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Weekly recap


A quick recap of some of the more interesting stuff I stumbled on this week. Covering my usual themes of planning, environmentalism and living frugally! What should be on the roadmap – a deep- dive article for project & product managers about how to put together a roadmap. It gave me a lot to think about. Most people think in solutions-oriented ways. They skip over defining the...

Watching Twitter Die


The past few days I have been refreshing twitter almost non-stop. It’s the same morbid fascination as you have towards a car accident. Elon’s approach to ‘management’ is fun to watch from a distance — and must be deeply frustrating to go through. As a millennial, I have survived the death or slow collapse of many a social site. I started socialising way-back-when...

On being 38


Last year I wrote a post about this time called the Unprecedented Year. Hard to believe it’s been another year! On the personal front, I accomplished a lot. I moved to the North West. I quit my job, and spent three months in the USA with family. And then I started a new job. I also became more active within the Green Party, attempting to put my advice about how to deal with climate anxiety...

Join the dance


It’s been a busy few weeks. I completed week three at my new job, and moved out of ‘induction’ mode and into ‘do real work’ mode. Due to the commute, I bought an electric bike and have been adjusting to the wonderful world of cycling. Recently I took a course with Bike Right to gain confidence in managing junctions and roundabouts as a cyclist–I would...

Weekly Reflections #7


It’s been an interesting week. I’m counting down until I start my new job (only one week of freedom left!) and trying to make the most of my time off. On Tuesday I collected my new e-bike. The New Job has a commute that’s a little tricky by public transport and too far to walk. Since I am committed to staying car free, for financial and environmental reasons, I decided to bite...

The shape of a Life (The Vorkosigan Saga)


Three pieces to this: Firstly, I read a travel newsletter called about a trip to Istanbul. I have had a love-hate relationship to travel writing for a long time. The best travel writing utilises scenery to highlight aspects of personality, philosophy or history. The worst reads like an Instagram post sponsored by Sky Mall. This particular newsletter mentions Ukraine refugees and the presence of...

Slow travel: give the universe a chance to smile


We have started our journey. I am a big proponent of slow travel. If I can take a boat or train instead of an aeroplane, I will. This is partly about the environment, of course, but it’s also to take the stress out of travel. What good is a holiday if the day before and the day after are spent stewing in stress? When I have to take an aeroplane–such as on this journey–I take my...

The physicality of virtual space


Since moving, we have had some issues with the internet. Every now and then our connection would drop for seemingly no reason. Speeds were slow. And our phone line (yes, we have a landline phone) would sound full of static and crackle. We called our ISP and they took us through a rigmarole of diagnostics; unplugging the router and plugging it back in, connecting to the test socket, using a...

A life reboot


I started a new (temporary) job this week. My first day I went into the office, which meant I got to enjoy something I haven’t done in a long time: commute. I am lucky enough to be able to commute by train, but of course, commuting by public transport in December has a (chilly) downside. Luckily, warm clothing and waterproofs can go a long way! November has felt like a full life reboot. I...

Pause and breathe


And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is’.Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country I am happier than I’ve been in a while. This is particularly impressive considering I am in the last throes of moving house, and my entire life is in boxes right now. Of course, last year...

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