Today marks the Summer Solstice. For the first time in quite a while I had the opportunity to catch up with some good friends after a long period of social distancing and isolation. I found myself reflecting on the nature of social relationships and their importance. In particular, the roles of talking, listening and just ‘being’ with others.
There are many different meditative practices to be found in Buddhism, Yoga, or even in your local Mindfulness classes. The Metta Bhavana is one that is taught at my local Buddhist Centre, and its purpose is the cultivation (‘Bhavana’) of compassion and kindness (‘Metta’).
You’ll find this porcupine-warming tale on many inspirational websites, and it has been widely shared on Twitter. It’s essentially a reformulation of Schopenhauer’s “Hedgehogs’ Dilemma”, which poses the question: how can we manage to live together and function as a family unit, a social unit or society, when we inadvertently hurt each other? Continue reading “Fable of the Porcupine”
If you’re staying off alcohol for whatever reason, the options in restaurants and pubs are usually quite poor: single note, sugar-packed acidic drinks like Coke or fruit juice. I’ve been investigating alternatives, and Seedlip Garden 108 was one of the most interesting.
Renting your home is a demoralising Faustian pact in the UK. Due to a combination of the high house prices here and various broken relationships, I made my way through most of adult life renting my home. Here’s how owning my own home changed me after nine months.
I stopped drinking a while back, mostly. I had a couple of G&Ts over Xmas with some family, and maybe a single glass of wine on other occasions, but other than that I generally avoid it nowadays. As I started to develop other areas of my life, I found drinking alcohol was making me feel crappy, mentally, emotionally and physically. So I just stopped (with that very rare exception of a glass of wine with family at Xmas or other events). Here’s what I found.
A couple of days ago I found this old blog of mine. I had completely forgotten I had it, as I must have been busy with other things over the last few years, but still, it was a nice surprise: rather like finding an old bicycle or computer in the loft that still sort-of works.
It’s the thing I love about web development: it keeps you busy and there are always many more things to learn.
I’m a big fan of chess tactics puzzles of the kind found in the Chess Tactics Server, but what I didn’t know, after having Fritz installed on my PC for over two years, was that I could use Fritz to trawl through a database of games, spot blunders and turn them into Tactics problems.