Lifestyle, personal

The scientist’s brain and the artist’s heart

I used to think I was a scientist: all logic, and reasoning, good grades and smart choices. Now, I'm starting to think I might be an artist after all.

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Lifestyle, me, personal

New job, new mindset, new blogging habits: a life update

It's been a while, blog. But I'm here to talk about where I've been for the last year, and about where I'm at now, including my new job, my new mindset, and the new blogging habits I'm hoping to make.

Geek Culture, Lifestyle, me, personal

The making of a nerd (or how Dungeons and Dragons changed my life)

In my heart, I've always been a nerd. But it's not been easy, and I've not always known it. In fact, there have been times when I wished I wasn't, when I hid who I was. The world can make it hard to be different, and I wanted to share with you a story of… Continue reading The making of a nerd (or how Dungeons and Dragons changed my life)

Geek Culture, Lifestyle

Your heroes are people too

They say you should kill your heroes. And as a geek, I have a lot of them, each one of them messy, complicated, and human, just like me.

Geek Culture, Lifestyle

What a Role-Playing Game Taught Me About Self-Image

In which 'Masks' taught me a new mechanic to add to the game they call "real life".

Lifestyle

Graduation: a Three-Year Retrospective

It's not in my nature to get too philosophical about graduation, and I don't want to write a heartfelt blog that reads like an Oscars acceptance speech. But I want to use this as an opportunity to take stock of what I've achieved over the last three years, and not just in terms of blogging. University has been more than just learning biochemistry. It's been throwing myself in at the deep end, facing my fears, and discovering that there is no escaping the fact that I am indeed the big nerd I always suspected myself to be.

Lifestyle

How to Recover Your Creativity

Dear creators: there will be days when you'll wake up so inspired and so full to the brim with ideas that there simply isn't enough time in the day to get them all down on paper. Those are the best kind of days. But then there are other days, days when you can't bring yourself… Continue reading How to Recover Your Creativity

Education, Science, Science and Technology

The Problem With Science Teaching

Not long ago, I attended a lecture about cancer biology. On the very same day, a major story about a potential cancer treatment was published in several national newspapers. But this wasn't mentioned once in my cancer biology lecture, on a course supposedly at "the forefront" of scientific developments. In fact, the only time I… Continue reading The Problem With Science Teaching

Lifestyle

4 Women Who Inspire Me – International Women’s Day 2016

Happy International Women's Day! To celebrate the day, I wanted to tell you about just a few of the many inspirational women on this Earth. Disclaimer: some of the following women may or may not be fictional. (Second disclaimer: this list is subjective and I know how the internet feels about subjectivity. Third disclaimer: I have never actually… Continue reading 4 Women Who Inspire Me – International Women’s Day 2016

Lifestyle

On New Year’s Resolutions and Feeling Like a Failure

"I've always felt like a failure inside if I'm not already a success, if that makes any sense." -Felicia Day, You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) I'm a perfectionist, and the way I sometimes see it, a failure until proven otherwise. And it’s a curse. I've drafted out this blog post three or four… Continue reading On New Year’s Resolutions and Feeling Like a Failure