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?

Dogsolitude_uk has just migrated to WordPress. There’s a lot of housekeeping to do now, involving admin user accounts, importing blog posts and sorting out a suitable development environment and coding workflow…

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 …

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.

Back into developing my skillset now, and thoroughly enjoying picking new things up. In the last 12 months I’ve started working with node-webkit (I was looking for a way of knocking up small HTML/Javascript desktop apps that would work across Linux and Windows now that adobe’s killed off Air for Linux), as well as Bootstrap …

For the last week I’ve not actually booted into Windows at all (well, unless I’ve been at work). Instead at home I’ve been using the wonderful Linux Mint.

This one actually made me laugh. Here it is, complete with typos and batshit capitalisation: ANTI-TERRORIST AND MONETORY CRIMES DIVISIONFBI HEADQUARTERS WASHINGTON, D.C.FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIONJ. EDGAR HOOVER BUILDING935 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE,NW WASHINGTON, D.C. 20535-0001Fax 0872 111 5935 Bank of Nigeria transferred 10,500,000.00 us dollars to bank of America in your favor as the beneficiary; bank …

Having done my present shopping early, avoided shops, turned the TV off and made plans to not travel anywhere, I found myself spending the Christmas weekend largely on my own in my cavernous flat. It’s amazing what a difference the ‘No TV, Travelling or Shops’ thing makes to the whole experience of Christmas. I actually …