Should I repay my student loan early?

I did my undergraduate degree at the University of Glasgow from 2007 until 2012. As a Scottish resident, and with parents earning under a certain threshold, I was entitled to a student loan from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) managed by the Student Loans Company (SLC). Put simply, SAAS …

First Detection of Gravitational Waves!

tl;dr: we have detected gravitational waves! Read our paper in Physical Review Letters here!

Update: we hosted a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) session over the past few days. The reception was incredible and we tried to answer as many questions as we could. Take a look at our …

Euclidean zoning

When I first stumbled upon this blog post, the catchy title made me think of geometry and some cool application it might have to town planning. Instead, it turns out that "Euclidean" actually refers to the fact that the technique, presented in the blog post, originates from Euclid, Ohio. In …

Actually, No Gravitational Waves

Update: only a year after this article was published, we did in fact discover gravitational waves!

My previous two blog posts regarding the BICEP2 results talked about the possibility of gravitational waves having been detected. It turns out that the results were found to have some problems when given some …

Real time updating slideshow with webcam photos

I recently hosted a Halloween party and I thought it would be a cool idea to have my Raspberry Pi set up to take photos every few seconds and display them in some sort of slideshow. After a few hours of tinkering with my Raspberry Pi and Camera Module (technically …

A Handy Tool for Cleaning Up Disorganised Backups

During my recent trip to Germany, I took a whole bunch of photos with my smartphone. While I was out there, I experimented with a different operating system on my phone. Since my regular contacts from home were communicating with me using different channels (email, WhatsApp, etc.), I could afford …

Sonos-Like Synchronised Streaming

I got a Sonos kit a little while back through an employee offer at my old workplace. For anyone that doesn't know, this is an easy-to-use solution to playing audio from local computers, internet radio, Spotify, Napster and so on. You buy a Sonos speaker and base station, and connect …

37 Days

I've just finished watching the BBC three part series '37 Days'. It is about the 5 weeks leading up to the First World War, and is portrayed from the British, German, Russian, Austrian and French sides. The drama is primarily set in the Cabinet Room of the British government, and …

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