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. But these companies make money primarily from ads and in this article I explore what that means for the paying customer.Read more
This is a open letter to Dermot Kennedy, an Irish singer-songwriter who has had a great influence on me in regards to love. Even if you've never heard of him I'm sure you could get a lot from his lyrics alone. In this article I analyse some of my favourite Dermot Kennedy lyrics and how they have affected me.Read more
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 my tounge. I taste them with every part of my mouth. I suck them until they're gone.Read more
- Mental Health
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. I want to share with you how challenging myself to be vulnerable has helped me tremendously in my personal relationships, in my career and in my expression through music and writing. A meditation on the strength found in vulnerability.Read more
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 relating meditation it all centres around awareness. Awareness is like the light that lights a room.Read more
- Mental Health
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. 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 shown me a little of what it must be like.Read more
Often when I feel upset I find writing very cathartic. This is one of those moments. This article is about how I was stuck in a foreign country, alone during a global pandemic.Read more
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 end.Read more
Recently I have been slowly moving away from social media in favor of reading the personal blogs of those I admire. I still use Twitter and I occasionally lurk Reddit but this article is about how I've found a balance with consuming content on the internet.Read more
he .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 and react project, however it uses a hardcoded and out of date react project created with Create React App. This article shows you how to use the same template but upgrade to the latest create react app project.Read more
I'm a software engineer, musician and writer.
This is my personal blog where I write about things I'm interested in including software engineering, creative arts, secular spirituality and tech ethics.