I'm currently living in York while working on my degree in
I'm always down for trying out new stuff. I figure it's an ideal
time in my life to be doing things in order to figure out what I
want from the rest of it.
I'm also a pretty keen amateur teacher, and I do a lot of science
outreach type stuff with kids of various ages.
I love to meet new people. Doesn't really matter who, it's just
cool to talk to a range of people with their own interests and
lives and things.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm currently heading into my Master's year in Physics at the
University of York. I'll be researching a way to predict when
magnetically confined fusion reactors are about to explode, and how
to stop that happening. Hopefully, I'll be able to turn that into a
doctoral research position when I'm done. When I'm not working, I
tend to hang with friends, go to the gym, ride bikes, read, play
the odd video game, and browse the internet. The usual stuff.
I’m really good at
Physics! It seems an obvious sort of thing given my choice of
degree, but I genuinely enjoy it a lot. I can also write quite
well, and I can fix just about any issue with a bicycle short of
something that's physically bent or broken. Speaking of which, I am
a pretty good offroad mountain biker (I used to do challenges and
things until I got into my degree. I have certificates!) and as a
consequence I'm virtually fearless on a bike.
I'm a good person to talk problems through with, and I'm told I'm a
I can also fly a glider, although that's not a skill that comes in
particularly handy in day to day life.
The first things people usually notice about me
The eyebrows. Or the hair which occasionally tries to get away from
me (see picture). I've also grown a bit of a beard recently,
although I'm reserving judgement as to whether it stays.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books wise, I'm a big fan of Mark Twain (his factual stuff, Life on
the Mississippi and The Innocents Abroad being two particular
favourites). I also like Jules Verne, Philip K Dick, Terry
Pratchett, David Foster Wallace and a few other odds and ends (I
also really like Bill Bryson but again that's more factual writing.
I've met him in person and he was lovely).
Films are pretty eclectic. Downfall, Fantastic Mr Fox (the Wes
Anderson version), Stop Making Sense and the Aliens trilogy, to
give an example of a few favourites. I watch quite a few films
through Netflix, so if I were to list everything good I've seen
recently it'd take quite a while, but I do love a good film.
Shows, I've just started getting into Breaking Bad (about 4 years
after everyone else, it seems), Archer, Futurama, assorted BBC 3
comedies such as the IT crowd, I am Not an Animal, and pretty much
everything Graham Linehan, Chris Morris and Steve Coogan have ever
Musically, I tend like my electronic stuff. Things like Hot Chip,
LCD Soundsystem, Simian Mobile Disco, Justice, Boys Noize, Ratatat,
Vitalic etc, but I'm diverse in my tastes (a cliche but it's the
Food, I have a big sweet tooth and I also like Chinese stuff, but
my heart really belongs to Nandos. I'm pretty omnivourous though,
and I'm good with just about any style of food you choose to
The six things I could never do without
A laptop/internet combination
Pen and paper
A ready supply of reading material
A comfortable bed
Something to occupy my day
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Problem questions mostly, I have to admit, but when I have a chance
to think about things not related to my degree I usually think
about politics or social stuff, where I'd like to go in the world,
housework, and all the usual stuff the average human mind throws up
when it isn't occupied with something it needs to do right now.
On a typical Friday night I am
Relaxing at home, or possibly out with a few friends. It depends on
what's going on, really.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I still walk quickly past dark alleyways because of the
velociraptors from Jurassic Park. I used to run, but I'm better
You should message me if
Like me, you never discovered who let the dogs out, and you want
answers. We'll take this all the way to the top if we have to.