work and renovations

work is interesting challenging (working on a Exascale computing project for Intel) and it is good to be part of such a serious team, very nice to be working within an infrastructure where I can focus on development and offload testing/documentation/project management to specialists (I am used to have to do a lot of that myself). We embark on some house renovations in order to make use of the downstairs more functional and create a room for Ori, encountering various hurdles but builders have been able to get on with the foundations/digging (currently foundations flooded due to rain though).

Update

Continuing to enjoy watching Ori grow in body and mind, he continues to be as cute as ever and entertains us with his beautiful noises and insatiable curiosity.

We thoroughly enjoyed Wilderness festival in Charlbury/Cornbury estate, lovely birthday with family and I’m very excited about Anjunadeep open-air festival in London on Sunday with an incredible lineup.

Work at Intel continues to stimulate and is ramping up steeply with a challenging Exascale project with ambitious timelines. I’m lucky to be working closely with some incredible engineers across the globe.

Stephen Hawking Memorial – Westminster Abbey

Tribute to Stephen Hawking at his memorial service in Westminster Abbey:

We are all grateful to be here to celebrate the legacy of Stephen Hawking.

Stephen heard that I had broken my neck early in 2008 – through Lucy. He immediately reached out to help our family.

He helped us recognise and face challenges in our lives with positivity.

Stephen showed that when time is precious, we must make space for what makes us real. He was exceptionally efficient at choosing his words and making them count. It took him a long time to create his words so he didn’t chitchat and got straight to the point. He had a wicked sense of humour and admired beauty, and even though time was tight he always made sure to share his love for life. That is what made him accessible to so many of us.

Stephen showed how we should all expect the best from one another. Why? Because with higher expectations come greater achievements. He demonstrated that disability is not something that prevents success: the supposed constraints are often imaginary. He showed that we should encourage achievement by expecting it of everyone. We should understand that people have differing abilities, whether visible or invisible, and encourage the best of them. In this way we can all be enabled to be productive, to feel valued and to share love – whatever our ability.

Whether in the NASA space simulator or the CERN particle accelerator Stephen would stop at nothing in working for the good of all.

My wife Ellen and I are besotted by our son who was born hours after Stephen’s passing. Stephen is Ori’s middle name. We look forward to Ori learning about the indefatigable and wise man who really has influenced the world for the better.

Ori’s generation can emulate Stephen in pursuit of sustainable and rewarding futures for all humanity. It is they who will carry Stephen’s influence across the universe.

Media links:

audio link

https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/stephen-hawking-memorial-celebrity-guests-14778755

https://mobile.twitter.com/itvnews/status/1007607090356064256/video/1

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jun/15/stephen-hawking-ashes-interred-westminster-abbey

https://www.westminster-abbey.org/abbey-news/ashes-of-stephen-hawking-buried-in-the-abbey/

https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/stephen-hawking-memorial-service-atmosphere-14791324

Article links

links to 2 lovely articles about our adventures in the daily mail

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5693311/Couple-dating-three-years-man-paralysed-neck-baby-decade-later.html

and the previous one

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/you/article-2511294/We-talk-Tom-Ellen-life-changing-accident.html

Ori’s first trip abroad

He is much better now, having fully recovered the meningitis with quickly applied antibiotics, team at the John Radcliffe Hospital were exceptional!

We travelled up to Dumfries, Scotland over the long Easter weekend to stay with John (Ellen’s father) and family accompanied by Mandy (Ellen’s mother) and it was relatively relaxed, with Ori being predictable and sleeping for good periods of the day/night (it seems we are very lucky after the initial rocky period). Ellen has been sleeping when the baby sleeps and is coping with occasional sleeplessness amazingly and overall doing incredible with feeding and caring (unsurprisingly).

Ori is very beautiful and extremely alert, focusing on faces now over around a metre away and generating all sorts of noises that make me smile. He is giving joy to everyone he meets and has therefore picked up a new nickname “boj” (bundle of joy).