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.
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Monthly Archives: September 2009
My parent’s neighbour said hello to me over the fence today. She asked how I was and then observed “Your eyes haven’t gone all slitty yet then?”.
My art course has started and, exactly on cue, my digital camera has broken and the company* I was supposed to be buying a new laptop from inexplicably cancelled my order. Both of these are very important as it’s an … Continue reading
The next installment is coming I promise, but I’ve been busy and I want to devote the time it deserves to it. In the mean time, here is todays XKCD comic, I found it a little too close to home… … Continue reading
I didn’t make it out on Tuesday. Or Wednesday or Thursday. But I did make it out this evening. Same drill as last time, I think I went about the same distance in the time, but I wound in and … Continue reading
I have just heard that we will be unable to do much if any ordering of lab supplies between December and April. Apparently this is because all grants must be spent by the end of the financial year and, in … Continue reading
Here is my favourite news article from the BBC for today: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8234463.stm I have another suggestion on how Japan can tackle its looming worker shortage. Given that there is currently a man dressed in the uniform of a traffic controller … Continue reading
I had to share this, it’s simply incredible: Willard Wigan on TED The first half is interesting from a biographical perspective but it really gets good about 12 minutes in when he starts showing examples of his work. There’s more … Continue reading
Here is The Prince’s Foundation for Integrated Health’s response to the recent press release on homeopathy by WHO: http://www.fih.org.uk/media_centre/muddy_waters_for.html There is one sentence in particular I take issue with: “Even if the effects of homeopathy are entirely due to the … Continue reading