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My New Job

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Having spent the past two-and-a-bit years working full-time as a PhD student, in the next few days I’ll be moving up the researcher ranks. The next chapter of my career will commence next week as I will start my new job as a Research Associate (aka a PostDoc). Even though I haven’t officially finished my PhD, my time will be split evenly between my PhD work and other research-based jobs that have been assigned to me.

Migrating to Hugo

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I’m well aware that the design of this site has changed a lot of the years as I try and optimise things to the best possible state. I think it is fair to say that I’m not a designer and I never will be. Most of the time I rely on a quick bootstrap CSS layout to get things started. As you can probably guess, I dislike web design. One of the major changes to this site is that I know longer use Jekyll to turn my content into a static site.

Using Lockdown to your Advantage

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So with the rather rapid increase of COIVID-19 infections as of recent, it looks like we could be heading towards another lockdown in the form of a ‘circuit breaker’ - described as a tight set of restrictions - it could feel a lot like the original lockdown - but crucially it would be for a fixed period of time

Fun with Forwarding and SSH Tunnelling

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Linux (and all UNIX-based systems for that matter) is a pretty well thought out operating system with tones of useful features. I use either macOS or Linux every day for work and leisure and feels like every day I learn about some new cool features I can use to make my life as a researcher and nerd incredibly useful.

A Weekend That Changed My Life

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Every now and then we all have those long holiday weekends that we look back on that are distinguished above all others. This weekend was no exception. Like many holidays, I spent the last few hours before setting off trying to organise everything I needed, marking the start of the holiday. Leaving things to last-minute is nothing unusual for me but I knew that I would return from this holiday with my life forever different.

Raspberry Pi Backup Server

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So I recently reached the limits on my free 2GB Basic Dropbox (it\’s not much, I know) and I\’ve always wanted to find my own way of syncing and backing up my data securely. I\’ve tried services like OwnCloud and NextCloud before, which work okay but are not perfect. These services require a little more technical ability to set up (encryption, web server, e.t.c) and cost money if you choose to use a cloud-based solution such as DigitalOcean or Vultr rather than self-hosting.

Generating Editor Graphs from Wikipedia Articles

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There is no doubt that Wikipedia as a service is super, super useful. I don\’t know how many times I\’ve used it to learn about a new topic. Wikipedia is perhaps best well-known for its service as a collaborative platform where users (or editors) of any background can come and contribute towards sharing their knowledge and ensure that a given Wikipedia article maintains a high quality.

Let the Research Begin

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For those of you who have paid close attention to my life recently will know that I have just started my PhD. I\’m very much excited to get things going as I know I\’ll just love going all-out nerd on a topic in depth.

I'm going to be a Ph.D student!

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As the title suggests, as of October 2018 (this year) I will become a student. This is something in life I never thought I would ever achieve, but nevertheless, it brings me great pleasure to say that my I may very well end up getting my doctorate. The best part is that it\’s funded. More details on what my research will involve will follow.

Blog Update

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Hello all,

I appreciate that it\’s been a while since I have last updated my blog (over a year in fact). After what appears to be years of switching between WordPress and Jekyll I have decided to completely migrate my blog to Jekyll.