Boxing Day Reading

Reading time: 4 mins

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, now it’s time to sit back and relax, grab that turkey sandwich, and maybe a few of the following will help get you through until it’s time for a nap. Consciousness Began When the Gods Stopped Speaking Julian Jaynes was living out of a couple of suitcases…

A letter to my 15 year old self

Reading time: 3 mins

Hey Gordon, Nice hair, how much mousse did you use this morning to get that look? Impressive. Enjoy it (it won’t last, but you won’t care). It’s a big year for you, even though you don’t realise it yet. Events will happen around you and this will set the tone for the next decade. You…

Weekend Reading

Reading time: 2 mins

A few of the following are hard to read, please note there may be triggering content. The Secret History of One Hundred Years of Solitude The house, in a quiet part of Mexico City, had a study within, and in the study he found a solitude he had never known before and would never know…

Apples don’t fall far

Reading time: 3 mins

I recently met up with my very pregnant sister for lunch during which she recounted the story of a recent shopping trip. My parents are buying her a pram as a new baby present and so went along to check out the prams and, after a few stops, my sister, her partner, and my Mum…

Murmurs

Reading time: < 1 min

Wings pull at the air as they launch themselves at the sky. Tiny black spots against the dipping glow of the evening sun, soaring higher and higher, cajoling and sniping as the nervous energy builds, pulling them up, up, up.. Viewed from a distance the birds coalesce; the shape shifting from blanket to ball, a liquid…

Weekend Reading

Reading time: 4 mins

Commuting = reading time. Here are some of the best things I read this week. ‘Star Wars’ Strikes Back: Behind the Scenes of the Biggest Movie of the Year It is a bleak time for the Republic. It is a period of great struggle for the entire planet, and not only is the dark side…

NaNoWriMo Reflections

Reading time: 3 mins

I’ve been blogging for a long time, I keep an occasional diary – in Day One, a wonderful journal app – and have even shared some (very) short stories here. As I’ve mentioned before, I enjoy the process of writing and I’ll admit that NaNoWriMo has always intrigued me. In its 16th year, NaNoWriMo (National…

Winding Down

Reading time: 2 mins

The end of year is approaching and thoughts turn to Christmas, Hogmanay and 2016. Every year the run up to Christmas feels the same; it always seems sudden, always a little too fraught, too full of worries that the gifts are good enough, that the days are fun enough, that the food is tasty enough and…

Weekend Reading

Reading time: 2 mins

Late because I’m an idiot and set the wrong publish date…  The news this week has been, well, I’m not sure I have the words to describe how I feel about a lot of it, grim, unsettling, horrifying, tragic… I’m not sure I even have the words to express myself appropriately here. Still, the world…

A whole lotta not very much

Reading time: 3 mins

It’s amazing how little you can fill your time with when you have nothing all that much to do, or at the very least no workplace to attend everyday. Looking back over August, September and October, and even the first couple of weeks in November, before I started my new job, it was a whole…

Weekend Reading

Reading time: 2 mins

Quieter week as I’ve spent most of my time reading documents at work so a bit ‘over reader’. The Generation That Doesn’t Remember Life Before Smartphones Down a locker-lined hallway at Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis, Zac Felli, a junior, walks to his first class of the day. He wears tortoiseshell glasses and is…

Weekend Reading

Reading time: 5 mins

Obviously a lot of the focus of the news has been, rightly, the terrorist attacks in Paris, Beirut and Mali. This list feels frivolous but perhaps it’s good to ‘look away’ for a few moments. Secret Chambers, Grain Silos and the Long, Long History of Pyramid Conspiracy Theories The Giza Pyramid complex, photographed by Eduard…

Weekend Reading

Reading time: 5 mins

I start my new job in a week or so, not sure if that means the number of links in these posts will increase or decrease, part of me is interested to see what happens, part of me isn’t bothered, and part of me wonders why I’m telling you this. People who worry incessantly about…

Weekend Reading

Reading time: 6 mins

I’m realising the links I’m choosing for these posts are rapidly forming a pretty good picture of my interests, this week is no different. Why The Machines That Dig Tunnels Are Always Named After Women Tunnel Boring Machines, or TBMs, are some of the most fascinating manufacturers of our infrastructure: Two-ton primary-colored cylinders with jagged…

Small pleasures

Reading time: 2 mins

Those of know me will know of my tendency to research things before I buy them. A lot of the items I use most often have been bought online after a lot of comparison and pondering, and it’s fair to say that not all of them have been a success; a lot of near misses…