Mar 052013
Offline (Decluttering, part 4)

I’ve stopped using Facebook and Twitter for Lent. I thought this might prove difficult, given how easy it is to log in and spend time on them without really meaning to. But it’s not. Change the passwords to something random you can’t remember, don’t tell your browser, and remove anything from your phone that might push a notification into your pocket and make your ears burn. Social media works by making you think that you need to be connected, need to be fighting off messages with a repost here, a witty comment there, a rebuttal there. But you don’t need this; you didn’t need it before you signed up for Read full post >>

Jan 302013

I’ve started a photography evening class, to try and make sure that some of what I do with my free time doesn’t resemble work. When I was a teenager I did quite a lot of black-and-white film photography. I was not a terribly happy teenager at boarding school, and like many teenagers I used to retreat to a dark room to get away from myself. There was something I really liked about the methodical nature of the work: developing films, finding my way around in complete blackness and in red light, and watching the images appear like magic in the developing tray. Later me and my dad built a darkroom in Read full post >>

Oct 092010

This is an interesting little site that has been set up by some Quakers who are interested in setting up a project to explore Big Questions like the Meaning of Life and our Place in the Universe.  At the moment the website simply states some ideas in an interesting way and seems to be gauging a response/doing some preliminary research. If you have a few moments, please click on the link and read/fill in as much as you like.  It’s anonymous, and you can read or answer questions or comment as you feel, or not if you have nothing to say or can’t be bothered.  It took me about five Read full post >>