I am a researcher in bionanotechnology currently living and working in Tokyo. I moved out here four and a half years ago, against my better judgement but in search of adventure. It has certainly been an adventure and not one I would have missed for the world, but now I am preparing to head back to the UK where I will be retraining as a designer.
This blog used to just be for opinionated rambling. Now it is for updates as I pay forward people's support for my attempts to retrain with random acts of kindness... and indulge in opinionated rambling.
All the artwork by Nell on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.
Monthly Archives: February 2009
Daniru! Who correctly identified that, while they are excellent drawings of crysanths, if they were in fact meant to be roses, perhaps I need a bit more practice It doesn’t matter though, it appear nameless “flower” was good enough to … Continue reading
A couple more, the product of the weekend’s labours… On an entirely unrelated note, I am catching up with lots of you over the next few weekends and that has made me think again about having to move away from … Continue reading
Wow. It didn’t take long for this to story to mutate into something bigger than just a travel blog! I had some good news on Friday. It seems my journey from scientist to artist may be shorter than I at … Continue reading
I have a feeling bureaucracy is something I am going to have to get used to; I have already filled in and sent back 3 forms, if I try and book my plane ticket myself then JSPS won’t pay and, before I can … Continue reading
“We may hate it but ‘Yeah, right!’ is one of the pithiest phrases in the English language. It manages to say everything in 2 words that “Excuse me, but I find what you are saying to be dubious in the … Continue reading
No, I’m not talking about drugs. I just heard back from IDEO. My perseverance paid off and they finally explained why they rejected me out-of-hand. I have never been so pleased to be rejected Basically, they’ve pulled the job, credit … Continue reading
I was musing on my way to work the other morning about the nature of the universe, as you do, and I had a thought*… Evolution doesn’t contradict the second law of thermodynamics because evolution leads to systems that dissipate … Continue reading
I have been following this blog by Bob Sutton. I really like it because, although it is nominally about good management, a lot of the advice is more generally applicable. I guess being a good manager is at least 97% … Continue reading
I seem to have one very dedicated (or possibly deranged) follower who is disappointed with my lack of posting, so here you go Chiyoi, this one’s for you… Nothing much has changed on the Japan front, although I have bought … Continue reading
Today is a momentous day – it may be one of the most important days of my life. I can’t imagine much that could top this, I mean, this really is a once in a lifetime experience… Yup you guessed … Continue reading