Hi my real name is Jason and welcome to my (occasional) blog. To give you an idea of my age, let’s just say that I was born in the year that Marty McFly was trying to return to in Back To The Future. That was a good year. Hopefully you are enjoying reading my posts as much as I enjoy writing them.
Currently, I work as a Senior Publishing Editor at the Royal Society of Chemistry, having previously finished a post doctoral position based in the great capital of London. Originally hailing from the south coast of England in a little town called Worthing (that place from “The Importance of Being Earnest”) and studied chemistry at the University of Sussex for a long old time where I became part of the furniture. I’ve subsequently become part of the RSC’s furniture. I am Furniture Man. Anyway, my favourite area of chemistry and where my expertise lies is photochemistry (i.e. using light to perform chemical reactions).
I’ve been blogging for a while (if you can call the occasional rant “blogging”), but have always loved talking about the subject of chemistry, science and my other super geeky past times. Many of my days have been spent making up my own science fiction and fantasy universes inside the recesses of my brain and aspire to publish them all some day when they inevitably splurge out onto the page.
I also curate #RealTimeChem on twitter. It’s kind of a thing. It has what I like to call a “brigade”. You can find out more about that on the blog or by going to Twitter (@RealTimeChem).
So what is up with the name of this blog I hear somebody ask? The name is actually a tribute to one of my favourite musicians, Elton John. He created an album entitled “Captain Fantastic and the Dirt Brown Cowboy” in 1975, where Elton was (of course) Captain Fantastic and his writing partner Bernie Taupin was the Dirt Brown Cowboy. In my case, it fits my personality, that is split between my geek persona that loves sci-fi, fantasy and once loved to dress up as the Doctor from Doctor Who (Doctor Galactic) and the logical, serious faced, and science loving researcher (The Lab Coat Cowboy).
Anyway, it’s nice to meet you. I hope you’ll read something.