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Articles in the #life series (31)

📝 Nightfall City 25 November 2021

From the hills of Dusk's End to the small alleys of Main Street, you feel drawn to the lights of this vibrant metropolis in an uncharted…

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📝 Webzines 20 November 2021

I've really enjoyed my recent discovery of a couple of traditional-style webzines. Webzines (sometimes referred to as online magazines, or…

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📝 Our DIY bathroom project 10 November 2021

I've recently posted about our home, in which we've completed a few DIY projects, such as renovating the garden and building a small loft…

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📝 A little trip to A&E 3 November 2021

On Sunday I slipped and fell in the pouring rain. I landed hard on my side and ended up dislocating my shoulder. I didn't really want to try…

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📝 Thinking positive 30 October 2021

It's been a weird 18 months. Before pandemic-initiated changes, our daily lives might have involved getting up and travelling on some form…

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📝 A mini loft conversion 24 October 2021

Following on from my previous post about renovating our garden, I wanted to write an entry about another project we've recently completed…

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📝 Giving a talk at the BSV Wales meet-up 13 October 2021

Last week I gave a talk at the Bitcoin Association BSV Meet-up for Wales, hosted by Tramshed Tech in Cardiff. BSV Wales Image Before…

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📝 Two months with Duolingo 25 September 2021

English speakers' privilege I've always been crap at learning languages. From an early age my parents would encourage me to learn French…

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📝 Twitter Learnings 18 September 2021

I recently wrote about reviewing my Twitter usage, with the aim of discovering any constructive takeways I get from the platform that…

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📝 Twitter is still too addictive 7 September 2021

TL,DR; I'm starting a Twitter diary to log interesting findings, and to measure its value to me. Twitter is pretty much the last bastion of…

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📝 Fixing up our outside space 14 August 2021

About 18 months ago we bought a new home. The house is an 1880s (ish) Victorian building, and many of its original features - such as tile…

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📝 Our first few months with a dog 3 August 2021

About nine months ago - at the end of November last year - we adopted a dog. Although I've always grown up with and around dogs owned by…

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📝 The '5AM Club' 7 July 2021

Recently my colleague was talking to me about the concept of the "5AM Club", as defined in the book by Robin Sharma. The "Club" is focused…

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📝 Joining a panel at Wales Tech Week 23 June 2021

Wales Tech Week is an annual event held by Technology Connected. The 2021 event is running this week, aiming to bring technologists together…

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📔 Links (last updated 19 June 2021)

A collection of links to interesting/useful/fun content.

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📝 City-centre beekeeping 11 June 2021

Getting and "installing" the nuc For his birthday a few years back, I bought my (now-)husband a beehive and a honeybee nucleus. Some might…

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📝 Married 10 June 2021

Just a quick post to say that I recently got married! By coincidence the event was three years to the day after our engagement. It was a…

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📝 I can't play games anymore 2 June 2021

Growing up and the "Warcraft years" In my earlier years I was fairly into gaming. I was definitely only ever a "casual gamer" in the scheme…

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📝 Running 12 May 2021

The effects of working from home The UK went into its first proper COVID-induced lockdown back around March time last year. At this time…

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📝 My appearance in the Wales "35 Under 35" 26 April 2021

This is a bit of a vanity post, but back in December I was lucky enough to be included in the 2020 WalesOnline "35 Under 35". This list aims…

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📝 Six months of Invisalign 12 April 2021

Back in November I started an Invisalign course to help straighten my teeth. Invisalign works like traditional braces, but is instead formed…

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📝 PinePhone and PineTime 27 March 2021

Pre-ordering the PinePhone Beta Earlier this week I ordered a PinePhone, which recently became available as a Beta Edition. I've been…

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📝 Thoughts on minimalism, and what happens when I get mail 8 March 2021

Minimising possessions Like many people I these days try and live a minimal life when it comes to possessions. Having more stuff means there…

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📝 A Year Without Answering my Phone 18 February 2021

This month marks a year from when I decided to (mostly - see below) stop answering my phone. This was not because I wanted to be antisocial…

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📝 Using Monica to Help Manage your Personal Relationships 7 February 2021

Many people no longer feel comfortable using Facebook. Whether you were never a member to begin with or you've had an account but chosen to…

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📝 Blogging for Devs 2 February 2021

A few months ago I discovered Blogging for Devs - I think through Product Hunt when it made it to #1 Product of the Day back in August last…

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📝 100 Days to Offload Challenge 29 January 2021

I know that I've been a bit crap at updating my blog properly and consistently over the past few years. One of my new year's resolutions…

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📝 Two Year Update 16 March 2017

I haven't written a post since summer 2015. It's now March 2017 and I thought I'd write an update very briefly covering the last couple of…

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📝 End of an Era 20 January 2015

I recently received confirmation of my completed PhD! I submitted my thesis in May 2014, passed my viva in September and returned my final…

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📝 A rather French week 31 August 2013

I recently spent a week in France as part of a holiday with some of my family. Renting houses for a couple of weeks in France or Italy each…

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📝 Decking Building 30 March 2013

A new decking I managed to turn about two tonnes of material into something vaguely resembling 'decking' in my back garden this weekend. It…

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