Born in the wilds of Cape Town, South Africa. Migrated across the world to Japan. Currently, in Shanghai enjoying maotai and Taobao.
The Long Version
For the first 30 years of my life I lived in Cape Town before I jetted off to Japan where I lived for just 6 years before saying sayonara and hopping over to Shanghai.
I first lived in the southern wilds of Kagoshima where I had gorgeous weather and the majestic Sakurajima keeping me company before I moved to a small rural town in the south part of Nagano prefecture where I taught English at two high schools as well as trying to soldier on through the dreadful winters that Nagano is burdened with every winter.
Most recently I can be found in Shanghai, China, where I write and teach English as well as try to tackle my ever-growing pile of books to be read. I still manage to get some gaming in over the weekends which helps me relax after a long week of work and studying Mandarin.
I blog rather infrequently here and I also try to make my way through a gaming backlog that is seemingly never-ending. To be honest my gaming has been slowly getting less and less with each passing year, so while I’m still pretty up to date with gaming news, I’m more than likely to be playing something from a few years back that I never got to finish when I first bought it.
I’m also trying to keep up my habit of reading a good few books but no matter how hard I try I seem incapable of achieving the Goodreads goal I set myself each year!
When I do get around to blogging I usually write about whatever is on my mind, so you’re likely to find a mix of gaming, movies, music, stationery, books and random bits of Japan to read while you browse through the archives.
No matter how you ended up on my blog I hope you’ll enjoy reading through past posts and find something interesting.
When it comes to using social media, I prefer to use decentralized, open, and free social networks.
You can find me on the following services:
- Mastodon – An alternative to Twitter. Join one of the hundreds of community servers available, or start your own!
- Hubzilla – A feature rich alternative to Facebook. You can join an existing site or run your own.
- Bookwyrm – A federated alternative to Goodreads. Currently, invite-only but it’s easy enough to request an invite from me or the service’s creator.
- PixelFed – A federated alternative service to Instagram. Many servers open for registration.
- YouMe Social – A Facebook / Google+ network. Very friendly community and the creator is heavily involved on the site.
- Movim – Based on the XMPP protocol, this network is a mashup of Facebook, Telegram and Google+.
- Scuttlebutt – A P2P social network that works offline and syncs over WiFi. Ask me for my invite code!
- Libre.fm – Last.fm alternative. Currently, under rewrite and changing to Nixtape.
- LinkedIn – A network for professionals. Hopefully I can shift off this soon to Flockingbird.