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.

Bistro Lykketroll

Bistro Lykketroll

I've been getting a bit of gentle ribbing about how much time and effort I spend cooking and how ridiculous the Troll's diet is, so I thought I would have a little fun and draw up a menu of the things he might eat in a regular week. (I used musthavemenus.com to design it as I couldn't be bothered messing about in Word, hence the hideous watermark.)

He now eats what we eat, so this menu is a pretty good snapshot of the kinds of things I normally like cooking. Everything on the menu (including the dinners) is something that he has eaten in the last week or so, albeit in maybe a slightly more mashed up and visually less appealing form than what ends up on our plates. It's as much about me continuing to have a good time in the kitchen and experimenting with new dishes as it is about him having a varied and balanced diet. 

What's especially fun now is just how much he seems to enjoy watching me cook (and listening as I narrate each step). Each time he tries to stand up in his (safely positioned) little high chair to excitedly and attentively peer into the pot, or at the chopping board, my heart sings. He seems to love food as much as I do, and I hope in time he comes to love cooking it in the same way, too. 

 
 
Purple gender stereotights.

Purple gender stereotights.

The Troll in three characters

The Troll in three characters