I am Neuroscience PhD, a humanist, skeptic, feminist, avid reader, science enthusiast, woolly-liberal über-nerd, and, as of October 2015, father to the Lykketroll.

I moved from England to Norway in January 2012 and live in Lørenskog with my wife, the Lykketroll, and our two aging rescue cats, Socrates and Schrödinger. 

I am on paternity leave from the 4th of July to the 18th of November. 

The job I am on leave from is as an  Associate Professor and Head of Studies at the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. My background is in child neurodevelopment (my PhD looked into the relationship between fatty acids like omega-3 and cognitive development in young children) but I now work on a hodge-podge of things roughly within the field of Universal Design of ICT 50% of the time, the other 50% of my time I am Head of the 'General' Studies (Allmenn in Norwegian) Unit, which is comprised of around 24 academics within a range of fields, including mathematics, physics, Norwegian, and technology and leadership.

In between working and doing the usual dad things,  I like hiking and running in the beautiful Norwegian outdoors, cooking and playing video games. 

If I believed in souls I would say that mine was born in Norway. 

I plan to sleep when I'm dead.

Week 8 Book review: A Billion Jokes (Volume 1) By Peter Serafinowicz

A Billion Jokes (Volume 1, mind) is chock full of ridiculously clever and witty wordplay, astute observations and just plain childish silliness, accompanied by quirky pseudo-Victorian era illustrations. 

For less than a couple of quid on Kindle, you really can't go wrong.


If you don't already, I recommend following Peter Serafinowicz on Twitter. Tweets in the style of the jokes found in the book are getting fewer and further between, which is understandable as Serafinowicz sits on the cusp full-on super-stardom as he features in both the upcoming Dark Souls game and Marvel blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy, but he's still one of the funniest people on Twitter I follow. Much funnier than Rob Delaney, the supposed Comedy King of Twitter, anyway. 

I'll stop writing now before this becomes a massive Peter Serafinowicz love-in. I genuinely think the man is a genius. This has to be one of my all-time favourite music videos. 

Official HD Promo Video for Hot Chip's fantastic new single 'I Feel Better', taken from the new album 'One Life Stand'. Directed by Peter Serafinowicz Starring Ross Lee One Life Stand is available to purchase now from all retailers including iTunes at http://itunes.com/hotchip.

So far, I'm not actually doing too bad with my one-book-a-week challenge. The actual challenge seems to be finding the time to actually sit down and write something about what I've read. Juks by Erik Tunstad is hold whilst I put my Norwegian efforts into going to class and writing bad blogpost with more typos in them than usual, but I'm nearly done with Mo Costandi's (excellent) 50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know as my Week 9 book.

Er universitetsutdannelse for teoretisk til å være en forberedelse til arbeidslivet?

Recipe: Aubergine and pea curry