Perks of a PhD life: seeing the world!

A lot has happened since I last wrote. It is now August (...AUGUST!?) and the department is eeriely quiet, now that the undergrads are gone and research group meetings are on hold. As an early PhD student, I am just beginning to understand the monotony of coming in to work, battle with computer code, obtain … Continue reading Perks of a PhD life: seeing the world!

About keeping sane during exam season.

I hate exams. Unqestionably, I am not the only student to hold this opinion. Exams have the power to make you feel physically sick, nauseous, anxious, inadequate - give me your favourite negative emotion, and certainly an exam at some point in a student's life stands guilty of its cause. Often, it is not even … Continue reading About keeping sane during exam season.

The only thing worse than 2016 is that it was followed by 1984.

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.

On the Electromagnetic Telegraph and Morse Code

  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

Start of Meteorological Autumn

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 [1], 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