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2020-10-19: The rain is coming down so strong, I can hardly hear myself think. 🌧

2020-10-19: I hope the five-star review I gave for Gluon helps @vincent and compensates for the unnecessary …

2020-10-19: 📚 I hope no one shoots the messenger. Some thoughts on a short book about a different kind of love. …

2020-10-18: Maybe I should have kept this one anonymous.

2020-10-16: Ironically I told a colleague today I rarely run 5K, and usually a lot more. 🏃🏃‍♀️ Well, I’ve …

2020-10-16: Online privacy needs to be more rigorous. Private firms have no right to track anyone.

2020-10-16: I find it ironic that the BBC has become an activist on environmental issues, yet their listings …

2020-10-16: Another field mouse rescued today from the claws of death.

2020-10-15: My wife will be disappointed. A friend sent me a box of what we thought was Portuguese wine, as an …

2020-10-15: A drive through the Autumn countryside. We stopped to take the view at the Windy Gap, while we …

2020-10-15: Grand surroundings for brunch, before the semi-lockdown begins. French toast, bacon and maple syrup. …

2020-10-15: I struggle to understand our government in Northern Ireland. Last week they said COVID is spread by …

2020-10-15: 🏃🏃‍♀️📷 I took this photo of a nearby lough on yesterday’s lunchtime run. One reason I …

2020-10-14: Seven months working from here. This is home, where I want to spend the rest of my life with Rita - …

2020-10-14: I’ve decided to take Gluon out for a spin. Not the elementary particle that acts as the …

2020-10-13: Just some random thoughts about life that entered my mind when running. And I believed running was …

2020-10-12: October 13th: seven months of working from home. Work was quiet for the first few months, but now it …

2020-10-12: Note to self: working from home is not an excuse to stay up blogging after midnight.

2020-10-11: I love Autumn (or The Fall), and thanks to my iPhone, I received an On this day memory. From late …

2020-10-11: I read and commented on issues other bloggers have raised about app subscriptions. I just had a bit …

2020-10-10: I’m nearly enjoying season three of The Handmaid’s Tale. Season one was shocking, and season two …

2020-10-09: 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️I love my new running route, with miles more narrow country roads. Today’s lunchtime …

2020-10-09: I’ve started exporting my notes from Ulysses to iAWriter. Goodbye to another subscription. And …

2020-10-09: Sometimes, I’m relieved my wife doesn’t read my blogs. I may have stretched myself a bit …

2020-10-09: Writing with Eyes Wide Shut I seem to have stumbled upon a new writing approach. For the past few nights, I have typed with my …

2020-10-08: In the mirror, you will only find what you want to see. When I use the mirror, my face looks …

2020-10-08: As much as I love the Ulysses writing app, the subscription model niggles me. I discovered new …

2020-10-07: 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️Today on my lunchtime run, I wondered why it had taken six years to discover more of my …

2020-10-07: I love technology sites and could scroll for hours, missing out on life. But why do such sites feel …

2020-10-06: Years ago, I loved the cinema. As a kid, I begged my parents to take me. Pre-COVID my view changed. …

2020-10-06: I can’t settle on a name for the microblog. I wanted to show an affiliation to my long-form …

2020-10-06: I need to find alternatives to the many products I pay a subscription to use. First on the hitlist …

2020-10-06: If there’s one thing more costly than my list of subscriptions, it’s my shopping bill at …

2020-10-04: I have mixed feelings about the weekend. Saturday, I raced to the city to buy a birthday present for …

2020-10-02: I seem to have developed an addiction to Amazon. Every little thing I look for, from sticky tape to …

2020-10-01: 🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️I took a new route today for a lunchtime run. Three miles toward town and back. Different …

2020-10-01: I’m exhausted after interviewing 15 people over the past few days. There was a considerable …

2020-09-29: Tonight marked the end of my 6th year running. 🏃 🏃‍♀️ I started on a cold Autumn night in September …

2020-09-29: A little note in honour of an early childhood crush.

