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loose connections

One evening shortly before Thanksgiving 2012 a good friend and I whiled away half an evening in a bookshop in San Francisco. Having been in the states for about a month, I had realised that with the exception of required reading at school, I wasn’t well versed in modern American literature. My year in the[…]

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Carolina Revisited

The things you read on the internet are not always false, like the meme that states… At the end of May two of my Durham friends got hitched (to each other), giving us the perfect excuse to travel back to the city and see my friends and former colleagues. Although the US and back in[…]

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Can you speak my dog’s language?

At a conference this week a colleague claimed that a rescued Alsation / goldie cross of theirs (now sadly departed) knew over 40 commands and that they had taken to teaching her variations of the commands in Spanish, German and Gaelic. As a curious Friday musing I thought I’d collate all the commands / words[…]

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Perspective

I’d be lying if I said that the turn of this year hasn’t been marked by a lingering disappointment that for now and the forseeable future I will not be make a living from research and teaching. Although I am happy with my current job and have spent my career weaving between commercial, charitable sector[…]

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soul man

Over the last 12 years I have always been the proud owner-wearer of at least one pair of Dr Marten’s boots. It’s hard to enthuse enough about how awesome they are, comfortable, waterproof, durable, wear them to work, dress them up, walk the dog in them – I wear them until they drop from my[…]

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10 things I love…

… about America, (or at least this part of it, especially for Babydoll and without caveats) 10 – the sunshine 9 – outdoor concerts, festivals, theatre (without rain!) 8 – places to explore – coast, city and mountains 7 – BAGELS! 6 – great local restaurant & food scene 5 – cycling (especially cycling that[…]

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Virtual Landscapes

One of the piece of research I’ve been working on finally came to fruition in a busy series of experiments and write up in the last two weeks. The short study (on which I presented a poster at Digital Heritage, York) aims to assess user interaction with three interfaces for displaying landscape data. The purpose[…]

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Critters

Thought it was about time I made a list of all the native flora and fauna I have seen while out and about (introduced a la Bridget Jones with pertinent facts) Giant swallowtail butterflies – the kind and size we only get in butterfly houses in the UK Fireflies – kinda magical in a, they[…]