Social Starvation

One of the habits I wanted to break in 2016 was the large amount of time that I wasted using social media sites. Day after day I would keep on checking Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram several times during the day.

Thinking back on it I have no idea why I became so reliant on social media. It’s great being able to see photos and status updates of my family and friends back in South Africa, but for every useful post I see on Facebook I’m having to sort through 100 posts or ads for things I have no interest in. Continue reading Social Starvation

Thoughts on Apple Music

Music is my entire life. It’s the only thing that I’ve been good at. I love it. I feel like it’s been my best friend. It’s something that has always given me focus, it’s always made me deal with anything, because I have this soundtrack. And I think that it’s something that’s become something that happens in the background rather than the foreground in the last 10 years or so. I’d like to nudge it a little closer to the foreground. – Trent Reznor

Rolling Stone interview with Trent Reznor

Music has always been one of the most important ways I’ve found to inspire myself. Whether it’s to help me focus more on my studies, give me a welcome break during the day, or to just help me lose myself between the notes as I listen to my favorite songs music has always had an undeniable impact on my life. Continue reading Thoughts on Apple Music

Do You Still Use Your Tablet?

Recently my friend Craig posted over on his blog how he’d stopped using his Android tablet after a while and was wondering whether other people have experienced something similar. So I thought I’d reply with how I use my iPad these days and just why it’s still in my arsenal of tech gadgets.

Almost every job I’ve had has seen me sitting in front of a desktop for a sizable amount of time every day and even my teaching job has me slaving away over a keyboard to create worksheets and lesson plans every day. The end result of all this is that when I finish off the day at work and head back home the last thing I’m keen to do is to sit in front of yet another PC screen to read up on the days news or even type out these blog posts. Continue reading Do You Still Use Your Tablet?

Thoughts on iOS 8

With September and October each year comes the arrival of the latest and greatest phone/s from Apple and of course that also means that there will be a new version of iOS for those of us who who be sticking with our old iPhones and iPads.

Ever since moving to Japan I’ve been an Apple device user and so I thought it might be useful to jot down a few of my thoughts and opinions now that I’ve had a chance to play around with the released version on iOS 8. Continue reading Thoughts on iOS 8

Publish by Day One

Before starting up this blog I’d had a break of about 3 years where I did no writing on the web. My previous blogs all went the way of the dodo and due to my move to Japan I had to stop writing for the various sites and publications I was working for back in South Africa.

Even though I wasn’t writing anything online I kept a pen and paper journal on a regular basis and tried to make the time to jot down my thoughts and ideas, my feelings and anything important that had happened to me. Continue reading Publish by Day One