this blog will go fully live in the autumn of 2010 at which time I shall be commencing my PhD in computational neuroscience. I hope to record the highs and lows of the experience as well as report on any interesting research and news I have encountered in the field. I am very aware that writing a blog and stating opinion will document a learning process and as such my ideas and thoughts will in many cases be in error and in almost all cases change over time. I hope my curious ramblings make for interesting reading. Perhaps if anyone actually reads this they will be kind enough to comment, correct or point out alternative points of view as this will enrich the experience of my journey and help me reach my ultimate goal of trying to understand the spiking neural net inside our heads.