Sharing ideas, in any form, is what the web empowers us to do. This is my take on a commonplace book.

Elsewhere, I write and draw In Abeyance, a bi-monthly newsletter for people actively curious about the built environment. Subscribe.

Honestly, if you ever needed a reason to switch to Feedbin, then the recent set of updates to the service should be reason enough. Really excited about both the new iOS app and Read Later service. Feedbin is a service that gets better and better year on year and run by one guy - I’m going to be getting into this theme a lot more in the coming year.


It’s official, we’re moving to Copenhagen in October.

Living in the Gulf has provided us with a safe and comfortable environment to start our lives as a young family. Given us some stability during these early years. However, there comes a time when you have to move onto the next adventure.

It’s been over a decade since I lived in Europe. We can now look forward to all the things. Cold weather. Winter clothes. Snow. Clean air. Hot chocolate. Long walks. Cycling. Discovering little cafes. Visiting galleries. The original Legoland. Lakes. Parks. Contemporary architecture. Danish design. New Nordic cuisine. Hygge. Tivoli Gardens. Farms.

It took a while but Zane finally has really gotten into drawing. For years it was an exercise of scribbles and little else. Finally can now start introducing him to stationary.

While on the topic of Ecosia, their shop also adds to the tree planting directive. Buy a t-shirt, plant 20 trees. I’m going for the Circuit Tree and Give Back to The Earth tees.

I only found out about Ecosia a couple of days ago. I’ve more or less successfully made the jump from Google to DDG a year ago and now I seem intent on jumping again. Truth be told, it’s good to have these alternatives online. We all deserve a better web.

While I have all but officially given up on buying Hobonichi Techo’s, I’m always excited at this time of the year for their build up to next year’s lineup. They are introducing a new Techo however, the day-free, which might tempt me back?

And if you’re asking yourself, “Aren’t you just causing problems for yourself down the line with physical notebooks?”. My answer to that is simple, when it comes to my daily logs/journals, those I keep, till the end.

Old Notebooks

I’ve amassed over 60 Field Notes sized books, 15 Muji/Midori A5 notebooks and several A6 Hobonichi books.

I’m having a real hard time letting go of my completed physical notebooks. They capture different parts of my life. Thoughts and ideas. Shopping lists. Sketches. Projects. Things I was struggling with. Things I was contemplating. Things I wanted to get done. Things that never got done.

I’ve scanned several of these (maybe half), but really don’t have the heart to part ways with them. I know that I likely will never look at them again, except maybe as an exercise in nostalgia. Knowing that, do I keep them in a digital form only? Or will I get upset 10 years from now that I didn’t keep this physical record of the stuff that I made?

Plain emails. As someone who has struggled with email newsletter design for the first half of this year, there definitely is a simplicity to this approach. Of course, Buttondown is the best way of doing plain text emails.

Yesterday I learnt a great new word, turgid (excessively ornate or complex in style or language). It was the perfect desciption of the carbon footprint subject I just posted about and came from one of my readers. Mike is now going to be my editor on the larger project and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve been looking for an editor for over a year now, can’t believe I didn’t think of it sooner.

11 years. That really gave me pause. Seth’s been writing to his site, every single day for 11 years. That is a truly remarkable streak. I only discovered his work last year. There are soo many lessons to be learnt here, the biggest one being learning patience and getting through the dip.

I hope everyone is having a great summer so far. If you live in the northern hemisphere, chances are you’re experiencing some form of heatwave. Issue 009 of my bi-monthly newsletter, In Abeyance, is fitting of a world getting noticeably hotter every year.

This month’s topic for my newsletter is really, really kicking my ass. I guess it swings both ways. Sometimes the topic writes itself and sometimes you’re wrestling it to the ground.

So with our children, their growing up brings wider fruits but their infancy was sweeter.

Just to follow up on my previous post on my carbon footprint. I just had my car registered and the RTA process gives you the details of your carbon over the last year. At 23%, that’s around 11 tons of carbon. The real number however was 3.4 tons, which implies to me that this calculator is off.

This calculator offers a far more granular experience. Allows you to understand how that big number actually adds up. The curious thing however is how different the country averages are between the calculators. The UN calculator seems to imply it’s 93.21 tons/year, while this calculator thinks that the UAE average is 23.3 tons/year. Someone is telling porkies.

Pangolin. I didn’t know what this was and neither did anyone else. Zane knew and he wanted one. All. Week. Long.

I’d never considered my carbon footprint. The real culprit seems to be the food that we eat. While going vegan, buying local and environmentally friendly produce would reduce the carbon footprint, it’s still not as much of a saving as anticipated. Calculate your footprint here.

I think I may have found my new favourite website on the internet. It’s called Our World in Data. Honestly, I am likely going to get lost on this site for days. Send food. And coffee.