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Shifts

This has been an…interesting year. You would have to put in some pretty hardcore effort to not notice what kind of a year it’s been in the public sphere (in the Western world, which is really the only part of the world I’m qualified to speak about). Various political monstrosities have happened internationally, and Australia […]

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On the fritz

What the hell? This morning is Sunday: I awoke, fairly well rested, but still definitely waylaid by some mysterious and sinister Addison’s-dickering illness. My back was sore from the gym (new personal best on squats!), my guts were sore for reasons that are yet to reveal themselves, and I was under-energetic and grouchy. And then […]

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Ch-ch-goddamn-changes

The Earth turns and I’m on it. That sounds like a big, momentous opening, but seriously: this year is so far like being strapped to a rocket and it’s both exhilarating (WHEE WHERE ARE WE GOING) and astonishing (who strapped me to a rocket?). I have more work going on than I have in any […]

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New year, who dis?

I love New Year’s. Christmas is good and all, but New Year’s is my favourite. On New Year’s Eve, I clear the day and clean the house. I do the stuff I don’t normally do when cleaning generally, like scrubbing the splashed gunk off the kettle and washing the front of the dishwasher. Last year […]

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In summary

So 2016 was a doozy, huh? In a broader cultural sense for the Western world, is was a honker of a year: even leaving aside political upheaval and the deaths of idols, it was a year of vehement public discussion and agitation. Everywhere I went, the culture felt raw and bruised. Then the conversations turn […]

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The Consolations of History

I’m on a history reading jag and with good reason. History is can be really reassuring. Maybe not so much consolation knowing dates and whatever you had to rote learn, but in knowing people’s responses, directions, and attitudes. This kicked off last year when I read The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood by James Gleick […]

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Secksy specksy

NERDS lemme hear ya! When I was a wee nerdlet, I read a Babysitter’s Little Sister book. And by “a…book” you’ll know I meant “all the…books”. The first one I read was the one where the main character (to wit, the little sister) got glasses. And colour me jealous. I wanted those goddamn glasses. I wanted them […]

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Another orbit around the burning day star

Whoop! Happy New Year friends! Those who have the good fortune to know me in real life may know that I love me a New Year. I know plenty who say “it’s just another day”, but shut up. This is the day we all agree to acknowledge that we’ve completed another orbit around the sun: […]

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In which we have not yet lain in the street

…but I tell ya, it was a near thing. This has been an aMAZing year for me. I finished my part-time salaried/in-house job at the end of last year and this year I’ve become a full-time freelancer. To distract from the raging maelstrom of low-level panic that makes the background of your average freelancer’s mind, […]

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Challenge Accepted

We got back from Tasmania just over a week ago and I’ve held off posting anything because, well, dudes I don’t know where to start. Tasmania is sorta familiar turf for us: this is our third trip there, and I often describe it as one of my many spiritual homes. But we haven’t been back […]

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