Weekend Reading

A stylist’s five steps to make getting dressed easier For some people, getting dressed in the morning is a joy. Good for them. In my ongoing route to minimal, I’m taking notes from this. People who talk to pets, plants, and cars are actually totally normal, according to science I frequently talk to my plants. “Harold, you look dapper today,” I compliment my tiny green succulent. “Did you miss me?” I ask my Chinese evergreen. Once they begin plotting their slow, synchronized deaths, our conversations tend to intensify. AKA people are people Detroit Is Stomping Silicon Valley in the Self-Driving Car Race General Motors testing fully autonomous development fleet vehicles on public roads in Michigan.If you’re betting on Silicon Valley …

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An iPad is not a computer

Last year I bought a 12.9″ iPad Pro to replace an ageing 2012 MacBook Air which, like its owner, is noticeably slowing as time passes. I did my usual round of research before making the jump. I love my MacBook, is does everything I need but the screen is a shortcoming, especially these days switching from iPhone/iPad to the MacBook was jarring. I could’ve gotten a retina screened MacBook but that’s when the second consideration kicked in (our old friend money). For a lot less moolah I could get a gorgeous big retina screen, if I switched to an iPad and having seen pictures of the 12.9″ retina screen I was very tempted. I had an iPad Air and a …

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Getting Help

I’m not depressed. I’m not suicidal. I’m not unhappy. I just felt a bit stuck. So I’m getting some help and have been going to counselling the past few weeks. I’m not going into much/any detail here, that’s not what this post is about. This post is about me saying that I am receiving counselling, I am getting help. This post is about saying it publicly, making it less taboo for the next man, even if only slightly. And for those concerned about my own well being. I am well. I am good. The counselling is helping already, and I’m glad I’m doing it. If anyone reading this wants to discuss, or ask, me anything further. Or even just shout …

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March In Review

Lived Highlights Moved into my new flat. Saw Russell Howard on his current tour Was at a comedy gig (see above) where a fight broke out! Got some major tattoo envy at the Scottish Tattoo Convention (but no tattoo) Stepcount: 314,071. Read Highlight – A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Bachman No idea why I picked this up but so glad I did. It took me a few chapters to get into it but it’s well worth it. A bittersweet tale that will make you laugh and smile, as the story of Ove unfolds. Ohhh and it’ll make you cry as well, but it’s a wonderful book, that I highly recommend. Also Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee – …

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Weekend Reading

Smurfette’s Roots When we were kids, my brother collected plastic Smurf figurines. While they were all fundamentally the same (blue body, white pants and white hat, except for Papa Smurf, who sported a red hat and white beard), each had different accessories based on their archetypal traits. I collected these too, in fact, in my younger rebellious days, I think I shop-lifted Papa Smurf! Survival of the Friendliest Violence has been the sire of all the world’s values,” wrote poet Robinson Jeffers in 1940. “What but the wolf’s tooth whittled so fine the fleet limbs of the antelope? What but fear winged the birds, and hunger jeweled with such eyes the great goshawk’s head?” It’s nice to be nice! TV show contestants …

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Tick Tock

Tick tock I have a clock in every room. Apparently this is a bit weird, at least according to my colleagues at work. I’m not sure exactly when it became weird though; I don’t think it was mentioning the fact I have a clock in the living room, or the one in the bedroom, but when I said there was a clock in the bathroom, that’s when the puzzled looks appeared and the questions started. “You have a clock in the bathroom? Are you timing how long it takes to pee?” “…. you have a clock in … what?” “Is it for a time and motion study of your bathroom habits?” “That’s just weird” For the record, the reason I …

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Laugh like no-one is listening

The older I get the fewer fucks I give. I know I will be whatever old man I end up being, but part of me hopes I’ll be an eccentric. Another part of me thinks I’ll just be a bit grumpy, and yet another part of me hopes I’ll expand my tendency towards silliness. This may mean that the little moments of madness that pepper my day, which currently stay in my head or the confines of my home, will be let loose on the poor unsuspecting people of Glasgow. I do like being silly. Two lions are walking down Oxford Street, one turns to the other and says “Quiet, isn’t it”. The tendency to break into song about random …

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Weekend Reading

Falling in Love with Words: The Secret Life of a Lexicographer We’re proud to feature “Hrafnkell,” the first chapter of Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries, by Kory Stamper. We are in an uncomfortably small conference room. Words are such wonderful, powerful, beautiful things, this sound like a joyous celebration of a book. The Enduring, Anxious Appeal of Gray Looking back, I should have realized it sooner, this problem that I have. The only excuse I can give is that introspection often takes time, and it’s only slowly that one recognizes an obsession, though signs of it may appear everywhere. No. NOT 50 bloody shades. Reading this I realise that I have been fighting this too, largely by …

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Fast Food

OK, confession time. I have a go to, super quick meal that I eat about once a month. It’s not the healthiest, but it’s not bad for you*, and it can be ready in a few mins (depending on how long your kettle takes to boil). Gosh, I feel quite nervous about this, this is one of my darkest held secrets, and I’m about to share it with the world. Please try not to judge me, or at the very least, don’t be nasty about it. Right, here it goes. Tuna, Smash, and baked beans (with butter/salt to taste). It’s perfect if I’ve had a long shitty day and I can’t even be bothered flinging something in the oven, but …

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3 Star or bust

Do you believe everything you read? Are you happy to take the opinion of the clearly ill-informed over those who weigh their words and provide evidence both for and against what they are offering? Don’t worry, this isn’t about Trump. I’ll admit that I like to have a sense of whether something is good or bad before trying it and find myself reading reviews on purchases, bars, restaurants, books, movies and, well, pretty much anything I consume or use. It wasn’t something I really considered noteworthy until a friend of mine commented that she always asks me what I think of something because she knows I’ll have researched the shit out of it (she’s classy with words that way). It …

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