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: May 2012
No # today, because this is a science blogging post and not A Thing I Have Learned. I just read a fantastically interesting New York Times article on Craig Venter and his attempt to create artificial life. It’s a great … Continue reading
I just watched this TED talk (at the bottom) and was almost moved to tears. If I had been in the audience, I too would have been on my feet at the end. My bearhunt is moving on. The bit … Continue reading
I am learning Spanish, which requires me to practice trilling (rolling my Rs). I started learning French when I was very young and, while I never progressed to any sort of useful level, it did teach me the French trill, … Continue reading
A few weeks ago I quit my job: I woke up one morning and realised I didn’t need it and it wasn’t making me happy. It was a bit more complicated than that; I’ve got a place on my dream … Continue reading
Well, who knew! Leeks and carrots keep better out of the fridge and upright: This project from Jihyun Ryou takes a fresh look* at how we store our food. I love the way this set up looks great in your kitchen … Continue reading
It smells like petrol and regret and made me pull this face:
When I was about 18 I expended a small amount of effort in learning to raise my left eyebrow so as to more precisely convey a quizzical mood. Over the years I have perfected this expression such that a friend recently described … Continue reading
My creative process has four distinct emotional stages: 1. Mind numbing dread and emptiness because I have no inspiration. None. None at all. 2. Excitement and glee as the germ of an idea appears and then sprouts. 3. Crushing dispair as … Continue reading