In Cerebro Veritas

Rome is at once crumbling and filled with life. It is simultaneously chaotic, a cradle of raw civilization and an overgrown, ancient ruin. I step off the airplane. A Roman June is hot. Cigarette smoke curls its insidious claws into the Italian breeze, an unwelcome respite from the 32°C heat. Turns out pollen in Rome […]

Merge Conflict

The sequential, chronological transit of my mind crystallised into ice the moment “E. Smith” placed the wire-laden helmet onto my head. My mind split into two branches; both of which I experienced simultaneously with a seemingly limitless supply of attention, such that my focus could perceive both time-streams without any decision-based lag. Since my perception […]

dreamGames – Part 2.2.1

7 – Electric She called herself “Electric” and suffered from debilitating migraines every four days. Electric, or El for short, came to me broken and seeking a cure for an abstract pain in her dreams, to which I could only reply, “I’m not a medical doctor, but I will try to help.” “A doctor of […]

dreamGames – Part 2.1

6 – Bertrand At first, Bertrand thought, his nightmare started as it always did; the yelps of laughter and chaos of a school playground, followed by a sense of dread that all was not well. The sounds were jovial and yet the environment was distorting with every passing second: the grim pavement, covered in skewed, […]

dreamGames – part 1

1 – Murder Eyes open. I launch myself from the starchy bed, leaping onto shaky feet and I’m up. Awake. No, scratch that – I’m asleep, adrift in my dreams, floating in lucid-space. My eyes perceive solid shapes as fuzzy outlines and the world is spinning, racing past my drunken gaze. A door. Open it! […]

Spider-Man and Gameplay Flow

These days, when I’m not writing up my PhD thesis or changing a 2 month old’s nappy, I spend my time swinging through Insomniac’s virtual Manhattan, the way only a Spider can. Yes, I’m talking about Spider-Man, recently released on PS4 by the people behind Spyro, Ratchet & Clank and Resistance. In this article, I want […]

Fatherhood, ISMRM and depression

This August, I’m going to be a father. Naturally, I’m quite excited. I’m also anxious: it turns out that juggling the trifecta of finishing a PhD, job hunting and reading endless books about how to deal with the alien lifeform that’s going to come shooting out of my wife, isn’t easy. This week, I’ve left […]