Why I stopped learning Japanese – and why I’m going to start again.

As anyone who has learned a second language knows, it’s tough.  Really tough.  The mental fortitude and perseverance to push through when you feel you’re not making any real progress is enormous.  I studied Japanese for almost 3 years, took every opportunity to bore everyone in my family with what I had learned.  Then I stopped.   Continue reading “Why I stopped learning Japanese – and why I’m going to start again.”


PAX Aus Day 2

After the sheer excitement of being at my first PAX for the first day, I fully expected my second to be a bit more subdued, ‘I’ve walked the show floor, I’ve looked at the games, what else is there?’ I thought.  How wrong I was. Continue reading “PAX Aus Day 2”

Surface Pro 2

As any of my (at time of writing, zero) Twitter followers will know, I was recently in the market for a new laptop.  I like to have one that is small, portable and with a decent battery life that I can use on the go, since I spend a fair amount of my time on trains going to/from work and/or Sydney. Continue reading “Surface Pro 2”

Electoral Commission publishes SYP Results


An article I wrote that was published in the Strathclyde Telegraph in October 2012.

On Thursday, 20th September, the SYP released the findings of an independent electoral commission, chaired by the University of Strathclyde’s Professor John Curtis.  The commission was asked to identify the obstacles and opportunities the SYP may come across, so as to allow them more efficient use of resources in elections and to improve representation of young people in Scotland. Continue reading “Electoral Commission publishes SYP Results”