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Software and web developer, husband, father, cat wrangler, writer, runner, coffee drinker, retro video games player. Pizza solves most things.

In an increasingly uncertain and divided world it sometimes helps to step outside of our place and time, to remind ourselves that our search for meaning is not new — and that the thoughts of those who came before are as valid today as when they were written.

Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius


Murphy’s Law

Several months ago I began using Notion to store technical notes related to my work (I’m a software and web developer). Over time my use of the Notion platform expanded to include daily tasks, project details, contacts, professional development, research, writing, and all manner of miscellaneous lists of “stuff”. …


I just fell down an incredibly steep internet rabbit hole, reading about gun culture in the United States of America. I found myself watching debates between, and reading the views of the various pro and anti firearms groups. …


For the past several years I have been keeping on top of myriad tasks, goals and notes in a paper bullet journal. I drank the cool-aid. I bought the book by Ryder Carrol. …


After working in software development for the greater part of thirty years, you might expect my interests to centre around coding style, algorithms, and the eternal comparison of one programming language with another.

I’ve always found the stories surround computers far more interesting than the hardware or software itself —…


In 1962 William Melvin Kelley coined the term “woke” in an essay published in the New York Times. …


The house I live in borders a green — an area of grass around which perhaps fifty houses were built in the late 1940s. Over the years we have lived here we have seen a generational shift; with original homeowners slowly being replaced by young families. …


I have noticed a gradual shift across media and the internet recently that has troubled me greatly — a growing lack of intolerance and acceptance of people’s differences. …


If the post war years of the early 20th century pulled back the stigma laden curtain surrounding mental health, the beginning of the 21st century has started the process of dismantling people’s preconceptions and presumptions, and the beginning of a journey towards understanding the labyrinth of the human condition.

The…


There is an aspect of the mainstream blogging platforms that I’ve never liked. It occurred as an unexpected consequence of “social” features. …

Jonathan Beckett

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