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Hi all, I'm a PhD student studying quantum optics & slow light media, with a bit of general relativity thrown in.

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I don't mind progress being slow, but so much of the last few weeks has just felt like guessing. If it's not aligned right then it's not clear how to improve it. Just try again and hope.

Made a second one. Charity shops have loads of cool scarfs that are great for this kind of thing, btw. Did the same for my balls, which I need to make more of.

Made a scrunchie to stop my hair falling into the laser beam. Feelin' pretty.

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There's a new Mastodon server for sex workers: (see @switter for updates).

Dropped my spaghetti in the sink. Absolutely still going to eat it.

I seriously need to get into the habit of writing daily. If I'm struggling to focus enough to write a 300 word abstract then I'm in trouble.

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I don't think I could bear the shame of sending a 'Reply All' to an email list, let alone if I had 'Sent from my iPhone' as the signature.

Around 17 universities in the UK are being occupied by students in solidarity with the UCU members on strike. Really impressive to see this kind of action & support.

Here's a UCU message about the resounding rejection of the deal with UUK that was proposed yesterday.

Partly disappointed this was even considered, because it was such a bad deal; partly hoping it was a tactic by UCU to gain a strong mandate for future negotiations. I worry that hope is naive - the deal said classes would be rescheduled, which is a terrible precedent undermining any strike action. This message makes no mention of that point.

Supercooling is where you bring a liquid below its freezing temperature without it actually freezing. Freezing needs an impurity or nucleation site to get started, so I figure shaking the bottle makes bubbles which sets it off.

I've only ever seen supercooling done with very pure water - with stuff from a tap, the usual impurities are enough to stop it remaining liquid. Quite surprised we pulled it off with cider, then.

Found a video from a few years ago when we supercooled cider. Think our lecturer was offering full marks on a test or something for anyone who managed to supercool water.

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no time to be sad, christy, you've got packing to do

Eating cereal from a pot at lunchtime. Not much has changed since undergrad life, I suppose. I'm an adult, honest.

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smol kittens carefully exploring new spaces

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Forgot to take a picture during the day but this is the prettiest university I've been to.

Last few days have been getting our experiment running - it's looking maybe even better than before the move. Rest of the lab is coming Thursday and I move to Glasgow a little after the 12th. Probably won't be commuting, I'll just spend the next couple weeks studying or something.

We moved half of the lab to Glasgow today. The temporary lab space we have is really small so the next few months will be a bit of a pain but I'm so very excited about it all. Also got dibs on the big desk in the office.