Love Thyself

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Entry number 792 in the ongoing get fit and lose weight campaign In this year of two thousand and seventeen I find myself, once again, looking to lose weight. I have pondered various options. Option 1: Walk home from work It’d take me about an hour to walk home. I have multiple podcasts to listen to and I enjoy walking. I’ve always enjoyed walking. I like to walk. But it’s Scotland and whilst I don’t mind some weather, we get ALL the weather in January and February so my appetite for walking home at the end of the day is not helped by freezing gales and horizontal sleet. BUT the weather is really just an excuse. I need to do …

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Things in boxes

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I am done with decluttering, done, I say! Hmmm … perhaps that was a little strident. How about this; I’ve done enough that I can now start packing and move to my new flat. Yes, that seems more accurate. At this juncture I should point out that I am, of course, using the word done in the more modern, eye rollingly teenage angsty way of being ‘so done’ with something. I’m, like, totally over it, yeah? (in my head that sounds way more Clueless than I’d realised. As if!). I should also confess that I’m using the apparent difference in “being done” and “being finished” to put off making decisions about some of the more, well, frivolous items I own …

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Weekend Reading

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We tested bots like Siri and Alexa to see who would stand up to sexual harassment If that’s the case, it’s time Cortana’s team—along Siri’s, Alexa’s, and Google Home’s—step up. This is weird, or scary, or … something else entirely. People Who Cry During Movies Are The Strongest People Of All I’ll admit it: I cry during movies… and books, music, and podcasts. Depending on how my hormone levels are, I might preemptively grab tissues and just watch the movie alone. Though a lot of people smirk when they see me watch movies in tears, I’m really fine with it. From a ‘big greet’ I couldn’t agree more. Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media With …

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February In Review

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And then it was March. I know February is the shortest month but holy jeez how is it MARCH already!! Lived Highlights I have a new flat to move into! After several viewings, most of which were just ‘not good’ the first one I saw was the best option. Cheaper, and a lot smaller, than my current place, I am midst mass declutter as I type. Still going along to guided meditation and have started doing a little at home (using the Buddhify app to help). I’m not sure if he’s helping in the day-to-day much yet, but the sessions do leave me feeling lighter. Stepcount: 279,086. Also I’ll just mention the Scottish Rugby team here and leave it at …

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Bite me

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Pop culture. Words used. Origin unknown. Meanings conferred. Brewed in the brain. Subtleties lost. Twisted timelines. Asian whispers. Playground offices. Stolen. Misused. Appropriated. Triggered disconnects. Global memes. Memories merging. Pasts colliding. A nip of this. Media unknown. Mix well. Pilfered accents. References mashed. A dash of that. Decades apart. Lifetimes passed. Fashion disregarded. Delivered without pause. “Bite me” has returned to my lexicon. Reasons escape me.

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Weekend Reading

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Do Not Pass Go: Interview With The Monopoly Thimble Perhaps nobody cares about their clothes anymore. Sad times for a thimble, cast aside. The Coffee Shaman “The way a shaman comes to light is that, as a child, he’s given fairy tales that are only that: fairy tales. And the shaman has to then penetrate the veil, to understand that there’s really something else beyond.” Now, I love coffee but… shaman? 4chan: The Skeleton Key to the Rise of Trump Trump’s younger supporters know he’s an incompetent joke; in fact, that’s why they support him. Around 2005 or so a strange link started showing up in my old webcomic’s referral logs. This new site I didn’t understand. It was a …

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Mission to Mars

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My dearest loved ones, I’m writing to all of you in the hope that my words will bring some solace and help you adjust to what is about to happen. You all know how excited I was when they announced this project, you’ve all supported me and encouraged me to work hard to make it happen, and you’ve all been there through my darkest days when I thought it was slipping out of my reach. From the moment I heard about the mission to Mars I knew I had to be on the crew, all those years staring up at the sky, wondering what lay beyond, the holidays to the Moon bases, and my acceptance to Lunar College were all …

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Decluttering Tyler

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I am not my job. I am not how much money I have in the bank. I am not the car I drive. I am not the contents of my wallet. I am not my fucking khakis. I am not the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world. (paraphrased from a movie we don’t talk about) Three boxes of books and five bags of clothes given to charity, four bags of  assorted rubbish taken to the dump, one bookcase, one box of assorted drinking glasses, and a few lamps gone, and soon to be added to the list of outgoing items are two chests of drawers and a chair bed (sale pending). It’s embarrassing. Not just the volume but how easily …

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Weekend Reading

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Did a violin teacher from Plano, Texas solve the world’s greatest classical music mystery? In 2006, Padgett was part of an orchestra preparing for a concert dedicated to the “mysteries and hidden messages” of Edward Elgar’s Variations on an Original Theme, Enigma, Op. 36. The Enigma Variations, as it is commonly called, is one of Britain’s most beloved classical music works. I love stuff like this, yeah, I’m a geek, bite me! I Work from Home ROBERT: Hi, I . . . uh . . . I work from home. OPERATOR: O.K., is anyone else there with you, sir? No longer an option but I can see how this could happen… Renewables are no longer ‘alternative.’ Fossil fuels are ‘legacy.’ …

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Review: Blogging the Rubicon

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Caesar (yes, that one) instigated a war by crossing the river Rubicon, so when I heard that a new venture had opened, and taken its name from this historic act of war, my interest was piqued. Let’s see what Crossing the Rubicon had to offer. They had invited around 40 bloggers, of various shades of disrepute, and as with most new venues we were all keen to try the wares and see just how provoking the menu and approach was. The short answer, never judge a bar by its name (as you wouldn’t a book by its cover), but do judge it by the quality of its food (and beverages). The very short answer, good food and beer are served …

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