As of today, I am officially a graduate of the University of Oxford. My name was read in absentia at the ceremony in the Sheldonian Theatre today. As such, I am now a member of the Convocation. Admittedly, it is somewhat anticlimactic to finish my degree in this way. It was, however, the sensible choice. […]


My friend Kerrie, who has just started a master’s program at Oxford, has just become the latest of the Oxford bloggers. Thankfully, it seems that her arrival was somewhat less sodden and confusing than mine was. Oxophiles and any Oxonian readers I have retained, take note.


Given the following: I am doing as much as possible to avoid air travel, due to the carbon emissions associated. If I were going to fly, it would be (a) to deal with some kind of emergency or possibly (b) for an extended visit to a previously unseen part of the world. You only get […]


May 17th


in Daily updates, Oxford

Since I am off canoeing in darkest wilderness, I cannot offer you anything new today. As an alternative, here are some old things. One year ago, I was writing about Oxford final exams and special illuminated evenings at the Pitt Rivers Museum. A year before that, I was contemplating what I might be doing right […]


For some reason, it is intensely satisfying to live in a way that satisfies these two conditions: Being able to walk from your home into a wooded area where you have some hope of going a week without seeing anyone else. Having the gear and experience required to actually do so. Vancouver easily matches the […]


Quite a number of people (mostly Canadians) have been contacting me recently with questions about Oxford. In an effort to aid them, I am working on a new page on the wiki: General information about Oxford The aim is to express – in a concise form – some of the things I have learned about […]


At University College, Oxford, you can see a large memorial to Percy Bysshe Shelley. Those who have seen The Saint may remember it as the place where the lead characters meet. Its presence is a bit odd, however, given that the college and university expelled him because he refused to deny writing a pamphlet called […]


Emily kindly sent me a link to the video of Sir Nicholas Stern’s presentation in the Examination Schools at Oxford in February of 2007. I was lucky enough to attend in person; I even got to speak with him at the exclusive reception afterwards. My notes are on the wiki. This is your chance to […]


After asking my permission, a group of authors used one of my photos in their book Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies: Understanding Patterns of Project Behavior. The photo in question is of a Soviet automobile in the Occupations Museum in Tallinn. I am not sure of the precise context in which it was used, but […]


It seems my mountain climbing, robot-building friend Mark has a relatively new blog. He works with autonomous robots of the kind that competed in the recent DARPA Urban Challenge. Here is one way in which such robots see the world: as a set of laser determined ranges. Previous robot-related posts: The foolishness of the International […]