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posted by [personal profile] mmoa_writes at 02:19am on 23/02/2014 under ,
... I know. I was wondering what I was going to do with dreamwidth as a blogging/social platform after so long, but then I started going through my reading page and I realised, I knew some pretty awesome people. 

Anyway, it seems I'm going to be one of those irritating people with a finger in every piepot going. From twitter to several tumblr blogs, the old blogger account and now wordpress, it's a whole bunch of fun. Each platform genuinely gives something so different, so for now I'm going to stick with the mess that is my web presence.

An update for those who might be interested )

What am I doing at the moment? Currently I'm on a graduate scheme as a Java developer, getting trained up to work two years for hideously unethical companies. The plan is to save up enough cash to do two masters (one in Classical Studies because I want to keep up with my Classics, the other in Physics or in Computer Science if I can get the latter funded), and then on to a PhD, a research position and finally to take over a disused townhouse in Manchester to base my own research facility.

It's going to be amazing.

Oh and did I mention I'm going to be a published author? That's right, I have a paper that's due to be published by the Disability and Global South Journal on the intersection of technology and disability in West Africa. As someone who is obsessed with History of Science and Philosophy of Science and African history, my research on the African Cyborg is a brilliant way to combine all my interests into one behemoth of intellectual pretension. The research blog is here and is pretty much where I drop anything related to Africa, technology, history and science.

I have another tumblr blog devoted to Hackery and my projects in e-textiles, Arduino and Raspberry Pi. At the moment I'm gearing up for an experimental project researching aquatic snail locomotion - currently this means doing mostly maths and courses on programming/modelling, but I'm also gathering equipment like fishtanks, microscopes, etc. for when the DIY hijinks will ensue. If you're interested in random crap, FieldNotes is the place to go.

The professional me, however, can be found on my WordPress blog, which will eventually become my website. But that's a bit quiet to be honest - more will be coming soon.
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posted by [personal profile] mmoa_writes at 04:13pm on 17/05/2010 under , , ,
Two of my favourite physics blogs are 'Backreaction' and 'The Reference Frame'. Both have very very different philosophies and approaches (from blogging to politics and just about everything in between) but are great reads nonetheless and hugely inspiring.

Then, whilst procrastinating from revision, I came across this entry and the sad (and vaguely bemused) times ensued.
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Things I feel Strongly About
Gay Uganda

I'm currently on the 8th week of a C++ programming course an I have to say, it's the best thing ever. On the joys of C++ )
There has been some source of win, however. I've been accepted for the Student Associates teaching scheme come June, which should be an awesome experience. I've been advised to wait until the new year about possibilities of research placements in the University, but, with the SA acceptance, I won't be able to do any corporate research experience (so goodbye National Nuclear Lab, even if I were good enough to get in) because it would cut into the term of employment. I will definitely apply for other Universities, however - York and Lancaster are the nearest but *sighs* Imperial and UCL would be worth checking into as well, in case I start craving the London scene again.

Last night - apart from an amazing Choir Practise - I attended a discussion about the dissolution [or evolution] of the family unit. Dude, some of these paragraphs are pretty long and you've heard it all before... )

*blows fingers*

Oh yes. Choir pactise was amazing. We have a mostly Russian repertoire which includes the Coronation scene from Boris Godunov (which, which - listen to me! - happens to be the musical theme for the 'Fountain of Youth' episode of the Mighty Boosh series 1. Amazing eh? Unfortunately it means I crack up laughing every time the tenors sing 'Da zdravstvuyet Tsar Boris Feodorovich' because those are the exact bars with which the 'King' of planet Xooberon is announced. Ah, lol), two Cherubic hymns (which make me want to convert to Russian Orthodox) and the Polovetsian Dances from Prince Igor. It is all luvverly and now that my throat cold has gone, so wonderful to sing. Magic.

Saturday saw me at Leeds which was even better than the Birmingham convention Leeds! )

So... I'm feeling more or less content and have been for a week which is such an improvement. It feels amazing. I suspect I was just doing too much at the beginning of the year, but now I've cut out some societies - unless they're doing something genuinely interesting - I have spare time to focus on my degree, you know, the thing I'm actually getting money for *sighs*.

On a more devious note - because I want you all to be too distracted by the gorgeousness to do any work, comme moi - here are shiny new webcomics:

Moon Town

The Meek


The last two are more recently started, so now you'll look extra cool by reading a webcomic not many people have heard of. That is, of course, until I publish this post and my MILLIONS of readers spread the word about their marvellousness.


Goodness but I am in a good mood.

Off to break my neck in Jiu jitsu!
Mood:: 'creative' creative
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Yet another awesome science-y website (the likes of which are the webpage/magazine equivalent to Discovery Channel Documentaries) called 'How Stuff Works'. Reminds me of the old 'The Way Things Work' series that had that mammoth mascott. Anyone? No? Well, I wanted one as a pet until someone crushed my dreams and told me they were an extinct species. Found this very useful page with some background info for a new short story I'm scribbling away. This one will at least make sure I get the basics right, too.

Speaking of documentary channels... )

Have started re reading Pharyngula's blog and am mostly enjoying it. It's funny how one's tastes change, though. I loved it when I was younger, but it seems I've become a lot more mainstream since then. Or maybe just more discerning. It's hard to tell sometimes.

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posted by [personal profile] mmoa_writes at 05:16pm on 26/05/2009 under , , , ,
Cut for unexpected length.

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