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November 18, 2021

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My thoughts on Youtube as a premium user

My thoughts on Youtube as a premium user

I think a lot about the business models of the products I use. I’m weird I know. But I think I’ve stumbled on an interesting observation this time. It was 2020 when I ended up going YouTube Premium to end the onslaught of awful ads that are the norm on the platform. This was great…

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October 4, 2021

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My mind is like a moth sometimes – A poem about mindfulness

My mind is like a moth sometimes – A poem about mindfulness

This a poem I wrote inspired by a talk by long-time meditation teacher Patrick Kearney titled “What is Mindfulness?”. I would encourage you to listen to it whatever level of familiarity with meditation or mindfulness you have. It’s very approachable, relaxed and entertaining. He explains how in the Buddhist tradition when we speak about anything…

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September 26, 2021

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Vulnerability as strength

Vulnerability as strength

While it might seem like a contradiction one of the most powerful things a person can do is show weakness. Often we feel the need to fight to survive when the best strategy would be to show vulnerability. Let me be clear, I’m not talking about serious life or death situations where maintaining a veneer…

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January 23, 2021

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Dermot Kennedy you made me believe in love

Dermot Kennedy you made me believe in love

I found you by accident. It was early 2019. It was the Coffee and Chill playlist on Spotify. The song was For Island Fires and Family. While I was looking to chill, you gave me chills. I could feel your passion for love in the way you sang that song. Your voice told me that you…

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July 18, 2020

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When anxiety doesn’t go away

When anxiety doesn’t go away

Over the last year I’ve felt a sort of anxiety I’ve never known. A lingering emotion that seems to have no specific cause and won’t subside for weeks, even months. I won’t pretend I completely understand what it’s like to have a true anxiety disorder but the experience I’ve had in the last year has…

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March 5, 2020

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What is money for?

What is money for?

This article is my first guest post and it comes from Nina Segares and it’s a discussion about what we really are trying to get out of our professional lives. I whole-heartedly agree with the message and thought it would be great to share with my readers as well as a little footnote at the…

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February 4, 2020

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Don’t crush the lolly

Don’t crush the lolly

I used to crush my lollies. It was like I thought if I finished them faster it would be better. I even used to think that this was just the way I was. I was this way when I was a child after all. But now I savour my lollies. I roll them around on…

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January 21, 2020

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A better way to use social media

A better way to use social media

Recently I have been slowly moving away from social media in favor of reading the personal blogs of those I admire. Initially this began as an exercise in distancing myself from social media, like many so often publicly proclaim… on social media. I’m not going to do that here because while I don’t use Facebook…

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June 2, 2019

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Creating a new React and .NET Core project

Creating a new React and .NET Core project

The .NET Core CLI makes it really easy to create a new projects with .NET Core. By running dotnet new react you get a basic .NET Core MVC app setup to serve and build a React app using Create React App. This is great, and I believe is the best way to create a new…

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January 20, 2019

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Building Create React App with Azure Devops YAML

Building Create React App with Azure Devops YAML

In 2018 Microsoft re-launched VSTS as Azure Devops with a new UI and a bunch of new features. The best new feature in my opinion is that you can create your build configurations in code using YAML. Visual editors can be great but I prefer to put my build definition directly in my repo and…

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