2020-09-29: A robin redbreast (Erithacus rubecula) has been banging his head on our patio doors for two days. I …

2020-09-28: On a cold and sunny day in Dublin, a trip to see The Rolling Stones provided some valuable life …

2020-09-28: Instead of rushing to Mum’s for a quick visit, I decided to take it slow and build it into an …

2020-09-27: Today I am grateful for everything. Just as I am every day. I’m grateful for my life, my …

2020-09-26: Today, I bought myself a new coat for winter. Best of all, I fitted a size medium, instead of large. …

2020-09-24: I ran today while listening to Max Richter. It’s not your usual running music but it suits my pace. …

2020-09-23: We started watching Ep 1 of Ratched on Netflix. I don’t think Ep 2 will follow. The show looks …

2020-09-23: 🏃🏃‍♀️ It’s the time of year when I need to squeeze in lunchtime runs. I don’t mind …

2020-09-23: I removed Google Analytics from my long-form blog to favour Plausible. Google was too complicated, …

2020-09-21: And there I was, hoping to give Apple more money; but alas. Not one of the new Apple One …

2020-09-20: I set out on a ten-mile run this afternoon but called it a day at 8½. It’s easy to see the …

2020-09-20: A World of Opposites On 30 July 2016, Skydiver Luke Aikins jumped from 25,000 feet out of an aeroplane without a …

2020-09-18: One benefit of a new kitchen is finding old coffee cups long forgotten. I love our ”new” Villeroy …

2020-09-17: If ever proof were needed I can’t multi-task. During the past week I couldn’t holiday, …

2020-09-11: Rita and I are grabbing a little holiday time. A few nights at a lovely Irish hotel. COVID measures …

2020-09-08: Meditation has become a part of my life. I’m still learning, but here’s a quick list of …

2020-09-07: I contribute ideas, why would I be there if I didn’t? - Steve Jobs 💬

2020-09-06: My usual meditation timer was becoming a bit buggy. Although, the buggy nature may be due to iOS 14 …

2020-09-06: I’m into my second day deep-cleaning the new kitchen after the painting. Thankfully, we can …

2020-09-04: 🍽 Rita and I went to our favourite restaurant tonight. It was the first time we’ve dined out …

2020-09-04: Our CEO briefed the staff yesterday. There will be no rush to re-populate the offices because there …

2020-09-04: Science is learning all the time. This is an interesting finding reported by news.sky.com

2020-09-04: I decided to cancel the YouTube Premium membership on the penultimate day of the free trial. I …

2020-09-03: If it weren’t for change we’d remain stuck in the same job, and we wouldn’t get to …

2020-09-03: Thursday tends to be Zoom day. I’ve two meetings, a team session at 11 am and a committee …

2020-09-02: 🧘🧘‍♀️ I reached the 31st day of a meditation streak. My mind was racing during tonight’s …

2020-09-01: I headed out for a slow run after work. The evenings are getting darker. 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️ On a side note; …

2020-09-01: I never thought I would write a love letter about a blogging platform. But that’s what six …

2020-08-31: I’m keeping too many late nights. Just because I have no commute, it shouldn’t mean I …

2020-08-30: 🏃‍♀️🏃 I managed a steady pace for today’s 9-mile run. The weather was warm and calm. The road …

2020-08-29: I couldn’t believe my eyes when I walked through the housing area I lived as a child. The …

2020-08-29: I think my original AirPods, bought when first released, are beginning to die. They need to be …

2020-08-29: How many more times do I have to publish on write.as before I remember to use the bloody Read More …

2020-08-29: Imagine my excitement. I thought I found someone on Mastodon who enjoys running. 🏃‍♂️But it was a …

2020-08-28: Heaven knows why I abandoned the web developer course on Udemy. COVID19 undoubtedly distracted me …

2020-08-28: It remains a difficult time to travel abroad. No sooner do people go on holiday, the British …

2020-08-27: I’ve published on the write.as blog; micro-blogged, Tooted a while on Mastodon; and meditated. …

2020-08-27: I’ve lost count how many times I’ve listened and meditated to Miss Chloe’s ASMR …

2020-08-27: I am writing at the desktop with rain landing on the skylight window. In the background, my wife …

2020-08-27: A short story about how love began for my wife and I. The story is told as part of …

2020-08-26: I just changed my subscription to yearly. It’s one way to show commitment to the beautiful …

2020-08-26: I opted for a short run this evening. Only 5k. 🏃 The drop in light is noticeable, but hopefully, I …

2020-08-26: I try to live a life without harm to the world around me. But, there is one thing that needs to die. …

2020-08-24: One Tree or Another 🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️Yesterday I managed another 10-mile run. I have found running more rewarding when I’m …

2020-08-23: I decided to give my writing a shot in the arm; I have published No. 1 of 100 in the …

2020-08-23: I turned off the handwashing timer on the latest Apple Watch beta. It started to become annoying. I …

2020-08-23: Sometimes I worry I don’t have anything interesting to say. Then I open a write.is account. I …

2020-08-22: It’s the last few hours of Saturday, and all I have accomplished is a cut lawn and lots and …

