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Sensible Attribution

Things used to be small and simple, for scientists anyway. Early in scientific history most research was conducted by a lone eccentric in a basement laboratory and even as science became a more mainstream occupation it was rare that more than a couple of scientists would ever be needed to collaborate together. Identifying where credit was due then was a simple task. But not any more. Read On…

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Two Years of Twitter

It is, give or take a couple of weeks, about two years since I first joined Twitter . I was told in an online discussion that I’d get bored of it within days, but I’m glad to say it’s been both a positive and rewarding experience. Read On…

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Taking Questions

There are many skills other than giving a good talk which a speaker must develop if they are to do their job well. One of the most important, particularly for a science speaker, is taking questions. It’s also a skill which is more problematic than one might at first think. Although I’m still trying to improve this myself, I offer here a few lessons which I’ve learnt so far. Read On…

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Antarctic Station

It’s a little out of my usual area of science and, to be honest, even the sort of thing I would read about casually. But recently I’ve quite enjoyed following the exploits of the Princess Elisabeth, Antactica station –  a Belgian research outpost about 220km inland from the icy continent’s East coast. Read On…

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First Encounters with Windows 8

Over this Christmas holiday I have had the opportunity to get hands on with Microsoft’s latest operating system: Windows 8. I have to say that I was initially very enthusiastic as the new “Metro” styling is, in my opinion, probably the most attractive looking interface I’ve seen in a long time. The usability of the new OS however, was a lot less clear. Read On…

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Choosing Colours for Grey-scale

There was an amusing photograph doing the rounds of data visualisation blogs this week (courtesy of @adamsinger) showing a map of American states in a newspaper. The graphic was meant to show which states voted for which presidential candidate but, after clearly being made in colour, the designer had neglected to consider what would happen to those colours when they were printed in a grey-scale newspaper. Read On…

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Never Finished: Developing in Public

It’s been a few months now since I put out the new redesign of this site despite the fact that then, as now, it wasn’t really finished. I was nervous about developing in public and whether it would work, but now seems a good time to call it one way or the other. Read On…

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I Intend…

It’s a common problem for all organisations and my work in a physics collaboration is no exception. I have an idea or proposal for something I want to do, but as a junior member of the organisation I need to ensure my seniors have no objection. So I send an e-mail of the form “I would like to…” or “Is it OK if I…”. The problem comes when no response is received: I have no objections to address but also no authority to proceed, my proposal is dead in the water. Read On…

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First Post

Welcome to my new blog!

Before today, everything I used on this site was my own. I wrote everything from scratch and by hand, not utilising a single external library. But these days I spend more of my working life in front of a keyboard, and correspondingly less time doing the same thing in my free-time at home. So productivity on my personal projects has fallen. I still want to do everything myself, but if I do then I’ll never see the results. Hence I’ve moved to using WordPress to write this blog. Read On…