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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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Tag Archives: student life
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
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
6 chapters and 2 appendices, 186 pages, 39 figures, and 52426 words later, the thesis was completed, bound, and submitted. And there was much rejoicing. (Yes I am covering my real name. Pseudonyms and all of that. You know how … Continue reading
I’m pretty worn out. My final thesis deadline is now on the scale of days and, as seems to happen in every single aspect of my life, I’m busily fussing about making sure everything is done as well as I’d … Continue reading
I realise that I’ve been quite notably absent from my blog of late. I do apologise for this, dear readers, but I’ve had rather a lot on my plate these past few weeks. Most notably, this: This is (currently) approximately … Continue reading
This article is a bit more personal than most. Actually a lot more. I’m not entirely sure why I’m writing this, but this blog is intended to be as much about academic life as it is about science, and this … Continue reading
There now follows a brief interlude of silliness, following my decision to tidy my desk. A tidy desk also means I have space to put things, can set my coffee down without making a circle on any papers, and have … Continue reading
So the latest stage in the saga of Invader-Xan-has-no-funding-left has shown me yet another side to the University machine. This time of year brings a plethora of miscellaneous opportunities to work and get bonus income in the educational sector. You … Continue reading