I’m a thinker, a dreamer, a father, a husband, an Englishman in Australia, a SAP Mentor, a drinker of beer and a self confessed HR geek. And sometimes I just want to share something.

In statistics, Wombling is any of a number of techniques used for identifying zones of rapid change, typically in some quantity as it varies across some geographical or Euclidean space. It is named for statistician William H. Womble.



All views are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer or of any other organisation that I might be associated with. Don’t expect everything I write to be correct or fit for purpose, I certainly don’t.

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Detail for those that care… and those that don’t too (we’re inclusive here!)

The photo is from my son’s 1st birthday party. I keep it as my twitter pic to remind me not to get too “up myself”. If you take yourself too seriously you’ll get pretentions, that’s bad. One of my bad points is that I can come across as a bit arrogant sometimes, so I have to ensure that I work to avoid that. Having a sense of humour helps 🙂 I had grown a mo for “Movember” and didn’t want all of the photos from that memorable day to feature an otherwise normal me but with a ridiculous mo. So we had a pirate party. It was great! And the photo clearly shows where I had my face painted by my son. It’s a great reminder of what is important. So I keep it. Now it’s part of my brand too.

I’m often asked “Why wombling?” it’s a long and boring answer – and after explaining for the 5th time in 2 days I’m now going to update this with a response so you can just read this and I can continue drinking my beer/talking about more interesting things.

tl:dr; Well it’s also my domain name. (duh – look at the site this page is under!)

Years ago I attended a Scout incident hike (this was in UK where I grew up)  almost 1000 kids were involved, and with those numbers, they needed computers to manage then (not quite the need for HANA, but probably more than a whiteboard could cope with). Already at age 12 I was  very interested in computers (I was the first kid at school to hand in English assignments that were word processed not handwritten, and probably also the first to use the excuse that my hard disk had crashed!), so I noticed that on the 10BASE2 network that each computer running Linux had a hostname corresponding to a Womble. (The Wombles were invented by author Elisabeth Beresford and are short tubby furry animals that live underground and recycle the rubbish that us wasteful humans throw out.) I liked the idea, and so the name of my first Linux install was named “Womble”. This tradition continues to the current day with all the PC’s in my home network being named after different Wombles, Tobermory, Tomsk, etc. When I finally got fed up of changing my email address with every ISP change I made, I applied for the wombling.com domain, and have been there ever since.  Yes you can find my entire family at someone@wombling.com . I even had a trademark on the use of the name in ITC HCM applications which i was going to use to help get the @wombling twitter handle (I wasn’t fast enough to get it first, although in the end the original user just stopped using it for over 6 months and twitter released the handle 🙂 ) Although due to the dear Professor Wombling who has statistical analysis methods named after him, it is impossible to trademark the word itself in a general sense.

There are further details about me on my SCN post – http://scn.sap.com/community/about/blog/2012/08/22/blog-it-forward–chris-paine