London Labour’s Mayoral Candidate Selection

The Labour Party is undertaking a process to choose a candidate to run for Mayor of London. This process is in four parts,

  1. Application Stage – now complete
  2. Nomination Stage – closes 10th June
  3. Selection Panel Stage – currently advertised as complete  on 13th June
  4. Voting – starts 12th August, finishes Noon 12th September

The misleadingly named Nomination stage is (to be) performed by members at all members meetings and by affiliated organisations according to their own rules. Candidates need five nominations to be considered in the Selection Panel stage, there are 72 Labour Party membership organisations in London, together with at least 13 trade unions plus the socialist societies, five is not a high threshold.

The Selection panel stage will be closed and opaque, and has previously caused some controversy, but its one of the reasons that the nomination stage takes place to allow a visible indication of support; perhaps they’ve learnt from the European Parliamentary selection.  (The panel consists of 6 members and may have been chosen by lottery.)

Voting will be done by all London members, affiliate members and registered supporters, will be conducted using a secret postal ballot (or on-line). There are no “colleges” so each vote is of equal worth. This is the “One Member, One Vote” closed primary promised when Labour’s Special Conference adopted the recommendations and rule changes of the Collins Review. You can join, or become a registered supporter by going to  the Labour’s Party’s join us page. Affiliated membership is via your trade union or an affiliated socialist society.

SPARQL on WordPress

For various reasons I needed to look at SPARQL again. What’s the easiest way to put it up?, Here! I’ve been working with LH-Tools which is commented on at its authors site, and LH-RDF. I did not get this to finish satisfactorily, mainly based on my lack of SPARQL skills. May 2015

LH-Tools implements a SPARQL endpoint, and LH-RDF implements a series of alternative RDF schemas. LH-RDF has been deactivated at the moment, but the SPARQL query screen is here; it uses the default rdf feed as a source.

Pool Party are now playing. i,e. there’s a Pool Party plugin.

I have errors occurring when using LH-RDF; see the comments to track. Jan 2017

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Zhjaeve Unveiled

In the early parts of Act III of NWN2, Zhjaeve seems to be pretty necessary. However, the game software as delivered doesn’t implement armour for her in-game avatar; a mod has been built that this to happen, the default is not. This post records my notes on the mod which also removes her face veil. Also since she’s the only Cleric offered as an NPC, she’s pretty useful, although the ‘coming to’ of otherwise dead party members, and the lack of restriction on ‘resting’ reduces the necessity of the Cleric and it’s the free Heals and combat cure wounds that establishes her utility. The forgotten realms wiki has an article on her here… Her stats are discussed here… at nwn2 wikia where they note that her strength makes her a poor 2nd line fighter. Continue reading “Zhjaeve Unveiled”

VLOOKUP vs INDEX ( MATCH)

How awesome is this! Excel =INDEX, is a matrix retrieve i.e. =INDEX(array, row, col) retrieves an entry from the two dimensional array. If we combine this with MATCH which returns a row number we can use these functions instead of =VLOOKUP, its allegedly faster too. MATCH operates on a column or linguistically a list. Continue reading “VLOOKUP vs INDEX ( MATCH)”