The last three things

I’m starting this post with a pretty smug attitude, my minimalist attempts seem to be working. The last four things posts (here and here) were quite a while ago but I really had to search to find anything (other than groceries or books) that I had bought in the meantime…Go Frugal Team Me! This first…

Is life too short…really?

Yesterday I met someone for the first time. Afterwards I sent a follow up email with a joke in it. I didn’t really think about it before I sent it, it was an appropriate joke, suitable for the subject matter and I am at the age and stage of my career where, should someone wish…

They don’t like it…

I have tried to avoid simply ranting and raving on my blog. I prefer to take some time and think about the subjects that interest me, rather than just pour out a stream of consciousness which I suspect would really just be ramblings, but I have had something going around my brain for a couple…

Lifelong learning

I have started keeping notes of new stuff I learn. Not the stuff I specifically research for work or just to satisfy my curiosity, but the new information that comes to me unbidden, the fact gems that are discovered randomly and without much effort. Last weeks diamonds were: The origin of the name Kellogg is…

Why other animals are better than humans.

Warning: This might become a long running series, although I might get stuck finding a way that wasps are better than humans, I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it. Explanation: The title of this post is a little wordier than it needs to be. I could have just written ‘Why animals are better…

Living before dying

This isn’t supposed to be a morbid post, but it does talk about death so it might be worth avoiding if that’s a topic that pains you. When I think about my own death I try to make it about practicalities rather than wallowing in how dreadful it will be for the rest of the…

This months books

Whilst it is VERY easy to let everyday life distract you from the things you enjoy, as well as the stuff that is good for you, it is important to make time for non-productive, non-money making, non-thinky stuff. That is easier said than done but the benefits, once you’ve tried it a few times, become…

Nothing is unending

I have read the title of this post as a quote from Epicurus, however I can only find one reference, so I’m not putting much faith in him actually having said it, but that doesn’t make it any less true.  That is the joy of a good quote – it doesn’t really matter who said…

Terrible, lovely photos, for which I apologise…

These photos really are bad.  The lighting is bad.  The angles are bad.  The quality is bad.  But they are meaningful to me and, of the thousand words that a picture can convey, most of them evoke feelings I cherish. Starting with the worst: This was taken at twilight, with an iPhone, through a window,…

Thinking is hard work (and so it should be…)

This post should have been titled ‘Shades of Grey’ but that phrase has been ruined by a terrible book about an abusive relationship, written by someone with no concept of what informed consent is.  However, it IS about the shades of grey that comprise Real Life. As with everyone who uses the internet (I imagine)…