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1 October 2012
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Growth

When do people grow? An introspective, rambling post that makes as little sense as possible, I think, about thoughts and feelings that are difficult to put into words.

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11 July 2012
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Northern Irish Identity

Some of you may be familiar with the date. 11th July. Every year. That’s tonight, by the way.

A night where people go crazier than usual, where bonfires spring up and police are on patrol. And on this ‘special’ night, I wanted to share a post from my friend, Chris Geddis, on national identity in ‘Our Wee Country’…

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19 June 2012
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Conferences and Open Bars

Every so often, when doing a PhD, you get to go to conferences and the like. Sometimes, there conferences are across the world, and you get a free holiday. Sometimes, they’re right in your backyard.

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25 April 2012
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Chronicles of a Thesis: Despair, frustration and hope

So I had this moment after an hour futilely analysing a sample looking for my stuff to happen, and seeing nothing. See, the equipment I use to analyse it is kinda dodgy, like most equipment in labs everywhere. It is new, but has glitches and problems, and I was coming against one of its problems.

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27 March 2012
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Jailed for a tweet; social media isn’t your internal monologue

A twitter user has been jailed for 56 days for making “racially offensive comments on Twitter” about footballer Fabrice Muamba. What about the guys who got jailed for creating a riot event on Facebook, even though the event never happened? Part of the problem is, that public mood dictates jail terms, and that is a dangerous position to be in. However, social media is NOT your diary or your internal monologue. That is what I’m trying to point out.

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22 January 2012
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Chronicles of a Thesis: Day 4 – Procrastination

Weekends are hard…

So, Saturday (yesterday) was tough because I bought a new toy – Panasonic Lumix G3 DSLR 😀 – but at least I did about half an hour of work. Today… none, nada, ziltch. James was over, and then I was going over to my parents for dinner, and then Nicky had a new Xbox and I was chatting about that with him… and it just didn’t fit. I could do it now, but it’s half 9 and I need some ‘me’ time to chill and play games with some crappy movie in the background.

I think it’s been a hell of a week, and I’m not going to go crazy if I miss a day. I have a lot going on, and the thesis is an important part, so I will be making time for it. But one day won’t kill me. I might still do a little this evening, after some Fallout 3, which is very fun. And, you gotta remember what they say, you have to have a little fun, every day.

Peace, out!

– Matt

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20 January 2012
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Chronicles of a Thesis: Day 1 – A beginning (LyX)

It’s gotten to thepoint – for a few reasons – that I really must start making a concerted effort to write up my thesis in order to finish on time by autumn. And so, I will be regaling you all with my progress, thoughts and frustrations. Lots and lots of frustrations, I’ll bet. I appreciate your attention, comments and advice. I’ve resolved to do an hour a day on my thesis – for those who don’t know, I’m studying a PhD in Physics.

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