SAM MORRELL


ASTROPHYSICIST

Life

Bodmin Moor – International Dark Sky Landscape

August 26, 2017

Some time ago, in mid-November last year the XRT-C project, the student radio telescope project based at Caradon observatory in Cornwall, as well as Space Exe, the student society at the University of Exeter that maintains and runs the former, were called upon to play a small part in something truly special; to support an...

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...

Boldly Going for 50 Years

September 8, 2016

It’s very much not an overstatement to say that I adore Star Trek. Today is a very special for someone who claims this level of adoration for the franchise as it is exactly 50 years old today. Back on September 8th 1966 the first ever episode of Star Trek, The Man Trap, hit the screens...

Using Wintersmith to Make Awesome Static Websites

December 3, 2015

For the last month or so, I’ve been deeply investing my spare time into writing a website for a conference, the UK Exoplanet Community Meeting 2016, or UKEXOM 2016 for short. Early on we decided that the best way to host it would probably be to use Amazon’s pretty nifty S3 service. This comes with...

Now is the Future

October 21, 2015

We all know the Back to the Future trilogy, right? I’m sure it’ll have come to your attention that today is the day which the Marty McFly and Doc Brown went forward to in Back to the Future Part 2. 4:29pm on 21st October 2015, to be exact. Although the vision of the films was...

STFC Summer School 2015

September 2, 2015

And so it has become time for my first trip as (nearly) a postgraduate. Several train journeys, and a lot of paper reading, later I ended up in the beautiful city of Cardiff for the STFC Summer School in Astronomy. This is essentially a conference for new STFC funded postgraduates in astronomy and space science to come...

Tackling Internal Server Errors When Using Jade-PHP

July 13, 2015

I’m currently taking a break from the glitz and glamour of astrophysics and instead am working on various development projects I promised I’d do for people. My main experience with web development in the past couple years has been using the excellent combo of Node.js + Express + Jade + Stylus. This combo is great...

University is Over… for Now

June 12, 2015

It is a momentous day for me and rest of the remaining class of 2011 of the University of Exeter’s physics department. Today was our last ever results day. It was also the day where I found out, to my eternal delight, that the last 4 years have yielded a masters degree in physics; an...

My New Project – Axe Engine

October 25, 2013

Despite being deep into the 3rd year of both a physics degree and deep into a masters project, I’ve decided to try something quite ambitious. For ages, I’ve wanted to try my hand at writing a 3D game engine, and until now I’ve had neither the confidence or the knowledge to carry off such a...

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...

My Challenge – Learn C++

April 12, 2012

Most people who know me will tell you that I’m not one to shy away from a challenge. This is one of those occasions where said stubborn jack-assedness comes in quite useful. Many times before I have wanted to learn the programming language, C++, however as I’ve come to discover, this is no easy feat....