Title shamelessly stolen from a Matt Haig tweet, https://twitter.com/matthaig1/status/825863215003336704. I will not hide the blatant fact that I have been experiencing something of a writer's block over the past couple of months. There is so much negativity in the world today - perhaps more than I had ever been conscious of at any point in … Continue reading The only thing worse than 2016 is that it was followed by 1984.
It has been an odd few months for me. In terms of PhD life, it has been a challenge to balance out studying for background meteorology modules whilst reading around the background of my own research project matter, whilst trying to establish with my supervisors whereabouts on my project the cameralens should focus on, whilst … Continue reading New year, old me.
Time flies when you're having fun. Three weeks ago, for the first time of many to come, I took a seat at my desk in my new office at Reading university. That's right my friends. I've started a PhD. In meteorology. Air quality modelling, to be precise. And I still can't believe it. Like, LITERALLY … Continue reading New Beginnings: I’m a PhD student!
For most people, the Morse Code is something of an enigmatic historical artefact, today scoring a bit fat zero on the scale of usefulness. Most people are therefore correct. In the 21st century, worldwide proficiency in this niche language is scarce; but some 100 years ago, the Morse Code was indispensable. Indeed, the International Code (somewhat … Continue reading On the Electromagnetic Telegraph and Morse Code
1st September: the first day of meteorological autumn, which lasts for three months exactly, ending on the 30th November. Having grown up with seasons defined by equinoxes and solstices , it was until recently a strange concept to me that meteorologists use the actual calendar to define seasons. It turns out that statistics, calculations and averages … Continue reading Start of Meteorological Autumn
Sometimes, just sometimes, an unmissable opportunity comes along. You take it. You end up spending a fantastic week in the vicinity of people who happen to operate on the same wavelength as you, congregating from all over the world on this tiny but charming island of Malta. I am writing this on my homebound plane, knackered … Continue reading International Conference of Physics Students (ICPS) 2016, Malta.
This intriguing title describes a very pretty phenomenon, published in a paper for the PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of United States of America) on 4th August 2016 by a team of scientists from the A. James Clark school of engineering, University of Maryland. It is an unprecedented form of a fire … Continue reading The Blue Whirl