Travels on the bike

June 4, 2009 / 1 comment

Last weekend I went out on the bike to check out some of the countryside around Grenoble. Grenoble’s got two big rivers – the Drac and the Isère – and on Saturday I went up the Drac for a while (only getting lost three times). To start with I followed the cycle path from by…

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Moats and so on

June 1, 2009 / 2 comments

I’ve been having some fun reading about the French take on the expenses scandal. Libération ran a piece on Saturday (March 30) on whether the same sort of thing could happen in France, with the obligatory section on moats (les douves), duck houses (une ile à canards construite au milieu d’un étang) and that old…

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Intermittent internet

May 29, 2009 / 2 comments

Internet’s been a bit intermittent. I have two choices An internet caff in town, with good music, coffee, friendly staff, two and a half euros per hour, and q bloody french keyboqrd zhich i reqlly hqve to think auite hqrd zhen using. The library, which has free wifi, but blocks port 22 (so no access…

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Vive la différence!

May 27, 2009 / 2 comments

Some things I’m going to find it hard to adapt to, #1 in a series of N: The prevalence of bank holidays – and the way that people forget they’re happening. It’s all wonderfully laid back. (Actually, people tell me that I’ve turned up at the worst time for bank holidays and it’s much more…

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Blog comments

May 11, 2009 / 0 comments

In the month and a half since I opened this blog, I’ve had 258 spam comments and 5 real ones… so I’ve installed anti-spam measures (specifically Akismet). It’s caught 100 new spams since last week, and no real comments, so I’ve decided that life’s too short to check the spam queue. If you post a…

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The London Hopper Colloquium

May 7, 2009 / 0 comments

I went to the London Hopper Colloquium on Tuesday. It’s a one-day event for women PhD students organised by QMUL & Women@CL, sponsored by IBM and with a lot of BCS support. I’m probably an unbiased reporter as I was an invited speaker this time (my first ever invited talk, whoo!) but I thought it’d…

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How I got into computing

April 24, 2009 / 0 comments

Inspired by Wendy Tan White’s post about how she got into tech, this is my story: At school I was keen on maths and science, and had a great maths teacher (Miss Lolley – truly inspirational). I was (and still am) also a big reader – both my parents have been English teachers at some…

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The BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium

April 18, 2009 / 2 comments

The BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium was last week. This is a one-day event for women students of computing, and it’s open to students from across the UK. I’ll do a full report for the BCS website shortly, but I wanted to get a few ideas down quickly and to put out a request to attendees for…

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April 8, 2009 / 1 comment

I used the online generator at, the process was really very straightforward. I can’t see myself using the font much but hey, it’s a geek thing.

plans and places and stuff

March 25, 2009 / 1 comment

I had an interview last week and they liked me and I liked them, so soon, I hope, I’ll be living in Grenoble (I’ve not seen anything in writing yet, but they seem very trustworthy). It’s all a bit mental, really – but I figure that if the right research job for me can’t be…

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