So, how’s the year going?
Jesus fucking christ, what a month.
It’s been intense, and wonderful, and challenging, and frightening, and amazing, and life-changing, and I could go on with the superlatives but instead I’ll start talking about why. Read more
Happy March! Normally I do a ceremonial ‘opening of the windows’ ritual at the end of March when spring is beginning, but we’ve had such mild weather here in London recently that I’ve already got them all open despite it only being the end of February. Actually, scrap ‘mild’, it’s been downright warm. It hit 20 degrees the other day. I feel like I’ve been cheated out of winter, but I suppose I can be happy for all the people who like the warmer weather.
This morning I forgot the concept of fog and it led to an interesting experience.
I woke up and looked out the window and thought, ‘the clouds look like it might snow’ and then a few minutes later I thought, ‘actually it’s more like the *potential* for snow has drifted downwards and is hanging over the park’ and then I thought ‘no, not the potential for snow, more like a dispersed gaslike coldness made up of very small particles…’ and THEN finally I remembered the concept of fog. 😂
On the basis of this experience I feel like I understand a bit better how people might have seen the world before they understood weather systems.😁
When I was seven years old, we had Circle Time at school. Circle Time was when we all sat on the floor in a circle and discussed a topic of the day. This particular day’s topic was “my dream life.” The idea was that you could choose absolutely anything – the best existence you could possibly think of, even if it had no chance of ever coming true. Read more
This week I’ve been thinking about Marie Kondo, because so has everyone else. From everything I’d ever heard about her, I thought I’d strongly dislike her. The phrase “spark joy” makes me think of a peppy blonde American woman who assumes you can happy your problems away. You know the ones: the people who tell you the power of positive thinking will cure your chronic illness.
I’m a pretty tidy person by nature; whenever I put stuff down on a surface, I automatically put it down precisely aligned. This amuses and occasionally concerns people. And from what I’d heard of Marie Kondo besides the “spark joy” phrase, it sounded like her approach to tidying was just common sense: do you need it? do you like it? If the answer to both of those questions is ‘no’, then throw it away.
The reality is a little more complicated than that. And since I had some Netflixing time this week anyway, I thought I’d check out her show, which I liked. Read more
I don’t really go in for “New Year, New Me,” partly because I think it’s probably futile and also because there’s not a lot about myself I’d like to fundamentally change. I do have some plans for the year, and a couple of things I’d like to do more of, but no resolutions as such.
Relatedly: I’ve been thinking about this tweet. Read more
So, what’s on the agenda for 2019? While I’m not making resolutions as such, I do have a lot of shit to do.
On the professional agenda:
- A paper about the summer and winter solstice celebrations at Stonehenge.
- A paper about the digital nomad lifestyle.
- A digital forensics book.
- Growing Bohemiacademia’s client base and portfolio.
- A few conferences: Oslo, South Carolina, Portland, Texas.
the sounds of 2018
operatic voices rising, my own included, then falling away
the whirr and grind of the sanding machine
the builder rolling paint onto the walls: up, down, up, down while I worked in the other room
the purr of an engine as I turned on the car and started to drive
screech and yank and bang of furniture moving and plumbing
floorboards giving a sharp loud smack as I pulled them up
beeping hospital machines (I thought I was done with those)
the murmur of danish tv shows
the blissful sound of silence
a finally tuned piano
my first strum of a guitar
and, towards the end, the new cat miaowing and galloping around. Read more