A Very Brief Guide To Design Movements – Makers/Frugal Innovation?

This is part of a series of posts summarising key points of different design movements, see A Very Brief Guide To Design Movements - Introduction for more information. MAKER MOVEMENT -     "The maker culture is a contemporary culture or subculture representing a technology-based extension of DIY culture. Typical interests enjoyed by the maker culture include … Continue reading A Very Brief Guide To Design Movements – Makers/Frugal Innovation?

A Very Brief Guide To Design Movements – Introduction

When I was studying for my Design & Technology A Level I was constantly irritated by the lack of, or rather lack of coordination of, resources on the internet regarding design movements. After hours of my life were spent trying to understand definitions and timelines and themes I eventually formed my own documents for reference, … Continue reading A Very Brief Guide To Design Movements – Introduction

Space is big. Really big.

"Space," it says, "is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space, listen..." - Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams One of the things that has long … Continue reading Space is big. Really big.

The Ballad of Vacuum Science

THE BALLAD OF VACUUM SCIENCE We don’t look at Dyson hoovers (they’re just short of atmosphere) We are several orders magnitude Down in pressure round here. We study right across the scales- Low, high to UHV- In the depths of space Is the best that you can see! But pressures low as that Are hard … Continue reading The Ballad of Vacuum Science

On “Geek” Versus “Nerd”

A study on the cultural differences between nerdy and geeky using statistical analysis. Just brilliant. Read it.


To many people, “geek” and “nerd” are synonyms, but in fact they are a little different. Consider the phrase “sports geek” — an occasional substitute for “jock” and perhaps the arch-rival of a “nerd” in high-school folklore. If “geek” and “nerd” are synonyms, then “sports geek” might be an oxymoron. (Furthermore, “sports nerd” either doesn’t compute or means something else.)

In my mind, “geek” and “nerd” are related, but capture different dimensions of an intense dedication to a subject:

  • geek – An enthusiast of a particular topic or field. Geeks are “collection” oriented, gathering facts and mementos related to their subject of interest. They are obsessed with the newest, coolest, trendiest things that their subject has to offer.
  • nerd – A studious intellectual, although again of a particular topic or field. Nerds are “achievement” oriented, and focus their efforts on acquiring knowledge and skill over trivia and memorabilia.

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ISEF Badges & Other Things

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With a little help from my little cousin Olivia I've sorted through and attached all the pin badges (and a few other things that were given to me) from Intel ISEF 2013 onto an ISEF jacket that I bought. For those that don't know, at the Intel ISEF (International Science & Engineering Fair), the world's … Continue reading ISEF Badges & Other Things

Antarctica – But how do I get there?

To whomever it may concern, I really want to work in the Antarctic. Fact. I have done for a very long time and not just for penguins but for the whole thing - the cold, the expanse, the quiet but for creaking snow and ice, the odd people that end up down there, the challenge. … Continue reading Antarctica – But how do I get there?

STEM Website

Over the years of participating in a multitude of STEM competitions and events, apart from learning that there are some pretty awesome things in this world, I realised that there isn't one central place to go for a reilable, updated list of STEM events. I set about making the list that became my STEM page … Continue reading STEM Website

The Pen Lid Invention

In the middle of working on everything, I found a bit of time in the long Bank Holiday weekend to work on one of my sideline "other" projects, the pen lid! I've created a Quirky profile and there are now 30 days to vote for it at http://www.quirky.com/ideations/508938 . Check it out please! I've updated … Continue reading The Pen Lid Invention