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

Late last year I signed up for the “partner programme” at Medium. If you’ve not heard of Medium, or it’s partner programme, I’ll quickly explain.

Medium is an online publishing platform where anybody can publish writing either under their own name, or within a “publication”. Anybody can create a publication…

While reading the posts of distant friends, I sometimes find myself drawn into their lives — their hopes, dreams, happiness, and sadness. It interests me that so many of us struggle to find our place in the world, or to find our way back to the path when lost. …

While talking to friends about their interactions on the internet recently, an interesting subject has arisen — the receipt of discordant feedback, and how best to deal with it.

If somebody takes exception to content you have posted to the internet, should you defend your view, or move on?

I…

While furloughed in the late autumn of 2020, I re-discovered Medium. I had been a member since the launch of the platform, but had only experimented — cross-posting occasional blog posts, and tinkering with publications.

Over the years I had been something of a journeyman blogger — publishing almost daily…

Imagine a game of “Rock, Paper, Scissors”, only you substitute the usual combatants with a bullet journal, a mobile phone, and a computer. Through bitter experience, I have discovered that when compared against common use-cases, the bullet journal beats everything else.

Whataboutism

If you are somewhat incredulous at the suggestion that…

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

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. …

Jonathan Beckett

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