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A Short March Update

I’ve been a bit lax in terms of blogging lately. I’ve been meaning to write more, especially with the 100 Days To Offload challenge, but life has thrown a few obstacles in my way. With how 2020 and 2021 have gone, that is actually a blessing of sorts.

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Staying in the Dark

If you’ve been living in South Africa for any length of time, you’ll know that one of the downsides of living here is that we have frequent load-shedding due to our national electricity company being unable to provide us with enough power due to mismanagement and inadequate resources. But I’m not going to type out a post filled with complaints about the situation. Rather, I want to look at the positive aspects of being forced to live without electricity for several hours a day.

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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.


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.

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Hello 2019, Goodbye 2018!

I’ve taken some time in the past to try to reflect on how my year is been and what the upcoming year holds in store. So with New Year just having passed us by I think it’s time to take stock of how things were in 2018 and how I hope they’ll be in 2019.

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Insert Grumpy Winter Comment

The coldness of winter is now a reality and my mornings see me desperately clinging to my blanket and wishing that I never have to leave from its warm embrace. Having recently visited my friend Bill down in Kagoshima where I spent a glorious three years teaching, I was shocked at just how disparate the temperature was between there and Nagano.

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Falling Into Autumn

Another long break between updates to the site! That must mean that the intervening time has been chock full of awesome and ventures and exciting tales right? Wrong!

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