Daniel I. Scully


Learning 3D using Blender

Though I always try my best I’ve never been particularly good at drawing, it’s not one of my strong suits. But I often feel the urge to create pictures, particularly of the ships from Star Trek – a show I get a great deal of enjoyment from. Finally I’ve found the time to solve this dilemma by learning how to create computer generated 3D graphics. Read On…


The Pixel Perfect Fantasy

When writing my PhD thesis recently, I departed from the standard practice in science of writing documents in LaTeX. The resulting printed version does not look as perfect as it might have done had I used LaTeX, leading many of my colleagues to conclude that I had used an inferior method. But less perfect is not necessarily bad. Read On…

Image from Ubisoft

Splinter Cell: Blacklist

I’ve been a keen gamer ever since first playing the flight sim my Dad bought me along with our first computer, and over the years the Splinter Cell series has probably averaged out as my favourite. The sixth in the series, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, was released this August. It was also the first Splinter Cell game since the original I did not buy on release day, primarily due to a lack of confidence that it was going to take a good direction. Read On…


Water & Distributed Working

After completing the corrections to my PhD thesis the previous day, I started off this Tuesday to search for employment. Before loading even the first job advertisement however disaster struck. Fortunately I had a plan! Read On…

Photograph of a section of the printed PhD thesis

PhD Viva and Thesis

While this doesn’t really qualify for a full blog post I feel like posting an update on where I am.

I submitted my PhD thesis some time in mid September, and had my viva on Friday 18th October, which I passed with minor corrections (that’s about as good as it gets). While I’m waiting for confirmation from the examiner I think I’ve taken care of those corrections last Monday.

I’m now off to look for a job!


Designing the Lynn Charity Stages website

Earlier this year I designed and built a new website for the Lynn Charity Stages rally, an annual motor sport event held by King’s Lynn & District Motor Club. It’s a small and simple website but I’m quite pleased with how it came out, so thought you may be interested in the thinking behind its design, and a tour of its more interesting features. Read On…


Learning to Touch Type

About four years ago I filled out a light-hearted profile, where one of the questions asked me for one thing I wished I could do. My answer was “touch type”. It was an honest answer, but I didn’t really consider that I would ever actually do it. But I’m typing this now without so much as a glance at my keyboard, and it’s made a massive difference to the time I spend on my computer. If you spend any time at all working with computers I can assure you it’s worthwhile learning, so here’s how I did and what I got out of it. Read On…

physics text books

The Teaching Ladder

Early this year the Department for Education put out a poster which attempted to encourage people into teaching physics with the promise that they could become managers sooner than in other walks of life. Understandably this received a negative reaction from the physics community (and has since vanished!). After all, wanting to become a manager is not the right motivation or mindset you need to teach and inspire students about physics. But although I agree with that criticism, it did remind me of another concern I have over how we run our schools. Read On…


Maths in Early HTML

Tim Berners-Lee invented HTML and the web while working at the particle physics lab CERN as a way for scientists to communicate ideas. It will come as no surprise to learn that a large part of science comes in the form of maths, so it’s surprising that even today maths has never really been given proper attention when it comes to display on websites. But it could all have been so different… Read On…


The Human Touch

One of the best presents I got at Christmas this year was “The Signal and the Noise: The Art and Science of Prediction” by Nate Silver. You may have come across Nate Silver from his successful predictions of recent US Presidential elections and the book is broadly about making predictions in various fields: finance, baseball, politics etc. There are many take-home messages on making good predictions, and not making bad ones, but there was one theme in particular which resonated with some of my own thinking. Read On…