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.

The Troll in three characters

The Troll in three characters

A little late to the party, perhaps, as it looks like the "Pick 3 Fictional Characters That Describe You" game on Facebook was already dying a death by the time it turned up on my feed last week, but the three characters that immediately came to mind so perfectly captured the Troll in both looks and demeanor that I just had to post this. 

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I just asked my wife which three characters she thinks best describe me and she came up with:

(Other suggestions for fictional characters that describe me included: Stephen Fry, a meerkat, Gok Wan, and 'you know, someone with a lot of pies in the oven'.)


Also thought this on why the game is annoying and problematic for ethnic minorities was interesting and worth a mention (though I'm too tired to get into it right now). 

Bistro Lykketroll

Bistro Lykketroll

10 things it helps to remind myself of every day

10 things it helps to remind myself of every day