the story so far…….

As usual, there has been a bit of a time lag in my blogging. I’m working on getting more regular at this people. Until then please forgive the absences. I assure you I am actually working (most of)the time I am not here.

Anyway, as far as school goes. I am almost done with the lectures segment of my course. Although to, be honest, their idea of lectures has mainly involved getting us to read and figure out stuff on our own as much as possible and get back to them when extra direction is needed. My research project has been picked though, so I shall be working on nothing else from about the end of march until the end of September when I turn in and defend my thesis.

As for what its about, well, I shall be using the finite difference time domain method to determine the electromagnetic field distribution in the vicinity of silver and gold nanoparticles and find the localized surface plasmon resonances of a range of nanostructures(copied almost directly from the proposal I was given. The links will help explain it but basically I shall be using a FORTRAN program developed as someone’s Phd to run some simulations. I may end up making some modifications to the code too, depending on how things go.

As for Judo, I went for my first competition this weekend At the University of Sheffield International Student Teams competition. The ‘A’ team from my club came in second and our women won the drinking challenge later that night. I didn’t do so well. I fought in the ‘C’ team in the weight class above mine against predominantly better competition. And I made some mistakes I shouldn’t have. Hence I got, thrashed. Still, I have a feeling I shall not be repeating those mistakes again. And, barring any surprise schoolwork, I’ll be fighting in another competition this weekend at my proper weight class against less seasoned opposition. I’ll let you know how that goes. And hopefully I’ll have pictures.

Until then people………….


A CNN article on supercomputers

Just because I’ve had to give about half a dozen talks on what they are and why they are interesting.

Sadly the one at The Job is probably the fastest in this part of the world. I’m not counting the South Africans though. I know they have us beaten by a long shot.

link here