Weekend Reading

Reading time: 3 mins

The Ukrainian Hacker Who Became the FBI’s Best Weapon—And Worst Nightmare One Thursday in January 2001, Maksym Igor Popov, a 20-year-old Ukrainian man, walked nervously through the doors of the United States embassy in London. I do so love these stories, the hidden truths, the human interest. I wonder if anyone has thought about making…

Less to say

Reading time: 2 mins

I’ve hit a strange point in my use of social media recently. I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing but I am definitely using it less. I don’t check Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram multiple times a day, and some days not at all, and as such I’m posting less and…

Weekend Reading

Reading time: 3 mins

Until I was a man, I had no idea how good men had it at work Testosterone made my voice low. Really low. So low that I am almost impossible to hear in a loud bar or a cacophonous meeting, unless I speak at a ragged near-shout. But when I do talk, people don’t just…

The days slip away

Reading time: < 1 min

Rise to the chime. The bleary eyed shuffle and the morning ablutions. Take your pills. Dress yourself. Brush your teeth every day. Floss not often enough. The scold of the dental hygienist awaits! Then to the bus. Then to coffee. Then to my desk. Computer screen glows from black. The cogs whirr into life. Around…

Weekend Reading

Reading time: 4 mins

Apostrophe-gate The Watergate scandal produced a number of far-reaching effects. It brought down a president. It created a new era of disillusionment with politics. And, more important for my purposes, it spawned one of the most flexible, enduring suffixes in modern history. I’m not that fussed about apostrophes, but just you wait for interrobang-gate, wow…

Only one

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“Ask yourself if you would do it if nobody would ever see it, you would never be compensated for it and nobody wanted it.” – Ernst Haas (via) There must be a reason I write. I write here, I write in a journal, I (don’t really at the moment) write short stories, and I (definitely…

Weekend Reading

Reading time: 5 mins

Apologies for the hiatus; ’twas a mixture of illness on my behalf, and illness on behalf some of the services I use to compile this list. Here are some articles that caught my attention over the past couple of weeks. Why you shouldn’t exercise to lose weight, explained with 60+ studies At the end of…

My own comfort

Reading time: 3 mins

Despite what I might try to insist, to myself and others, I prefer my own company to that of others. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy being with other people, those that I love, and those that I like enough to tolerate (I kid, I kid!) but when I’m feeling in need of comfort…