SAM MORRELL


ASTROPHYSICIST

General

My Plans for the Apple Watch

August 24, 2017

I have traditionally been a fan of Apple stuff, but lately I’ve found myself becoming less and less enamoured with their current offerings. Whether it be the lacklustre MacBook Pro, with zero USB-A connectors and complete lack of an SD card slot, or the omission of a 3.5mm audio jack on the latest iPhones, they...

My Top Tips for Preparing for a Physics Degree

August 10, 2015

You’ve just finished your A-levels, you say? Well done, I think you’ve earned a break so go on and enjoy it. However, I wouldn’t mind guessing that at some point in the next couple of months you’re going to get a little bit bored and might even start looking for something to do. If you’re kicking...

Rainbow in a Box

June 23, 2015

Yesterday, I helped out at the physics department with a visit for a local sixth form. The basic idea was that in the morning the groups of students got a tour around the building and then in the afternoon they would get involved in a load of experiments. I was assigned the job of looking after...

School’s Out (for Summer)!

June 14, 2012

Yep, despite what the cloud dappled sky and incessant pitter-patter of raindrops against the roof tiles might tell you, it is indeed summer. In fact, it’s a students favourite time of summer, because it is the end of the academic year. For as long as I can remember, I have held this time of year in regard...

What I’ve been Listening To – April 2012

April 13, 2012

This month has been chocker block of tunes I’ve been listening to, owing to having a lot more free time than usual. So, I’m going to limit myself a little. Without further ado, let’s get started. Chris Rea – Julia If you’ve never heard of Chris Rea, he’s a veteran guitarist and song writer through...

What I’ve been listening to – Jan / Feb 2012

February 23, 2012

I’ve been once again neglecting my blogging duties, nothing new there, right? I thought I’d ease back into it with doing a nice simple post. Let’s get going! The Popular Thing – Jukebox the Ghost Seriously! This song is excellent to the highest order. I picked this up from a friend’s tumblr blog. I just...

Lesson Learned from the First Term

January 11, 2012

Today has been the my first exam at university, I’m not going to lie, I’m not very confident about how it went. It seemed like the writer of the paper in question had in-fact decided to almost avoid everything I’d revised. This crippling blow has forced me to look back over my techniques over the...

New Years Day Star Trek Marathon – 2012

January 1, 2012

Hey all, as has been a tradition for me for many years, I must have a Star Trek marathon. It just has to happen. I generally do this on Christmas Eve Eve, but owing to being confined to a hospital bed after an operation that day, it was not an option. So, I decided to...

A Little Digital Audio Rant

November 17, 2011

Hi All, it’s that time of the year again. Time for a good ol’ rant from yours truly. This time I’m ranting about digital audio. In particular, music downloads and CDs. Personally I just can’t get my head around why someone would rather buy MP3s / AACs off of iTunes or any other miscellaneous MP3...

Random Star Trek Trivia

November 13, 2011

Okay, I think it’s time for a geek out. Here goes. Since I am a massive geek of general sci-fi, and in particular the Star Trek form of sci-fi, time for a little trek related trivia post. The phrase ‘Beam me up Scotty’ was never, ever actually said in the original series, quite ironic seeing...

What I’ve Been Listening To – September / October 2011

October 13, 2011

It’s that time of decade again! I don’t know if anyone actually cares about reading these posts but I like sharing them anyway. I can go back over them and see what I liked listening to back in time. If nothing else it’s a musical bookmark for myself. Before I get any wise cracks about...

Dahl – Progress Update 1

July 24, 2011

Hello all, if you follow me on twitter, @smorrell if anyone is interested, you may have noticed I haven’t half been prattling on lately with a load of mumbo jumbo. These are my little snippets of code so here’s some context to my programming jargon fuelled tweets. Time for a little progress report on Dahl,...