Supernova Condensate is a blog about our place in the Universe. Of astronomy, chemistry and life in the big bad bubble of academia.
Invader Xan is a molecular astrophysicist and part-time alien invader, who spends life looking at very small things on very large scales, and trying to better understand the chemistry of interstellar space.
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Category Archives: life
There are some times in this crazy academic lifestyle which make all of the hardships and woes entirely worthwhile. This, my dear readers, right here and right now. This is precisely one of those moments. As I type this, I’m … Continue reading
Disconcertingly nigh, by this point. I’m not sure how much more I can really do to prepare. I do need to try and maintain enough focus to get information from my brain to my vocal cords – something I often … Continue reading
I like to think of myself as a good and responsible traveller. Certainly, I’d imagine many people like to think this of themselves. Though I always like to try and make an effort when I’m going elsewhere. I’ve always considered … Continue reading
If doing a PhD was like playing a video game, then the viva you have to face at the end is a lot like the final boss battle. Yes, I know this seems like a flippant comparison to draw, but … Continue reading
It’s just over a week until my PhD viva. As I’m sure I’ve told a great many people by now, this is slightly terrifying. But then, there’s one thing about that which perhaps not everyone realises. Sometimes being terrified is … Continue reading
❝ I believe that every human has a finite number of heartbeats and I don’t intend to waste any of mine.❞ Neil Armstrong
A good friend of mine summed up my life goals rather succinctly recently. She said that for as long as she’d known me (which has been quite a few years now), the goal has always been to go somewhere interesting … Continue reading
I’ll freely admit that I’m something of a seigneur-terraces. As well as enjoying freshly brewed coffee, I do like the atmosphere found in most coffee shops. Actually, I’m quite glad that I live in a city with rather a vibrant … Continue reading