A surprising number of people have been asking why I haven’t updated my site for so long. Here are the reasons: I’ve been wrapping up my current 4 month project which is researching the basis of vision in mice (using three different experimental paradigms), planning my trip to a conference in Florida, working on Project Syzygy, writing essays and dissertations and reading a vast number of good books including Perdido Street Station, China Mountain Zhang, The Confusion and lately, Godel, Escher and Bach. I’ve also been training for a 10k run that’s taking place next month here in Oxford (yesterday I managed 5 miles in 36 minutes without feeling particularly tired).
They aren’t very good reasons because it’s not really any more work (or play) than I usually do, and I’ve still found the time to do endless amounts of surfing on the Internet, going to the pub, writing to the Culture list and other such activities which could easily be substituted by, say, updating my weblog. Anyway, over the next few days I’m going to be reposting some of my longer emails to the Culture list here (reviews, that sort of thing) while I get my head together and also finish reading GEB, which is shaping up to be one of the most wonderful and beautifully written fact/fiction books I’ve ever read.