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Distractions of YOUR own choosing.

Dump Facebook and take back control of your information feed.

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Your mobile phone is tracking you.

The New York Times has a sobering article: How Your Phone Betrays Democracy) demonstrating how easy it is for governments and political parties to use the data gathered from our mobile phones to track us. By tracking your movements a data-set of activities is built up that deduces your home location, as well as the […]

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iPhone. From talisman to tool.

Its been a little while now since I dumped the last of my social media accounts. One thing I have noticed is that my iPhone spends a lot more time in other places than my hands. In my bag. On a table. Somewhere else. For the first few days, there was this habitual almost reflex […]

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What the heck do I do with this blog?

With the end of the year looming, I thought I would take a moment of self-indulgent introspection to ponder the substance of this blog and think about what I should do with it….moving forwards as they say. Right now shojiwax.com is kinda drifting around in a sort of journal format.It covers my travel experiences, my interest […]

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Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. No.

A quick update just in case anyone is wondering why I have suddenly gone all quiet on social media.  As you might know I closed down my Facebook account a few years ago (for many reasons including these) and have not regretted it for a moment. I have continued to use Instagram (which is owned by Facebook) and […]

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Beardhawk Coffee.

I just love these spaces. Forget expensive Instagram worthy post-industrial chic. A simple trailer converted into a coffee shop. An eclectic bunch of rescued chairs. A couple of milk crates with cushions. Some old teapots planted out with succulents. A sunny spot. Perfect. Kelly chose a chai tea. I had an Earl Grey. We sat […]

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Facebook is reading my mind.

Well, this was a wee bit interesting. You see, I have been tentatively looking around online to buy a new camera that Kelly and I can take on our upcoming trip to New Zealand.Accordingly I spent the morning reading various reviews and comparing prices on Amazon and other retail sites. After a couple of hours […]

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Un-stagram.

Things I did not post on instagram today: The picture of my dog Juno looking exceptionally cute and fluffy as he leaps impossibly high to catch a frisbee captured effortlessly at the perfect intersection of both their airborne trajectories.Because: I took him for a walk and he rolled in wet grass and duck shit. The […]

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The NOW page.

I am not really very active on social media at the moment. So apologies to anyone who has left a message or comment there for me.Sure, I post links to stuff I have written, but I’m really not consuming anything that Facebook or Twitter or Instagram has to offer.I really do feel it is time […]