2019 with hindsight

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2019 is over, at at the time of writing this, 2020 is getting into full swing.

I figured I would recap my year, in general terms, and share a story or two. Maybe at some time in the future this will teach me something.

So, 2019…

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Exploring the depths of my laziness, through Home Automation

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I’m starting a blog series here, about my Home Automation journey.

I want to talk about some of the developments I’ve had, things I’ve learned, and share the fruits of my efforts (large and small) with anybody who might care to peruse them.

So this is a part summary, part rambling about my home automation journey (so far), with links to my actual GitHub code and how I set this thing up. Questions are welcome.

So… where do I begin..?

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Why Gillette, why did you do it?

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So Gillette put out a new YouTube video ad, which is apparently very controversial. I saw this, and honestly didn’t care that much about it. I noticed how much hub-bub was being generated about it and figured it’s another thing that will be over soon. It was another moment to get popcorn and watch the world burn a little bit more…

That was until a friend of mine sent me a link to an article, and asked me to read it Read the rest of this entry »

2018 in retrospective

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So it’s nearly the end of 2018, and quite a year it has been.

A lot happened this year, and overall it’s been good, but I can’t help but feel that I could have done more and also things happened just about right anyway.

As I look back I can think of a few things.
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Something to remember for 2017

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Today and for the last few weeks, so early into the new year, by personal experiences I’ve been reminded what’s currently wrong with the world.

Quite simply, people are very used to being dicks to each other. Read the rest of this entry »

Brexit and Bremain, why do we continue to bicker afterwards?

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I usually don’t blog about political issues, but I feel I need to get this out there.

I was raised to believe some vital priorities about care:
Firstly, that I should be compassionate and and attentive to the plight and suffering of others, and try to make meaningful positive change to improve their lives.
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Visual comparison of Mad Max movies

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I make it no secret that I’m a great admirer of the Mad Max movies by George Miller, in fact they are on my list of movies to watch before you die.

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Do you also hate the new Android YouTube app layout?

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Lets be clear on something from the start: I really like YouTube. I use it all the time, almost daily, and I really enjoy it because there is such a wide variety of content on there to consume.
I also really like and appreciate how the YouTube ecosystem has spawned a lot of independent channels dedicated to producing quality content. Anything from daily news, documentaries, independent movies, comedy, tutorials, advice, education… so much. Read the rest of this entry »

Dark Souls – Play to learn patience

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I must admit, I have a weird fascination with fiendishly hard video games that I can’t shake. Read the rest of this entry »

Going Dutch – Sinterklaas

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Well here I am again, for the second time, talking to myself about the experience of living in Netherlands.

This time, it’s the seasonal subject of Sinterklaas, which is an interesting one for varying degrees of good and bad. Around this time of year there is an awful lot of discussion about sinterklaas in the Netherlands, which I have observed brings with it either a sense of child-like glee and anticipation or scepticism and suspicion, depending on who you ask.

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