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: August 2010
I cannot stand professional politicians. By that, I mean people who have got a degree in politics and then gone straight into an internship with an MP (perhaps via a spell working in the NUS) and worked themselves up to … Continue reading
I went hiking last weekend. There were some lovely views and a colony of feral cats. It was HOT: Then, the next day it was armagedon: Amazing sky isn’t it? It was about half an hour before sunset (hence the … Continue reading
I will be in Switzerland next week, I needed to inform my banks so that they don’t think my cards have been stolen and stop them if I use them. Here is how the conversations went: Me: I will be … Continue reading
Update: The comments after this BBC article on the floods made me very angry. Many of them amount to “I’m not helping because they aren’t” (“they” being Islamic nations such as Saudi Arabia). Refusing to help because no one else … Continue reading
I’m fairly realistic about humans and the things they do, on the whole. I don’t expect much from society and I am seldom disappointed. I try and keep abreast of the latest developments in human selfishness and depravity as, in … Continue reading
I am participating in this study on earworms by Goldsmiths. As I get them I have to record myself singing them, together with a few other bits of info, and then send the researchers the files. Now I am focused … Continue reading
This is Dalton Ghetti. He makes incredible sculptures from the tips of pencils using only a sewing needle and a craft knife. Like Willard Wigan he works without any magnification. Remarkable. More here.
I am tired of reading the same rubbish spouted by climate denialists wherever a news agency publishes a story on climate change and then leaves it open for comment. The pattern is always the same: some idiot unthinkingly repeats a … Continue reading
Making money on the internet is hard. People are used to getting content for free and, because you can find everything on the internet, if you start charging then your customers will find someone who doesn’t. Rupert Murdoch has put … Continue reading