Less less less

I don’t set resolutions but I always end up with some, this year is turning out no different. Last year the theme seemed to become ‘be healthier’. Whether that was in body (eating healthier, trying to get more exercise) or in mind (avoiding ‘drama’ wherever possible) it seemed to work. That theme remains for this year but more by way of habit, although I do need to re-enforce it a little better, and it already seems like this year the theme is around simplicity. My new role at work is seeing me involved in conversations about processes which seem overly complex. I’m slowly decluttering my flat, my possessions to remove as much of them as I can. I just don’t …

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Reading

OTL: Fauja Singh, the runner – ESPN BBC News – The babies who nap in sub-zero temperatures How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans From Tehran | Wired Magazine | Wired.com OTL: Michael Jordan Has Not Left The Building – ESPN “I’m Gonna Tell You What I’m Gonna Do”: What It Was Like To Guard Michael Jordan, According To Craig Ehlo CIA Operatives, Barrels of Whiskey, and a Biker Named Thor – – News – Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach – New Times Broward-Palm Beach Therapists Argue To Replace “LGBT” With More Inclusive “GSD” / Queerty Thom Yorke: ‘If I can’t enjoy this now, when do I start?’ We’re Underestimating the Risk of Human Extinction – …

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The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food – NYTimes.com The Audacity of de Gaulle | Hoover Institution Misguided Nostalgia for Our Paleo Pasts – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education In theory: the unread and the unreadable | Books | guardian.co.uk

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Untitled

And so he starts again, the silence punctuated by the staccato tap tap tap of the keyboard. He moves in his chair to find a comfortable pose and starts to ponder what he might write, what prose he may be able to dredge from his flaccid imagination. Prose indeed, he thinks. Another helping of scorn to add to the pile. He knows he has to start, that the act is as much a part of the outcome as the words, that until he starts he won’t know where it will go nor where it will end. Every step is a journey. No, every journey is a step. As ever he enjoys playing with naivé imagery and constructs, twisting and pulling …

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Alternative

I spent the weekend with some alternative friends. What a strange phrase that is, alternative to what? My regular friends? No, just a different grouping of people brought together by a different bond. Although I’d pause at saying some were friends, acquaintances perhaps? But that’s beside the point. Just as my best friendships all stem from the time we spent together drinking with nurses doing charitable good deeds at Hospital Radio Lennox, so this other group of people are forming around the part of my life I don’t really talk about. In fact none of us really talk about it except to each other, mostly. That sounds very insular, in fact it’s largely the opposite. There are other definitions of …

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