This week I thought “Why not do a first aid course?”. The company offered us all a day out at the American Red Cross, to learn CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), basic first aid, and some tips on when to use an AED (automated external defibrilator). It was rather a jolly day, despite being constantly reminded not [...]
Last Friday, New York became the 6th US state to behave like a western democracy and vote in favour of the legality of same-sex marriages. This is excellent news. I was best-man at the civil partnership (as UK law treats same-sex marriages) of 2 very close friends, and it was a deeply moving, beautiful [...]
“We’re going to see David Tennant and Catherine Tate in Much Ado About Nothing”, Haley said to me in November 2010. “We’ve been here before”, I thought. A couple of years ago we joined the RSC so we could buy advance tickets for the London run of Hamlet (starring David Tennant and Patrick Stewart). [...]
A good friend of mine has written a book. I’m quite excited about it. Being an academic I know lots of people who have published, because in universities that is the convenient way that pen-pushers measure how clever, hard-working, REF-able, or just highly-cited regardless of research quality you are. Publish or perish. Most of [...]
Its generally at this time of year that I remember about Facebook. During the normal course of my life I am happy to say that I can stay away from Facebook for large periods of time. However around Easter is traditionally when the Chaos Ball is, that is the Cardiff Uni, School of Physics annual [...]
Update: This blog entry is also available on the Guardian local site for Cardiff - hoorah!
Last week was National Science and Engineering Week again – the week when scientists and engineers engage with the public in innovative ways. It was actually SET ’97 where I took my first tentative steps into the [...]
I love making time-lapse films, so I’ve done another one. Stuart has made a very nice Planck model, so we thought a quick explanation of how to assemble it would be the perfect accompaniment. I’m behind the camera and you can see Stuart’s hands doing the work.
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Making a video is like a Cadbury’s Double Decker; there is a period of time beyond which I forget how much I dislike it and have a crack at another one. In the case of a Double Decker it’s the idea of nougaty chocolate that lures me in. With videos I rather like the [...]
When I was much younger than I am now, I had the books of Dirty Beasts and Revolting Rhymes, by Roald Dahl. I have a lot of sympathy for Roald Dahl as an author. He does what Enid Blyton dares not. Make stories for children (and about children) where you can say ‘fart’, dirty [...]
Recently I’ve become a little obsessed with making time-lapse videos. My modest equipment is an Olympus e420 (which is a digital SLR camera – I’ve had an Olympus OM10 since I was about 12 and loved it), a 25mm-50mm zoom lens, and a strange device called an intervalometer. This last esoteric piece of [...]