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Day 316/365: Electrical engineering: Doing it right [20181112|22:04]
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Just a photo today as I've been bashing away at my horrendous comment reply backlog (sorry, y'all).

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There are All-Gender Toilets in the Electrical Engineering building. I applaud you, EE building; well done.

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Day 315/365: The Friday Five on a Sunday [20181111|20:46]
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[the weather today is |now I want cheese]

  1. What was the first type of cheese you ever ate?

    I don't remember, but I'm guessing it was something fairly flavourless but fun to eat. Like string cheese.

  2. What was the type of cheese you ate most recently?

    Manchego. Wait, I tell a lie, I put some garlic & herb cream cheese on my sandwich at lunch. But I think of that as more of a spread than a proper cheese.

  3. What is the most unusual cheese you ever ate?

    Hm, I don't know. I've tried a lot of different cheeses. I think one of the most unusual (and enjoyable) cheese flavours is soft ash-coated goat's milk cheese.

    One of the odder cheeses I've tried and liked is brunost or gjetost, which is a soft brown Norwegian whey cheese. It's extremely sweet for a cheese.

  4. What is your favorite cheese?

    Well, it depends on which country I'm in, as I'll generally eat whatever the local specialities are. I do like a good Cornish Yarg at Christmas.

  5. What is your favorite dish made with cheese?

    For comfort food, nothing beats mac and cheese. For pure decadence, baked camembert with garlic and a big pile of flatbreads or toast for gobbling up the lot. When I'm homesick, a cheese quesadilla.


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Day 314/365: The Big Reveal [20181110|20:03]
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As promised on Thursday, here is the public announcement of the Big News.

I started a new job last Monday.

After almost exactly twelve years, I left the lab. I was sad to go, but my reasons for leaving were myriad and included being very, very tired after six years of commuting between London and Birmingham. My one-way commute has gone from three-plus hours to just over half an hour, including drop-off times for both children.

I'm still working in engineering, just doing a different role at a different institution, about which I shall be intentionally vague to protect my pseudo-anonymity here.

We shall see how it goes. My apologies if I'm less responsive here than usual; learning a new job is time- and energy-intensive.

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Day 312/365: Kitty AI [20181108|22:02]
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Oh look, it's 10 PM and I haven't posted yet. Sorry all. There is a specific reason for the lack of public offerings this week, about which I hope to post in more detail at the weekend. In the meantime, have a photo of Humuhumu and me at the BOM (Birmingham Open Media) lab/art gallery, experiencing the "Kitty AI". And taking selfies, obvs.

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Day 309/365: Country lane traffic jam [20181105|19:52]
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[the weather today is |amused]

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Here is the most exciting thing to happen in Rural Farmville in the past week. This is probably more sheep than cars we get down our lane in a day. Closely followed by two energetic border collies and a shouty farmer. Ah, country life.

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Day 308/365: Three photos make a post [20181104|20:01]
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Achievement Unlocked #1: Humuhumu has discovered reading to herself, in her head, for pleasure. The first book she chose for this was the Usborne book we bought at the Sun exhibition, Sun, Moon and Stars. (No Oxford comma in the title. Not that this bothers me. Nope.)

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This is her reading it on the train to Brum this weekend, sitting next to her cousin.

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Day 307/365: Ikon Gallery: Polly Apfelbaum [20181103|22:31]
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We went into Brum today with visiting family members, and took in both the BOM Lab and Ikon Gallery exhibitions. The latter was a particular hit with the children, since it involved these beautifully bright tactile fabrics, all of which you were allowed to interact with, so long as you took your shoes off. They loved it.

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Day 305/365: The Sun: Living with Our Star [20181101|20:18]
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[the weather today is |bierceian]

To kick off this eleventh twelfth of a weariness, I bring you the Sun, an object of which we can expect to see very little in the UK during the month of November.

Humuhumu and I spent well over an hour in the Science Museum exhibition “The Sun: Living with Our Star”. She enjoyed all the objects in the exhibit, but particularly the hands-on things, like reading different types of sundial, and seeing how much solar power she could generate using a set of rotatable mirrors (see below).

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Humuhumu maximising her solar power generation.

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Last but not least, we were very excited to see one of Mummy’s work colleagues in a video in the exhibition!

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Helen in the lab, pretending to do something important with a bunch of cables. Or maybe she’s not pretending - she is wearing a grounding strap! :D Anyway, she’s saying, “I have touched this object and now it’s going to go up into space.” Which is a pretty cool thing to be able to say.

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This is only a small and highly personal sampling of the objects, activities and videos on display. We enjoyed them all, and it was well worth the £15 price of admission (for me; children 16 and under go free). Do go, if you can! It’s on through early May of next year.

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Day 304/365: Buses FTW [20181031|21:16]
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[the weather today is |advisory]

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I don't have the energy to put together a post about the Sun exhibition, so instead, please have a friendly reminder that the best and cheapest way to see London (particularly Oxford Street at mid-day) is from the front seats on the top deck of a double-decker bus. It will cost you all of £1.50 and you can ride as many different buses as you want in an hour. This post has been endorsed by an enthusiastic six-year-old.

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Day 303/365: LDN [20181030|22:48]
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[the weather today is |Wiped]

Took the girl to London today to see the Sun exhibition at the Science Museum. Brilliant day but delayed trains meant a very late return home. Proper recap tomorrow.

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