Thanks for visiting my site. The name is a reference to the fact that it is hosted on my home PC, which I have set up and configured as an Apache/Fedora server. If I turn my computer off, it goes down. If the ISP reassigns the ip address, it goes down. Fortunately, this is not as common as I thought it would be and the ip remains stable on the timescale of months. If a static ip is required for work, my isp has that option; I just don't pay the premium at the moment.
I am physics PhD student at the University of Bristol, due to hand in my thesis (and thus finish the PhD programme) at the end of March. Much as I have enjoyed my time at university, both undergraduate and postgraduate, I feel like it's time for me to branch out from academia.
Coding has been a running theme through my degree—I often reach for a computational solution to problems and enjoy analysis, visualisation and presentation of data.
As well as my work and academic interests, I am a keen athlete. My sporting foundation was years of competitive swimming when I was younger, but more recently that has been taken over by climbing. I am now an experienced climber, enjoying all disciplines and taking trips across the UK, Europe and the US.
Through the course of my university education I have always been attracted to the computational components of physics. Most of my coding has been in C++ and Python, but I have also used a wide range of other languages and tools including Java, Lisp and CUDA. This has given me an excellent foundation in not just procedural but object-orientated, functional and parallel programming paradigms.
Other important and transferable aspects of scientific computing that I have learnt include source control and collaboration with Git and SVN, markup in LaTeX and data analysis and visualisation. I am very comfortable working remotely via a terminal SSH connection and use Linux (Ubuntu or Fedora) as my primary operating system.
Climbing became a large part of my life when I joined the Harvard Mountaineering Club in 2010. Thanks to the enthusiastic members and supportive environment of the club, I gained a lot of experience over the course of my first year, with trad, sport, bouldering and winter climbing days all over the US.
Since moving back to the UK, I have continued to develop my skills, and have now climbed up to E4 trad, f7c sport, V6 bouldering and grade V winter on home turf. I have enjoyed climbing trips to Lundy, Frankenjura and El Chorro, as well as returning to Rumney, NH last autumn, where 4 years previously I completed my first lead.
I feel like I am still developing as a climber, but also obtaining a wider range of mountaineering skills. Winter climbing in Scotland is a part of that, and I am also a competent skier, both downhill and touring.
As well as being a personal thing for me, I like to contribute to the climbing and mountaineering community. I have served on the committee of the Avon Mountaineering Club and organised trips for members. I run weekly coaching sessions for climbers in the University of Bristol Expeditions Society, and am always happy to provide advice to newer members.