On Meditating

Picture the scene; A cloud strewn mountain, a clearing with a lone tree under which a monk sits crossed legged, hands raised with middle finger touching thumbs in a circle, possibly chanting. An ancient ritualistic image, a mystical person channelling his inner … summat or other. This is meditation. Picture another scene; a grey drizzle in Glasgow, a large room with the faint buzz from fluorescent lights overhead, people sitting in chairs, hands in laps, no chanting. This is meditation? At the start of the year I started attending 30 minute guided meditation classes after work. A friend of mine had been going for a while and it’s been something I’d been meaning to try so I was excited to …

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18 years old

Yesterday. 18 years of writing nonsense and publishing it on line. 18 years of blogging. 18 years of reading, and commenting, and following, and then Twitter, and Facebook, and Instagram and so it continues. 18 years ago I wrote about Sunglasses. Everything has changed since then. Nothing has changed since then. Here’s to the next 18! And as I’m 18 it’s now legal for the blog to have a drink, the question is, which drink?

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Weekend Reading

What If We Cultivated Our Ugliness? or: The Monstrous Beauty of Medusa Myth and folklore teem with frightening women: man-seducers and baby-stealers, menacing witches and avenging spirits, rapacious bird-women and all-devouring forces of nature. One of a series of articles on how culture/media portrayal of women is … somewhat troubling (AKA fubar) Mossberg: The Disappearing Computer This is my last weekly column for The Verge and Recode — the last weekly column I plan to write anywhere. I’ve not linked to many (any?) of his articles but no doubt his legacy is a strong one The Curious Case of the Disappearing Nuts At 11:22 a.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2013, an orange Freightliner tractor-trailer arrived at Crain Walnut Shelling in …

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May In Review

Lived Highlights Six by Nico: Childhood Still surviving Bootcamp, into the last couple of sessions now Signed up for Pedal for Scotland Bought some plants because ‘greenery’ Bought some fab new cushions Had a tattoo consultation (and booked in for August, wooop!) Aside from that, whilst I had a lot of things on, almost every day, it felt like a quiet month. Admittedly a lot of my focus has been inwards, my physical health and fitness have driven a lot of my decisions (not drinking on nights out for example), and my mental health is definitely improving but obviously that too takes a lot of hard work. Meditating as a ‘habit’ as pretty much in place now too so, whilst …

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