I’m Jen. Science/technology/gaming/LGBT journalist, Scottish in London, coder of weird things, and optimistic cynic. Passions: gaming, gadgets, gender, and guitars.

As seen on Gadgette, TechRadar, The Inquirer, Buzzfeed, Us vs th3m and more. Also seen at science/arts festivals and events such as Skeptics in the Pub, Bright Club, Science Showoff, and the Ugly Animal Preservation Society.

Get in touch with me by clicking on this enticing hyperlink.

Weird things about me:

  • I was the first person to tweet an entire genome
  • I cycled the length of Scotland in 2 days and 6 hours, a record apparently
  • I build weird bots to do my bidding or generate parody headlines
  • I’ve created loads of magic tricks, many used by famous magicians on TV
  • I’ve been an extra in some movies and the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony
  • I like my lists to be even-numbered

Ex-academic (I got better) but still very much in love with evolutionary developmental biology. I used to spend my days playing in the lab with beetles, regenerating annelids, homosexual flies, mute crickets, you know… the usual.

I’m going to change the name and URL of the blog soon. In the meantime, the current is inspired by a quote from Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species:

There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.

This is a personal blog, so I post about a wide range of topics. When I feel like conveying my thoughts, having a rant, or maybe just sharing something awesome, I’ll do that here. It could be about science, it could be something amazing I saw at the weekend, it could be about a politician I want to see chased into a volcano by spiders.

I’m obsessed with science, especially evolutionary developmental biology, palaeontology, and astronomy, but I’m generally interested in all fields. My main research interests include the evolution of development, the co-option of genes in the evolution of novel structures/organs, genetic drift and redundancy in developmental systems, and addressing the issues of deep homology. I’m also very interested in the communication of science to the public.


Currently working hard to take my coding and web design experience to the next level.