One of the things that's been notably lacking is a decent blog description, so I've added one. It's repeated here for posterity, as it's reasonably likely it will change at some point:
"The adventures of a science groupie and atheist lost in an increasingly superstitious world."
I think that's a reasonable summary.
The superstitious nature of our culture is up for discussion, of course. And my atheism is something I've been happy to explore here.
But science groupie-ism?
What I'm trying to express is my somewhat inglorious position as a fan of science, who never actually does anything particularly scientific in his working life.
I completed a general science degree at University, majoring in Maths and minoring in Chemistry, but in my third year I dropped everything else to fill my timetable with every Maths subject I could find.
This was followed by an Honours degree in Maths and finally a job doing Actuarial work, essentially the statistical analysis of insurance products.
So mathematics has played a big part in my academic and professional life. But maths, while used for science, is not itself a science. It's really an extension of pure philosophy.
It just happens to be one of those rare branches of philosophy that occasionally stumbles upon something useful. (Cue angry retorts from Logical Positivists).
But the point is that even though I'm not doing science, I'm still a big fan of science.
I love the excitement of scientific discovery . . . the examination of clues, the dissection of evidence and the proposal of theories and models to explain our often very strange reality.
I love reading about palaeontology and astronomy and quantum physics.
I love celebrating great scientific achievements, like landing the Phoenix on Mars.
I get all excited about the possibility of devices like the Large Hadron Collider, due to go online in August and hopefully reveal all sorts of amazing things.
So I'm just a science groupie. I'm happy to be the guy cheering at the sidelines, and happy to bask in the reflected glow of great achievements.
And if Stephen Hawking comes to visit, I can't promise I won't be the guy chucking my