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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.

include guitar, juggling & chess

Jocelyn Bell Burnell gave a really excellent talk at our uni today on her discovery of pulsars. Funny, interesting and inspiring in equal measures.

Didn't destroy my Windows partition, either. Everything's coming up Milhouse.

I think it's up and running! Even managed to connect to eduroam, which is never a mean feat.

As well as Violent Borders I'm also going to read The Death Of Bunny Munro by Nick Cave. That way instead of always being angry when I read, I can... also be sad?? Good thinking christy

I think I'm going to try out Arch Linux. Something is not clear to me: if I follow the main installation guide on the wiki, it's not going to erase Windows, right? But I should set up partitions beforehand, probably?

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I am a PhD in accelerator physics, who currently works for the European Spallation Source ERIC in Lund, Sweden. We are building the worlds brightest neutron source!

Heating works and hifi is set up. I'm finally Home.

Come to think of it, I'm not even sure about electricity or the internet. That seems like a glaring hole in my knowledge.

Incidentally, I'm considering just not getting a broadband provider. Any contracts for 3 months have extortionate set up fees. I could probably just plan ahead using the university wifi plus phone data. I'd still have books and music for entertainment.

Flat apparently has no gas supplier. Signed up for one and apparently it can take 3 weeks to switch, but that estimate assumed I *already had a supplier*. So I don't actually know how long this will take. I'll phone tomorrow.

I have no idea what this sort of infrastructure even looks like. How do different suppliers get the gas to the same flat without putting in new pipes somewhere?

I'm already so in love with this place. I was so worried when I moved out of the Farmhouse that I wouldn't ever find somewhere that meant as much to me as it did. Does.

Picking up the keys for my flat today. It's unfurnished so it'll be a bit before I actually move in, maybe next weekend. God I miss my hifi.

And my new laptop arrived! Everything's coming up Milhouse.

I've only gone and got the flat I applied to! Yaaaassss

Got a few hours to kill so I s'pose I'll go see Thor

Got an actual bedroom to stay in for ~3 weeks. Then I figure couch surf for a bit longer, go home for Christmas, and straight to Glasgow in the new year.

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Toot! I'm a UK-based experimental physics postdoc (moving to Exeter University in the new year), with research interests in quantum photonics/information. Physics for fun interests: Q field theory, GR, interpretations of QM. Avid player of games of all types and getting big into coding.

If I read for pleasure it's necessarily a fiction book for the escapism. I'm not sure how to read a book like Violent Borders without getting angry at the world whenever I pick it up.

Currently reading Violent Borders by Reece Jones. This subject has been on my mind a lot lately.

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#introduction Hullo! Show more

I am going to make it through this year if it kills me