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We will remember them

Today is remembrance day.

The Third Battle of Ypres (31 July – 10 November 1917) concluded 100 years ago yesterday and has come to symbolise the horrors associated with the war on the Western Front. It is frequently known by the name of the village where it culminated – Passchendaele.

Chateauwood

Outside my …


My EDC Essentials

There’s this whole online community dedicated to ‘EDC’ (Every Day Carry). They review and discuss pocket knives, tools, flashlights, wallets, bags and a whole host of other things. There are even sites and forums where one can see EDC collections laid out beautifully for photographs.

Now I am as …


Hobonichi Planner

Way back in late 2014 I wrote about my first year using a Hobonichi Techo planner.

This year, as I ordered my fifth Techo, I thought it was interesting that since 2013 I’ve switched around a few software task manager applications — Omnifocus, Things, 2Do etc — but the paper (or …


Red Oxx Mini Boss

Some time ago I bought a Red Oxx Air Boss and it’s a fantastic travel bag just very slightly too large to be a carry on bag with European airlines.

Red Oxxen

So after much research I’ve decided to buy a .... Red Oxx Mini Boss. Exactly the same thing, just …


Montblanc 147 Traveller

I have crossed the Rubicon twice with a new fountain pen I bought in the last couple of weeks and have been using frequently since then. I never thought I would buy a fountain pen that is a cartridge filler and a Montblanc!

Montblanc 147 Traveller

Among fountain pen collectors, Montblanc pens have …


The Music

Yesterday a couple of things happened that emphasised the power of music to move me.

When I was listening to music on shuffle at work in the afternoon Richard Thomson’s cover of Oops I Did It Again from the album 1000 Years of Popular Music came on. Whenever this …


The cup in my hand

The Buddha told his student, ‘Every morning I drink from my favorite teacup. I hold it in my hands and feel the warmth of the cup from the hot liquid it contains. I breathe in the aroma of my tea and enjoy my mornings in this way. But in my …

Where is my data?

I saw a post from Stephen Hackett a few days ago and found it very interesting. Stephen looks at where he currently has data stored and I thought it would be valuable exercise to audit and evaluate where I choose to keep my personal data and think about whether I …


Micro-blogging

Manton Reece is launching a new microblogging service and a book about independent microblogging.

The decision on whether to back this is a no-brainer for me. Since I started a blog I’ve changed how I manage it several times, moving from Tumblr to Scriptogr.am, through Dropplets to Pelican …


The Making of The Atomic Bomb

This book (written by Richard Rhodes) was a colossal undertaking — 900 pages long and dense with references and end notes. One third of the way through the book I realised I hd reached 1,200 cross-references and no-one had actually started to build a bomb yet! Richard Rhodes pulled-off a …

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