Category Archives: Opinion

Sympathy Levels Failing, Cap’n!

Tim Hunt recently made some rather ill-advised comments regarding women in science, and caused quite the Twitter storm. So much so, in fact, that it was all over the news – every scientist I know (many) has an opinion. Quite … Continue reading

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I want to put WoW on my CV

Photocopying, Optical Characterization, World of Warcraft… I often wonder why it’s such a faux pas to mention video games on a CV. Not only, in my opinion, are they a highly advanced form of art, but playing games well shows … Continue reading

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Screw-ups? Me?

Since I last posted about my PhD I’ve been hard at work on my PhD project, understanding how my new algorithm works, how to control it, and how to get the best out of it. You’d think that because I … Continue reading

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The Loneliest Integer

Since I started my PhD I’ve spent a lot of effort setting myself goals each week to make sure I actually get something done. Sadly, because this is the real world and my brain doesn’t take real world things into account, … Continue reading

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Explaining What I Do

As I keep saying, I started my PhD recently at the University of Surrey. It’s cool, I love it. Not only is the subject interesting but the community of PhD students is awesome. There’s even a Postgraduate Society here – … Continue reading

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“50% Ferrous” (A Bit of Irony)

Something about the internet makes true irony hard to appreciate, though I suppose the popular song doesn’t help either. Personally, I really appreciate a delicious bit of irony and especially so when it’s happening to me. Would you believe it, … Continue reading

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Managing Expectations

Last week I marked a whole month into my PhD research. I was surprised at how quickly it came around, and simultaneously disappointed with how far I’d come. One thing about me that can be a double-edged sword is that … Continue reading

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