About

My name is Jon Wood, and I’m a physicist working in London. This isn’t a blog about physics, frankly it’s about whatever I have been thinking about recently. If you have a lot of time and want to read all I know about physics, you can check out my PhD thesis for free online. If you have less time and want to read something else, I hope you can find something here that you like.

Figure 1: The author (left) bolting down optics in the lab, while being photographed for a moment of fame in Estonian news. Bolts tightened, I’ve run away to fill the internet with my opinions.

I spent the first 18 years of my life in Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke-on-Trent, the spiritual home of the pottery industry, the mighty Potters (The Championship’s very own Stoke City FC) and the oatcake. If you are thinking about some dry, crumbly cracker then stop. The Staffordshire oatcake is a marvel- an oatmealy pancake adorned with melted cheese and as many English breakfast pieces as you can find in your fridge. Below is an extra-large example, which can be bought for about £5 from Castle Oatcakes. Castle Oatcakes was once promoted by former World’s Strongest Man Eddie “The Beast” Hall, another large Stoke institution. Conclusion: Oatcakes make you strong. Eat oatcakes.

Figure 2: A mega oatcake mid-cooking. From castleoatcakes.co.uk.

I’ve since moved south, making me a pariah to my Stoke friends and that strange northerner who insists he’s not northern to my London friends. One smart friend suggested southernoatcake.com as a good blog name. I stole it immediately.

I hope you enjoy my blog. If you don’t, I’m sure you will let me know in the comments.

Some Things I Might Blog About

Current affairs (with my usual 2 week delay), history, science, maths, tech, TV, podcasts, books, sports, cycling, product reviews, travel and I will try very hard to one day write a page about art that makes sense.

This is a personal blog. I’m not representing anyone or anything else, or getting paid to write any posts. If you would like to pay me to write a post I can currently only accept used twenties.

Some Internet Things I Like

Webcomics: http://xkcd.com (geeky stuff) and http://existentialcomics.com (philosophical geeky stuff).

Blogs: http://jasmcole.com – my friend Jason’s excellent blog about the maths and physics hiding behind everything and anything.

Podcasts: https://www.historyhit.com/, https://thecyclingpodcast.com/ and the incomparable Fighting Talk.

Miscellaneous: http://www.gizoogle.net/ – for when you want your search results to be written in “gangsta”.