My top reads of 2018

GoodReads tells me I read over 40 books during 2018. Granted, only 16 of them were novels, the rest were graphic novels. But hey, if GoodReads says they’re books,  then I’ll take it!  My reading journey through the year was quite a ride. I fought zombies, discovered the quantum multiverse, travelled …

The pros and cons of working from home

When you’re stuck in an office all day, you dream of working remotely from home and how life would be. Since transitioning from working full-time at a desk in the city to working from home, I thought I’d list out a few pros and cons. Flexible hours Pro: You can …

On being brave

What does it mean to be brave? My first thoughts about bravery are people who fight on the front lines, or climbers who climb up 300 metres of rock, or leaders who stand up and speak for their company and country. But after thinking a little more, there is more …

The alien world of the unknown

I recently started a job at SECTION6, and to be honest I feel way out of my depth. Firstly, let’s get something straight. I’d like to think I know my stuff when it comes to enterprise IT. I’ve been solving problems since pre-2k, but all of this experience has no …

What’s in a garage?

While cleaning out my garage a week ago, I started thinking – not just about how much crap I have – but also about human ingenuity in general. Take the humble household garage as an example. Us humans have an interesting history with garages. We use it as our spare …

Getting past the blank canvas

Picture this scenario; you’re feeling creative, like really creative. You just want to make something out of nothing. No boundaries exist with what you’ll cook up! You get out your tools and are poised ready for magic to happen. But it doesn’t. The pen is ready, the empty canvas is …

Can’t handle the silence

I’m sure you’ve noticed how many people wear headphones during the day – you might be one of them yourself. There are headphone-wearers on the street, on the train, walking around the office, sitting on the couch at home. These folks shut themselves off from the world around them and …

The answer is not out there

The answer is not ‘out there’, it’s here. In your heart and mind. The self-help and motivational industries are massive at the moment. Money is flowing everywhere. Why? Because people like you and me want to be better people and live better lives. But if there is so much available …

Worry no more

Best. Workflow. Ever. This workflow is printed out and posted on the wall right above my screen at work. It serves as a regular reminder of how to approach any situation in which you might be worried about. It’s so simple and so true. Although sometimes, it’s sure as hell …