A Passing

That’s it, then. The candle snuffed. No bells, no accolades. No valedictions forbidding mourning. No alarm rouses the curate for hushed solemnities. The indicator clicks into the streaming traffic and shopfronts lurch open for business.

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Books I Read in 2023

ReadingBabel – R. F. KuangYou Are Not A Gadget – Jaron Lanier40 000 Weeks – Oliver BurkemanThe Cloisters – Katy HaysTuesday Evenings with the Compton Craft Resistance – Kate SollyEarly Greek Philosophy Vol. 3 (Heraclitus) – Laks & Most (Loeb) The Making of Poetry – Adam NicolsonNotes on a Nervous Planet – Matt HaigLord of […]

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Books I read in 2022

Currently Reading: When You Had Power – Susan Kaye Quinn Watching the Clock (Star Trek: Department of Temporal Investigations) – Christopher L. Bennett Pharaohs of the Sun – Guy de la Bedoyere Read in full: Station Eleven – Emily St John Mandel – (also watched tv series) Read this novel. No, really, you NEED to […]

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Getting Started on Mastodon

Mastodon is easy to use. Just don’t expect it to be a clone of Twitter – it isn’t, and like most software or platforms, you’ll need to take a few moments to get oriented. The big difference between Mastodon and other social media is that its membership is split up across multiple servers. This feature […]

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Seven Movies that Made Me

Seven? Are you kidding? Here’s the shortlist, in no particular order: I’ll revise down the track. One thought as I compile this: there are no good movies about art. There are movies about artists’ substance misuse, dysfunctional relationships, and personality disorders, but none that I can think of that are about the journey of being […]

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Random PersonalKnowledgeNetwork thoughts (Braindump: in the interests of blogging more frequently, I’m not overworkshopping the literary value)  I decided to give Notion a miss – subscription based if you want syncing, limited export capability. I’m a big fan of maintaining control of my data and being able to move it between platforms. Not that said […]

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Networking: Tools of the Trade

I’ve just completed a one-semester Networking Fundamentals subject at CSU. To say it was tough would be an understatement, and I’m not optimistic about my exam results. But I loved it, and I’m on a mission to build expertise. I’ve decided to work towards the CCNA. Today’s diversion: automation tools. Any network bigger than a […]

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On the Transience of Work

The post linked in this tweet is beautifully written and worth a read in itself, but I want to point out some of the replies: several people comment on the transience of software, and how the code they’ve written is no longer in production, defunct; it seems pointless. The thing is that this is true […]

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The Shining Streets of London

I’ve been looking for my favorite poem, that I half-learned at school. Here it is, thanks to Corinna The Shining Streets of London by Alfred Noyes Now in the twilight after rain The wet black streets shine out again And softly through the coloured gloom The lamps like glowing tulips bloom. Lighted shops down aisles […]

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