Since xkcd has started posting cartoons about our time in Japan, it's obviously time to go public:
We've been playing chess on a go board for over 12 years now (though unlike white in the above we did realise this a long time ago!), and have decided it's time to stop. We actually gave up on JAMSTEC about a year ago, 6 months after they effectively gave up on us and our research. More on that in another post. But we've been a bit busy since then, and this is pretty much the first chance we have had to leave.
So we have resigned from JAMSTEC and will be in the UK before Christmas. We are looking forward to doing do a bit of freestyle science over the coming months - jules has already been invited to a couple of workshops next year, so we will see how things pan out. If by some miracle, suitable paid opportunities appear in the future, we'd certainly consider them, but at this point we are looking forward to some blue skies research.