Extended my Saturday morning ruck today and did 10km with 15kg on my back.

Apple Fitness activity information

If I sleep right now,
Then I’ll wake up.

Forcing myself to bed lately.

My big Apple takeaway is that we should be soon getting season 2 of Severance!

Also more Silo (though I’m finally reading the books), Shrinking and Slow Horses (the books are better!).

Signed into Twitter. Immediately regretted it.

Alanis Morriessette - Jagged Little Pill. Another album I had on CD. Still happy to listen to it all the way through.

Currently using the Guardian’s Music page to find new albums. Currently have Landless: Lúireach on.

The Killers - Hot Fuss turns 20 apparently. I remember buying it on CD in [Fopp]. Anyway, I was talking to a colleague about how I went through a phase a while back of just trying to listen to albums. So I’m going to start doing that again, I think. Started with Hot Fuss yesterday and on to Sam’s Town today.

You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it. You get ideas when you ask yourself simple questions. The most important of the questions is just, What if…? - Neil Gaiman

Fixed Growth

Both this and the previous link are from one of my favourite newsletters.

“The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. Do you understand?” - Jack Sparrow

Fixed Growth

The kids should be sleeping. Yumo just came in to get pillows for a castle.

Jakob Ingebrigtsen VS. Josh Kerr! || 2024 Prefontaine Classic - Men’s Mile Preview! - YouTube

This preview for the race is pretty interesting. So much so that I’m planning to watch it now.

I need to do something about my photos. 30000 in my iCloud account. They just pile up…

@frankchimero • It’s my birthday this week! So I made a list of stuff I learned in my 30s. • Threads

a list of thing learned by someone in their 30s

Anyone have a favourite pencil? I’ve been writing in my journal in pencil more and more recently. Considering treating myself. Any ideas?

Complaints are a gift | Seth’s Blog

But if we choose to engage, then the complaint is a gift. It’s a clue about what might be at the root of the problem.

I find dealing working with parents difficult. The thought that runs through my head is. “I am not doing a good job and they will be unhappy with me.” So parent meetings are always a source of stress for me. I’ve tried to change my mindset a little but still find it difficult.

On Sports Parenting

Makes me think about the discussion I have in China. Nothing seems to be “because I love doing this”. Especially around kids and sports. Everything is expensive lessons to be “good”. I remember I played football in a team because my friends did.

life piles up
towers over us
leering, judging
we work
with heart
giving up pieces
to the pile
till it, we, fall
life piles up

Relaxing few hours with Lyra, introducing her to Slow Horses, getting massage and eating spicy noodles. All in the same place.

Have played Otoboke Beaver’s NPR Tiny Desk performance 3 times now. Elise calls it the Crazy Ladies video, which is fair. NPR calls it “An unhinged delight.” I would agree with that.

Ben Pobjoy’s Tips for Long Walks

I would love to do a long walk but I don’t have the time.
I should do a long walk.
I already get up at 5am on Saturday to walk 6km. Maybe I should walk further?
I should do a long walk.

New Craig Mod Pop-Up Newsletter coming in a couple of days. Always good!

what did you

Just rewatched the finale of Season 1 of Severance. It’s been over two years. Come on!

It’s the pizza with the hole.

A pizza with the middle eaten out, leaving only the crust.

Podcast mp3s

I bought my daughter a VERY cheap mp3 player for Christmas. Some of the button controls are very anti-intuitive but it mostly works fine. The battery goes and goes.

I got it because she likes listening to music and we wanted her to do that but, obviously, are mindful of screens. We hope that the kids use screens with purpose but if it doesn’t feel like a losing battle.

Anyway, found https://www.podcastdownloader.com which lets me download the mp3 from her favourite podcast so she can listen on her little player.


MacBook Air with Chinese characters on a white sticker

maybe today
walk away
from anything
without a heart

It’s easy to be busy. I’m always busy. There’s always something else I could be doing. Teaching is great for that. You’re never really done. And so, this week I’ve been trying to not always be the wrong kind of busy. The kind that involves staring at a screen. To be the other kind of busy, the one that involves spending more time with students and colleagues. More heart.