Journal

On clouds.

Take something you totally take for granted. Something you see every day. Let’s say, for example, a cloud. If you are imagining this cloud right now, it is probably a Cumulus. Perhaps not. Perhaps you are thinking of a sinister dark thundercloud. Cumulonimbus. A towering anvil of hail and thunder cracked through with St Elmo’s […]

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the hidden power of technology in Apollo 11.

Last night Juno and I sat up and watched a documentary on the Apollo 11 moon landing. One thing I really geek out on is the aesthetics of all that 1960s technology. Not a swipe, not a pinch to be seen. Instead, that pleasing haptic certainty of toggle switches and dials, and sliders and buttons. […]

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Slow down and read your feed.

I have been throttling way down on my social media consumption over the last few months. These days I usually check my feeds about once every two weeks or so. I do however still drop links in FaceBook to posts I have written. The reality is, if don’t do this, hardly anyone visits to read […]

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Postcard from afar.

Remember when life had a lag? Before the instant gratification of broadcasting on Facebook and Instagram, when it took time for our lives to spread out and filter down. I remember one of the rituals of being away on holidays was the trip to a newsagent or local tourist shop to select a pile of […]

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The Tupperware Crisis.

It seemed simple enough. Quickly wash up the small pile of dishes before heading out for a coffee at my favourite cafe. Mission accomplished in six minutes. I just had to put away that last Tupperware container Kelly used to hold her lunch yesterday. I opened one of our Tupperware draws to be faced with […]

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Street library.

I was out walking Juno the other day when we came across this neat street library. Ironically, I first saw a street library whilst on holidays in Juno, Alaska several years ago. Since then they seem to have caught on and I have seen many more during our travels. A simple sign below the library […]

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Found objects

Paper Props.

If like me, you love books and journals and old paper documents, you are about to discover that Ross Macdonald might just have one of the coolest jobs in the known universe. And he definitely has one of the coolest work environments. Ross is a paper prop specialist. That is, he designs and creates documents, […]

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Found objects

10 stoic guidelines to consider.

My friend Doug Bruns from over at The House I Live In is participating in Stoic Week which begins on October 1st. Go read his post about it. Stoicism, at least modern stoicism examines the philosophy of stoic writers such as Marcus Aurelius, Seneca and Epictetus, and asks if their ideas can help us lead […]

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