Totally underwhelmed by the new Field Notes Winter release, Clandestine. The video though has got the best production values I’ve seen from them. Not for me though, as I’ve got enough FNs to last me 3-4 years at least.

First rain have come with thunder and lightning. It’s been such a long time since we’ve had any rainfall in the Gulf.

Podcasts for November

🎙️ Seeing as I’m in the car for many hours of the day (travelling up and down to Abu Dhabi), I’ve been listening to a ton of podcasts recently….a metric ton in fact. Here are some of the highlight episodes:

  1. Unfiltered interview with Sir Nick Clegg - essential listening if you’re looking to understand Brexit more.
  2. Serial Season Three - I missed season 2, but this season has been very good.
  3. Song Exploder - John Carpenter Halloween Theme - Was made even better as we drove in pitch darkness on a moonless night.
  4. Broken Record - Hey, it’s Malcolm Gladwell.

The weekend is finally upon us and as always I’m hopeful of filling it with good activities for both myself and the rest of the family. It’s not so much living for the weekend as it making the most of the weekends which offer more time than the week.

It’s been an exceptionally tough week, which is to be expected as everyone is working on overdrive towards the imminent opening for Qasr Al Hosn in Abu Dhabi. Great video on the Twitter feed.

Finding your niche can feel like a life long struggle. Some discover it early on and continue to build on that discovery. Others meander through life until they settle. While other due to circumstance or ability never reach that discovery. You have one life. Go. Discover.

As much as I love October, really glad it’s finally over and can look forward to what November has to bring. Winter is finally upon us and I’m looking forward to enjoying the outdoors a little bit more. With both boys in tow I’m hoping for a bunch of fun over the next 6 months.

First proper halloween experience for Zane, which he absolutely loved. Got dressed as a pterodactyl, hunted for houses with their lights on and then stuffing his bucket with goodies. I’ve never been into Halloween, but starting to enjoy it through my kid’s eyes.

This new iPad Pro is a great way to finally get into the iPad lifestyle. Glad I waited out for this version (rather than getting one last year). Hopefully it’ll be my upgraded computing device for the next five years.

If you’re looking for a great alternative to the standard Apple case for your iPhone 6, 6s, 7 and 8, look no further than the Puro Icon case. Got mine in an amazing aquamarine colour.

If you’re struggling to write on your site, then consider a trick I’ve been using this year. I write for myself and 1 other person that doesn’t exist, except in my mind. He likes similar things as me, and my site is how I share small messages with him.

Went to the Big Bad Wold book fair (the biggest of it’s kind in the world). It’s so massive that people wander around with supermarket shopping carts filled will books. For my first trip I picked up:

  1. Graphic Ink by Frank Quietley
  2. The Wake by Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy
  3. Comics A Global History by Dan Mazur and Alexander Danner

📚 Autumn reading. Second Ryan Holiday book this year. I still need to write the notes from my previous two books. Maybe this week.

You’re testing me Apple. I’ve abstained from your iPhone ploy this year (even though I’m sporting an iPhone 6S), but I’ve never owned an iPad and I’m running a 5 year old Macbook Pro, which is closing in on upgrade territory.