The musings of a South African living abroad

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A South African living in far off lands. Host of The Miskatonic Alumni Association podcast and numerous other projects.

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Getting Back Into Gaming on the Switch

Despite having been stuck at home during the past year with COVID-19 restrictions in place, my gaming backlog stayed on pause. Simply because my gaming PC and PS4 are 12000 km away from me, which makes them quite hard to use! But as time passed on, I needed something to occupy my free time and help me to keep a sane mind. Enter, the Nintendo Switch.

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On Mastodon

Back when I was living in South Africa I was an avid user of twitter. The idea of short form messages and being able to follow friends and sites without all the cruft of Facebook was appealing. Twitter at that stage was also still very much in its infancy and wasn’t the hive of bots and politics that it is today. So I closed my account years ago and didn’t miss it at all. The along came Mastodon, an open source and federated alternative to Twitter. And I was hooked.

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Writing Inspiration – 27 Days 27 Stories

With more time on my hands due to being between jobs and having to stay at home due to lockdown restrictions in my country, it’s been a good time for me to shift focus to some of my other interests that I’ve sorely neglected. And one of my passions that I’ve sorely neglected until now has been my writing.

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Forty Shades of Green and Gold

This past December I hit the big 40 with the coming and going of my latest birthday. It’s crazy to think that I’ve been on earth for 4 decades now and how my life has changed over the years. So why not ramble on a bit in this post as a way of seeing what I want to accomplish in the next 40 years.

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100 Days to Offload

One of the things I want to accomplish in 2021 is to write more. And just by luck I stumbled on a rather cool initiative on Mastodon the other day: #100DaysToOffload.


Good Riddance to 2020

I’m sure that I don’t need to say it, but what a crazy year 2020 has been. I’m sure that for most people, 2020 was a year to throw out any plans that you may have had, and I’m no exception to that.

So as has been my tradition over the past few years, I’m going to attempt to once again take a look back at a topsy-turvy 2020 and try to write what I hope to achieve in 2021.

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Future Site Plans

So after the last update I posted I thought it might be good to try and write a bit more about what I want this site to become and my other writing plans.

Looking back at my writing from ten years ago via the Wayback Machine I was surprised at just how much more frequently I used to write back then. I wrote about an eclectic mix of open source tips, personal life events and anything else that struck me as interesting or worth putting down in words on my blog. It was also a time when blogging was seen as something much more popular than it is today.

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In With the New

With 2020 being a year that has seen almost everything normal being turned upside down, including our lives, I thought it might be high time for me to make good use of the free time I find myself with and get around to some spring-cleaning on the site. So hopefully I can give a brief update on how things have been for me so far in 2020 and how I’m hoping the site evolves in the foreseeable future. So let’s get started shall we.

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A Year in Turmoil

One of the few posts I get around to writing regularly, other than my countless Hobonichi planner posts, is my yearly recap and outlook for the year that passed and the year to come. This year though, things have been rather… interesting to put it lightly.

First things first though. Let’s talk about 2019.

My 2020 Hobonichi Planners

This year I’m trying to buck the trend and get my annual Hobonichi post out way ahead of the new year! So if you’re keen to see what I’ve opted for this year and how I plan to use my journals then grab a cup of coffee and read on.

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