Last Updated: 31st July 2019
In the process of moving
I’m currently splitting my time between my home in Cornwall & my home town near Manchester, England. We are in the process of moving to Amsterdam, but we are a little on hold due to ongoing political turmoil & our need to take our e-commerce business with us while still being able to export stuff back to the UK. The wait continues
September/October Travel Plans
I will be in Amsterdam at the end of September & the beginning of October. We will be meeting friends, partying & hopefully looking for a place to live if progress has been made. If you are in Amsterdam and want to meet, get in touch.
I’m still researching towards my PhD. I was unable to start my PhD due to funding issues following the 2016 referendum, so I’m still preparing for when I can start. My initial area of interest was technical & anthropological, looking at how social media & technology changes society & communities. With the fallout of 2016, that question is a bit of a moot point, so I’ve pivoted to improving privacy & ethics in social media, following the work of the Center for Humane technology & writers such as Derek Sivers & Cal Newport. I read & research as much as possible. I’ve changed my own behaviour, dropped Instagram and use only twitter sparingly.
Minimalism & Meditation
I’m continuing my minimalism journey & I’ve trimmed my possessions down by about 80%. I’ve still got work to do before I feel free enough to live, move & think wherever & whenever I like. With reduced screen time & cutting out of distractions I’ve also found time daily for meditation. I’m currently doing between 15-30 minutes a day & feeling much clearer for it.
- Coders: Who They Are, What They Think and How They Are Changing Our World by Clive Thompson
- Quit Like a Millionaire: No Gimmicks, Luck, or Trust Fund Required by Kristy Shen
- Zucked by Roger McNamee
I’m Listening To
- Your Undivided Attention Podcast by Tristan Harris
- Fully Charged Podcast by Robert Llewellyn & Jonny Smith
- New Perceptions Podcast by Ben Brown