Remember, not everyone has the same cultural background: Today, I explained that I was going on “sabbatical” to my Chinese grad student. Which, of course, required discussing the sabbath, and then the Bible, the Abrahamic religions, the book of Genesis, and the 10 commandments…

An unanticipated downside of large British electrical plugs is that a slug can crawl up inside and electrocute itself, as I have just learned from experience. Do not ask about the sizzling and crackling noise.

Am quite proud of myself for marking a bunch of undergraduate project reports from a campsite in Cornwall.

Invigilating my first of two exams today: Astrophysics. Good luck to the students!

(For North American readers: “invigilate” = “proctor”.)

I just received a referee request from a high quality journal.

I know it’s an excellent paper — since I’m one of the authors.

@help: I’ve just moved to a new self-hosted WordPress blog, and I am trying to set up the micro.blog iOS/macOS apps to post directly there. but I always get the message “An error occurred. Please try again.” Any ideas?