It is somewhat late this week, but issue 008 of my bi-monthly newsletter, In Abeyance is out.

It’s Comicon weekend. There used to be a time when this weekend was the most exciting time for me. It was similar to WWDC for Apple software developers. Sadly in many ways that part of my life is over. Maybe it’s on account of age, but I’ve stopped reading as many comics these days. My reading focus has shifted to philosophy, marketing, engineering and architecture. It’s funny how one goes through different phases in their life.

It’s Prime day and I’m actually in a little bit of a dilemma. My 6 year old Kindle Paperwhite is still going strong. The only compelling reason to upgrade is the higher resolution screen and being waterproof. Is it worth it?

The Moon

Yesterday my youngest and I turned off the lights and looked up into the sky at the moon. Ryan is completely fascinated by this changing object in the sky. I’m even considering buying a telescope just for him to experience it in a whole new way.  Not sure how ambitious it is for a 1½ year old to grasp what he’d be looking at.

With only 1 week to go before it’s been 50 years since Apollo 11 landed on the moon, I’ve been slowly immersing myself in all things moon related. Really looking forward to the Todd Douglas documentary,  here’s the trailer. The 13 Minutes to the Moon podcast has been an incredible audio journey. Meanwhile the amazing Lego sets that have been released for the Saturn V and Lunar Excursion Module (LEM) are top of my wishlist at the moment.

Finally, here’s a really old (and pretty rough) cartoon I drew 6 years ago now, when Neil Armstrong died. Moon Racket 08 Neil

Try as I might, the Hobonichi planner has never clicked with me - it’s a combination of the small size and the defined dates. What has worked for me is the Nanami Seven Seas B7 notebook. So much so I bought 3 of them and that’s my (almost) daily journaling sorted for the next 6 years.

One thing I will say about Singapore is that they definitely make things BIG. And I’m used to Dubai big. The humidity was super uncomfortable. The food was incredible (had one of my best meals in a really long time) and overall the place is crazy 😜 expensive.

In a weird sort of way, Singapore is the closest I can experience Japan, but without living there. Just came from a Japanese stationary store that made me smile from ear to ear. Topping it off with some Japanese grub (second of the day).

Advertising is the tax you pay for being unremarkable.
— Robert Stephens

On Orchard street. Couldn’t help myself. Found a nice little Chinese place for some food and beers while listening to the twittering of the birds that are densely packed into the trees. I’m sure the locals ignore it but it’s completely captured me.

Skyscrapers in the jungle.

I spent a year in Doha discussing green facades. This however is the real deal in Singapore.

Travelling on your own has seriously become a pretty smooth experience - especially when you are not checking anything in. E-gates. Electronic boarding pass. Solid WiFi. Good work DXB.

Not sure how I’ve not stumbled on Alex Denk’s website before now. I own Dark Mode for Safari, but what astounds me is the sheer volume of applications that the man is shipping. Astounding.

It’s a curious thing. I’ve noticed that the day after I send out my newsletter is usually a day that my brain is actively looking for something, which manifests itself in a little anxiety. Once I’ve hit it with the next major task (for the next couple of weeks at least), it calms down and I’m able to carry on my merry way. 

So I’m off to Singapore for a few days. In an effort to avoid checking in any baggage, I decided to buy a small travel razor (carrying razors is apparently off limits for carry-on baggage these days). I just tried it and it’s a horrible, horrible experience. I mean it’s slow. Seriously slow. Buzzzzzzzzzz. Buzzzzzzz. Buzzzzzzzz. And at the end, after you’ve just done this for a good 15 minutes you’re left with a rubbish shave. I know it’s a small travel razor, but damn guys, why even bloody bother?

I really don’t get Reddit. In fact, the truth of the matter is I’ve never gotten along with online forums in general, not since the late 90s early 00s.

Issue 007 of my bi-monthly newsletter about the built environment, In Abeyance, is out. This issue is concentrate on Tall Timber. This one practically wrote itself and I could have easily written several more 1000 words. Maybe for a future issue.

I’ve had a car loan for the last 10 years, across three countries. I’ve always had to pay the loans early on account of leaving the country. Today I made my last payment on the car. I wasn’t loosing any sleep over the payments but it’s definitely good to have that sorted.

Federate or Connect

6 years ago I wrote a post, There was a time. At the time the web was looking like it lost something important, because frankly it had. With the ascension of (anti-)social media in the shape of Facebook (and others), I felt that the magic from 2004 was lost forever. I’m glad to report that 6 years later we’re slowly clawing back that control.

Taking back what we lost to something being easy or free, because easy meant limited control, while free was a lie. If you’re not the customer, you’re the product. If you want to share your ideas online, you absolutely should. Keep them under your own name and if you feel like you want to interact with others, then federate or connect to Micro.blog.

Widow’s Weeds from Silversun Pickups is easily the album of the summer for me. Just great from the start to the end.

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