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Setting myself on fire

Uncertainty gives rise to anxiety, both intensify depending on how much time we spend dwelling in the future imagining, most likely, all of the things that could go wrong. The body, of course, responds as if those bad things are happening now, in the present. I’m infamous, amongst my friends, for setting myself on fire. I do it when I get tired of the status quo. Like now. I’m tired of the same old hogwash and bullshit that i find across the “popular” web spaces. Or maybe it’s just an indication that i spend too much time surfing the ‘Net.

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VE Day 75

Yesterday I was knee deep in video editing. I’m working on a tribute video for VE Day which is this Friday.   This year is the 75th anniversary of VE Day – the moment the guns across Europe fell silent and the war with Nazi Germany ended. The official end of the war happened at one minute past midnight on the 8th of May 1945.  To no surprise,  all of the IRL events have been canceled due to the war we’re currently fighting against the Coronavirus.  But here’s a way you can get involved: At 3pm on the 8th May,

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Clear on out the back

We watched The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly last night.  It’s one of the movies on the IMDB top 100 movies: Thought I’d spend some of my isolation time polishing off the IMDB Top 100 movies. The highlighted ones I’ve seen already. pic.twitter.com/qIHhshAZcM — Clay Lowe (@soulcruzer) April 1, 2020 I’ve seen the film countless times, but Ruth has never seen it (although I’m sure she’s heard it because I own the DVD and have watched it from time to time over the years). My dad was a massive Spaghetti Western fan, so growing up, I watched a ton

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Noticing

Noticing. I noticed the cacophony of sounds coming through my bathroom window in the wee hours of the morning. I couldn’t resist stumbling out into the pre-dawn to see what all of the fuss was about. The romanticist in me would like to say the fuss over the low hanging full moon in the dark morning sky and the way the patterned clouds slightly obscured the moon’s presence. I stood there for a while to take it all in. There was this one little bird (not on my doorstep) but on my neighbor’s TV aerial who singing his/her little heart

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Snakes on the High Street

I don’t even want to count the days anymore. Counting only draws attention to the fact that we’re in this for the long haul. Three weeks is easily going to turn into six months, so I might as well get myself mentally prepared for that. Our face masks arrived yesterday. I don’t think it will be long before the government makes wearing masks in public a mandatory thing. France is the latest country to do a U-turn, joining others – the US, Austria and Singapore – in advising the public to wear them.  For now it’s just advice.  But soon,

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It’s just a fantasy

Late last night, I felt the urge to read some heroic fantasy or epic fantasy as it’s sometimes called. I’ve been gaming a lot these past couple of weeks, which inspired me to dip back into Ethan Gilsdon’s book, Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks and that, in turn, led me back to heroic fantasy novels. I’ve been out of the genre for years, but back in the day, I knew and read all of the top authors. Last night I had no clue where to begin. I could have just pulled something off the shelf. I still have a descent

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Cleaning Up

Hi Folks, Excuse the assault on your inbox today if you subscribe to this blog by email. As you can tell, I’m cleaning up a bit. Part of that clean-up and importing my March updates from soulcruzer.com. I decided this morning that it would be more sensible for me to personal blog here under my name versus my Internet handle of soulcruzer. As I probably mentioned in one of these posts I’m importing, this whole lockdown thing has given me even more time to think and to reflect, and I want to use my personal blog as part diary to

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A zooma, zoom, zoom

Is there a company in the UK doing what Kinsa is doing in the U.S.? I read this on Dave Winer’s blog. What a great idea, a network of thermometers. Can they spot outbreaks of Coronavirus? You can read about it in the NYT. We’ve been here before. Read about how NYC survived the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic. We will get through this. It’s a question time and people doing their part to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus. And here’s a history of pandemics. Get some vitamin D in you, either from the sun or supplements. Apps like Zoom are really coming into their own during

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head down and hippies

Not much to report today, apart from the UK going further into lockdown. I did have I am Legend moment today. I was the only one home for most of the day and with the streets being empty in my town, I felt like I was the last human. I mostly had my head down trying to meet a deadline for a client. I owed them a Guide On Managing a Remote Team. I finished the PDF version. Next, I have to convert that into an online microlearning course. I had fun adding some more images to my Hippie Lifestyle and Beat Generation Pinterest boards. I like

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