Congratulations! You've reached the homepage of Rhys Davies. My name is far from unique, so the photo to the right (from 2012) is specially chosen to make me easily identifiable.
I intend this website to be a repository and reference for all the things I do in my life that lend themselves to being recorded on the internet. Since there is not a whole lot here at the moment, I am going to use the classic everything-on-one-page format. Just scroll to your heart's content.
In a previous life, I was a theoretical physicist (of sorts). After studying at the University of Melbourne, I completed a Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil.) at the University of Oxford, and was then a postdoctoral fellow there for three years. Details of my research can be found via this copy of my old Oxford website.
I also wrote a short-lived blog about physics and maths, which nevertheless has thirty or so entries, and may be of some interest; it can be found here.
I've been playing guitar since I was eleven years old, but I'm not particularly good. I do however enjoy playing and singing, and writing songs. When I lived in Oxford, I would occasionally play at the open mic night at The Old Bookbinders. This is a fantastic pub (my favourite in Oxford), and the open mic night is very good; I highly recommend both.
Rough takes of a few of my songs are up on Youtube; you can either visit my channel, or watch them right here, and read the lyrics as well. Just select your song of choice from the list, below on the left.
Cricket has been my favourite sport for many years. I most recently played for an Oxford club, called Oxenford, for five seasons. It's a fantastic club, and I had a lot of fun playing there.
In the past few years, I've been learning to play the Oriental boardgame Go (also called 'Igo' in Japanese, 'Weiqi' in Chinese, and 'Baduk' in Korean). The rules are quite simple, but the game is extremely strategically rich.
Players are commonly ranked by a similar system to that used in Japanese martial arts—beginners start at 30 kyu and work their way up to 1 kyu, after which they reach 1 dan. Amateur ranks typically go up to 6 or 7 dan, and there is a separate ranking system for professionals which ranges from 1p (professional dan) to 9p. Since about November or December 2012, I have been making a concerted effort to improve. I played at the Oxford City Go Club for a while, and also play online on the Kiseido Go Server; my rank graph from that server is shown below. I play irregularly, and the times it is fairly smooth and constant correspond to periods when I didn't play for a while.
Probably the best internet resource for learning about Go (at all levels from beginner up to very strong) is Sensei's library; there are also some excellent free video lectures out there, some of which I link to here.