Jamie's Blog

Ruby developer. CTO. Swimmer. Always trying to write more

A Sick Child

Norah spent last night in the Children’s Ward of Cork University Hospital with Erythema multiforme.

It started as a small rash under her chin on Saturday morning, and eventually spread with small spots on her body and legs. The GP said it was just...

Non-hokum Baby Toy

Slumber Bear

The Prince Lionheart Slumber Bear sounds like the typical over-hyped nonsense targeted at new parents:

The Original Slumber Bear contains the ONLY actual intra-uterine, recorded womb sound to help lull your Baby ...

Learning to Walk (for the 3rd time)

As of yesterday, I’m off the crutches and learning to walk again. I broke my other femur as a child and had to learn to walk again when I was 2, so this is my third, and hopefully final, attempt. Currently my gait is quite similar to Edgar (Vincent...


Norah was born yesterday, 5 weeks early by emergency c-section but both mum and baby are doing well now. She’s 6lb 3oz and a good healthy baby — although she’s in ICU until her lungs are ready for the big bad world.  More photos in the gallery

Moving on

Well, since Hilary has broken the news, I guess it’s safe to talk about our move. For a good few months now we’ve known that our rental contract on the flat would end in January, as would my PhD funding. Either we could find a new place to live...

PhD Failure Rates

According to an article in the Guardian today, over a third of PhD students fail to complete in 7 years. That seems pretty high even by my negative standards. The main reasons they cite are underestimating what a PhD requires, not really understanding...

The two most frequent PhD questions

There are really just two questions that you’ll be frequently required to answer:

What’s it about?
Enjoy this phase as it only lasts for about 6 months. Once someone has asked the question, and listened to the largely incomprehensible drivel that you...

Confirmation that my PhD is hard enough

The best protection is always to be working on hard problems. Writing novels is hard. Reading novels isn’t. Hard means worry: if you’re not worrying that something you’re making will come out badly, or that you won’t be able to understand something...

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