Society in lockdown

With the humanitarian disaster aside, those of us in lockdown have an unusual view of society. Where I live, there are several supermarkets and busy roads, so when I look out of the window, it is usually an endless parade of yuppiemobiles. Now, with all the unessential jobs being closed, I can see modern societyContinue reading “Society in lockdown”

The University is closed for the foreseeable future

We are in unprecedented times – I really mean it this time! The university has been closed; as a PhD researcher, this presents somewhat of a challenge. Many of you will be in a similar or worse situation, and I hope all works out well for you – I am confident it will. Due toContinue reading “The University is closed for the foreseeable future”

Digital cleaning – 95

For the last three months, my computer has been performing very poorly, and I have been spending many a weekend trying to figure out why. Well, I have finally fixed the problem, it turns out there was an issue with my cooling, after several minutes of the computer being on it had reached 100°C –Continue reading “Digital cleaning – 95”

Wishing you all a happy New Year!

It is the end of the year by date, and I thought I would wish everyone a belated Merry Christmas and a happy New-Year. I have been spending some time away at the parent’s house, and purposefully ignoring everything that is part of my ‘usual-life’ which includes this blog. For me, 2019 has been aContinue reading “Wishing you all a happy New Year!”

Democracy and bending the rules – 96

We had an election here in the UK yesterday (yes this was written in December). Because of this, I have been reflecting on why we, as a society, tend to vote against our best interests. I used to believe that it was because people were ignorant and therefore easily tricked into voting against their interests.Continue reading “Democracy and bending the rules – 96”

Contentment of Perseverance – 94

An avocado, apple and a banana walk into a fridge. As part of my research, I am looking at how things degrade in the consumer environment. By consumer environment, I mean a refrigerator. I will be capturing the colour change of various salad products; then showing the resulting time-lapse images to ‘consumers’, so we canContinue reading “Contentment of Perseverance – 94”

The great restorer – 94

One odd side-effect of being a student that I did not anticipate is the financial efficiency that I have had to develop. For me, this has developed into a habit of fixing and maintaining things myself rather than paying other people or buying new items. I spent four hours today changing the bottom bracket inContinue reading “The great restorer – 94”

On not being a sell-out – 93

This one is not going to be related to my escapades as a PhD student as I have something else I would like to write about. It is something that I have been thinking about for a few years, but I have not had my thoughts gathered sufficiently as to explain them to you untilContinue reading “On not being a sell-out – 93”

The institutionalisation of I – 90

I have not been very active on here for the last few months. The reason for this is that I have had next to no motivation to write. I have spent a lot of time on a website called Kaggle, which is a website for competing in data science tasks. So, it is not asContinue reading “The institutionalisation of I – 90”