spinoff

The poor housing stock in Aotearoa is an ongoing issue for many, many people. Part of the issue are incorrect ingrained beliefs about what to do about the problems.

From the article, James Powers of building science company Oculus responds.

While opening windows and using dehumidifiers is the conventional approach, there is typically little evidence to support their effectiveness. Opening windows can sometimes make indoor humidity worse. According to Oculus, the best thing people can do is leave the heat on, leave any extractor fans in the kitchens and bathrooms on so that old air is pulled out, circulate air around the room with a fan, and seal all windows to prevent drafts.

Rob Elshire

Siouxsie Wiles: Why Covid elimination remains the best game-plan for NZ | The Spinoff

Speaking of scientists that we know working hard to get the word out....