Not my blog

When I first started writing short articles I had no real plan. At the time I was inspired by reading the things that others were publishing, it was early 1999 and personal websites were slowly on the rise. Reading those words, with the slow realisation that I could do it too, seemed like a new and exciting thing. There weren’t that many people doing it at that time (I’d guess at a number in the thousands) so there was a sense of being at the beginning of something, pioneering, blazing the way. That may sound a little hyperbolic but remember that the internet, the world wide web, was still very much a shiny new thing full of possibilities and no-one …

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Todoist: One Year On

I last wrote about Todoist almost exactly a year ago and it’s telling that I’m still using it today. How I use Projects My usage has evolved a little, mostly through the use of sub-projects. In ToDoist a project is really just a bucket, but because you can have sub-projects you can quickly build a hierarchy if you need one or, like me, just group all your Work and Personal stuff into two big buckets. There are pros and cons to this approach, the pros surface when you start to use filters, the cons when you want to do a weekly review. Using filters The main advantage is how Todoist filters work. Because I have all my Work related projects …

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The Basics

I stumbled across an old post of mine the other day – one of those weird moments when you google something and your own site comes up – which discussed the idea that some of the basics of a profession were a given. They could, and should, rightfully be presumed. It made me realise I do the same of others in my social life as well. I have some basic ideals that I hold true and, while I will challenge them and expect others to as well, I have an unwritten expectation that the people I engage with will hold those ideals, morals and notions, to similar standards as mine. Wow, that sounds weirdly creepy to write. I guess all …

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Ill Moods

With the nausea and light headedness comes the dark. The craving of melancholy, musical choices change to the minor keys, the quiet and downbeat. Lyrics flow over old wounds. It is different now, the detachment of old is gone. Replaced by a floating view, looking down on this place, the swirling moods that ebb and flow. Sleep comes, the dreams slide from view and in the morning the mood remains unblinking and groggy. Sometimes it needs to be smashed, broken into pieces and scattered to the winds. It is merely a passing moment of life, it does not need to be reviled or pitied. And sometimes it needs to be coaxed quietly into the light where it will slowly and quietly fade …

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Face Value

OK, let’s get one thing out of the way. Yes, I will be buying an Apple Watch. Probably. Most likely. I’m not sure when, and it’ll certainly only be a final decision after I’ve had the chance to hold one in my hand and try one on my wrist, but for me it looks like it hits a sweet spot of design, user experience, and my continuing paring down of the artefacts of my life. How does adding another gadget help with the latter? Let me explain. As I mature, a phrase I prefer to use these days in preference to ‘get older’, I’ve been stripping away the superfluous items of my life and concentrating on items that hold some …

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How could I just kill a man?

It was the first time I’d killed a man. Logically it wasn’t any harder than killing a dog, the physics and physiology differ but the principles are the same. You plan the method of death, account for size and weight, and follow the plan step by step. It’s terrifyingly simple, terrifyingly easy. I can see why serial killers continue to kill again and again and again. After all everyone likes to improve, to do something better the next time, and soon it is a compulsion. A tweak here, a change of tactic there and maybe the perfect murder will happen next time. Not that you’d know a perfect murder when it happened, I don’t think. The perfect murder needs investigated, tested, …

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Buzz Buzz Buzz

The anticipation builds as I eat breakfast. A large full plate of not so healthy options. Sustenance for the coming hours, energy to deal with the adrenalin rush to follow. My mind races ahead, what will the design look like? The final version awaits me at the studio and as I head there my pace quickens in time with my racing heart. Once inside the design is revealed. Final tweaks discussed and then the cold wipe of alcohol and the sharp blade of the razor preps the skin. A cold shiver. The design is lined up, checked and double checked. In the mirror the first glimpse of what the future holds. Excitement levels peak. It begins. Positioned on the bench, …

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A big pot of time

Poly Means Many: There are many aspects of polyamory. Each month, the PMM bloggers will write about their views on one of them. Links to all posts can be found at www.polymeansmany.com. I like making stew, I like the simplicity of it, I like how the combination of ingredients becomes so much greater than the sum of its parts. Poly time management is like a stew. A big pot of time into which we chuck in all the schedules, plans, desires and appointments. Stir, season, leave to simmer for a few hours. Alas that’s where the resemblance ends. I like stew because it’s one big pot of awesome but unfortunately I can’t then ladle out a bowl of only carrots and …

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