2020-08-20: Who Wants to Live Forever? Elderly loved ones and frailty don’t make a good advert for old age. The body declines, …

2020-08-19: Gratitude has the power to change how we look at the past. I’m grateful for many things in …

2020-08-19: Storm Ellen is fast approaching. I’m glad I took the time for a lunchtime run. 🏃‍♂️Nothing …

2020-08-18: Temptation got the better of me; I joined Mastodon. But that’s it - micro.blog and Mastodon …

2020-08-18: A Little Memory: The Wild Atlantic Way I married Rita on 14 June 1997. On that day, my wife and I enjoyed the company of friends and …

2020-08-18: It has rained all day. Yesterday I ran 12 miles. Today I haven’t left the house except to feed the …

2020-08-17: Be Inspired Danny Brown’s Little Book of Inspiration is a collection of blog posts. The conversion of posts into …

2020-08-17: I squeezed in the 16th daily meditation; with half an hour to spare before midnight. The streak …

2020-08-16: I achieved my first twelve mile run today. As ever, my pace was slower than most people’s on Social …

2020-08-16: Farewell Twitter For the second time in my life, I am deleting my Twitter account. Using Twitter feels like a chore …

2020-08-15: I decided to move the micro.blog app out of a folder and give it pride and place on the home screen. …

2020-08-12: As working from home is a five-day-a-week pattern, I’ve decided to let my iPhone enjoy more …

2020-08-12: Before lockdown, I began a basic coding course. I got distracted and didn’t finish. I will …

2020-08-12: This is the kind of porn everyone should watch. Don’t be afraid to click; it’s not as …

2020-08-11: I was a bit surprised 😲 to find Apple excluded my six-year-old iMac (late 2013 27” model) from the …

2020-08-10: I love technology, but I keep getting surprised at how things develop. Today I received a new SSD …

2020-08-10: I’m finding the time to meditate more often. Nine consecutive days is the best streak for a long …

2020-08-09: I wondered about Twitter or Mastodon. But, I don’t know what I’m chasing. Danie van der …

2020-08-09: I had to pause a couple of times on this afternoon’s run. The ☀️ sun was intense but the cattle in …

2020-08-09: Note to self: Next time I go out on a long run in hot weather, take some water. 😓

2020-08-09: I read a few articles yesterday/today about the futility of Twitter. I would still value a …

2020-08-08: I’m looking for a reliable hard/flash drive to back up the iMac and MacBook Pro via time …

2020-08-08: My legs felt like lead last night but still put in a six-mile run. The evening weather was humid, …

2020-08-07: I shocked myself when I added up the annual cost of my subscriptions —nearly £100 per month.

2020-08-07: I decided to recycle £100 today. I ditched a pair of Vibram Five Fingers running shoes 18 months …

2020-08-06: I’ve been enjoying meditation lately. While I’m not one for building streaks, because …

2020-08-05: I’ve definitely found my meditation flow again. Though, I’m not sure if ASMR is a widely …

2020-08-05: The day I dreaded has arrived. Deep down, I knew it was only a matter of time. My ad-blocker of …

2020-08-04: Detecting a True Gem In 2014 a comedy was advertised on the BBC about metal detectorists. There’s no way I’d …

2020-08-04: Google’s YouTube has struck back at AdBlockers. Now I’m in a quandary - should I ditch …

2020-08-02: There are some things I have loved all my life, since childhood. Science Fiction A blue sky, …

2020-08-02: After a hiatus, due to the distraction of a kitchen refit, I’ve found my running mojo. …

2020-07-20: I got less than five hours of sleep last night. I couldn’t resist the first clear sky in ages, …

2020-07-19: I am blessed to enjoy life with a beautiful person, Rita. Today, after some cleaning of the nearly …

2020-07-16: The fitters are working on the new kitchen, and I’m in the study ditching old stuff. So what …

2020-07-16: This story moved me. I work in the NHS and know how underfunded the system is. The challenge is not …

2020-07-15: I’m tidying the home office, and every shelf reminds me of the money I’ve paid for …

2020-07-12: I hope anyone discovering my timeline won’t be put off by the kitchen blogs. I promise not to …

2020-07-12: The disadvantage of deep store cupboards is food goes in never to be seen again. On the left is …

2020-07-11: I have run out of excuses and done all I can for now on the micro.blog; followed via discovery; set …

2020-07-11: My heart sunk today. The press are reporting Boris Johnson will call for a return to the office, …

2020-07-10: The pandemic created havoc around the world and continues to. However, I am full of gratitude for …

2020-07-10: For various reasons, but mainly tight calf muscles, today marks the end of a non-running week. …