St Jerome in his study

The National Gallery in London has two of my favourite paintings, both depicting the same scene: St Jerome in his study, rendering the Bible into Latin. The painting by Vincenzo Catena [c. 1480–1531] is probably my favourite of the two, depicted in figure 1, the other by Antonello da Messina [c. 1430 –  1479] as…

A night owl, coding/working at 7:30am

I’m a night owl. Well, at least, that’s the label I’ve carried for as long as I can remember. Is it just the default option I have or do I have another mode that has been dormant for so long? If I have a night to myself I will stay awake until my eyes can…

A big computer in a chapel, Barcelona

I’ve just finished help co-host a new conference series called EMiT which presents work from developers and users of emerging computing technology. It’s a cool conference, and we managed to squeeze in a tour of the MareNostrum supercomputer. A friend and colleague Dr Michael Bane spun the idea of EMiT up 3 years ago, and…

Physik und Kaffee in beautiful Vienna

I had the pleasure of spending w/c 18th of April 2016 in Vienna at the European Geophysical Union (EGU). I recall first visiting the picturesque city back in 2004 towards the tail end of my Phd. I say tail-end, it was the rough end of trying to finish everything! I have a lot to thank…