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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 …


Lest we forget

At the weekend I was reading a book¹ that reviews the activities of some notable physicists during the First World War in order to highlight how it shaped their later careers.

During this section of the book there's a passage that brought home to me the horrors of trench …


Stuff

I’m slowly turning into my father, carrying all sort of junk and paraphernalia wherever I go. It used to be called stuff but now we glorify it and try to keep our dignity by calling it ‘EDC

The pockets


Breathing Space

This year we spent our family holiday in the Cotswolds and the the city of St Davids in Wales. One thing I noted during the break was that I immediately felt physically better than when I was working.

I’m not someone who suffers from stress at work but I …


A rant...

Cicret Bracelet

After someone posted this video on Facebook I took a look at this ‘product’ to see what it is all about. This company are after $500,000 to fund the development of this bracelet during 2016 —and they have nearly achieved it! I can’t believe they are even advertised …

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