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Attended Queen Mary, University of London
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The OU has been very important to me, first in helping me get a degree and now as my employer.
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+Chris Watkins Thanks and yes i am really enjoying it. I would recommend the OU to anyone. :-D
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Some images from space missions that are not quite as good as they should be but are interesting nonetheless.

http://www.planetary.org/blogs/guest-blogs/bill-dunford/20150202-flawed-beauties.html
More examples of imperfect--but tantalizing--images from deep space.
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"You came up with one paradox, and then milked it for 20 years by making slight alterations to it." 

That sounds like a successful academic career to me.
 
Zeno & Zeno
Later on Zeno of Citrium, in accordance with Universal Reason, ate all of Zeno of Elea's leftovers, because Zeno of Elea doesn't deserve them after the mess he left. I mean come on. Didn't get the joke? Zeno of Citrium was founder of the Stoic school of philosophy. He believed happiness and the ...
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I've known users like this.
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Excellent simulation.
 
Fancy simulation of water and optical effects therein.

http://madebyevan.com/webgl-water/
WebGL Water. Made by Evan Wallace. This demo requires a decent graphics card and up-to-date drivers. If you can't run the demo, you can still see it on YouTube. Interactions: Draw on the water to make ripples; Drag the background to rotate the camera; Press SPACEBAR to pause and unpause ...
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That is awesome- it's also amazing that it runs on last-gen phones.

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The torrid story of a grad student's desperate struggle to get computing time on the department's cluster.
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This is even better than the original. You don't need to find some board to push the pins in and the pins don't slip at the last moment ruining two hours of work.
 
Inspirograph

http://nathanfriend.com/inspirograph/

If you ever had a spirograph, or even better if you never had one: now there's a good one on your web browser! 

It's easy to use.  You just move one gear around the other using your mouse (or finger).  I still prefer the actual spirograph: working with actual physical tools is a much more immersive experience than twiddling a computer.  People are getting starved for contact with interesting matter.  But not everyone has access to a spirograph!

It's written using TypeScript - a typed superset of JavaScript that compiles to plain JavaScript:

http://www.typescriptlang.org/

#geometry  
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This is great fun.
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Loads of penguin photos to look at for science. What's not to like?
 
Yesterday we launched our latest project: Penguin Watch. It is already proving to be one of the most popular projects we run, with over one hundred thousand classifications in the first day! The data come from 50 cameras focussed on the nesting areas of…
Yesterday we launched our latest project: Penguin Watch. It is already proving to be one of the most popular projects we run, with over one hundred thousand classifications in the first day! The da...
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Education
  • Queen Mary, University of London
    Astrophysics, 2006 - 2013
    MSc PhD
  • London Guildhall University
    Social Resarch, 1999 - 2001
    MSc
  • Open University
    Mathematics, 1992 - 1998
    MMath BSc
  • Chatham House Grammar School
    1976 - 1983
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Associate Lecturer
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  • Open University
    Associate Lecturer, 2013 - present
  • BT Group
    Various management roles, 1989 - 2007
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