Weekend Reading

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Redshirts Aren’t Likeliest to Die — and Other ‘Star Trek’ Math Lessons The original “Star Trek” series isn’t just a milestone of science fiction, it’s also a treasure trove of mathematical ideas — as Space.com discovered when we attended “Star Trek: The Math of Khan” at the Museum of Mathematics. Star Trek in FAKE NEWS…

I want choices and I want them now

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Modern life is consumption. Modern life is the internet. Modern life is choice. Choose everything. Get exactly what you want. When you want. At a cost. This is where we are as consumers. If I can find something online, and it’s what I want, I can order it and it arrives at my door in…

Contemplation

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View this post on Instagram Contemplation A post shared by Gordon McLean (@gmclean) on Apr 23, 2017 at 2:46am PDT Crisp morning air snaps at my exposed legs, gravel scrunches under my feet. I start the timer and head off, full of purpose on this bright Sunday morning. It’s cold in the shade of the…

Weekend Reading

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Busy week + reading things printed on paper = short list today! Plus it’s Earth Day, so go outside and appreciate this amazing planet of ours! Selling Mark Zuckerberg Until recently, Mark Zuckerberg’s most iconic public appearance may have been the image of the young startup founder sweating through his hoodie onstage while journalist Kara…

Write way forward

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This year I’ve deliberately kept to a schedule here on this blog. Tuesdays and Thursdays I post something, Saturdays are for the Weekend Reading compilations, so aside from monthly roundups, I’ve gotten into a routine of writing. That was the point, to make myself write more. Sometimes it’s a bit forced, but sometimes it feels…

Happily Downsized

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My recent move to a smaller flat was prompted by a few factors but I decided to use it as a chance to downsize and minimise my belongings. Moving from a large roomed two bedroom flat to a small roomed one bedroom flat made more sense financially, and enforced a level of de-cluttering . That…

Weekend Reading

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LEGO Macintosh Classic with e‑paper display tl;dr: I built a Wi-Fi enabled LEGO Macintosh Classic running Docker on a Raspberry Pi Zero with an e‑paper display. Docker deployments via resin.io. [photos] I am not a 100% sure if it was this exact model or perhaps even the Macintosh 128K from 1988, but I guess it…

Six by Nico: The Chippie

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TL;DR – my tweet from last night: I'm not sure I have the superlatives to describe that meal from @SixbyNico. Suffice to say we've already booked for the next menu! — G 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🤪☯️ (@Gordon) April 11, 2017 Despite the fact the ‘parent’ restaurant (111 by Nico) was a 2 minute walk from my last flat,…

Boot Camp

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Two down, eighteen to go! I wasn’t really sure what I was getting myself into when I signed up for the Summer Boot Camp at AG Fitness, but with the first week complete I’m (already) glad I did. The sessions – run on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings – are HIIT based (oh yeah, I’ve…

Weekend Reading

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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….

An iPad is not a computer

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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…

Getting Help

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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,…

March In Review

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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…

Weekend Reading

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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…