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: June 2010
This is beyond cool*. I’m off to turn the light on and off as fast as I can and put a colander over the lamp, fill the room with steam and pretend I’m at a rave. *so far beyond cool … Continue reading
Today I went for a routine medical for my new job (which I will be starting on Thurdsay). For the first time in my life, I had an ECG. It wasn’t like on the TV: there were no sticky electrodes, … Continue reading
Why? Why not? And while we’re on obscure recordings of obscure Beatles songs, ever heard this one before? And, as the way of these things, that obscure Beatles track reminded me of something else, so here’s Seu Jorge singing Bowie … Continue reading
In Tokyo, the average commute for suburbanites who work in the city is 90 mins each way and increasing. No wonder sleeping on the train is a national pass time. In the Japanese summer this means travelling long distances through … Continue reading
Shibuya Hachiko crossing is probably the busiest and most famous pedestrian crossing in the world. It was a little quiet today*, but I got there just after sunset so it was unusually pretty. *No, really. I’m not being facetious, that … Continue reading
Some days the news seems to come at you in a solid wall of sickening tales of human behaviour. I don’t believe in evil, although I do believe in evil acts. I don’t believe a fully-functioning and mentally sound human-being … Continue reading
Now this is MY kind of research XKCD, of course.
One of the nice things about an iPod is the way you can fill it with a random selection from your collection. Much of the time that means skipping through the tunes you posses but don’t really like or aren’t … Continue reading
Yesterday I went on the Thunder Dolphin* roller coaster in Tokyo. This coaster weaves in and out of buildings in Tokyo and goes through the middle of a Ferris wheel. What it lacks in length (it only takes around a … Continue reading